Sighthill has everything you need for an amazing experience at university, from specialist labs and high-tech learning spaces to an elite sports facilities and a bustling cafe and canteen to catch up with friends.

Specialist Laboratories 

Our specialist facilities support our applied approach to learning, as students get the opportunity to work hands on in our bioscience, psychology and sport science laboratories. 

Biological Sciences

We have labs for molecular biology and microbiology, biomedicine, environmental, animal and marine biology, as well as medicinal chemistry. Students can access a confocal microscope, molecular and protein biology equipment, a Class II containment facility for cell line and virus work, nanomaterial handling and characterisation equipment, and a histology section.

There are also biofuel research labs and facilities for assessing bioremediation in waste water and environmental biology laboratories, which allow studies into fresh water species and terrestrial animals.

Psychology and Social Sciences  

Purpose-built psychology labs present excellent opportunities for supporting practical work and research. In addition to a specialist computer lab equipped with experiment generating and analysis software, we have specialist labs for perception, eye-tracking, observation of social interaction, Bio-Pac and measuring Event-Related Potentials.

We have numerous experimental testing and interview rooms supported by state of the art video cameras and editing facilities.

Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Our high tech facilities include dedicated sports and exercise research labs, including a human performance lab, biomechanics lab, strength and conditioning room and an environmental chamber. Our environmental chamber is the largest facility of its kind in Scotland and can replicate high altitude conditions up to the equivalent of Everest Base Camp! Researchers can test athletic performance and equipment in extreme conditions, including high and low temperatures and humidity.

Learning Experience  

We've been ranked number one in Edinburgh for overall student satisfaction for the past three years (National Student Survey 2022), so we know a thing or two about supporting our students to achieve their goals. 

Getting Ready for Employment

At the School of Applied Sciences, we are pioneering projects that will make you more employable after graduation. We have excellent graduate employment rates and are committed to empowering women in science and society. You’ll also have opportunities to study abroad or get a placement in an industrial lab.


Learn in an environment that places value in applied and impactful research. We were ranked the number one Scottish modern university for research power and research impact (REF 2021). Our researchers are covering topics including animal and plant scienceeducation and pedagogy, nano safety, mountain biking and much more. 

Explore the School of Applied Science research to get a feel for what we do here. 

Learning Resource Centre (LRC)

Sighthill is home to excellent places to study individually or in groups, including our five-storey Learning Resource Centre (LRC), with library and IT facilities plus stunning views over Edinburgh! 

Health, Fitness and Sports


Our [EN]GAGE sports facility caters for all levels of fitness and our facilities are here for everyone to enjoy, with a range of wheelchair-accessible equipment. We offer modern equipment and facilities to provide a fitness experience that’s invigorating, flexible and fun. Our facilities include a fitness suite, fitness classes, a sports hall and fitness consultations. 

Dual Career 

We help student athletes maximise success in both their sport and their studies through our Dual Career Policy. In recognition of our Dual Career support for talented athletes in full-time education, Edinburgh Napier University is the only university in Scotland to be accredited by the UK government's Talented Athletes Scholarship Scheme (TASS).


With the strongest economy in the UK outside London and regular awards for being the best city in the UK, Edinburgh is a great place to live, work and study.

Life science research in Edinburgh is among the best in the world. Across the city, researchers are making a difference in areas such as biotechnology, animal welfare and bio-infomatics.

As well as Edinburgh Napier, there are specialist science parks around the city home to cutting-edge life science companies’ collaborating with global organisations on new technology and improving lives.