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English for Academic Purposes (EAP) – 8 Month Programme

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) pre-sessional courses are available for prospective postgraduate students. These courses improve your English language and academic study skills.

You can apply online for our year-long (September entry) or 8 month (January entry) programme. We also offer 4, 6 and 12 week courses which you can find out more about in our English language section.

In addition to classes, you'll be given an opportunity to immerse yourself in Edinburgh and Scotland’s culture through visits to tourist attractions and historic sites.

We'll also provide you with practical help to settle into life in a new city.

Pre-sessional courses are designed to suit a range of abilities.

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Mode of Study:

Full-time (available as a year-long programme)


8 months

Start date:


Course details

Eight-month pre-sessional course

Entry requirements

Offer for a degree course at + IELTS 4.5 with no skill below 4.5

Students on the 8-month English language programme will receive two Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) letters - one for the English language course and one for their degree programme (on the assumption of passing the Edinburgh Napier University language exam). You will be expected to hold the academic entry requirements for your degree programme at the start of the 8-month English language programme.

You can apply online for the 8-month course.

We also offer 4, 6 and 12 week pre-sessional English language courses throughout the year, as well in-session English study support classes.

For further information on these programmes please visit our English language section or if you have any questions email EAP.Enquiries@napier.ac.uk or call 0131 455 4445.

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.


Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

IELTS 4.5, with no skill below 4.5.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult, Mental Health, Child, Learning Disabilities)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
  • All Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

See who can apply for more information on Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.


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The pre-sessional courses are for students who have applied to one of our programmes.

On success completion of the course you can progress on to your chosen course.