Queen Margaret University

From its founding in 1875, Queen Margaret University (QMU) has developed into a university of ideas and influence which prepares graduates for useful careers, equipping them with the skills to help make a real difference to society. QMU has recognised expertise in the following areas: health and rehabilitation, creativity and culture, and sustainable business. Relocated to a new purpose-built university campus on the south east side of Edinburgh in 2007.


On the outskirts of a city or town


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site


Located on a green space in, or near to, a city or town centre

UCAS Code: Q25

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

This institution did not take part in the TEF. Participation is voluntary. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 66%
  • Postgraduate 34%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 68%
  • Part Time 32%

Where students come from

  • UK 79%
  • EU 15%
  • Other 6%

Student gender

  • Male 22%
  • Female 78%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The library aims to provide an effective service which is up-to-date and responsive to students' needs.
  • It includes more than 1,000 study spaces with a variety of social, quiet and silent study areas, and bookable group study rooms. Many library resources are accessible online, wherever and whenever students need to study.
  • If students need help finding resources for their coursework or are struggling with referencing, there will be a skills workshop to suit them; students can arrange their own workshops for small groups.

Student jobs

  • The Employability Centre helps students throughout their studies, whether looking for part-time employment, voluntary work, relevant work experience or graduate employment.
  • QMU's annual recruitment fair helps students find out about local part-time, seasonal and voluntary work opportunities and to meet employers.

Careers advice

  • QMU's Careers and Employability team aims to help students become confident and able to effectively market their knowledge, skills and experience to potential employers. The team operates a Careers for Life service, giving access to specialist careers support well beyond graduation.
  • An online vacancy system allows students to explore part-time and graduate work as well as work experience and volunteering opportunities.
  • Careers and Employability runs a programme of seminars and workshops each semester, open to all students. These cover topics such as CV writing, preparing for interviews and how to find a job.
  • The careers advisers offer weekly drop ins and appointments (bookable online) for existing students and recent graduates.
  • An Employer Mentoring programme offers third and fourth year students the opportunity to meet with an experienced professional with relevant industry experience. Mentors offer their support, advice and inside knowledge on areas of interest and concern to students.

Health services

  • All students are advised to register with a medical practice within the area they are living, as soon as they arrive at QMU. In Scotland, registration with a GP, healthcare and prescriptions are free. QMU and Student Services work in partnership with a local medical practice, and students living on campus or in Musselburgh are strongly encouraged to register with this practice.
  • QMU's Well-being Service offers support for mental, emotional and physical well-being. It facilitates building up resilience and healthy living, to support students on their journey through university. The service offers advice on help and support for mental health issues.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • A free short-term free counselling service, normally up to four sessions, is offered to help students with any personal problems that might be affecting their academic work or general health and well-being.
  • The Student Services team offers mental health mentoring support for people with long term mental ill-health. Trained mentors provide support to students who are finding it difficult to meet the demands of their course because of their mental ill-health.
  • More than 25% of QMU staff are trained in Scottish Mental Health First Aid, and this figure is set to rise with further training opportunities scheduled for staff and students throughout the upcoming year.

Disability support

  • Disabled Student Co-ordinators in academic and support departments, and specialist tutors and student assistants, supported by full-time disability advisers, provide information, support and guidance for disabled students.
  • An Individual Learning Plan (ILP) is created for each disabled student, offering a package of academic and personal support from the university; this is constantly monitored and adapted to meet individual needs.
  • An assistive technologies room provides access to a range of specialised hardware and software for the use of disabled students at QMU.

Other services and facilities

  • The Effective Learning Service (ELS) offers guidance and support to students wishing to develop their academic writing and study skills. Students can arrange individual appointments to talk about any study issues they have, or attend weekly workshops and classes.
  • A proactive support programme called Stay-on-Course, which allows early identification of students who may be struggling with their well-being and offers appropriate support, is helping students stay on track with their studies.

Students' Union

  • Rocco the labradoodle is a full-time Therapet based at Queen Margaret University's Students' Union. The black Labrador/Poodle cross is fulfilling his role as a student stress-buster at the Students' Union: he is thought to be the first full-time Therapet dog placed at a Scottish university.
  • QMU's SU supports a diverse community of students and is proud to support LGBT History Month each year in February.
  • QMU's SU sports and societies range from high performance sports such as football, rugby and badminton, to popular activities like theatre, anime and dance.


  • Founded in 1875, the Edinburgh School of Cookery was created to improve women's education and career opportunities and to improve the diets of the urban poor. From its start the university has always focused on contributing in practical ways to improving the quality of human life and serving the community.
  • QMU moved to a brand new university campus in 2007, officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 2008.

Fascinating Fact

  • Great British Bake Off judge, Prue Leith, became Chancellor of Queen Margaret University in 2017.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Matt Baker – TV presenter, formerly Blue Peter, currently The One Show and Countryfile.
  • Ashley Jensen – actor in the US hit TV series Ugly Betty.
  • Edith Bowman – music critic, radio DJ and TV presenter with BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio Scotland.
  • Kevin McKidd – actor known for Trainspotting and Grey’s Anatomy.
  • James McKenzie – actor on the children's TV game show Raven, BBC TV soap River City, and CBeebies children's drama Molly and Mack.
  • Angel Coulby – actor in the TV fantasy series, Merlin along with a number of other television credits.
  • Jacqui Lunday – chief health professions officer for the Scottish Government.
  • Helen Doherty – producer of children's TV series Balamory and Me Too.
  • Craig Hill – comedian.
  • Michael Matheson MSP – Scottish Government minister for justice.


Queen Margaret University, Queen Margaret University Drive, Musselburgh, EH21 6UU