Queen Margaret University

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.02 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.65 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    0.22 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    58.2 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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  • Good Honours Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    73.2 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    79.7 / 100.0


  • 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 beginnings, the university has always focused on contributing in practical ways to improving the quality of human life and serving the community.
  • Today, inspired by its history and the great tradition of Scottish education, Queen Margaret has developed into an ambitious university which prepares graduates for useful careers and equips them with the skills which will help them make a real difference to society.
  • Its teaching and research are designed to enhance the social and economic well-being of the communities it serves – within Scotland, the UK and internationally.

Location and Transport

  • QMU is located on one campus (academic buildings, Students Union, sports and student residences) on the south east side of Edinburgh (bordering East Lothian).
  • The vibrant campus environment offers attractive buildings and landscaped spaces, including an innovative learning resource centre, student residences, students' union building, indoor sports facilities and all weather surfaces. The academic building features high quality specialist facilities including practical research laboratories, a nursing simulation suite, and working speech, audiology and podiatry clinics.
  • QMU has excellent transport links. It's located right next to Musselburgh train station. The train takes just 6 minutes to reach Waverley railway station in the centre of Edinburgh. Students can travel all over the UK from Waverley.
  • A bus terminal is located within the university campus and buses leave approximately every 10 minutes to travel into the city centre and to the nearby shopping complex.
  • The university is located next to the A1 and is about 25 minutes drive from Edinburgh International Airport.

Entry Requirements

  • Entry standards are subject to change. You can find information on the individual course pages of our website.

Student Mix

The 5,270 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 68%
  • Postgraduate 32%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 67%
  • Part Time 33%


  • UK 79%
  • EU 14%
  • Other 7%

Student gender

  • Male 25%
  • Female 75%

Course Flexibility

  • QMU offers a number of exchange programmes that allow students of QMU to study for periods of between one and two semesters in a university in another country.
  • In addition, some courses are available via distance learning or part-time.
  • Students should contact our admissions team directly about the courses that interest them.

Teaching Standards

  • The university, which has over 6,000 students and more than 470 staff, is divided into two schools: the School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management; and the School of Health Sciences.
  • Lecturing staff are actively engaged in ongoing research and collaborative work with external agencies, businesses and academics from other institutions. In the past few years our researchers have secured an increasing number of prestigious research grants from the UK Research Councils including the AHRC, ESRC and EPSRC and have also received funding from the Chief Scientist Office, NHS, central and local government, charities and industry. We are also very active in knowledge exchange work.
  • Our research and knowledge exchange work helps ensure that teaching is up-to-date and relevant, benefiting from the latest thinking and developments in the field.
  • QMU’s robust arrangements for securing academic standards and for enhancing the quality of the student experience were confirmed through its achievement of the highest level of judgement, i.e. 'Effective' in the Enhancement-led Institutional Review conducted by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (2013).

Research Standards

  • We are proud that the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) recognised both the world-class quality of our research and our aim to be a university of ideas and influence with an approach to impact characterised by translational research that informs policy and practice, making a difference to every day life.
  • QMU is producing three times as many world leading publications than it did in 2008.
  • 58% of QMU’s overall research rated as world leading or internationally excellent.
  • 92% of our research and impact in Speech and Hearing Sciences rated as world leading or internationally excellent.
  • Speech and Hearing Sciences Research rated 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK for the proportion of research classed as world leading or internationally excellent.
  • 40% of our research in Psychology resulted in outstanding impact.
  • QMU ranked 1st in Scotland for Media and Communications research publications with 78% of its outputs ranked as world leading and internationally excellent.
  • Over 40% of our research publications in Allied Health rated world leading or internationally excellent.
  • Over 50% of the research profile in Global Health and Development is world leading or internationally excellent.
  • In 2015 we launched 6 new strategic Research Centres in the areas of: Health, Activity and Rehabilitation; Clinical Audiology, Speech and Language; Global Health and Development; Person-centred Practice; Applied Social Sciences; Communication, Cultural and Media Studies.

Academic Strengths

Queen Margaret University has academic flagship areas in Health and Rehabilitation, Sustainable Business, and Creativity and Culture.

  • Within these flagship areas, the university provides highly relevant professional education and research that informs policy and practice in health, performing arts, media and social science, and business, enterprise and management.
  • QMU’s Health and Rehabilitation flagship area is underpinned by a portfolio of health courses – the university has the widest range of allied health professional courses of any university in Scotland.
  • Within the area of health and rehabilitation, flagships include food and nutrition, speech and hearing sciences, international nursing education and rehabilitation science.
  • The university’s work in Health and Rehabilitation has a global reach, not least through its Institute for International Health and Development (IIHD). Focused on the social determinants of health in globally and locally marginalised populations, IIHD provides post-graduate education, research and technical assistance to development agencies and governments.
  • An excellent reputation for healthcare courses, particularly with an international reputation for excellence in the area of speech & language therapy.

We focus our research and knowledge exchange work through specialist centres: Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research; Centre for Applied Social Sciences; Centre for Person-centred Practice Research; Clinical Audiology, Speech and Language Research Centre; Institute for Global Health and Development & Centre for Communication, Cultural and Media Studies.

  • In the National Student Survey (NSS) 2015, overall satisfaction with QMU stands at 85%, which meets our benchmark, set by HEFCE based on our group of students. There are some particularly impressive results at programme level. For example, Podiatry achieved 100% overall satisfaction making it top in Scotland and joint top in the UK. In addition, Drama, with an overall satisfaction of 91%, ranks joint first in Scotland for that subject area. QMU is in the top quartile in Scotland for the ‘Teaching on my course’ section of the survey.
  • Renowned for its research in Speech and Language Sciences, QMU has seen further enhancement with 92% of its speech research and impact rated as internationally excellent or world leading. Speech and Language Sciences is 2nd in the UK and 1st in Scotland for the proportion of research classed as internationally excellent or world leading (92%). These results confirm that QMU’s Clinical Audiology, Speech and Language Research Centre continues to be an internationally renowned research facility (with 36% of its publications rated as world leading).
  • QMU has also ranked 1st in Scotland for media publications with 77% of its outputs ranked as world leading and internationally excellent. This places us in 12th position in the UK.
  • In the area of allied health over 40% of research publications (outputs) are rated world leading or internationally excellent.
  • Over 50% of the research profile in international health and development is internationally excellent.
  • Research in Psychology resulted in outstanding impact. (This was the first time that Psychology had been submitted to REF and 29% of research in this area is internationally excellent.)
  • QMU’s REF submission also reflects the University’s commitment to equality and diversity in research careers. The University was proud to submit a high volume of research from its early career researchers.

Since its inception in 1875, QMU has had a focus on food. QMU now runs the Scottish Centre for Food Development and Innovation, a commercial operation where food and business specialists provide research to support the development of food and drink companies. Knowledge gained as part of this commercial support work feeds back into teaching practice.

  • In order to continue offering students the opportunity for broaden their horizons, QMU has initiated new exchange agreements with universities in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.
  • 94.4% of QMU graduates find employment or go on to further training within 6 months of graduating.
  • QMU is the first and only HE institution in the east of Scotland to host the Children’s University. The university now has over 2000 children aged between 5 and 14 taking part in the Children's University.

Following five years of industry consultation with organisations such as Scottish Family Business Association, Family Business United and a range of family-run Scottish businesses, in 2016 QMU has developed two new postgraduate courses in family business – new MSc and MBA in Family Business and Smaller Enterprise.

  • QMU's Campus Services team was presented with a Customer Service Excellence Standard award which recognises the high standard of service offered by QMU’s Library Services, Accommodation Services, Conference & Events and Sports & Leisure Services.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • The Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is a one-stop shop for the learning, teaching and research needs of students. It has 1,000 study spaces, most with IT. Its flexible modern learning spaces include social, group, quiet, silent and individual study areas.
  • QMU is the first university in Scotland to have a Business Gateway located on campus. Run by East Lothian Council, part of the Gateway’s focus is on encouraging students and new graduates to develop as entrepreneurs.
  • The university offers a wide variety of scholarship and award schemes including the Santander University Scholarships.
  • The university offers an employee mentoring scheme to students. This involves expert guidance from people who have experience and are working in associated industries.
  • Students can access free wi-fi.
  • Students living on campus can get involved in ResLife which offers a range of sociable and fun events, such as film nights and cookery classes, which normally take place on campus and help students to make friends and socialise.
  • The Students Union and all of its support services are located on campus.
  • The Sports Centre with gym, weights room, large sports hall, dance and exercise studio and astroturf pitch are located on campus.
  • In 2015, a new BBQ was built outside the Student Residences for students living on campus.
  • The Employability Centre is located in the Academic building and offers students help with finding term time jobs, vocational employment and career opportunities after graduation. The Centre also offers volunteering and mentoring opportunities and recent developed its Careers for Life support service.

Disability Services

  • For information about the disability services at Queen Margaret, telephone 0131 474 0000, or email jjebb@qmu.ac.uk.

Students' Union

  • In February 2015, the Vice President of the Students' Union played a key role in launching Edinburgh's first student-led arts festival and QMU students continue to be involved in this ambitious arts festival in 2016.
  • The festival celebrates the creative work of students from Queen Margaret University (QMU), as well as the other universities and colleges in the capital.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Employability Centre is a physical space located in the Student Service area and is part of Careers and Employability. We can help and support students throughout their studies, whether they are looking to find part-time employment, voluntary work, relevant work experience or graduate employment.
  • Part time work Students can use the online vacancy system to explore some of the local possibilities to find temporary, part-time and vacation work, either to help them make ends meet whilst their studying or to gain skills for their future career. Employers advertise jobs in QMU's online vacancy system daily. Students can also access sector specific employers lists in the Careers and Employability module of the Hub once they have matriculated.
  • Placements and Internships QMU advertises summer placements and summer internships online. Students can also access other opportunities in the Careers & Employability module in the Hub once you have matriculated. QMU has a dedicated page for internships where exclusive opportunities are available for QMU students.

Careers Guidance

  • QMU's Careers and Employability can help and support students throughout their studies, whether they are looking to find part-time employment, voluntary work, relevant work experience or graduate employment.
  • The careers team encourage students to make the most of the service provided so that they are confident and able effectively to market their knowledge, skills and experience to potential employers.
  • The team operates a Careers for Life service, which allows graduates to access the specialist careers service well beyond graduation. An online vacancy system allows students to explore local temporary, part-time and vacation work. Employers advertise jobs in our online vacancy system daily.
  • Volunteering and summer work opportunities are also available online.
  • Employability advise and jobs QMU students and graduates have access to our online vacancy system 24/7. The careers advisers offer three drop-in sessions every week during the semester for existing students and recent graduates.
  • Employer Mentoring Programme The Employer Mentoring programme offers third and fourth year students the opportunity to meet with an experienced professional who have relevant industry experience relating to each individual student’s course. Mentors will be willing to offer their support, advice and inside knowledge surrounding areas of interest and concern to students.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Queen Margaret University is a campus development which was built in 2007.

Notable Alumni

  • Matt Baker – TV presenter (formerly Blue Peter, currently The One Show and Countryfile)
  • Ashley Jensen – actor (US hit TV series Ugly Betty)
  • Edith Bowman – Scottish music critic, radio DJ and TV presenter (BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio Scotland)
  • Kevin McKidd – actor (Trainspotting, tv hit series Rome, Grey’s Anatomy)
  • James McKenzie – actor (children’s TV gameshow series Raven)
  • Angel Coulby – actor in the TV hit fantasy series, Merlin where she plays Guinevere. Angel has also starred next to Johnny Vaughan in Orrible and appeared in The Bill, Casualty, Holby City, Hustle, Doctor Who and Vincent
  • Jacqui Lunday – Chief Health Professions Officer, Scottish Government
  • Fiona Burrell – Principal and Managing Director of the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School and formerly Co-Principal of Leiths School of Food and Wine
  • Helen Doherty – producer of Children’s TV series Balamory and Me Too
  • Kellyanne Farquahar – actor (Monarch of the Glen)
  • Craig Hill – comedian
  • Michael Matheson MSP – Scottish Government Minister for Justice
  • Ashley Russell – one of the finalists in the BBC talent show-themed TV series I’d Do Anything. She has performed in Shrek the Musical on Drury lane and the Mamma Mia International tour!
  • Ruth George – created costumes and worked on wardrobe on several high profile films and productions including Holywood blockbuster Gravity, TV feature film Treasure Island, the musical Top Hat, and Richard II for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Further Details

Address Queen Margaret University
Queen Margaret University Drive
EH21 6UU
UCAS Code Q25