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 flagship areas: Health and Rehabilitation, Creativity and Culture, Sustainable Business. Relocated to a new purpose-built university campus on the south east side of Edinburgh in 2007.


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

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 69%
  • Part Time 31%

Where students come from

  • UK 79%
  • EU 15%
  • Other 6%

Student gender

  • Male 27%
  • Female 73%

Student Services and Facilities


  • The Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is a key resource for staff, students and researchers. Its aim is to provide a library and information service which is effective, up-to-date and responsive to students' needs.
  • It includes more than 1000 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 they are looking to find part-time employment, voluntary work, relevant work experience or graduate employment. Students can make use of drop-in sessions, CV clinics and guidance interviews (around 45 minutes) with an adviser.
  • QMU's annual recruitment fair helps students find out about local part-time, seasonal and voluntary work opportunities and to meet employers. Students can take full advantage of initiatives such as the Employer Mentoring Programme, internships, award opportunities and the highly successful STARS programme (the latter which has been designed to provide employment, training and leadership opportunities for QMU students).

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, 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 24/7. Employers advertise jobs in the online vacancy system daily. Volunteering and summer work opportunities are also available online.
  • The Employability Centre runs a programme of seminars and workshops each semester which are open to all students and cover topics such as CV writing, preparing for interviews and how to find a job.
  • The careers advisers offer three drop-in sessions every week during the semester for existing students and recent graduates, and 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 surrounding 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. Registration with a GP, healthcare and prescriptions are free (part of NHS Scotland). QMU and Student Services work in partnership with Riverside 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 wellbeing. 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 services

  • 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.

Disability support

  • A team of Disabled Student Co-ordinators in academic and support departments, specialist tutors and student assistants, supported by full-time Disability Advisers, are dedicated to the provision of information, support and guidance for disabled students.
  • Through a system involving an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) for each disabled student, the university offers a package of academic and personal support, which 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 all students who wish 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.
  • The Stay-on-Course Programme aims to provide rapid support to students who are experiencing well-being issues, including mental ill health. The Stay-on-Course team helps students who have self-referred or been referred to the programme, providing individual support to identify and address relevant issues, drawing on a variety of resources.

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 was proud to support LGBT History Month in 2018, raising a flag to mark the occasion.


  • 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.
  • QMU moved to a brand new university campus in 2007, which was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 2008.
  • 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.

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, currently in the BBC TV soap River City.
  • Angel Coulby – actor in the TV fantasy series, Merlin along with a number of other television credits.
  • Jacqui Lunday – Chief Health Professions Officer, 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.


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