Queen Margaret University

Queen Margaret University (QMU) is located near Scotland's capital, Edinburgh, and offers students the opportunity to experience life in an energetic and cosmopolitan city. Over 5,000 students from around 90 countries study at the university. University staff – some of whom are world leaders in their respective fields – have excellent industry knowledge and experience, and are committed to ensuring students are well prepared for the world of work. 

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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

International Student Statistics

1,165 international students in 2017–18

Welcome Arrangements

  • QMU's International Office works closely with the university's international community. The International Office is always on hand to answer questions from students and prospective students on fees and funding, scholarships, and all things related to studying in Scotland.
  • Members of the team frequently travel to exhibitions and events around the world to speak to prospective students face-to-face, in addition to carrying out webchats and other online engagement opportunities.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

English Language Requirements

  • The minimum English language requirement is IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each language skill (note, tests are only valid for two years). The university also accepts English language qualifications from Pearsons, but can no longer accept TOEFL qualifications.
  • The Effective Learning Service runs four and 12-week pre-sessional English programmes, which can be taken by students who fall just short of meeting the English language requirements to help them reach the desired level of English before the start of their main programme.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Accommodation for International Students

  • While not guaranteed, it is highly likely that international students will be able to secure a place in student residences if they apply in plenty of time.

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • Bursaries and scholarships specifically for international students are offered; please refer to the university website for details.

Ongoing Support

  • QMU's International Office also organises a yearly trip to IKEA just before the academic year begins, where first year international students can buy household essentials to kit out their accommodation.
  • Free English language support is offered to all international students at QMU in the form of individual drop-in tutorials, run by the Effective Learning Service, based in the Learning Resource Centre. The service also runs informal study skills workshops in the Effective Learning Centre.

Quick Guides to International Tuition Fees and Finance