Queen Margaret University

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Founded in 1875, Queen Margaret University (QMU) has always been driven by providing up to date and relevant education and research. QMU’s courses have been developed to prepare students for fulfilling careers. Their vision is to be a university of ideas and influence.

The university offers a variety of learning and teaching methods, including group work, placements and hands-on projects with real clients. Many of their courses are recognised or accredited by professional bodies.

Courses and students

Modular courses, which allow flexibility in many degrees, are run through the following departments:

Many courses include an integral placement, which can range from a few weeks to several months, providing students with real life experience in their area of study.

You could spend part of your undergraduate course abroad, at a European university, or one the partnerships with non-European universities. QMU has links with institutions in Canada, the USA, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand.

The university has 10,198 students (including 3,636 via partners overseas); 45.6% come from Scotland, 6.6% from the rest of the UK, 35.2% from Europe, and 12.6% from outside Europe (as of 22/23 academic year).

Facilities and Services

The university’s purpose built campus is at the south-east side of Edinburgh, just 6 minutes by train from the city centre. It has an innovative learning resource centre (LRC), combining IT and library facilities, and offers a wide variety of flexible learning spaces.

It also includes well equipped specialist laboratories and clinics, en suite student accommodation, a students union building, sports facilities and attractive landscaped gardens. QMU is the first Scottish university to have an on campus Business Gateway. The Gateway is run by East Lothian Council and located within QMU’s Business Innovation Zone.

The university is socially responsible and has won a number of green/sustainable awards.


The university is ranked 1st among UK and Scottish higher education institutions for Paramedic Science and 1st in Scotland and 9th in the UK for Drama, in the Guardian University Guide 2024.

In the top 5 of UK universities for Counselling Pyschotherapy and Occupational Therapy, in the Complete University Guide 2024.

Ranked 2nd top in the UK and 2nd top in Scotland for Radiography, and 5th top in the UK for Physiotherapy, in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024.


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Career Sectors


Aquaculture and Fishing

Arboriculture and Forestry

Earth Studies

Environmental and Rural Resource Management

Environmental Services

Horticulture and Landscaping

Work with Animals

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Contact Details

Queen Margaret University Drive
East Lothian
EH21 6UU

0131 474 0000