Queen Margaret University offers a broad range of courses under 2 distinct schools and eight different divisions namely:

  • The School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
    • Business School
    • Media, Communication and Performing Arts
    • Psychology, Sociology and Education
  • The School of Health Sciences
    • Dietetics, Nutrition and Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry and Radiography
    • Nursing
    • Occupational Therapy and Arts Therapies
    • Speech and Hearing Sciences
    • The Institute for Global Health and Development.

The university has ranked one of the top three In Scotland in terms of employment of its undergraduate leaves with 97.1% of them in employment of further study within six months after graduation, says HESA 2018. The university offers a remarkable range of career enhancing extracurricular opportunities including awards, scholarships, internships, overseas travel, community volunteering and much more which helps in increasing the standards of the students and the university itself.

Life in Queen Margaret University

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Business School

The Business School is a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools and is accredited to the Chartered Institute of Management and Accountants and offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate business and management programmes in the following subject areas:

  • Business
  • Accounting and finance
  • Marketing
  • Events
  • Gastronomy
  • Hospitality and tourism management

QMU operates a number of teaching partnerships in and across the UK including Ace International Business School (Kathmandu), BBI (Luxembourg), Metropolitan College (Athens, Heraklion, Larissa, Piraeus, Thessaloniki) and much more. The school also has industry partners spread in and across the UK including Diageo, New Lanark Heritage Centre and Hotel, Nairns, Waldorf Astoria, Edinburgh and Glenkinchie Distillery and more.

The division has been ranked in the top 2 in Scotland for Tourism, Transport and Travel, says National Student Survey 2020.

Media, Communication and Performing Arts

The division provides a stimulating and challenging environment while delivering courses offered are in the following subject areas:

  • Film and Media
  • Media and Communications
  • Public Relations and Marketing Communications
  • Theatre and Film
  • Acting and Performance
  • Drama
  • Costume Design and Construction

The division has bestowed facilities required for the students during their period of study. The facilities include a range of production equipment, digital editing suites and post-production facilities, a fully equipped and licensed studio theatre, five rehearsal studios and a costume design workshop. The division also has international partnerships in many countries including Australia, Sweden, Canada, and the USA and every year a bunch of students are given the opportunity to embark on an overseas exchange.

The University is ranked in the top 6 in the UK for Drama, Dance and Cinematics, according to the Complete University Guide 2021. According to the Research Excellence Framework 2014, the school has been ranked number 1 in Scotland and 12th in the UK for Communication, Cultural and Media Studies.

Psychology, Sociology and Education

The courses offered by the division under Psychology, Sociology and Education are:

  • Psychology
  • Psychology and Sociology
  • Public Sociology
  • Education Studies

The school also offers three postgraduate courses in the area of education namely PGDE Secondary (Home Economics), PgCert Collaborative Working: Education and Therapy, e-PgCert Professional and Higher Education.

The courses offered by the school are accredited to respective professional bodies including the British Psychological Society and more.

PgCert Public sociology is aimed at sociology students who are looking to specialize in public sociology. The course has collaborative working with Education and Therapy courses; allied health professional career development in line with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) standards, professional body standards and the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework.

Dietetics, Nutrition and Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry and Radiography

The school offers a wide range of courses in the following subject areas:

  • Dietetics
  • Nutrition and Biological Sciences
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry and Radiology

The Podiatry courses are accredited by the professional bodies such as the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

The Division of Dietetics, Nutrition and Biological Sciences offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the subject areas of dietetics, human biology and health and offers a six molecular honors degree programmes in the subject areas of:

  • Dietetics
  • Applied Pharmacology
  • Human Biology
  • Nutrition
  • Nutrition and Food Science
  • Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing

The school has built all the necessary facilities that will be required by the students during their period of study. The facilities include Clinical Simulation Suite, Working Clinics, Research Laboratories and a Suite for the Measurement of Human Movement using three-dimensional motion analysis, human performance and neuromuscular analysis.

The facilities specifically made for Radiology courses include:

  • Diagnostic – Clinical room with Siemens diagnostic X-ray unit, Fuji Computed Radiography (CR) system, Fuji Digital Radiography (DR) mobile unit, High resolution digital workstations, Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS), Darkroom / viewing room, Ultrasound equipment.
  • Therapeutic – Clinical room with training radiotherapy treatment bed, Varian Eclipse computerised 4D treatment planning workstation, Immobilisation devices.


The division has international collaborations with The British University, Egypt; AKMI Metropolitan College, Greece; The University College of SouthEast Norway; University of Wollongong, Australia; Bergen University College, Norway and more and offers a number of programmes in collaboration with NHS Lothian; St Columba’s Hospice; NHS Lothian and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

The division also has a noticeable range of international networks which helps in increasing the standards of the courses offered in the division. Such international networks Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI); The International Practice Development Collaborative (IPDC); The Person Centred-practice International Community of Practice (ICoP); The Student Person Centred-practice International Community of Practice (SICoP).

According to the National Student Survey 2020, the division has recorded 100% overall student satisfaction for Nursing.

Occupational Therapy and Arts Therapies

The division has three distinct disciplines such as:

  1. Occupational Therapy
    • The therapists work with adults and children of all ages with a wide range of conditions including mental health illness, physical or learning disabilities.
  2. Art Psychotherapy
    • Art therapy uses art materials. It offers an opportunity for expression and communication and can help people who find it hard to express their thoughts and feelings verbally
  3. Music Therapy
    • It uses sounds and mostly improvised music. Music therapy helps people who have been affected by injury, illness or disability.

The division has well developed facilities that include Occupational Performance Suite (activities of daily living facilities with functional appliances/ equipment to simulate a home environment) General and Custom-built studio spaces for music therapy and art psychotherapy.

Speech and Hearing Sciences

The division offers degree and diploma courses leading to professional qualifications in Speech and Language Therapy or Audiology. QMU is one of the only 18 universities to offer recognised courses in Speech and Language Therapy. The division also offers programmes in Audiology.

The division has a broad range of well-built facilities including the clinics equipped with CCTV (demonstration); A suite of clinic rooms; two speech science laboratories; recording studio; specialist equipment for speech analysis, (including ultrasound tongue imaging); purpose-built test rooms; sound-proof booths and houses a full range of audiological equipment.

The Institute for Global Health and Development

IGHD is a multidisciplinary centre for postgraduate education and research. IGHD offers five intense courses namely:

  • MSc Global Health
  • MSc Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • PgCert Health Interventions in Fragile and Conflict – Affected Settings
  • MSc Applied Global Health
  • MSc Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

The institute was established as the Centre for International Health Studies in 1983 and the Institute for International Health and Development became the first institute of the university in 2005.


Amongst all the factors, the university is known for its research and teaching in speech and hearing sciences. The university offers an optimum balance of theoretical and practical education and has all the required facilities for the same.

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