United Kingdom

Queen Margaret University

Key Information

Rank 66 Location Musselburgh, Scotland Established 1785 International Students 17.7%
Famous Courses Healthcare, Business, Media International Fees £11,250-12,500

Queen Margaret University Scotland UK

Queen Margaret University is a modern university in Musselburgh, Scotland, close to Edinburgh. It was Scotland's first university to open in the twenty-first century, and it now enrols over 6,500 students from more than 70 nations.

Traditional strengths of QMU include creativity and culture, as well as business and health. Queen Margaret University offers the most comprehensive range of health-related degrees in Scotland, spanning from health psychology to audiology and diabetics, and the university has a global reputation in speech sciences. Within six months of graduation, 93 per cent of Queen Margaret graduates find work or continue their education.

An innovative learning resource centre, combining IT and library resources and offering a variety of flexible study spaces, is located in the heart of the Queen Margaret campus. The East Lothian Council-run Business Gateway is located within QMU's Business Innovation Zone and is the first Scottish university to have one.

Service For International Students

For international students arriving in the UK, the Recruitment and International Liaison Office is the first point of contact at QMU. The team can answer questions regarding the university and courses, as well as prices, visa requirements, and cultural differences. Individual language consultations and four-week pre-sessional English courses are available through the Effective Learning Service.


  • Ranked 66th in the Times University Guide 2022
  • Ranked 85th in the Guardian University Guide 2022

The University consistently ranks highly in the fields of nursing, psychology, marketing, and medicine. In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, 58 per cent of research was deemed "global leading" or "internationally excellent." QMU is placed 80th in the Times Higher rankings for research excellence, although it is second in the UK and first in Scotland in Speech and Language Sciences.


At QMU, there are 800 single rooms, which are arranged in self-catering flats of three to six people. Premium accommodations with more space and a double bed are available, as are all rooms with en suite bathrooms. All of the housing is in the Student Village, which is next to the main University buildings. Private rental accommodation is also available in the surrounding area, and the University can assist students in finding acceptable housing.


The QMU campus is located in Musselburgh, on Edinburgh's east side. The campus also contains en-suite student housing, a students' union building, sports facilities, and attractive landscaped gardens, in addition to well-equipped specialised laboratories and clinics.

Musselburgh features a theatre, a sports centre with a pool, numerous shops and stores, a racetrack, two golf courses, a harbour, a beach, restaurants, pubs, a public library, riverside walks, a public park, and a museum to offer students.


Katrina Bryan (Actress)
Mark Cox (actor)
Jane McCarry (actor/teacher)
Commodore Inga Kennedy, (Royal Navy Medical Service)
Susan Boyle, Singer,(Grammy-nominated)
Shirley Anne Somerville (Member of the Scottish Parliament Cabinet Secretary)
Michael Matheson, (Member of Justice Secretary)
Seif Rashidi, (politician)

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Under graduate

  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Radiography: Diagnostic
  • Public Sociology
  • Public Relations and Marketing Communications
  • Public Health
  • Psychology

Post graduate

  • Therapeutic Radiography (Pre-Registration)
  • Theory of Podiatric Surgery
  • Strategic Communication and Public Relations (1 Year)
  • Strategic Communication and Public Relations
  • Stage Management & Technical Theatre Production
  • Speech and Language Therapy (Pre-Registration)

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At the UG and graduate levels, new overseas students are beginning their first year of study on a taught degree





Arrivals Weekend

6 September 2021

Induction Week

13-17 September 2021

Semester 1 Starts 

20 September 2021


6 December 2021

Semester 1 exams commence

8 December 2021

Semester 1 assessments

13 December

Semester 1 ends

17 December 2021

Christmas Break

20 December 2021 - 3 January 2022

Semester 2 Starts

17 January 2022

Easter Break

4 - 18 April 2022

Semester 2 Exams commence

Tuesday 19 April 2022

Semester 2 ends

29 April 2022


13 June 2022


12th July 2022

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