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Programmes in Media, Film and Public Relations have been delivered at Queen Margaret University since 1981, and programmes in Performing Arts since 1971. All programmes in the Division aim to provide students with the breadth of knowledge, skill and understanding to pursue relevant careers and vocations in the rapidly changing world of the 21 st century » More.


The division offers the following undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Click on a title to see more about a particular course:

Media Film and Public Relations

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Performing Arts

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The Division

The quality of the division’s teaching is recognised academically and professionally, and its programmes in Public Relations are the only ones in Scotland accredited by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR). The division provides a stimulating and challenging environment where students combine academic study with creative practical work across the media and performing arts. Students have the opportunity to gain experience through placement work and benefit from links with businesses and professional practitioners, as well as Edinburgh’s unique artistic and cultural events, festivals and organisations. Some of the undergraduate programmes provide exchange opportunities at La Trobe University, Melbourne; Malmö University, Sweden ; Brock University, Ontario; University of Nebraska, Lincoln; and Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania.

The division’s teaching staff come from both academic and professional backgrounds and is demonstrated by their work in research, knowledge exchange and professional practice. For information about the 2014 REF please click here.

The division hosts QMU’s Royal Literary Fund Fellow and Writer-in-Residence scheme.

Media, Film & Public Relations

The media industries are a significant component of the global economy and employment in them is highly sought after. Media have a major role in shaping contemporary culture and society, providing information, enjoyment, and at times provoking controversy. Public Relations is a profession which has become increasingly important in organising relations between business, the media and the wider society.

All degree programmes in Media, Film and Public Relations at QMU combine academic and critical study with training in media production and public relations practice and provide opportunities for students to gain practical experience. As students progress through the programmes they specialise in specific areas of interest and gain the knowledge and skills to work independently and with small groups that will be a valuable resource in their future careers.

Graduates from QMU programmes in Media, Film and Public Relations have found employment with a wide range of commercial, public and community media, as well as creative and cultural organisations, and have also gone on to study at postgraduate level.

The MA Culture and Creative Enterprise, introduced in September 2013, will particularly interest those who wish to develop careers in the cultural and creative sectors. The course is designed for graduates who wish to develop and combine practical and intellectual skills at masters level.

Performing Arts

At QMU, Performing Arts encompasses the following undergraduate and postgraduate programmes: Drama and Performance, Theatre and Film, Acting for Stage and Screen, Arts, Festival and Cultural Management, Costume Design and Construction and our new MA Stage Management.

The study of Performing Arts at QMU enables students to connect with Edinburgh’s unique artistic environment of internationally recognised Festivals and innovative theatre and dance companies. Graduates of QMU will be able to draw on that experience throughout their professional lives.

All programmes are based on experiential learning leading to individual reflection, self-discipline and excellence, ensuring the recognition of the history and traditions of performance, and the understanding of theoretical contexts.

Students are encouraged to examine the creative process closely, challenge conventional assumptions, embrace a variety of aesthetic practices, develop collaborative partnerships, and become ready to engage with their professional careers.

Our staff team includes award winning, dedicated and active practitioners, with strong and current professional connections and up-to-date research interests. Learning experiences include practical workshops, lectures and seminar tutorials, the possibility to work on live performances in a variety of roles, invaluable placement opportunities and collaborative and individual approaches to creative processes, management and problem solving.

All QMU Performing Arts programmes develop graduates skilled in the making and management of performance, as well as actively encouraging entrepreneurial understanding and aspiration, and supporting a dedication and passion for the discipline that is unique to each individual.

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