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Studying at postgraduate level

At QMU we understand the specific needs of postgraduate students.

Our School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management and Health Sciences offer a range of masters courses that will develop your skills and expertise, enable you to specialise in your chosen field and allow you to benefit from flexible learning and continued professional development opportunities.

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Some of our courses are delivered entirely or partly by distance learning or in short blocks of teaching, which mean that you hardly need to visit the university at all and causes minor disruption to your life. Most of our courses can also be studied part-time.

Flexible Learning
Most of our postgraduate courses can be studied either full-time or part-time, some are available by distance learning and some are even taught in short blocks, which may mean that you only need to attend QMU for a few weeks through the entire course. Details of this are stipulated on the individual course pages.
95.1 % of graduates from our postgraduate programmes are in employment  or go on to further study within six months of graduating *


Fees and Funding
Fees can vary depending on the type of course that you choose to embark on or if you're a home (from the UK) or an international student. At postgraduate level, many students are self funded or funded by employers, but other sources of funding, such as My World of Work, may be available depending on your circumstances.

96.7% of UK domiciled graduates from our postgraduate programmes are in employment  or go on to further study within six months of  graduating*

Graduates of the University who hold a verified QMU undergraduate or postgraduate award and who are admitted to a postgraduate award of QMU will be eligible for a 10% discount on the published fees.

Topics for QMU’s PhD Bursary Competition are advertised around February each year.

Postgraduate Open Evenings
To find out more about our postgraduate courses, you may like to come along to one of our postgraduate open evenings. The next one will be held on 23 November 2016. Please also check our open days page for information on Virtual Open Days in 2016.

CPD and Short Courses
In the modern business environment, a commitment to CPD and lifelong learning is demanded of many employees. Studying not only develops your professional abilities, it keeps you informed about the latest developments in your field. One of its greatest advantages is that you can learn while you earn!

If you do not want to commit yourself to a full course, we can offer you a variety of individual credit bearing modules that you can build up towards a full qualification. For more information, contact Admissions.

Degrees by research
In 2013, we introduced a new Masters in Research and Masters in Clinical research. We also offer two higher degrees by research, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) to registered candidates who successfully complete approved programmes of supervised research.

As well as high quality teaching, we have a strong reputation for our research excellence. Our research activity is internationally recognised and informs and adds value to our teaching at all levels. As with all UK universities, we are scrutinised on our research performance through the UK-wide Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). Our results show that 53% of our academic staff were submitted to the RAE, which indicates that QMU has the highest proportion of research active staff in the modern university sector in Scotland. Overall the results are very positive for QMU with the overwhelming majority of our research in two areas (Linguistics and Communication, Cultural & Media Studies) being recognized as internationally significant. In both these areas we have also been able to demonstrate that our research is world leading. In Allied Health, where our research focuses primarily on policy and practice issues often in a Scottish context, we have demonstrated that we have national recognition in the majority of our work. In Drama, Dance & Performing Arts and in Business & Management Studies we have also demonstrated that the majority of our research is at least at national standard.

Enhancing quality of life and serving communities
Behind all of QMU’s postgraduate courses is a strong philosophy of enhancing quality of life and serving communities. Today, graduates of QMU have used their skills and knowledge to make improvements to the lives of many different people – whether that be through the development of better business practice for improved customer service, breakthroughs in healthcare, the development of creative arts and culture for people’s enjoyment, helping communities to fight for environmental justice or working with people in third world countries to rebuild their communities after years of destruction. Whatever you choose to do with your postgraduate qualification, there is little doubt that the skills and knowledge you develop while at QMU will help you to achieve success in your own right while at the same time have a positive impact on society. courses that can suit different lifestyles. Please see the individual course information for availability.

Keeping teaching up-to-date and relevant
In order to meet the changing needs of society, lecturing staff are actively engaged in ongoing research and collaborative work with external agencies, businesses and academics from other institutions. This helps to ensure that their teaching is up-to date and relevant which means that you benefit from the latest thinking and developments in the field. As well as the involvement of teaching staff in research, we also have a strong community of full-time researchers, whose work is often cutting-edge. Again, this helps to ensure that the information being communicated through teaching is extremely progressive.

A multi-disciplinary approach to research helps us share knowledge and find solutions
Multi-disciplinary research is an increasingly important element which underpins the work of the institution. This approach is designed to bring together people from different specialisms and a range of departments to work together on specific projects. Most of our research now involves collaborations with academics from other universities (throughout the UK and abroad), government bodies and agencies. This is a reflection of modern methods of working

Why study at QMU?

There are lots of reasons to study at Queen Margaret University – from our friendly and supportive staff, to our new purpose-built campus with sports facilities and our Learning Resource Centre which hosts a range of excellent facilities to help your learning. And we have an enviable 92% graduate employment rate. Our recent graduates can tell you for themselves why they chose QMU. We offer high quality student accommodation on campus.

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*based on data submitted to the Higher Education Statistics Agency in 2015.

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