A university without borders

Queen Margaret University is an outward looking university, engaging with local, national and international communities. We welcome students from all around the world and we work with partners in many different countries.

Located in Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, QMU offers students the opportunity to experience life in an energetic and cosmopolitan city.

It is important to us that our graduates, wherever they come from, have a broad global perspective and skills that will enable them to live and work anywhere. We encourage student exchanges and are proud that many students from Europe and beyond come to study with us, enriching the classroom experience for everyone.

We are also proud of our teaching partnerships overseas, that allow students to achieve a QMU degree while studying in their own country. We see students and graduates of QMU programmes overseas as an important part of the University community 

Our international strategy

QMU's International Strategy sets out how we will continue to extend our reach internationally and how we will welcome international students and partner organisations into our community.

An increased international reach

The University will increase the number of international students on campus; increasing the range and depth of its transnational education partnerships; and developing research partnerships with non-UK universities.

An excellent student experience

We will continue to enhance and diversify the ways in which we deliver learning and support students, so as to meet the needs of a wider range of learners. Blended and online learning expand so as to reach a broader group of students.

A strong research culture

We will expand our links with international universities and engage with international funding opportunities so as to build upon and expand research that is of high quality and high impact. QMU is dedicated to improving quality of life and building the evidence-base for policy and practice through world leading multidisciplinary, translational research and international collaboration. Our vision is to achieve an international research profile that ranks QMU as one of the leading post-92 universities for research and KE.  By strengthening our global strategic linkages and synergies with external partners and policy makers we have sought  to achieve greater impact through enhanced  demand-led complementary alignments with Government and international policy agendas. 

Our success in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 demonstrated our commitment to the attainment of excellence and international reputation while ensuring that increased focus is balanced by openness to diversification and exploiting the advantage offered by new opportunities. 

We continue to work collaboratively to build  a sustainable, responsive and inclusive research environment that is connected internationally and rooted locally and are committed to  maximising  international dimensions of our research. Our strategy continues to promote researcher mobility,  focusing on recruiting and retaining  staff with internationally excellent research profiles, while remaining alert to opportunities to attract world leading researchers who complement our identified strengths.

QMU is a partner in EURAXESS - Researchers in Motion  which is a unique pan-European initiative providing access to a complete range of information and support services to researchers wishing to pursue their research careers in Europe or stay connected to it.  We are committed to promoting opportunities for researcher mobility.

A university without borders

The University community will be more than the buildings and staff based at its home campus. We will be outward looking and inclusive, and keen to work with external organisations.

International alumni

QMU has a rich and diverse community of international alumni across the world.

Collaborative partnerships

Students study for QMU degrees at centres across the world through our teaching partnerships.



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