QMU climbs the ranks in the Complete University Guide

By Press Office

Queen Margaret University is the 11th highest climbing university in the UK, according to The Complete University Guide 2025, published on 14th May.

In the last year, QMU has moved up 5 places in the Complete University Guide and is a significant riser in graduate prospects

The 2025 Guide lists QMU as the 3rd highest riser in the UK for Graduate Prospects (On Track), reflecting our performance in the HESA Graduate Outcomes survey. This confirms that our graduates feel their activities following graduation align with their future plans, and that they are satisfied with their graduate career paths. The University is also the 6th highest riser for Graduate Prospects (Outcome) confirming the high level of success of our students in finding good jobs or going on to advanced studies following completion of their QMU degree.

In addition, QMU is also:

  • 1st (joint) in UK for Graduate Prospects in Nursing and Midwifery;
  • 1st (joint) in UK for Graduate Prospects in Physiotherapy; and
  • 1st (joint) in UK for Graduate Prospects in Counselling, Psychotherapy & Occupational Therapy.

Other key subject area highlights include:


  • 2nd in UK for Student Satisfaction

Business & Management Studies

  • 3rd (joint) in Scotland and 18th (joint) in UK for Student Satisfaction

Nursing and Midwifery

  • 3rd in Scotland (overall score)

Complementary Medicine (QMU covers Dramatherapy, Music Therapy in this category)

  • 5th in UK

Counselling, Psychotherapy & Occupational Therapy

  • 6th in UK (overall score)
"Our position in this year’s Complete University Guide confirms that our ongoing work to enhance the student experience is making a significant impact. Our continuing focus on employability - through our strong engagement with employers, specialist employability initiatives, mentoring schemes, and the continual evolvement of courses which reflect changing industry needs – has resulted in our strong graduate prospects performance. This work is testament to the dedication of our staff who strive to create outstanding opportunities for students to thrive during their studies and into their careers."
Sir Paul Grice, Principal, Queen Margaret University

Further information about Complete University Guide and QMU’s performance in the Guide can be found at www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk.

This news story was updated on 20 June 2024 to reflect changes to the CUG full league table arising because its compilers made re-calculations to their full league table some time after its original publication date.

Notes to Editor

The Complete University Guide publishers aim to provide valuable information to help students from around the world make the right choice of university. Attracting over ten million visitors each year, this year’s guide shows UK universities ranking nationally, regionally and in 74 subject areas.

The main Complete University Guide league table is based on ten measures: entry standards, student satisfaction, research quality, research intensity, academic services spend, spending on student facilities, continuation, student-staff ratio, graduate prospects – outcomes, and graduate prospects – on track. It includes 130 UK institutions.


For further media information contact Lynne Russell, Communications Manager, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, E: lrussell@qmu.ac.uk; M: 07711 011239.

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