Division of Media, Communication and Performing Arts

In the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022, we are ranked in the top 20 UK universities for Communication and Media (20th out of 88) 

Welcome to the Division of Media, Communication and Performing Arts where we have been delivering courses in culture, creativity and communication for over forty years. Our aim is to provide a stimulating and challenging environment where students combine academic study, creative practical work and opportunities for reflective, work-based learning. Our students benefit from the division’s links with businesses, professional practitioners, as well as Edinburgh’s unique artistic and cultural organisations, festivals, and events.

We deliver undergraduate and postgraduate courses that are relevant, stimulating, challenging and practical. They aim to provide students with the specialist knowledge, working practices, and high level communication skills that employers look for in graduates. Students are encouraged to challenge conventional assumptions, develop collaborative partnerships, explore their creativity, cultivate resilience and ultimately become ready to engage with their chosen professional careers. Our graduates go on to work in the creative industries, marketing, public relations, events, arts management, and beyond.

Within the division, learning is not limited to the classroom. Opportunities for work-based experiences exist across all of our courses, while students also have access to a range of specialist facilities and resources to support their studies. In addition to a range of production equipment, digital editing suites and post-production facilities, we also have a fully equipped and licensed studio theatre, five rehearsal studios and a costume design workshop. We also have international partnerships in Australia, Sweden, Canada, and the USA and every year a number of our undergraduate students take the opportunity to embark on an overseas exchange.

Our staff team is made up of many dedicated professionals and practitioners, all of whom have strong, current industry connections. Many are actively engaged in research and knowledge exchange, meaning that the content of our courses is up-to-date, thought-provoking and engages with contemporary questions and debates. In 2014, our submission to the Research Excellence Framework, in the field of Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, was ranked 1st in Scotland for world leading and internationally excellent publications and 12th in the UK on the same measures.

QMU is in the top 2 in Scotland for student satisfaction in Tourism, Transport and Travel (includes International Hospitality and Tourism Management, Events Management, and Public Relations, Marketing and Events courses) (Source: NSS 2020)

QMU is in the top 2 in Scotland for student satisfaction in Tourism, Transport and Travel

Head of Division

John Dean
Tel: 0131 474 0000

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Edinburgh-based university responds to post-pandemic digital performance boom with new master’s

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08 November 2021

New global film master's at QMU to address key industry skill shortages

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08 November 2021

QMU announces two new senior appointments

Professor Catriona Bell will take up the new post of Director of Academic Development and Learning E read more

06 October 2021 More News

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Training the Digital Ensemble

Blog by Stephanie Arsoska and the Practice Research Group. This short reflection explores some of t read more

26 October 2021

Decolonising the Curriculum: Silence is not an Option

Stephen Lawrence was a black British teenager who was murdered in an unprovoked racially motivated a read more

21 April 2021

Masculine Affirmation - Filmmaking Research During the Pandemic

As an early-career researcher in the process of completing my PhD, I am often reminded of the develo read more

14 April 2021