Queen Margaret University is dedicated to improving the quality of life and building the evidence-base for policy and practice through interdisciplinary research and industry relevant knowledge exchange. The value of our work is measured by its impact and the social usefulness, practicality and applicability of its outcomes.

As an engaged university, our aim is to understand society and enhance it: to connect local and international perspectives; to inform public debate; and to make significant contributions beyond academia. We have a vibrant research culture that promotes synergy between teaching, research and knowledge exchange.

The QMU Graduate School welcomes applications for doctoral studies within our areas of expertise.

Queen Margaret University Graduate School welcomes applications for doctoral studies in our specialist subject areas.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Queen Margaret University’s focus is on key subject areas which are in the line with our vision. Before applying for a PhD, ensure you identify first that your proposed research area is one in which QMU can offer supervisory expertise. We highly recommend that you contact potential supervisors prior to submitting an application.


Professional Doctorate

We offer a professional doctorate which has been designed for experienced professionals working in health and social sciences.

This qualification is for those who normally already have Masters level qualifications and two or more years expertise in a professional field, and want to conduct PhD level study related to their professional area whilst working. The research is usually carried out at the place of employment.

PhD by Publication

QMU offers suitable staff members the opportunity to complete a PhD by publication. The PhD by publication shares most of the characteristics of the PhD and is normally awarded on the basis of a series of peer-reviewed academic papers, books, citations or other materials that have been published, accepted for publication, exhibited or performed, usually accompanied by a substantial commentary linking the published work and outlining its coherence and significance, together with an oral examination at which the candidate defends his/her research.

Graduate School

For further information or enquiries please get in touch.

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Graduate School

Graduate School Professional Doctorate and Ph.D Enquiries
0131 474 0000
Master Research Degree - Application Enquiries Admissions Team
0131 474 0000