Queen Margaret Business School is responsive and dynamic with focused, industry relevant, quality postgraduate courses that are continuously refreshed to respond to the rapidly changing environment.

Queen Margaret Business School is responsive, dynamic and progressive. We are experienced at delivering focused, industry relevant, quality postgraduate courses that are continuously refreshed, responding to the rapidly changing environment, while also shaping society.

We offer the following postgraduate courses:


• MBA Family and Smaller Enterprises

• MBA Hospitality

• MBA Tourism

• MSc International Management and Leadership

• MSc International Management and Leadership with Events

• MSc International Management and Leadership with Tourism

• MSc International Management and Leadership with Family and Smaller Enterprises

• MSc International Management and Leadership with Hospitality

Our MBA and MSc International Management and Leadership courses will be of interest to applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Depending on whether you choose the MBA or the MSc routes, entry criteria can vary.

The MBAs are designed for candidates who already have academic and/or professional business experience. The MSc courses have been developed to include those who may not have a background or experience in business, but who would now like to develop their knowledge and skills further.

Our courses will give you the opportunity and space to develop your personal management and leadership skills and help you build a robust subject knowledge base and engage with critical debates. All of this will prepare you with the confidence to become highly employable and effective.

The MBA will allow you to develop your business and management skills, whilst those who select to specialise will also be able to focus part of their study in their chosen area.

The focused International Management and Leadership course will allow you to explore and critically appraise management and leadership. Those who follow a specific route will specialise part of their studies in the areas of family business and smaller enterprises, hospitality, tourism or events.

Why QMU?

Queen Margaret Business School has a culture defined by strong personal relationships, informality and flexibility. We encourage our students to be truly ambitious, to experiment, innovate, and take risks. To drive this we foster a culture of respectful challenge and debate, which blends research-based academic excellence with current business experience.

By engaging with research excellence and the dynamic world of business, staff and students benefit from the latest developments in the field and can use practical and academic expertise to develop their learning and careers. Focused on demand-led programmes, our master’s degree courses draw heavily on staff expertise and experience in academia, business and our other specialised areas.

Our approach to teaching and learning

All of our courses are modular and we offer full-time and part-time options with both September and January starts. It is also possible to study some individual modules for CPD purposes. We facilitate visits to external organisations and allow you to enjoy a true teamwork experience with your peers.

One of our strengths is our small class sizes which enhances the student experience. It allows us to develop much more than just the traditional classroom format: the team is able to know and support you as an individual. Classes regularly take part in external visits offering a range of experiential opportunities, only available to small groups. In addition, we have regular speakers from industry and support agencies with whom you will be able to interact.

The MBA and MSc International Management and Leadership experience is unlike the traditional dissertation-based master’s courses offered by many other universities. We want to ensure that your experience is not only student-centred, but is also focused on you as an individual. We have replaced the conventional dissertation with a ‘hands on’ business or community based project where you will work with either a commercial business, community, voluntary or social enterprise in order to use and develop your management or leadership skills.

Through the process and personal journey of taking a project from idea through execution and evaluation, students will build up practical business experience and develop opportunities to enhance their employability. We also want our graduates to be both more aware of the wider societal impact, and of the responsibility of managers and leaders toward business and global sustainability.

Industry links

We work continually with a wide range of business organisations and public services, as well as the third sector, individual business leaders and industry experts to develop our courses. This ensures that along with in-depth theoretical underpinnings, the courses are rooted in relevance and industry practice. As your course progresses you will hear from guest lecturers, participate in visits to a wide range of industries and organisations, and engage in a range of other networking opportunities with staff and industry experts. In recent years we have engaged with: Diageo; New Lanark Heritage Centre and Hotel; Nairns; AG Barr (Irn-Bru); Waldorff Astoria, Edinburgh; Glenkinchie Distillery; Henderson’s restaurants; Isle of Eriska Hotel; Scottish Ambulance Service; Turcan Connell; and Dakota hotels, to name but a few.

Career prospects

Our postgraduate courses are designed to enhance your career prospects by opening up a wide range of global opportunities. Our graduates take with them enhanced employability and confidence, whether they obtain a position with a multinational organisation, work within the public sector, create their own business, gain employment in the third sector or go on to further studies.

Find out more information on how to apply for a course at QMU.