As a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools, the Queen Margaret Business School offers postgraduate courses designed to suit those who may not have a background of experience in business. Our courses are suitable for new graduates as well as those who have been in the workplace for some time.


Our approach to teaching and research in business related subjects is distinctive in three ways:

• Our commitment to providing the optimum balance of theoretical and practical approaches, with strong industry links.
• Our emphasis on the need for ethical, social and ecological responsibility in business.
• Our entrepreneurial focus. Our students benefit from the University’s Business Innovation Zone (which hosts start-ups) and on-campus Business Gateway, and many go on to create their own businesses.

We offer the following postgraduate courses.

• MSc International Management and Leadership
• MSc Finance
• MSc International Marketing

Our well established MSc International Management and Leadership focuses on best practice in management and leadership while developing students’ international focus. It allows students to explore and critically appraise management and leadership.

Our new MSc Finance is for graduates from a wide range of disciplines who want to develop a career in finance or business. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of the global financial environment in which businesses, both for profit and not-for-profit, and governments operate; financial management decisions of firms of all sizes; the workings of global financial and capital markets; corporate governance and ethical issues of financial organisations; and causes and consequences of banking and financial crises. The MSc Finance will be of interest to those with undergraduate degrees in business and finance related subjects, and those from other disciplines who wish to gain an understanding of finance.

Our new MSc International Marketing responds to the growing importance of marketing and allied business functions. Students will gain a strong understanding of the international marketing role and the key factors that influence the operating environment. It will attract both those who already have a degree in business and wish to deepen their understanding of marketing and those who have a degree in another discipline and want to develop marketing and related skills.

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.

All of 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. This will develop your confidence, making you highly employable and effective in your work.

One of our strengths is our small class sizes which enhance the student experience. They allow 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 directly.

As our staff are engaged in both research excellence and the dynamic world of business, our students benefit from the latest developments in the field and can use practical and academic expertise to develop their learning and careers.

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.

The learning and teaching experience at QMU is unlike that offered by most business schools in that we want to ensure that your experience is not only student-centred, but is also focused on you as an individual.

One example of this is our replacement of the conventional dissertation with a ‘hands on’ project. This means that you will work with either a commercial business, or a community, voluntary or social enterprise in order to use and develop your skills and knowledge. Through the process and personal journey of taking a project from idea through execution and evaluation, you will build up practical experience and develop opportunities to enhance your employability.

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.