Queen Margaret University

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The Queen Margaret University (formerly Queen Margaret University College and Queen Margaret College) is a university in Musselburgh, East Lothian near Edinburgh in Scotland.

The college, founded in 1875, is named. According to Margaret of Scotland, wife of Malcolm III. In January 2007, the educational institution of university status was awarded. In the fall of 2007, the move was made to the newly built campus in Musselburgh.


The Queen Margaret University in 1875 as The Edinburgh School of Cookery and Domestic Economy (School of cookery and housekeeping, Edinburgh) by Christian Guthrie Wright and Louisa Stevenson was founded. Wright and Stevenson were both members of the Edinburgh Association for the University Education of Women, an organization that fought for women's education. The school was founded as a pure Women's Institute, with the aims to help women to study and simultaneously to improve the nutritional situation of the working class. The lectures were first held in the rooms of the Royal Museum in Edinburgh. Was this combined with public, nationwide lectures and practical demonstrations. 1877 the school received premises in Shandwick Place in Edinburgh's Haymarket.

1891 the school moved after Atholl Crescent to, expanded its course offerings and offered accommodation to the students. In 1909, the facility was named to the Central Institution and the Scotch Education Department assumed. The first director Ethel De la Cour was appointed, which exercised this office until 1930. This year, the facility was also renamed the Edinburgh College of Domestic Science.

1961 bought the college campus in the Corstorphine Clermiston, a suburb of Edinburgh. 1970, the campus was put into operation two years later the name was changed to Queen Margaret College. The college expanded in the following course offerings, particularly in the field of health care.

The following institutions have been united since 1970 with the Queen Margaret College:

  • The Edinburgh College of Speech and Drama ( founded in 1929, incorporated 1971)
  • The Edinburgh School of Speech Therapy ( founded in 1946, incorporated 1975)
  • The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh School of Physiotherapy ( founded in 1940, incorporated 1978)
  • The Astley Ainslie Hospital Occupational Therapy Training Centre ( founded in 1937, incorporated 1979)
  • The Edinburgh Foot Clinic and School of Chiropody ( established in 1924, incorporated 1984)
  • The Edinburgh School of Radiography ( founded in 1936, incorporated 1992)
  • The Edinburgh University Settlement School of Art Therapy ( founded in 1992, incorporated 1997)

1992 gave the Privy Council to the Queen Margaret College the right to confer academic degrees lower. In 1998 the College was equipped with the full teaching authority, so that there ever since and research, doctoral and habilitation are possible. Subsequently, the College was renamed Queen Margaret University College in 1999. After further improvements, including the construction of a new campus, the institution in 2007 of university status was awarded. Since the winter semester 2007/2008, the previously existing three campuses on the new campus near Musselburgh, East of Edinburgh are united.


The University is divided into four faculties:

  • The School of Business, Enterprise and Management
  • The School of Drama and Creative Industries
  • The School of Health Sciences
  • The School of Social Sciences, Media and Communication


Former Campus

Before moving to Musselburgh, the QMU distributed across three sites. It gave each a campus in Corstorphine in the west of Edinburgh, a campus in Leith in Edinburgh city center and a campus in a former television studio of the Scottish television on the Gateway Theatre in Leith Walk.

Campus in Musselburgh

In the winter semester 2007/2008, the University moved east of Edinburgh in the newly built campus in Musselburgh. The new building cost £ 100 million and covers an area of ​​35 acre. On campus, the teaching building, the Student Association, a small gymnasium and dormitories found with more than 800 rooms. 2009, the University building was nominated for Carbuncle Cup.

Campus in Singapore

In April 2008, another campus of the QMU was opened in Singapore, the Asia campus. The campus is located in a former school building in the district of Balestier and is a joint venture with a private training provider.

Known graduates