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Welcome to the School of Arts & Social Sciences at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Providing a range of professionally relevant courses, the School with equip students with the skills and knowledge to build a successful career in their chosen area. The School is also actively involved in research and consultancy to external bodies and companies. We also have collaborations with universities across the globe.
The School provides high quality teaching and research in the areas of:
• Media, Communication and Performing Arts
• Psychology and Sociology
Media, Communication and Performing Arts
All of our media and communication-related undergraduate courses, including the only programme in Scotland accredited by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), offer a critical understanding of the media, culture and society, while one sixth of each programme is devoted to practical media production. QMU is the only Scottish Institution to offer CIPR accredited undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and to teach the CIPR Diploma.
QMU has an excellent reputation for providing undergraduate degrees in the performing arts and we have produced many graduates who have gone on to become familiar faces on stage and screen. Our staff are a lively community of enquiring practitioners. Our aim is to educate and train theatre and screen practitioners, and cultural sector workers, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The emphasis is firmly on the creative practice of making performance for live and recorded media, and on the study of the cultural sector. This practice is strongly rooted in theory. The staff team is comprised of working theatre and screen directors, actors, writers, journalists, designers, community arts workers, cultural sector workers, musical directors, stage managers, technicians, voice coaches and choreographers. In addition, the School regularly engages guest staff and resident theatre companies.
Psychology and Sociology
We are rapidly expanding our undergraduate and postgraduate courses, while maintaining the high standards required for accreditation by the Bristish Psychological Society.
Successful students on our Health Psychology and Psychology BSc Honours degrees all become eligible for Membership of the British Psychological Society and Graduate Basis for Registration.
At postgraduate level, our courses are mostly available on a full-time and part-time basis. Some are taught in short blocks which means that you may only need to visit the university a few times.
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The CIPR Public Affairs Diploma is designed for public relations or public affairs practitioners who want to develop relevant theoretical knowledge and to strengthen their practical skills in order to become more effective and better placed to take on more senior roles. Read more
This new CIPR qualification will allow you to gain an advanced understanding of professional practice, including PR strategy and planning, content management, media and engagement, measurement and evaluation, and PR leadership. Read more
Within a rapidly changing domestic and international environment, the work of arts and cultural managers is becoming more complex and significant. Read more
The MRes is an award that may be the first step towards an academic research career. It would also be relevant for students keen to pursue research in other organisations with client-focused settings. Read more
This master’s degree has been developed in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and offers the opportunity for students to obtain in one year a master’s degree, a prestigious professional qualification (CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting) and the maximum 11 exemptions from CIMA’s certificate, operational and management level examinations. Read more
This new course responds to communications industry research showing that ‘digital’ is no longer an ‘add on’ and calls for both in-house professionals and agencies to change the way they work to accommodate their role as content creators. Read more
It is increasingly recognised that reductionist approaches to tackling food-related issues are ineffective and that a more comprehensive, holistic approach is required if we are to better understand the many ways that food affects and shapes our lives, and effectively address the many injustices and inequalities that are manifest in the current food system. Read more
The MSc International Management and Leadership is designed to be a vibrant and innovative course that focuses on best practice in management and leadership while developing an international focus. It covers contemporary management practice and also community engagement and service. Read more
Public sociology is a distinctive approach to the discipline, in which sociological knowledge theory, analysis and social practice is directly connected to the experiences of particular ‘publics’, normally understood as community groups, interest groups, campaigns or other civil society organisations. Read more
The MSc Strategic Communication and Public Relations offers an unparalleled balance in UK postgraduate courses of teaching in internal and external communication, as well as strategic communication, for both private and public sectors. Read more
Do you work in arts management and want to take your career to a new level? Designed to fit around your existing work commitments, this practical and relevant PgCert offers a flexible, part-time way to develop your professional skills and knowledge. Read more
This qualification is aimed specifically at senior practitioners within the arts and cultural sector who would like to gain a doctoral qualification through an extended period of study and critical reflection designed to be undertaken alongside existing work or freelancing commitments. Read more