Queen Margaret University has a long history spanning over a century. Founded in 1875 in Edinburgh, Scotland, Queen Margaret was granted the power to award its own taught degrees in 1992 by the Privy Council. In 1998 it was granted the power to award its own research and higher degrees. In January 2007, it was granted the full university title enabling it to grant its degrees to programs run at collaborating institutions.
- HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency, UK) statistics released in 2015 show that QMU currently attracts 97% of young full-time entrants to degree programmes from state schools.
- QMU moved up 10 places in Complete University Guide 2015. It is one of only 10 universities to have climbed up 10 places or more in this edition of the Complete University Guide.
- QMU moved up 12 places in the Guardian League Tables 2015.
- In the International Student Barometer (ISB) Autumn Wave 2013, QMU was ranked the top university in Scotland for 'work experience'.
- In the National Student Survey (NSS) 2014, overall satisfaction with QMU stands at 86%. In the Personal Development section of the survey, QMU scores above the Scottish and UK averages across every question.
- In 2002, QMU won the Queen's Anniversary Prize for work in Health and Rehabilitation and research in linguistics and communication was recognised as internationally significant in the latest UK Government's Research Assessment Exercise.
- Through collaborative agreements, students are studying for QMU degrees in Singapore, Egypt, Greece, Switzerland, India and Pakistan.