Short Courses at QMU


Upskill with QMU

Each year, our School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management offers a range of short courses that can help you gain new knowledge and develop new skills. Generally speaking, these courses are open to all (ie you don't need prior qualifications). Details of each course are set out on this page.

Free Places

Thanks to funding from the Scottish Government and the Scottish Funding Council, a number of these courses are available free of charge, provided you meet certain criteria. See the individual course listings more information.

Skills for Good

QMU is committed to social justice and our purpose is to create a better society through education. As such, our short courses focus on skills development for the public and not-for-profit sectors. Arranged around four key themes - Education, Sustainability, Social Justice, and Social Entrepreneurship - our courses are intended to enhance the skills base and employability of those working and volunteering in these areas.  

Options to gain credit towards a PgCert or degree

Some of our short courses carry academic credit and in most cases this credit can be used towards a higher award – for example, a Postgraduate Certificate - should you wish to continue with further study. Other courses are not assessed and therefore are not credit bearing, however, participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance.   

Courses confirmed as running in 2023 so far are:

February 2023

Introduction to Film Education - Free places (start date: 5 March 2023)

Although not offering free places, our School of Health Sciences also offer an Introduction to Art Psychotherapy (start date: February 2023) short course. 

March 2023

Making Places for Outdoor Learning - Free places (start date: 5 March 2023)

May 2023

Using Research to Improve Organisational Performance in the Cultural Sector - Free places (start date: 1 May 2023)

Start dates TBC

Entrepreneurial Finance - Free places (start date: TBC)

Online Performance Practice - Free places (NB this course will run on demand)

Sustainable and Safe Event Management - Free places (NB this course will run on demand)

Previous courses 

We previously ran the course listed below. Please keep an eye out for future start dates. 

Leadership, Governance and Strategy (Not-for-Profit)

Gender Justice and Violence: Feminist Approaches

Evaluating Arts and Cultural Projects - Free places (start date: January 2023)

Fundraising, Development and Finance - Free places (start date: January 2023)

Planning and Marketing Cultural Projects - Free places (start date: January 2023)

Do keep an eye on this page, as we will be adding more courses.

QMU Short Courses (A-Z)