Short Courses at QMU

Upskill with QMU

We offer 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 employability and skills development for the public and not-for-profit sectors. 

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.   

Short courses in 2023/24

Name Start date
Working with Sign Language Users and Interpreters - Free places 26 June 2023
Strategy and Sustainability Within Cultural Organisations 15 September 2023 
Using Research to Improve Organisational Performance in the Cultural Sector 2 October 2023
Filmmaking in the Classroom 2 October 2023
PgCert Film and Screen Education 2 October 2023


Gender Justice and Violence: Feminist Approaches

October 2023 (Start date TBC)

NEW - Offsite Safety Management (subject to validation) 7 & 8 December 2023 OR 22 & 23 April 2024
Introduction to International Safeguarding

14 & 15 December OR 25 & 26 April 2024

Evaluating Arts and Cultural Projects - Free places

January 2024 (Start date TBC)

Stage Management: Skills & Practice

January 2024 (Start date TBC)

Fundraising, Development and Finance - Free places

January 2024 (Start date TBC)

Planning and Marketing Cultural Projects - Free places

January 2024 (Start date TBC)

Professional Practice in Screen Education

25 February 2024

Making Places for Outdoor Learning - Free places

February 2024 (Start date TBC)

Introduction to Film Education - Free places

5 March 2024

Mastering Cultural Sector Data

April 2024 (Exact start date TBC)

Other short-courses (no funding available)

Name Start date
Introduction to Dramatherapy 28 October 2023

On demand short courses

Name Start date
Sustainable and Safe Event Management - Free places *There are no upcoming dates for this short course, but new dates may be added in due course. We can also run it 'on demand' for organisations who would like to use them as part of staff development. Contact us for more details about costs and how to arrange a bespoke delivery of this course.
Introduction to Data Analysis in Hospitality & Tourism - Free places As above*
Professional Certificate in Mediation & Mediation Skills As above*


Previous/new short courses

We previously ran the following courses. Please keep an eye out for future start dates. 

Name Start date
Leadership, Governance and Strategy (Not-for-Profit) - Free places TBC
Entrepreneurial Finance - Free places TBC 
Professional Certificate in Mediation and Mediation Skills - Free places TBC 
Digital Content Creation for Campaigns - Free places TBC 


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

QMU Short Courses (A-Z)