See below for some quick facts and figures, and also for links to our published Facts and Figures documents and to our Statement of Accounts.

Key student statistics (18/19 academic year)

7601 students (including 2462 studying via our partners overseas)

41% are from Scotland;

8.8% are from the UK outside of Scotland;

36.8% are from Europe;

13.4% are from outside Europe.

We are in the top three in Scotland for employment of undergraduate leavers: 97.1% are in employment or further study six months after graduation, placing us third in Scotland on this measure (HESA, 2018).

Economic impact

  • According to research by the University of Strathclyde, QMU is worth £77 million to the economy (2009)
  • Employment attributable to the University represents 3% of all East Lothian employment.
  • Students from outside Scotland who come to study at QMU generate an estimated £11m of economic output each year.

Student satisfaction

  • National Student Survey (NSS) 2018 results show that 82% of QMU’s students are satisfied with the quality of their course. 


Ranked top modern university in Scotland in the Times Good University Guide 2020, and top modern ('post-92') university in Scotland in the Complete University Guide 2020.

Other interesting facts

  • We were established in 1875. Throughout our history, we have focused on serving the community and improving the quality of life through education and research which is relevant to society’s needs.
  • We offer the broadest range of allied health professional degrees in Scotland including nursing, dietetics, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry, radiography, audiology, art psychotherapy, music therapy, and speech and language therapy.
  • We have won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for our work in speech science.
  • In the most recent nationwide audit of research in universities, Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), over 58% of QMU’s overall research was rated as world leading or internationally excellent.  Amongst the highlights was our success in Speech and Language Sciences, with 92% of our research in this field classed as internationally excellent or world leading.  Times Higher Education singled us out as a ‘notable riser’ in terms of REF performance.
  • Through collaborative agreements, students are studying for our degrees in India, Nepal, Greece and Switzerland and other countries.
  • We have flagship areas of specialism in health and rehabilitation, creativity and culture and sustainable business.

Our alumni include:

  • Michael Matheson, MSP and Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity in the Scottish Government
  • Matt Baker, TV presenter (formerly ‘Blue Peter’, currently ‘The One Show’ and ‘Countryfile’)
  • Ashley Jensen, actor (US hit TV series ‘Ugly Betty’)
  • Edith Bowman, Scottish music critic, radio DJ and TV presenter (BBC Radio 1)
  • Kevin McKidd, actor (‘Trainspotting’, TV hit series ‘Rome’, Grey’s Anatomy’)

Our Strategic Plan is designed to enable us to fulfil our potential as a university of ideas and influence. The strategy covers the period of time leading up to 2025, the 150th anniversary of our foundation. It holds true to the principles and values on which this institution was founded. This is reflected in a focus on supporting students, serving the community, creating meaningful partnerships, promoting impactful knowledge exchange and enshrining social justice. Inspired by our strong record of achieving ambitious goals throughout our history, from addressing 19th century social problems to creating the first new Scottish university campus of the 21st century, our the Strategic Plan sets out how we will reach beyond our current horizons. Underpinning this is a new emphasis on institutional confidence.

Find out more about our strategy in our Strategic Plan

Our Outcome Agreement sets out a number of objectives across the range of SFC funded activity, namely, teaching,research and innovation. For more information see our Outcome Agreement 2017-2020: April 2019 Update

For more full information on our student numbers, annual turnover, and other statistical information, see below for our facts and figures publications and statement of accounts for recent years.

QMU Facts and Figures 2020 (PDF version)

QMU Facts and Figures 2019 (PDF version)

QMU Facts and Figures 2018 (PDF version)

QMU Facts and Figures 2016 (PDF version)

QMU Facts and Figures 2015 (PDF version)

QMU Facts and Figures 2014 (PDF version)

QMU Facts and Figures 2013 (PDF version)

QMU Facts and Figures 2012 (PDF version)

QMU Facts and Figures 2011 (PDF version)

QMU Facts and Figures 2010 (PDF version)

More information can be found via our Statement of Accounts which can be found in our Finance web section


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