Preparing you for employment: placements, careers and employability With the jobs market becoming ever more competitive, we want to ensure that our graduates are fully equipped with the knowledge and skills to compete successfully in the jobs market. Our employment rate 98.2%* of those graduating from a full-time undergraduate degree course at QMU go on to employment or further training within six months of graduating, which demonstrates that our graduates have the skills and knowledge that employers value. QMU’s graduate employment rate is well above the Scottish university sector average of 95.2%. Indeed, we are top in Scotland and third in the UK for employment of our graduate leavers. *Source: July HESA 2017 Courses designed for a satisfying career QMU provides a range of professionally relevant courses, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and produces graduates who are well prepared to enter a career after graduation. Our courses aim to enable you to have a positive impact on people’s everyday lives and the type of careers that our graduates enter are ones which will bring job satisfaction and the opportunity to contribute to society. We are one of the leading providers of courses allied to medicine, and the professional accreditation, approval and registration provided by these courses allows our graduates to begin working immediately, often in the National Health Service, as, for example, physiotherapists, podiatrists, occupational therapists, radiographers and dieticians. Our other health courses, in the biological sciences, nutrition and life sciences, can lead graduates into commercial research work, further academic research and entrepreneurship. Our range of business courses produce graduates who go on to very successful careers either running their own 12 businesses or working in the marketing, retail, events, hospitality and tourism sectors. Our arts and social sciences graduates also go on to have successful careers in a variety of fields, with many now carving out self-employed careers, for example, establishing their own theatre companies. Examples of the variety of jobs in which our students have found employment are provided on the individual course pages and case studies in this prospectus, and on our website. Placements At QMU, many of our courses include an integral placement as part of the curriculum. This can range from a few weeks to several months of each year depending on the course, and some courses offer opportunities in the UK and overseas. Our placements are set up to provide students with an environment for practical learning, utilising what you have learnt in the classroom in a real-world setting and offering the opportunity to learn on the job, within the supportive environment of the University.