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Universidad de Murcia
Latin: Universitas Studiorum Murciana
Established1272; 752 years ago (1272)
1915 (modern)
RectorJosé Luján Alcaraz
Academic staff
c. 2000
Administrative staff
c. 800
Undergraduatesc. 30,000
Postgraduatesc. 1500
Avenida Teniente Flomesta, nº 5
30003 Murcia
, , ,
La Merced; Espinardo
University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[1]701–800 (2023)
QS World[2]901–950 (2024)
THE World[3]801–1000 (2024)
USNWR Global[4]=782 (2023)

The University of Murcia (Spanish: Universidad de Murcia) is the primary institute of higher education in Murcia, Spain. With a student population of approximately 38,000, it is the largest university in the Region of Murcia. Founded in 1272 AD, the University of Murcia is the third oldest university in Spain, following only the University of Salamanca (1218 AD) and the University of Valladolid (1241 AD), and the thirteenth oldest in the world. The University of Murcia was established by the King Alfonso X of Castile[5] under the Crown of Castile.

The majority of the university's facilities and buildings are spread over two campuses: the older is La Merced, situated in the town center, and the larger is Espinardo, 5km to the north of Murcia. The university's San Javier campus is the center of its sports science programs.[6] A third campus for Medical and Health Studies is currently[when?] being built next to the suburban area known as Ciudad Sanitaria Virgen de la Arrixaca, 5km south of the city.


Murcia in Spain
Facade of the Arts Faculty (La Merced campus) viewed from Plaza de la Universidad
Faculty of Law cloister (La Merced campus)

The first university in Murcia was founded as the Universitas Studiorum Murciana by Alfonso X of Castile around 1272. The current modern University of Murcia was founded in 1915, making it the tenth oldest university in Spain among the modern universities, but its seal carries the date of the thirteenth century founding.


The University of Murcia has two campuses: La Merced,[7] the original campus in the center of the city; and the larger Espinardo,[8] 5 km to the north, which houses most students.

A third campus for medical and health studies is currently being built in the Murcia neighborhood of El Palmar,[9] next to the hospital Ciudad Sanitaria Virgen de la Arrixaca, 5 km south of Murcia's city center. A fourth campus is in the beginning stages in San Javier.[10] Another one, in Lorca, is expected to open in 2007.


Categorized by faculties and university schools:[11]


Degree footnotes

  • E Espinardo campus
  • M La Merced campus
  • SJ San Javier campus
  • MH La Merced campus, but some classes given in hospitals
  • Mu In city of Murcia outside La Merced campus
  • C Cartagena, 60 km (37 mi) south of Murcia
  • 2nd Second cycle degrees only

See also


  1. ^ "ARWU World University Rankings 2034". Retrieved 26 August 2022.
  2. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2024". 19 June 2023. Retrieved 26 August 2023.
  3. ^ "World University Rankings". 6 August 2023. Retrieved 26 August 2023.
  4. ^ "U.S. News Education: Best Global Universities 2022-23". Retrieved 23 November 2023.
  5. ^ (in Spanish) Historia de la Universidad de Murcia - Universidad de Murcia - Universidad de Murcia. Retrieved on 2013-10-05.
  6. ^ "Campus de San Javier". Universidad de Murcia. Retrieved 18 December 2023.
  7. ^ "Plano del Campus de la Merced". Archived from the original on 6 February 2018. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  8. ^ "Universidad de Murcia - Visita Virtual". Archived from the original on 6 February 2018. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  9. ^ "Planos de la Universidad de Murcia. Plano del Campus de Ciencias de la Salud (El Palmar)". Archived from the original on 6 February 2018. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  10. ^ "Planos de la Universidad de Murcia. Fac. Ciencias del Deporte (San Javier)". Archived from the original on 6 February 2018. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  11. ^ "University of Murcia" (PDF). Compostela Group of Universities. 2005-10-06. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-07-28. Retrieved 2007-11-15.
  12. ^ "CEA INFANTE".

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