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University of Stirling

At the University of Stirling, being the difference is in our DNA – providing education with a purpose and carrying out research that helps to shape society. University of Stirling is an international university with pioneering spirit and a global reputation for high-quality teaching and research. University of Stirling is passionate about creating impact in everything we do.Stirling is a place where ability is valued.

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (41)
Engineering & Technology (1)



  • Since its founding in 1967 the University of Stirling has been helping its graduates, staff and students to shape the world.
  • The history begins with a visionary who recognised that society was being transformed and it needed people skilled in navigating change.
  • On 18 September 1967, 164 undergraduate students and 31 postgraduates began their courses at the new Pathfoot Building. Since then we’ve grown to over 14,000 students from over 120 nationalities and we have over 92,000 alumni in 170 countries.


  • The University of Stirling is organised for learning, teaching and research into five faculties, each of which comprises multiple departments, institutes and centres. There are also a number of professional services directorates within the University.
  • Study at Stirling and you'll graduate with more than a qualification. You'll be immersed in knowledge and opportunities that will encourage you to grow and succeed. You'll grapple with big ideas and be encouraged to think differently by academics whose research is changing the world.


  • At the University of Stirling, our researchers are truly making a difference. We’re leading the fight against tobacco-related harm, feeding communities through sustainable aquaculture research and working to improve the lives of people with dementia. 
  • The research is conducted to the highest standards of quality and integrity, allowing us to support and improve life across the world.


Students gain more than a degree. From internships to help finding a job, the Careers and Employability Service gives you the support and advice you need to plan your career,  develop your employability or think about further study.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.


Housing services

If you’re looking for the perfect place to call home during your studies, we’ve got you covered. The range of secure and affordable accommodation includes over 2,000 rooms right on our beautiful campus, as well as easy-to-reach off-campus residences. Explore our accommodation below and tailor your search to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Library services

With hundreds of thousands of books and plenty of room for research and study, our spacious library offers all the tools and resources you need to succeed. Whether you want to work in silence or collaborate on new ideas, you’ll find the perfect space across the library’s three floors – from comfortable sofas and individual study desks to group study rooms and open plan group study pods.

Medical services

To provide for your healthcare needs during your time at university, our campus plays host to a dedicated NHS general medical practice and dental centre. Every student is entitled to register for these practices and benefit from the friendly, personal service they offer.

Student Life

Campus life

The 330-acre campus isn't just a gorgeous place to call home. With an Olympic-sized swimming pool, on-site cinema and more than a dozen restaurants, bars and delis, it’s easy to see why we’ve earned a five-star rating for our facilities in the QS World Rankings.

Sports facilities

  • The world-class sport and fitness indoor facilities are available for hire and host over 50 drop-in classes, lessons for children and adults, fitness groups and sports activities.
  • The world-class outdoor facilities are available to members and non-members for hire and use for sport and leisure activities.

Student clubs

  • Welcome to Your Students’ Union! Everything that we do is aimed at making students’ lives better and in these pages we hope to give you just a taste of all of the things on offer from your Union to make your time at University the best it can be.
  • Your Students' Union has a huge range of activities from Sports Teams, Clubs and Societies and events to keep you busy. Getting involved with groups like Hockey, Swimming or our Drama Soc gives you a great opportunity to meet new people and do the things you love. The Union is also a place to come if you need support or just want to get your hands on the free sanitary products and condoms!

Student Reviews

University of Stirling Business studies
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful campus and a very flexible degree structure allowed me to explore other topics within the Business Management discipline. The core modules have given me a firm understanding of the business world in the present day and how theoretical ideas can be implemented into the real world.

Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

The university is very bad but student life is the best!

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Stirling University is an amazing community to be a part of, I have been lucky enough to be the President of the Stirling First Aid Africa Affiliate Society which means that I have worked and communicated with students and faculty alike. There is an amazing support system within this university and I am very proud to have studied here.

Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom