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University of Stirling

The essence of the University of Stirling is its great people: our graduates, staff and students are helping to shape the world. We aim to be at the forefront of research and learning that helps to improve lives. Working with academic, commercial, public, private and voluntary sector partners, Stirling is one of the UK’s leading research universities in the fields of health and wellbeing, the environment and people, culture and society, enterprise and the economy, and sport.

Top reasons to study here

  • There is a vibrant and growing postgraduate community and we welcome students, researchers and staff from around the world.
  • Students are at the heart of what we do and we provide one of the best all round student experiences in the UK.
  • We are ambitious for our students, and our flexible learning opportunities enable them to explore and discover new subjects and interests.

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (36)
Business & Management (25)
Journalism & Media (14)
Medicine & Health (11)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (10)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (6)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (5)
Applied Sciences & Professions (4)
Agriculture & Forestry (3)
Computer Science & IT (3)
Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Engineering & Technology (2)
Law (2)



Founded by Royal Charter in 1967, the University of Stirling was the first genuinely new university in Scotland for over 400 years. We retain our pioneering spirit and a passion for innovation and excellence in all we do.


  • We offer a wide range of exciting and business- focused undergraduate degree and taught postgraduate degree programmes. We are recognised as a centre of excellence for research.
  • We have developed a series of part-time and flexible study courses which allows you to fit study around work or other commitments.
  • We have excellent opportunities for international students and also for incoming exchange students who have the option of studying at Stirling for a semester or a year. Additionally, we offer English language and academic preparation courses.
  • Our University has many exchange partners across the world - why not broaden your horizons and spend some of your time studying abroad?


The results of the University’s performance in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) are outstanding, with Stirling enhancing its position as one of the top research-led universities in the UK. Stirling has moved up to 6th place in Scotland and 45th in the UK.

The University has a track record in externally funded, quality research, attracting grants and awards from a wide range of funders. We also have a growing portfolio of enterprise activity and consultancy work.


  • Stirling is ranked 7th in the UK for graduate employability with 96% of our graduates in employment, or further study, within six months of graduating. (Telegraph/HESA, 2015)

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Student services

There are many different university services that can help you deal with problems that may arise. Student Union activities and Societies are a great way to meet other students and try new experiences. This section will provide you with some basic information that will help you avoid some practical problems.

Housing services

If you’re looking for the perfect place to live whilst studying at the University, then you’ve come to the right place!

We’ve got a range of modern, comfy and secure accommodation with a selection of standard rooms, ensuite and studios on offer.

If you have any questions or simply need some advice don’t hesitate to contact us.

Library services

We are delighted to welcome you to our new state-of-the-art library. This outstanding contemporary environment with stunning views over the Stirlingshire countryside includes a variety of study spaces to meet your different needs for quiet individual study, high-tech learning, and working together in groups and less formal situations.

ICT services

When you join the University you will receive a network user name and password giving access to the high powered University network and IT facilities.

Students with their own computers, laptops and mobile devices can connect them to the network and continue to use our services in the University accommodation or when away from the University campus.

Medical services

Students living away from home should register with a doctor in the immediate area.

There is a General Medical Practice located in the Medical Centre on-campus, as well as a Dental Centre. All aspects of student health are provided for, either under National Health Service or Occupational Health Service arrangements.

Student Life

Campus life

A vibrant and intellectually stimulating environment

Of the many reasons students come to Stirling, such as academic reputation and research standards, one factor is always cited: the outstanding beauty of the University's Stirling campus.

  • Stirling
  • Western Isles Campus
  • Highland Campus and Western Isles Campus

Sports facilities

The University of Stirling is Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence. This means that we are home to some of the finest sports facilities in the UK which are complemented with a wide variety of sports clubs which cater for all abilities. The Sports Union is here to assist you in finding a sports club to suit you. We have everything from American Football to Water Polo.

For those not interested in joining a sports team, a Sports facilities membership costs only £94.90 per year or £69.90 per semester, and gives you access to the gym and other facilities.

Student clubs

You can join some of the many Union-funded clubs and societies. Students form clubs and societies based on a common interest – for example, Drama, Photography or Mountaineering. There may be a small charge to join each club. These clubs and societies are a great way to try out new activities and meet other students.

During the first week of the Autumn semester ("Fresher's Week") the Union organises many activities for new students and the Clubs and Societies Fayre is an opportunity to find out more.

Student Reviews

My experience at the University of Stirling
Ekemini Okon rated 4 out of 5 stars
I like the practical approach to learning in the University particularly in my field. I also like the module assessment methods used by the Institute of Aquaculture which accommodates different students background and strengths. As a whole, my experience has been great with a lot of practical experience. Thanks to the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling.
Fascinating Course
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars
Fascinating course. I learnt so much that was new, and have new skills.
Studying at the University of Stirling
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars
I absolutely love the University of Stirling! All of the staff members I have encountered have been especially helpful to me as an international student. The MSc program is great to kickstart your career as a research scientist!

Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom