Law and Philosophy

The Division of Law and Philosophy provides the opportunity to study for a wide range of degrees within a friendly, supportive and research-led learning environment.

The Division is located in the Pathfoot Building on the main University campus. Pathfoot is a fine example of 1960s modernist architecture and is a listed building. It is a bright and attractive learning environment for students and hosts the University’s extensive art collection and exhibitions.


In the Stirling Law School, we provide high quality professionally qualifying legal education through our Scots Law LLB degrees, which are accredited by the Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates. We also offer a range of innovative and popular multi-disciplinary BA Law degrees for those from throughout the UK and beyond who wish a university education in in law, but who do not intend entering the legal profession. At postgraduate level, in addition to the Accelerated Graduate LLB, we provide multi-disciplinary LLM programmes in a number of specialist areas, such as finance; the environment; international commercial law; corporate social responsibility; and digital media and publishing. We also have a thriving PhD programme.

Colleagues in the Stirling Law School are highly-regarded specialists in their areas of research and teaching and publish widely in scholarly books and leading academic journals. Law School research also has an impact beyond academia by contributing to policy development and the law-making process. Our research specialisms are in Commercial Law; Scots Private Law; Family and Child Law; Public Law; European Law; Employment and Trade Union Law; Discrimination Law and "Hate" Offences; Human Rights Law; Environmental Law; Energy Law; Competition Law;  Entertainment and Sports Law; Legal Philosophy; and Arbitration and Dispute Resolution. We have a strong, collegiate and supportive research environment and a regular programme of visiting speakers and staff research seminars.

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Philosophy at Stirling prides itself on combining an innovative teaching programme with research at the highest level. We offer an excellent undergraduate teaching programme centred in the analytic tradition broadly conceived, and covering all major aspects of the subject, and are committed to providing a dynamic and supportive learning environment in which students can easily feel at home.

The St Andrews and Stirling Graduate Programme in Philosophy (SASP), taught in partnership with St Andrews University, is Scotland's leading centre for graduate study in Philosophy and one of the top Philosophy schools in the United Kingdom.

We have an active research environment with weekly Visiting Speaker Seminars, frequent Conferences and Workshops, and ongoing Research Projects. The research expertise of our staff members includes:

  • Legal, Moral, Political and Social Philosophy;
  • Epistemology and Philosophy of Mind;
  • Logic and History of Analytic Philosophy.

Philosophy staff have been particularly successful in attracting external research funding through individual projects and collaborative ventures such as the AHRC-funded project on Criminalization.

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