These notes are intended to help you to complete the online postgraduate application form accurately. Please read these notes carefully before you begin completing the form. For further information on the courses available and the entry requirements please refer to the postgraduate course list.
The form should be completed as fully as possible with care being taken to include all information such as qualifications and work experience on the form. It is not acceptable simply to refer to an attached CV/résumé instead of completing the form.
Please note that you should also send the following documentation to the Postgraduate Admissions Office (details below) as soon as possible after submitting your application:
Help us by ensuring you complete this section clearly. Where possible we will contact you via email throughout the entire admissions process, and if you declare a correspondence address we will use this to communicate with you. For example a correspondence address might be an overseas agent or a temporary summer address.
Taught programme choice – please note that we will process your application for your first choice initially. If you are unsuccessful you will then be considered for your second choice.
Research degree applicants – please note that in addition to a personal statement (Section 9), all self-funded applicants must provide a research proposal. Expected word count is as follows:
Management and Natural Sciences related topics – up to 1,000 words;
Arts and Human Sciences related topics – up to 2,000 words.
Applicants for Research Council or other externally funded studentships for which a project description already exists need not submit a description of the research topic.
Official transcripts should accompany this application or be forwarded as soon as possible. We are not able to process your application until we have received them.
Proof of English language proficiency must be supplied with this application or forwarded as soon as possible. The University of Stirling accepts a wide range of English language qualifications; a full list can be obtained from the English Language Requirements webpage.
Please provide brief details of any recent employment experience. You may also wish to include a CV.
Applicants must provide details of their current residence status. Please note residence mainly for educational purposes does not qualify as ordinarily resident in the UK or elsewhere in the European Union.
Applicants should provide an indication of how they intend to fund their studies at the University of Stirling. Applicants requiring information on scholarships available at the University of Stirling should refer in the first instance to the scholarships page on the website.
Applicants should arrange to have references sent to the Postgraduate Admissions Office on letter-headed paper from your referee’s academic institution.
All applicants must submit further relevant information in support of their application. If you choose to attach this information separately, please do so on one single A4 sheet of paper. For guidance, a personal statement will normally include why you wish to study at the University of Stirling, and why you wish to study your chosen programme/research topic and will mention any relevant background study/experience you may have.
All research degree applicants should refer to Section 2 above, and should note that a personal statement and research proposal are compulsory elements of your application.
Please indicate where you first heard about the programme you have applied for at the University of Stirling. Please also tell us about applications to any other UK colleges/universities.
If you have any physical or other disability or medical condition that might necessitate special arrangements or examination facilities, please enclose relevant details with this application.
Criminal Convictions - Relevant criminal convictions are only those for offences against the person, whether of a violent or sexual nature, and convictions for offences involving unlawfully supplying controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking. Convictions that are spent (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) are not considered to be relevant and you should not reveal them.
Applicants who enter X in the box will not be automatically excluded from the application process. However we may want to consider the application further or to ask for more information before making a decision.
If you are convicted of a relevant criminal offence after you have applied, you must tell us during the application cycle. Do not send details to the office; simply tell us that you have a relevant criminal conviction. We may then ask you for more details.
You should be aware that for certain programmes, particularly teaching, health, social work and other programmes involving work with young people or care for other persons, you must report any criminal conviction, including spent convictions and cautions.
Please ensure you read the notes contained in this section and then sign and date your application.
Important: Please ensure that you complete the form as fully as possible and enclose all the relevant documentation. Sections which are omitted or documents which are missing will delay your application.