What do Stirling postgraduates do after graduation?


First known destinations of postgraduate students leaving the University of Stirling in 2010.
Category % of students
Full-time, paid work 63.4
Part-time, paid work 10
Work and further study 7.4
Further study 5.3
Not available for employment 1.1
Other 12.8

Postgraduate careers

Here are Stirling, we help postgraduates to realise their potential. When they leave Stirling, they may follow a career path or continue with further study or research. Recent figures show that, six months after graduation, 86% of Stirling UK and International postgraduates were working or had moved onto further study. (Higher Education Statistics Agency, 2010)


Improve your employment prospects

A University of Stirling postgraduate qualification improves your chances of employment. More and more employers are seeking the enhanced skills that postgraduate students have, allowing them to enter a wide range of career sectors.

Broaden your skills

Alongside academic achievement, employers are also looking for transferable skills, appropriate personal qualities and relevant work experience. In particular, they like to see:

  • Self discipline and motivation
  • Teamworking, collaboration and networking
  • Lateral and creative thinking
  • Ability to challenge procedures and offer alternatives
  • Project management Skills

At Stirling, we know how important it is that you complement your academic study/research by developing these transferable skills. That is why we offer you the chance to take part in:

  • Training programmes
  • Conferences
  • Academic School committees
  • Teaching undergraduates
  • Supervising research
  • Joining your professional body
  • Work placements or shadowing
  • Voluntary work

Working after study

If you have come to Stirling from outside the UK, you can apply to stay and work in the UK for up to two years after you are awarded your qualification, under the new points-based immigration system.

UK Home Office Website

Throughout the year we offer you activities that help with your job application and interview skills, including information sessions to help you complete your immigration application.

How the Career Development Centre Can Help

Our Career Development Centre (CDC) provides resources that can help you make informed career decisions, pursue your goals effectively and develop skills that will help you manage your career throughout your life.

Careers Guidance

  • Guidance interviews
  • E-guidance via the CDC website
  • Mock interviews

Careers Information

  • Work experience and CV clinics
  • Online graduate vacancy facility
  • Series of presentations by local and national employers
  • Careers Information Room

Careers Education

  • Full programme of career workshops and events aimed at developing employability skills
  • Developing workplace projects for Master's students in collaboration with Edinburgh and Aberdeen universities
  • Psychometric testing and feedback sessions
  • Additionally, postgraduate students are offered a range of tailored sessions on Career Planning from within their Department, or as part of the Stirling Graduate School programme.

The Career Development Centre is situated in room 3A1 of the Cottrell Building and is open Monday to Friday between 9am – 5pm (with the exception of Thursdays when it opens at 10am).

Further information is available:


Contact Us Career Development Centre Room 3A1, Cottrell Building
University of Stirling
Stirling FK9 4LA
+ 44 (0) 1786 467070 www.careers.stir.ac.uk