Researchers at Stirling conduct high quality research that ranges from the strategic to the applied and that makes a vital contribution to the economic, social and cultural life of Scotland and beyond.
The University’s performance in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) was 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. Our research expertise covers a breadth of subjects and disciplines in natural, social and health sciences, the arts and humanities and in business and management.
You too can be part of the endeavour to generate new knowledge by doing a research degree at Stirling. Have a look at the types of research degrees that are available, the entry criteria and how to apply to study with us.
Candidates for the award of PhD are required prepare a thesis, typically between 30,000 and 80,000 words long. The thesis can be in the form of a traditional thesis or, for a PhD by publication, a suite of published papers presented with a substantive contextual narrative. The thesis, an independent and original contribution to knowledge, is then defended at an oral examination known as the viva voce, or the viva. Typically a PhD will take 3 full-time years to complete or 6 years if studying part-time.
The information below on how to apply refers specifically to Doctor of Philosophy programmes.
Professional doctorates involve a significant taught element followed by a period of research. Candidates are required to present and defend a thesis in the same way as for a PhD. The University of Stirling offers a number of professional doctorates (links below go to entry criteria and how to apply for each programme) :
The general minimum admissions requirements for entry to research degree programmes are:
There are three simple steps to follow when applying to study for a research degree, including a PhD, at the University of Stirling.
Tuition fees for research degrees are payable for three years for full time PhD programmes and six years for part time PhD programmes. Fees are payable annually and may also increase annually. The University offers a range of ways for students to pay their fees including by instalments.