To apply for postgraduate study at the University of Stirling, you have 4 steps to complete:
Before you complete and submit your application, please check the entrance requirements for your chosen programme of study.
Normally a good undergraduate degree is required, and some programmes may require a background in the subject area or relevant work experience. You can check on our course list page for course-specific information.
Normally a good undergraduate degree is required. In addition some programmes will require you to already hold/or register for, a Master’s qualification or equivalent before proceeding to PhD studies. Please check the specific entry qualifications for your programme.
If you have previously studied outside the UK, we would normally accept the equivalent qualification from a recognised university. If you are uncertain about whether your qualifications and/or experience meet the requirements of your chosen programme, please contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office or your appropriate course contact.
You will apply for postgraduate study directly to the University, either:
You can download your application form and guidance notes:
|Application form (PDF)|
|Guidance Notes for Applicants (PDF)|
All of our representatives outside the UK have supplies of our application forms and are able to help international students apply. Please see our full list of international representatives or you can email our international recruitment team: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include the following documents, as well as your application form:
In addition EU/international students must submit:
And international students who require a visa to enter the UK must also provide:
You can apply up to one year in advance of the programme start date. While most programmes do not set a closing date for applications, early application is strongly advised. International students should submit applications to us by 15 July for programmes starting in early September. This allows sufficient time to process our decision, for you to obtain visas and to organise your accommodation and travel arrangements.
All applications for postgraduate study are processed by the International and Postgraduate Admissions Office. When we receive your application we will send you an acknowledgement email containing a unique reference number. Please use this number if you need to contact us about any aspect of your application.
Once a decision is made, the response you receive could be one of the following:
If you receive an offer, please respond as soon as possible.
When we receive your acceptance of an offer, you will be sent an email acknowledging receipt of this. If you require an entry visa to the UK you will be sent instructions on how to proceed. At this stage, you will also be sent details of how to apply for University accommodation.
You will receive a welcome/pre-enrolment email during the summer if your programme of study starts in September, (January if your programme starts in February). This will include:
In accordance with its Charter, the University takes no account of religious, racial, gender, age or political considerations in admitting students.
Disability/special needs are not usually a bar to entry to programmes, but you are encouraged to fully declare these at an early stage so that any special arrangements are made before you join us. You must also declare past criminal convictions. This is particularly relevant for those applying to Social Work, Education and Nursing, Midwifery and Health.