The semester system

Stirling runs two 15-week semesters, rather than the traditional three terms. Each semester has:

  • A mid-semester break

  • A reading/study block

  • A two-week exam period at the end


The Autumn Semester typically runs from mid-September until just before Christmas. As of academic year 2014/15, the Spring Semester will run from early January to the end of May, followed by a 15-week break over the summer. It’s also possible to start your studies in the Spring Semester.

Academically, our eight-semester Honours programmes offer flexible entry for visiting, non-graduating study abroad students, who may study any course for which they have the appropriate academic background, regardless of the semester level or Department involved.

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