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Postgraduate taught courses

Develop your career potential with our established and research-led postgraduate taught courses

Our courses in the Faculty of Social Sciences cover the areas of Dementia; Education; Housing; Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology; and Social Work. You’ll discover a wide range of opportunities to expand your knowledge; from Masters degrees, to many professionally accredited short courses, the choice is yours. Our tailored and accredited professional courses equip you with the transferable skills you need for professional practice.

Our hands-on approach to learning and interdisciplinary research, has led to our recognition as the UK’s number one University for Social Policy (The Guardian University Guide 2018) and top 10 in the UK for Education (The Complete University Guide 2018). Discover more about the Faculty of Social Sciences’ reputation.

MRes Educational Research

Masters / MRes, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate | MRes full-time: 12 months, MRes part-time: 27 months | Date of Entry
Build towards a future in educational research with our accredited Masters course. Study full-time or part-time and broaden your career opportunities.

MSc Criminology

Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate | MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time: 24 months | September 2018
Our new Masters highlights international perspectives on criminology and criminal justice. We're ranked 1st in Scotland and top 10 in the UK for Criminology (The Guardian University Guide 2019).

MSc / PG Dip Housing Studies (with internship)

Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate | MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time: 21 months | September
Thinking about a career in housing? Our PgDip and MSc Housing Studies (with Internship) offers a unique combination of academic study and professional work experience.

MSc Professional Education and Leadership

Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate | MSc part-time: 36 months | August
Further develop your professional learning and leadership practices at all levels in a supportive, flexible, creative and challenging learning environment.

MSc Applied Social Research

Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma | MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time: 30 months | September or January
Gain transferrable research skills and expand your future career possibilities with our MSc Applied Social Research.

MSc Management and English Language Teaching

Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate | MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time: 24 months | September
Redefine your future by gaining the knowledge and skills needed to be a teacher of English as a foreign language while developing your ability to manage in a multicultural working environment.

MSc / PG Dip Housing Studies (part-time)

Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate | MSc part-time: 24 to 36 months | September
Already working in the housing sector? Our accredited Housing Studies Masters course covers all aspects of housing services and will help you develop your career further.

MRes Criminological Research

Masters / MRes, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate | MRes full-time: 12 months, MRes part-time: 30 months | September or January
Earn a Masters in Criminological Research from Scotland’s top-ranked university for Criminology (The Guardian University Guide 2019). Gain expert training in the latest methods and approaches.

MSc Social Enterprise

Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate | MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time: 30 months | September or January
Social enterprises are becoming an increasingly important engine for economic and employment growth. Our Masters degree has been created to support this dynamic sector.

Applied Social Research Doctorate

Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate, Doctorate | Doctorate full-time: 36 to 48 months, Doctorate part-time: 48 to 96 months | September or January
Become a leader in your field with a Professional Doctorate in Applied Social Research. Continue working while you study and graduate with invaluable expertise.

MSc Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate | MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time: 24 months | September
Gain a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Masters from the University of Stirling, ranked 1st in Scotland and top 10 in the UK for Education (The Guardian University Guide 2019).

MSc Applied Social Research (Criminology)

Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma | MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time: 30 months | September or January
Work towards a future in criminal justice research with a Masters from the University of Stirling – ranked 1st in Scotland for the study of Criminology (The Guardian University Guide 2019) .

PhD TESOL Research

PhD | PhD full-time: 36 to 48 months, PhD part-time: 60 to 96 months | September - all students or January - part-time students
The PhD in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Research is a unique course helping you to develop your research skills to a professional level and supporting your learning through taught modules.

PG Cert Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) - In-service

Postgraduate Certificate | PG Cert part-time: 12 months | August
Already teach in a further education college? Complement your experience and qualifications with a postgraduate degree in teaching for further education (TQFE).

PG Dip Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) - Pre-service

Postgraduate Diploma | PG Dip full-time: 12 months | August
Considering a lecturing career? Our accredited Pre-Service TQFE course is the recognised qualification to become a lecturer in Scottish further education (FE).

MSc Educational Leadership (Specialist Qualification for Headship)

Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate | MSc part-time: 36 months (not continuous) | August
Equip yourself for a future in educational leadership with our accredited Masters course. Study part-time and redefine your career possibilities.

MSc Education Studies and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate | MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time: 24 months | September
Open the door to a world of teaching opportunities with our Education Studies and TESOL Masters degree. Study full-time or part-time on our beautiful campus.

MSc Social Work Studies

Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate | MSc full-time: 24 months | January
Gain the skills necessary for professional practice as a social worker. We’re ranked joint 1st in UK for Social Work (National Student Survey 2017).

MSc Dementia Studies (Online)

Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate | MSc part-time: 36 months | September or January
Draw from our unrivalled expertise in dementia care and expand your knowledge with our flexible online Masters degree in Dementia Studies.

MSc Applied Social Research (Social Statistics and Social Research)

Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma | MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time: 24 months | September or January
Earn a Masters degree in social research and social statistics, and open up a wide range of career opportunities. Study full or part-time to suit your schedule.

MRes / MSc Applied Social Research

Masters / MSc, Masters / MRes, Postgraduate Diploma | MRes / MSc full-time: 12 months, MRes / MSc part-time: 30 months | September or January
Gain vital skills for a career in Applied Social Research and graduate with an MRes accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council.

MSc Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (Online)

Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate | MSc part-time: 30 months (24 months of modules, six months dissertation) | September
Gain a TESOL Masters from the University of Stirling, ranked 1st in Scotland and top 10 in the UK for Education (The Guardian University Guide 2019)

MSc Applied Professional Studies

Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate, University Certificate | MSc part-time: 36 months (flexible) | September or January
Boost your career in the social work sector with our flexible Masters degree in Applied Professional Studies. Tailor your course, redefine your future.

Doctorate in Education (EdD)

Doctorate | EdD full-time; 36 to 60 months, EdD part-time: 60 to 96 months | September or January
Grow your expertise and put your research skills to work with a professional Doctorate in Education from University of Stirling. We're ranked 1st in Scotland and top 10 in the UK for Education (The Guardian University Guide 2019).

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