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.

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Our hands-on approach to learning and interdisciplinary research, has led to our recognition as one of the UK’s leading universities for Social Policy. Discover more about the Faculty of Social Sciences’ reputation.

MSc / PG Dip Housing Studies (with internship)

Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate | MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time: 36 months | October
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.

PGCert Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) - In-service

Postgraduate Certificate | PGCert 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).

MSc Applied Social Research (Social Statistics and Social Research)

Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate | MSc full-time: 12 months; MSc part-time: 24 months | October or February
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.

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 | October or February
Our course draws on in-depth practice from across the TESOL sector so you'll graduate with the knowledge and practical classroom skills to be a confident teacher.

PGDip Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) - Pre-service

Postgraduate Diploma | PGDip 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 Applied Professional Studies

Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate | MSc part-time: 36 months (flexible) | October
Boost your career with our flexible Masters degree in Applied Professional Studies. Take an individual course of study or follow one of the specialist pathways.

MSc Disaster Interventions and Humanitarian Aid

Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate | 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time | October
Working in humanitarian aid or disasters? Worried about people and the planet? This course will provide you with the tools to become a skilled practitioner in disaster mitigation, recovery and reconstruction.

MSc Dementia Studies (Online)

Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate | MSc part-time: 36 months | October or February
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

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

MSc Social Work Studies

Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma | MSc full-time: 28 months; Postgraduate diploma full-time: 24 months | January 2022
Gain the skills necessary for professional practice as a social worker. We’re ranked 1st in the UK for Social Work (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020).

Doctorate in Education (EdD)

Doctorate | EdD full-time; 36 to 60 months, EdD part-time: 60 to 96 months | October or January
Grow your expertise and put your research skills to work with a professional Doctorate in Education from University of Stirling.

MSc Management and English Language Teaching

Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate | MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time: 24 months | October
Gain 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.

MRes Educational Research

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

MSc Global Ageing (Online)

Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate | MSc part time: 24 months, MSc full time: 12 months | October or February
Taught by internationally renowned leaders in ageing, our online MSc Global Ageing will give you a world-class education in social gerontology and ageing studies.

MSc Criminological Research

Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate | MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time: 24 months | October
Earn a Masters in Criminological Research from Scotland’s top-ranked university for Criminology (The Guardian University Guide 2021). Gain expert training in the latest methods and approaches.

MSc Criminology

Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate | MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time: 24 months | October
Our Masters highlights international perspectives on criminology and criminal justice. We're ranked 1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK for Criminology (The Guardian University Guide 2021).

MSc Substance Use

Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate | MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time 36 months | October
Specialise in Substance Use and its impact on people who use substances, family members, communities and contemporary societies.

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) | October, February or June
Our online TESOL course is ideal for those who want to study while continuing to teach.

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.

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.

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 | October 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 Social Enterprise

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

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 part-time Masters course.

MSc / PG Dip Housing Studies (part-time)

Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate | MSc part-time: 24 to 36 months | October
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.