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At the University of Stirling, being the difference is in our DNA. That's why we're regularly recognised across the globe for research excellence in teaching, research and offering a world-class student experience.

  • 14,000+ students
  • 10,300+ undergraduate students
  • 3,800+ postgraduate students
  • 1,500+ staff
  • 120+ nationalities are represented on campus
  • 20% of students are from overseas

Our rankings

  • The Complete University Guide 2019
    • Communication and Media Studies - 2nd in Scotland, top 15 in the UK
    • Education - top 5 in Scotland, top 10 in the UK
    • French - 3rd in Scotland, top 20 in the UK
    • Iberian Languages - 2nd in Scotland, top 20 in the UK
    • Marketing - 2nd in Scotland, top 10 in the UK
    • Social Work - 3rd in Scotland, top 10 in the UK
    • Sports Science - top 5 in Scotland, top 15 in the UK 
  • The Complete University Guide 2018
    • Accounting and Finance - Top 5 in Scotland, top 20 in the UK
    • Communication and Media Studies - 2nd in Scotland, top 15 in the UK
    • Economics - Top 5 in Scotland, top 20 in the UK
    • Education - Top 5 in Scotland, top 10 in the UK
    • English - 2nd in Scotland, top 20 in the UK
    • Marketing - 2nd in Scotland, top 25 in the UK
    • Social Policy - Top 5 in Scotland, top 10 in the UK
    • Sociology - Top 5 in Scotland, top 25 in the UK
    • Theology and Religious Studies - Top 5 in Scotland, top 15 in the UK
  • The Complete University Guide 2017
    • Communication and Media Studies - 2nd in Scotland, top 20 in the UK
    • Economics - Top 5 in Scotland, top 25 in the UK
    • Education - Top 15 in the UK
    • French - 3rd in Scotland, top 25 in the UK
    • Geography and Environmental Science - Top 5 in Scotland
    • Marketing - 2nd in Scotland, top 25 in the UK
    • Philosophy - Top 5 in Scotland
    • Politics - Top 5 in Scotland
    • Social Policy - Top 5 in Scotland, top 25 in the UK
    • Social Work - 1st in the UK
    • Sociology - Top 5 in Scotland
    • Sports Science - Top 5 in Scotland, top 25 in the UK
    • Theology and Religious Studies - Top 20 in the UK
  • The Guardian University Guide 2018
    • Criminology - 1st in Scotland, top 5 in the UK
    • Education - 1st in Scotland, top 15 in the UK
    • Media and Film Studies – 1st in Scotland, top 10 in the UK#
    • Sociology – 2nd in Scotland, top 15 in the UK
    • Social Policy - 1st in Scotland, top 10 in the UK
  • The Guardian University Guide 2017
    • Education – 1st in Scotland, top 10 in the UK
    • Media and Film Studies – 1st in Scotland
    • Criminology – 1st in Scotland, top 10 in the UK
    • Economics – 3rd in Scotland, top 15 in the UK
    • Journalism – 3rd in Scotland
    • Social Policy and Administration – 3rd in Scotland, top 15 in the UK
    • Geography and Environmental Sciences – Top 5 in Scotland, top 20 in the UK
    • Theology and Religious Studies – Top 5 in Scotland
    • Sociology – Top 5 in Scotland
  • The International Student Barometer (ISB) 2016
    • 3rd in Scotland for overall satisfaction
    • 1st in Scotland for welcoming international students (scored top under "Arrival")
    • 1st in Scotland and the UK for campus environment
    • 1st in Scotland for good teachers, quality lecturers and performance feedback
    • 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK for sports facilities
  • Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018
    • Accounting and Finance - Top 5 in Scotland, top 15 in the UK
    • Criminology – 1st in Scotland, top 10 in the UK
    • Communications and Media – 1st in Scotland, top 10 in the UK
    • Education - Top 5 in Scotland, top 10 in the UK
    • French - 3rd in Scotland, top 20 in the UK
    • Iberian Languages - 3rd in Scotland, top 20 in the UK
    • Sports Science – 3rd in Scotland, top 15 in the UK
    • Social Policy – 3rd in Scotland, top 15 in the UK
    • Social Work – 3rd in Scotland, top 10 in the UK
    • Theology and Religion – 3rd in Scotland, top 15 in the UK
  • Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017
    • Anthropology - Top 5 in Scotland
    • Communications and Media Studies - 1st in Scotland, top 15 in the UK
    • Criminology - 1st in Scotland, top 10 in the UK
    • Economics - 3rd in Scotland
    • English - 3rd in Scotland
    • Philosophy - 3rd in Scotland
    • Sports Science - Top 5 in Scotland, top 15 in the UK
    • Social Policy - 3rd in Scotland, top 15 in the UK
    • Social Work - Top 5 in Scotland, top 15 in the UK
    • Sociology - 3rd in Scotland, top 20 in the UK
    • Theology and Religion - 3rd in Scotland, top 15 in the UK
  • The National Student Survey 2017
    • Social Work - Joint 1st in the UK
    • Iberian Studies - 1st in Scotland, joint 4th in the UK
    • Computer Science - 2nd in Scotland
    • Journalism - 2nd in Scotland
    • Media Studies - 2nd in Scotland
    • Philosophy - 2nd in Scotland
    • Social Policy - 2nd in Scotland
    • Accounting - 3rd in Scotland
    • Human Resource Management - 3rd in Scotland
    • Marketing - 3rd in Scotland
    • Physical Geography and Environmental Science - 3rd in Scotland
    • Politics - 3rd in Scotland
    • Zoology - 3rd in Scotland
  • QS World University Rankings 2018

    As part of the QS World University Rankings 2018, the University of Stirling has been awarded 5 stars in the following areas:

    • Teaching
    • Employability
    • Internationalisation
    • Facilities
    • Inclusiveness
  • QS World University Rankings 2017
    • Nursing – Top 15 in the UK
    • Agriculture and Forestry – Top 15 in the UK
    • Philosophy – Top 20 in the UK
    • Sport – Top 20 in the UK
    • Media and Communications – Top 25 in the UK, Top 150 in the world
  • Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017
    • Good environment on campus - 1st in Scotland, joint 2nd in the UK
    • Good sports facilities - 1st in Scotland, joint 4th in the UK
    • Good library - 1st in Scotland, top 15 in the UK
    • Good extra-curricular activities/societies - 2nd in Scotland, top 10 in the UK
    • Helpful/interested staff - 2nd in Scotland, top 10 in the UK
    • High-quality staff/lectures - 2nd in Scotland, top 10 in the UK
    • University facilities - 3rd in Scotland, top 25 in the UK
  • Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

    In REF2014, the University of Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK. Highlights include:

    • Almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent
    • 4th in the UK for Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science
    • 1st in Scotland and 12th in the UK for Health Sciences
    • 3rd in Scotland and 18th in the UK for Psychology
    • In the top 25 UK institutions for Business and Management
    • 17th in the UK for Social Work and Social Policy
    • 100% of Psychology Impact case studies classed as world-leading

Survey highlights

The University of Stirling regularly performs well in a wide array of global higher education surveys. Here are some of the accolades we’ve received.

  • The University of Stirling ranked 3rd in Scotland and 32nd in the UK in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017 (THE Student Experience Survey 2017)

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Studying at Stirling has been a defining time in my life. I now know what direction I want to take my career, I have made great friendships and built a strong connection to Scotland.
Papoula Petri Romão
Germany BSc (Hons) Psychology
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