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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 Guardian University Guide 2019
    • Accounting and Finance - 3rd in Scotland
    • Business, Management and Marketing  - top 5 in Scotland
    • Computer Science and Information Systems - 3rd in Scotland, top 20 in the UK
    • Criminology - 1st in Scotland, top 10 in the UK
    • Economics - 2nd in Scotland, top 5 in the UK
    • Education - 1st in Scotland, top 10 in the UK
    • Geography and Environmental Studies - top 5 in Scotland
    • History - top 5 in Scotland
    • Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations - 1st in Scotland, top 5 in the UK
    • Mathematics - top 5 in Scotland
    • Media and Film Studies - 1st in Scotland, top 10 in the UK
    • Nursing and Midwifery - top 5 in Scotland
    • Philosophy - 3rd in Scotland
    • Politics - top 5 in Scotland
    • Social Work - top 5 in Scotland
    • Sociology - 3rd in Scotland, top 25 in the UK
    • Sports Science - top 5 in Scotland
  • 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 International Student Barometer (ISB) 2018
    • 91% overall satisfaction rate
    • 1st in the UK and 5th in the World for campus environment (UK International Student Barometer (ISB) Benchmark and Global ISB Benchmark 2018)
    • 1st in Scotland, Top 5 in the UK and Top 15 in the World for careers services (UK International Student Barometer (ISB) Benchmark and Global ISB Benchmark 2018)
    • 2nd in Scotland and 5th in the UK for sports facilities (UK International Student Barometer Benchmark 2018)
    • Top 10 in the UK for clubs and societies (UK International Student Barometer Benchmark 2018)
    • 96% satisfaction rate for lecturer expertise
    • 94% satisfaction rate for English language support
    • 96% satisfaction rate for safety and security on campus
    • 97% satisfaction rate for library services
  • The National Student Survey 2018
    • Business Studies - 3rd in Scotland, top 20 in the UK
    • Criminology - 2nd in Scotland, top 15 in the UK
    • Economics - 3rd in Scotland
    • Education - 3rd in Scotland
    • English Studies - 2nd in Scotland, top 5 in the UK
    • Finance - 2nd in Scotland
    • French Studies - 3rd in Scotland
    • Journalism - 1st in Scotland, 3rd in the UK
    • Marketing - 3rd in Scotland
    • Mathematics and Statistics - 2nd in Scotland, top 20 in the UK
    • Media Studies - 1st in Scotland, top 5 in the UK
    • Physical Geography and Environmental Science - 3rd in Scotland
    • Politics - 2nd in Scotland, top 20 in the UK
    • Social Policy - 3rd in Scotland, top 15 in the UK
    • Sociology - 3rd in Scotland
  • 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
    • 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
  • Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019
    • Criminology - 1st in Scotland, 3rd in UK
    • Communications & Media - 1st in Scotland, top 15 in the UK
    • Social Work - 2nd in Scotland, 2nd in UK
    • Education - 3rd in Scotland, top 5 in the UK
    • Social Policy - 3rd in Scotland, top 15 in the UK
    • Sociology – 3rd in Scotland, top 20 in the UK
    • Geography – 3rd in Scotland, top 20 in the UK
  • 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
  • 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
  • Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018
    • Good environment on campus - 1st in Scotland, joint 2nd in the UK
    • Good sports facilities - 1st in Scotland, 4th in the UK
    • Good extra-curricular activities/societies – Joint 2nd 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.

Employability

Learning and teaching

  • 96% satisfaction rate for lecturer expertise (International Student Barometer 2018)
  • The University of Stirling is ranked 3rd in Scotland and top 5 in the UK for Institute and Course Quality (University Compare January 2018)
  • 94% satisfaction rate for English language support (International Student Barometer 2018)
  • 97% satisfaction rate for library services (International Student Barometer 2018)

Sport

  • 2nd in Scotland and 5th in the UK for sports facilities (UK International Student Barometer Benchmark 2018)
  • The University of Stirling has been named one of the UK's top 10 universities for having a great sports scene (Which? University Student Survey 2017)

Campus

  • 1st in the UK and 5th in the World for campus environment (UK International Student Barometer (ISB) Benchmark and Global ISB Benchmark 2018)
  • 96% satisfaction rate for safety and security on campus (International Student Barometer 2018)
  • The University of Stirling was named one of the 21 most beautiful campuses in Britain (Business Insider UK 2016)
  • The University of Stirling's campus has been named one of the UK's top six 'pretty campuses to chill out on' (TARGETcareers 2016)

Student experience

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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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