Facts and figures

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

Complete University Guide 2022

The University of Stirling is ranked 38th in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2022.

  • Accounting and finance – Top 10 in Scotland, Top 20 in the UK
  • Biological sciences – Top 10 in Scotland
  • Business and management studies – Top 5 in Scotland, Top 20 in the UK
  • Communication and media studies – 2nd in Scotland, Top 10 in the UK
  • Computer science – Top 10 in Scotland
  • Economics – Top 5 in Scotland, Top 20 in the UK
  • Education – Top 5 in Scotland, Top 10 in the UK
  • English – Top 10 in Scotland
  • French – Top 10 in Scotland
  • Geography and environmental science – Top 10 in Scotland
  • History – Top 10 in Scotland
  • Iberian languages – Top 5 in Scotland, Top 15 in the UK
  • Law – Top 10 in Scotland
  • Marketing – 3rd in Scotland, Top 10 in the UK
  • Mathematics – Top 10 in Scotland
  • Nursing – Top 5 in Scotland
  • Philosophy – Top 10 in Scotland
  • Politics – Top 5 in Scotland
  • Psychology – Top 10 in Scotland
  • Social Policy – Top 5 in Scotland, Top 20 in the UK
  • Social work – 2nd in Scotland, 3rd in the UK
  • Sociology – 3rd in Scotland, Top 15 in the UK
  • Sports science – Top 10 in Scotland, Top 20 in the UK
  • Theology and religious studies – Top 5 in Scotland

National Student Survey 2021

The University of Stirling is ranked in the top 20 in the UK for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2021 (out of 129 UK higher education institutions).

  • Mathematics - 1st in the UK
  • Marketing - 3rd in the UK
  • French studies - 2nd in Scotland, 3rd in the UK
  • Economics - 1st in Scotland, 3rd in the UK
  • Iberian studies - 3rd in Scotland, Top 10 in the UK
  • Physical geographical sciences - 2nd in Scotland, Top 10 in the UK
  • Biology - 1st in Scotland, Top 10 in the UK
  • Sport and exercise sciences - Top 5 in Scotland, Top 10 in the UK
  • Psychology - 2nd in Scotland, Top 10 in the UK
  • Finance - Top 5 in Scotland, Top 10 in the UK
  • Media studies - Top 5 in Scotland, Top 15 in the UK
  • Environmental sciences - 2nd in Scotland, Top 15 in the UK
  • Literature in English - 2nd in Scotland
  • Business studies - 3rd in Scotland, Top 10 in the UK
  • Computer science - Top 5 in Scotland, Top 10 in the UK
  • Law - Top 5 in Scotland, Top 15 in the UK
  • Politics - 3rd in Scotland
  • Human resource management - Top 5 in Scotland, Top 20 in the UK
  • History - Top 5 in Scotland
  • Journalism - Top 5 in Scotland
  • Ecology and environmental biology - Top 5 in Scotland
  • Zoology - Top 5 in Scotland
  • Philosophy - Top 5 in Scotland
  • Teacher training - Top 10 in Scotland
  • Accounting - Top 10 in Scotland
  • Adult Nursing - Top 10 in Scotland
  • Sociology - Top 10 in Scotland
  • Social work - Top 10 in Scotland
  • Mental health nursing - Top 10 in Scotland

The Guardian University Guide 2021

The University of Stirling is ranked 28th in the UK in the The Guardian University Guide 2021.

  • Business, Management and Marketing - Top 15 in UK, 3rd in Scotland
  • Criminology - 1st in Scotland, 3rd in the UK
  • Economics - Top 5 in the UK, 2nd in Scotland
  • Education - Top 20 in UK, Top 5 in Scotland
  • English and Creative Writing - Top 20 in UK, Top 5 in Scotland
  • Geography and Environmental Studies - Top 5 in Scotland
  • Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations - Top 5 in UK, 2nd in Scotland
  • Law - Top 20 in UK, Top 5 in Scotland
  • Mathematics - Top 5 in Scotland
  • Media and Film Studies - Top 20 in UK, 3rd in Scotland
  • Modern Languages and Linguistics - Top 5 in Scotland
  • Nursing and Midwifery - Top 5 in Scotland
  • Philosophy - Top 5 in Scotland
  • Politics - Top 5 in Scotland
  • Sociology - Top 20 in UK, Top 5 in Scotland

Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

The University of Stirling is ranked in the top 40 UK universities in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.

  • Accounting and Finance - 3rd in Scotland, Top 15 in the UK
  • Business Studies - 3rd in Scotland, Top 15 in the UK
  • Communication and Media - 2nd in Scotland, Top 5 in the UK
  • Criminology - 1st in Scotland, Top 5 in the UK
  • Economics - Top 5 in Scotland, Top 15 in the UK
  • Education - Top 10 in the UK
  • French - Top 5 in Scotland
  • Geography - Top 5 in Scotland
  • Geography - Top 15 in the UK
  • Politics - 2nd in Scotland, Top 10 in the UK
  • Iberian Languages - Top 5 in Scotland, Top 20 in the UK
  • Law - Top 20 in the UK
  • Nursing - Top 15 in the UK
  • Philosophy - 3rd in Scotland, Top 15 in the UK
  • Social Work - 2nd in Scotland, 2nd in the UK
  • Sociology - Top 5 in Scotland, Top 10 in the UK
  • Social Policy - Top 5 in Scotland, Top 15 in the UK

Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings by Subject 2021

  • Life Sciences - top 200 in the world
  • Psychology - top 200 in the world
  • Arts & Humanities - top 250 in the world
  • Business and Economics - top 250 in the world
  • Education - top 250 in the world
  • Social Sciences - top 250 in the world

QS Stars University Ratings 2021

The University of Stirling is rated 5 stars overall, and in each the following areas:

  • Teaching
  • Employability
  • Research
  • Internationalisation
  • Facilities
  • Inclusiveness

BA Hons Accountancy and Finance also achieved 5 stars in the specialist criteria category.

 

QS World University Rankings 2022

The University of Stirling is ranked in the top 500 global universities in the QS World University Rankings 2022.

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Winner of the UK’s highest academic honour

The Institute of Aquaculture was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2019.

Queen's Anniversary Prize

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

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

  • More than 95% of all undergraduates were in employment or further study fifteen months after graduation (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020, HESA)
  • 96% of our postgraduate leavers are in employment or further study within fifteen months of graduating (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020, HESA)
  • 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)

Learning and teaching

  • 96% satisfaction rate for lecturer expertise (International Student Barometer 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)
  • One of the UK's top universities for having a great sports scene (Which? University Student Survey 2018)

Campus

  • 1st in the UK and Top 5 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)

Affiliations

Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)

The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) is the independent body entrusted with monitoring and advising on standards and quality in UK higher education. Find out more about how our teaching quality is assessed.

Athena Swan

Athena SWAN is a charter established to advance the representation of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM). Find out about our Athena SWAN and wider equality work.

Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)

The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework is the national credit transfer system for all levels of qualifications in Scotland. Find out more about the credit rating system for our qualifications.

What our students said

Papoula Petri Romão
Papoula Petri Romão
Germany
BSc (Hons) Psychology
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.
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