Postgraduate Study

Welcome to the postgraduate community of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. We are delighted to welcome you into our Faculty, and we hope you will enjoy your time at Stirling. Postgraduates are a vital part of our research community, and we extend a warm welcome to you from that community. We are looking forward to meeting you at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities' Welcome Induction Events very soon. 

Supporting and welcoming you to Stirling

We understand that arriving at a new University, perhaps in a new country, is daunting. We are always here to help and the programme staff and your personal tutor will support you throughout your programme. We also have dedicated student support services available to assist.

We run a series of induction events to help you settle in quickly.


What to Expect from Postgraduate Study 

As you move from undergraduate to postgraduate study, you will find a much stronger emphasis on self-directed learning, and an expectation that your own intellectual curiosity will drive your studies to a far greater extent. You will need to be able to deal with a greater level of abstraction and theoretical complexity. You will be expected to engage with and in the most up-to-date research, and develop your own innovative ways of thinking about topics. You will need to develop your critical research and enquiry skills, as well as relevant technical and practical skills. You will become a much more autonomous learner, developing the skills of self-organisation and self-motivation. You will also need to learn to deal with the unpredictable nature of research, and how to cope with both negative and positive results from your data and/or research. Lastly, you will learn about appropriate professional attitudes, behaviour and values in your discipline, including learning ethical behaviours, developing academic integrity, recognising the need to reflect on methodology, and becoming part of a research community.


English In-Sessional Support

 In-Sessional English is delivered by INTO University of Stirling to help you achieve your full potential in your academic subject. The purpose of the English support that we offer is to bridge the gap between general English and the academic English needed to succeed in UK university life.

Classes each semester are designed to develop the Language skills necessary to improve your overall performance in your University courses. Each In-Sessional two hour class will have practice in the four key skills of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing within an Academic context. 

Skills covered on the course will include:

  • Reading: Skimming, scanning and reading for gist.  Inferring meaning of unknown words.  Distinguishing between fact and opinion.
  • Writing: Using cohesive devices to create concise and coherent work.  Paraphrasing, summarising and referencing.
  • Speaking: Effective participation in seminars and tutorials.  Using stress, intonation and signposting for affect.
  • Listening: Identifying main points and supporting details.  Developing effective note taking strategies.
  • General Academic Skills: Time management, Critical thinking, Independent learning strategies.

 Teaching will begin with a needs analysis and there will be formative assessment throughout.  Each class builds on and develops from previous sessions and will include an end of block report.

 Please refer to your programme timetable for scheduled classes.


Research Seminars

There is a lively Research Seminar programme. You are warmly invited, and strongly advised, to attend these seminars, which are the heart of our research activity. Research Seminars offer the opportunity to hear experts in your discipline presenting cutting-edge new research, as well as the chance to meet and socialise with other postgraduates and staff in your Divisions.

You are also able to attend the research seminars across the University, and should look out for information about topics of interest to you, even if they are nominally not within your own field of study.


We're Here to Help

We offer a comprehensive employability and skills programme to help you maximise your time at university and develop the graduate attributes required by employers. We have a dedicated Faculty Employability and Skills Officer and a Career and Employability Service who work in partnership with academic staff to ensure you get the best out of your University experience and are given the right opportunities to make you ready for the world of work.

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Personal Tutoring

You will be assigned a personal tutor in the first week of your studies.

The role of a personal tutor is to help students feel part of the University community. They are a specific and consistent source of guidance, information and support for students throughout their studies. The tutor should be the student’s first formal point of contact for general academic guidance and pastoral support.

Please find below the web link which includes more information on the role of personal tutors.


Student Support Services

Student Support Services provides much of the support that you might require whilst you are studying here at Stirling. They offer a wide range of support, information and specialist services, all of which are designed to enhance your student experience. 

Student Support Services should be your first port of call if you are looking to maximise your potential and make the most of your student experience. They are here if you want advice and/or support about your finances;  if you require support with a physical, mental or learning disability; if you have personal problems that are making life difficult; or if you just want to talk to somebody about academic, social or University life in general.

Please refer to for more information.


Clubs and Societies

Joining a Club or Society is probably the best thing you can do to help build skills, make new friends and grow your CV! With over 3,000 members in over 100 sports and societies, The Students’ Union cover a wide range of activities. Clubs welcome new members throughout the year with main recruitment during Freshers Week. Clubs also run ‘Give It a Go’ sessions so you can try before you buy! The Students’ Union work hard to make sure all clubs are inclusive and are run with equality in mind.

 From course-based clubs such as the Philosophy Society and award winning Media societies to interest clubs like Anime or Wizarding, there’s something for everyone.

Check out the full list of clubs and find out how to join at


Faculty of Arts and Humanities Graduate Office

The Graduate Studies Office acts as the hub for our postgraduate community, servicing the needs of students and staff across a range of disciplines and programs, co-ordinating student training skills and development, and ensuring we provide a rewarding and enjoyable student experience.  If you are studying a taught postgraduate (Masters) programme, you will most likely meet your Programme Administrator at one of your first meetings, and if you are starting a PhD with us, please do drop by the office when you are first on campus so that you can meet the office staff.  They will be your first point of contact throughout your time at Stirling and can help you with any queries or problems that you may have. 

The Graduate Studies Office is based in the Pathfoot Building, Room A39-41 and the e-mail address is

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