Postgraduate course start dates

We have two main start dates for our postgraduate taught courses:

Some courses may be available to start on either date. However, not all courses will be available on both dates so please check our course list to see when you can start your postgraduate degree course.

Note: there are three courses with pre-existing August start dates. 

If you still have questions after reading this page, you can chat to us

Your learning and teaching experience

Courses starting in October 2020 teaching will follow a blended learning approach in the first semester. This will be a combination of face-to-face teaching with some online learning. Find out more about how you'll be taught.

Our plan for postgraduate courses which start in February 2021 will be to have face-to-face teaching (unless you are studying an online course). We will be closely monitoring Scottish Government Health and Safety guidance and will update offer holders of any change to the delivery of teaching plans.

Deferring your course

If you have already been made an offer to start at Stirling in October 2020, and your course is available as a February 2021 start, then you will have the option to defer – find out about how to defer your offer to February 2021.

12 October 2020 start information

Postgraduate teaching calendar for students starting on 12 October 2020

 Date

Arrival on campus (no quarantine required)

10 October 2020

Arrival on campus with quarantine period

Students travelling from outside the UK may need to quarantine for 14 days when entering the UK. If you are living in University-managed accommodation, your quarantine will be free if you arrive two weeks before the course start date. See our travel advice page for more.

 
Teaching starts 12 October 2020

Last date for late starts to arrive on campus

You should plan to arrive to start your course on time, but we appreciate that visa delays and other factors may cause a late arrival.  The final deadline for late arrival is 19 October 2020. It's really important that you let us know if you will be arriving late.

19 October 2020
Course end date (if studying a one-year Masters degree) 12 October 2021

See our semester dates including key teaching and exam dates.

1 February 2021 start information

Postgraduate teaching calendar for students starting on 1 February 2021

 Date
Arrival on campus (no quarantine required)  30 January 2021

Arrival on campus with quarantine period

Students travelling from outside the UK may need to quarantine for 14 days when entering the UK. If you are living in University-managed accommodation, your quarantine will be free if you arrive two weeks before the course start date. See our travel advice page for more

 
Teaching starts 1 February 2021

Last date for late starts to arrive on campus

You should plan to arrive to start your course on time, but we appreciate that visa delays and other factors may cause a late arrival. The final deadline for late arrival is 8 February 2021. It's really important that you let us know if you will be arriving late.

8 February 2021
Course end date (if studying a one year Masters degree) 1 February 2022

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How to defer your course

If you have an offer to start a course in October 2020 and would prefer to defer to a February 2021 start date and have not already contacted us requesting a deferral, you can send us an e-mail to graduate.admissions@stir.ac.uk. You can also do this on our applicant portal. Log onto the portal where you will find guidelines on how to defer your offer. 

How to change your course

If you have an offer to start in October 2020 but would prefer to switch your course to a different course that starts in February 2021, please e-mail the admissions team at graduate.admissions@stir.ac.uk quoting your student number and the details of the course you would like to switch to.

Scholarships

If you hold a scholarship offer to start a postgraduate course in October 2020, but you would prefer to defer your course to a February 2021 start date, we will still honour your scholarship.

Please also check out our Country Specific Scholarships which are available to applicants who meet the eligibility criteria, and who apply to start in February 2021.

Available start dates

Available start dates for the 2020-21 Academic Year
CourseAvailable start datesHave these dates changed
since your offer?
MSc Applied Professional Studies October Yes - September and January changed to October
MSc Applied Social Research October or February Yes - January changed to February
MSc Aquatic Pathobiology October No change
MSc Aquatic Veterinary Studies October No change
MSc Artificial Intelligence October or February Yes - January changed to February
MSc Banking and Finance February Yes - October and January changed to February
MSc Behavioural Decision Making for Finance Withdrawn* for 20/21 Yes - withdrawn for 20/21
MSc Behavioural Science for Management October No change
MSc Big Data October or February Yes - January changed to February
MSc Business Analytics October or February Yes - January changed to February
MSc Business and Management October or February Yes - January changed to February
MLitt Creative Writing February Yes - October changed to February
MSc Criminological Research October No change
MSc Criminology October No change
MSc Data Science for Business October or February Yes - February added
MSc Digital Media and Communication February Yes - October changed to February
MSc Early Years Practice Health Visiting October No change
MSc Earth and Planetary Observation Withdrawn* for 20/21 Yes - withdrawn for 20/21
MSc Economics for Business and Policy Withdrawn* for 20/21 Yes - withdrawn for 20/21
MSc Education Studies and TESOL Withdrawn* for 20/21 Yes - withdrawn for 20/21
MSc Educational Leadership (Specialist QH) August No change
MSc English Language and Linguistics February Yes - October changed to February
MSc Environmental Management October or February Yes - January changed to February
MSc Factual Television February Yes - October changed to February
MSc Finance February Yes - October changed to February
MSc Finance and Data Analytics Withdrawn* for 20/21 Yes - withdrawn for 20/21
MSc Finance and Economics February Yes - October changed to February
MSc Finance and Investment October No change
MSc Finance and Risk Management February Yes - October changed to February
MSc Financial Technology (FinTech) October or February Yes - February added
MLitt Gender Studies (Applied) February Yes - October changed to February
MSc Gender Studies (Applied) February Yes - October changed to February
MSc Health Psychology October No change
MSc Health Psychology (Disc) October Yes - September and January changed to October
MSc Heritage February Yes - October changed to February
MA Human Animal Interaction October No change
MSc Human Animal Interaction October No change
MSc Human Resource Management October No change
MSc Human Rights and Diplomacy February Yes - January changed to February
MSc International Accounting and Finance February Yes - October changed to February
MSc International Business October or February Yes - January changed to February
MSc International Business and Entrepreneurship October or February Yes - January changed to February
MSc International Business and Marketing October or February Yes - January changed to February
MSc International Conflict and Cooperation February Yes - October changed to February
LLM International Energy and Environmental Law October No change
MSc International Journalism February Yes - October changed to February
MSc Investment Analysis February Yes - October changed to February
MSc Management and English Language Teaching Withdrawn* for 20/21 Yes - withdrawn for 20/21
MSc Management and Marketing October or February Yes - January changed to February
MSc Management New Venture Creation and Innovation October or February Yes - January changed to February
MSc Marketing February Yes - October changed to February
MSc Marketing Analytics October or February Yes - February added
MSc Marketing and Brand Management February Yes - October changed to February
MBA Master of Business Administration October or February Yes - February added
MPP Master of Public Policy February Yes - October changed to February
MSc Mathematics and Data Science October or February Yes - February added
MSc Media Management February Yes - October and January changed to February
MSc Multichannel Retail Marketing February Yes - October changed to February
MSc Professional Education and Leadership August No change
MSc Psychological Research Methods (Autism Res) October No change
MSc Psychological Research Methods (Bilingual) Withdrawn* for 20/21 Yes - withdrawn for 20/21
MSc Psychological Research Methods (Child Dev) October No change
MSc Psychological Research Methods (Cogn/Neuro) October No change
MSc Psychological Research Methods (Evolution) October No change
MSc Psychological Research Methods (Faces) Withdrawn* for 20/21 Yes - withdrawn for 20/21
MSc Psychological Research Methods (General) Withdrawn* for 20/21 Yes - withdrawn for 20/21
MSc Psychological Research Methods (Perc/Act) Withdrawn* for 20/21 Yes - withdrawn for 20/21
MSc Psychology (conversion course) October No change
MSc Psychology of Sport (Accredited) February Yes - October changed to February
MLitt Publishing Studies October No change
MLitt Scottish Literature Withdrawn* for 20/21 Yes - withdrawn for 20/21
MLitt Scottish Literature (Creative Writing) Withdrawn* for 20/21 Yes - withdrawn for 20/21
MSc Social Enterprise October or February Yes - January changed to February
MSc Social Statistics and Social Research October or February Yes - January changed to February
MSc Social Work Studies February Yes - January changed to February
MSc Sport Management October or February Yes - February added
MSc Sport Nutrition (IOC Diploma) Withdrawn* for 20/21 Yes - withdrawn for 20/21
MSc Strategic Communication and Public Relations (Joint Degree PFU Barcelona) October No change
MSc Strategic PR and Communication Management October Yes - January removed
MSc Strategic Sustainable Business Withdrawn* for 20/21 Yes - withdrawn for 20/21
MSc Substance Use October No change
MSc Sustainable Aquaculture October No change
MSc Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) October or February Yes - January changed to February
PgDip Tertiary Education with TQFE August No change
MLitt The Gothic Imagination Withdrawn* for 20/21 Yes - withdrawn for 20/21
MSc Translation and Conference Interpreting Withdrawn* for 20/21 Yes - withdrawn for 20/21
MSc/PGDip Translation Studies with TESOL Withdrawn* for 20/21 Yes - withdrawn for 20/21

*We will write to you if your course has been withdrawn.

 

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