1. What courses does the University of Stirling offer?

The University of Stirling offers a broad range of taught programmes and research opportunities in:

  • Arts
  • Management
  • Human Sciences
  • Natural Sciences

For full listings please visit the Postgraduate Prospectus

2. When can I begin my studies?

The majority of full-time taught Master's programmes (MSc/MLitt/MBA/MEd) begin in September. However a limited number of programmes have a February start. A full list of the courses including details on start dates can be found here: Postgraduate Prospectus

You can normally begin a research programme (PhD/MPhil) in October, January or April. A full list of research areas can also be found here: Research Degrees

Part-time and distance learning programmes general start in September, February or June. Details for each programme are listed here: Flexible Learning

3. What are the admissions requirements for postgraduate study at the University of Stirling?

Admissions requirements vary depending on the chosen programme of study. In general all postgraduate programmes at the University of Stirling require a good undergraduate degree for admissions to postgraduate study. Some research programmes may also require a postgraduate qualification (i.e. MSc). Specific entry for individual courses can be found in the Postgraduate Prospectus and you are advised to make sure you understand the entry requirement before making a formal application. If after checking the Postgraduate Prospectus, you are uncertain that your particular qualifications meet our entry requirements please contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office on graduate.admissions@stir.ac.uk.

4. How do I apply for postgraduate study at the University of Stirling?

Applications for postgraduate study are made directly to the University, and all applications should be made on the application form, available from the Postgraduate Admissions Office, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA, Scotland UK. Alternatively you can download the PDF or apply on-line.

5. Is there a deadline for applications?

At the moment the Postgraduate Office does not set any official deadlines for applying to the University. Applicants can apply up to one year before the course begins. We can normally accept fully completed applications up to just before the start of semester, but we do advise early application, particularly from overseas applicants, to allow sufficient time for our decision and to obtain visas and organising travel arrangements.

6. What documentation is required to support my application?

When applying to the University of Stirling you are required to submit:

  • Completed and signed application form
  • Two references (at least one being academic)
  • Original or authenticated copy* of your Degree certificate
  • Original or authenticated copy* of your Transcript of study
  • Evidence of English Language proficiency (e.g. IELTS or TOEFL certificate or notification of intending test date)
  • A research proposal (research students only: check the ‘Notes for Applicants’ for advice on length and structure).

*An authenticated copy is a photocopy of the document, which has been stamped with an original stamp of the awarding body after it was photocopied. If you are applying via one of our Overseas Representatives they can certify copies of your original documents with their Agency stamp.

7. What are the English language requirements? What happens if I don’t meet the English requirements?

Students must provide evidence that they are able to speak, write and understand English to a standard that allows them to gain maximum benefit from their chosen area of study. The English Language requirements vary from programme to programme, (some programmes are more linguistically demanding than others) therefore you should check the specific programme details.

The requirements for a specific English Language test score such as IELTS or TOEFL may be waived if instruction and assessment of your first degree study has been in English. If you fail to achieve the required level of English at testing, (e.g. gaining IELTS 5.5 when asked for IELTS 6) you can enrol on our English Language Pre-sessional Courses. Successful completion of this course will lead to acceptance onto your postgraduate programme.

8. What are the tuition fees?

Fees for postgraduate programmes vary. A full schedule of fees an be found on the fee timetable.

9. Is there any funding available?

For UK applicants: Unlike courses at first degree or equivalent level where support for one course is generally available to all students throughout the United Kingdom, the number of awards available for postgraduate study is generally limited by quota. In Scotland this scheme is administered by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).

All applicants: A full list of scholarships and funding opportunities. This page includes details of UK Research Councils, and UK and International Scholarship programmes.

10. How much does it cost to live at Stirling?

Living expenses will vary according to lifestyle and type of accommodation.
A brief summary of living expenses

11. Is university accommodation available for postgraduate students?

The University of Stirling’s Residential Services team is delighted to assist postgraduate students in finding accommodation which meets their needs. The University makes every effort to ensure that all students who apply are offered accommodation which meets their needs. The majority of postgraduate residences are available on a 50 week let basis, typically from mid September to the end of August. However some rooms are available on a 37 week let period from mid September until the end of May. Further information can be found here: www.studentaccommodation.stir.ac.uk/postgraduate/index.php

12. I would like to visit the University before making my application, can I be given a tour of the campus? And is it possible to meet with academic staff?

Should you wish to visit the University before applying or taking up your place, please do not hesitate to contact the Student Recruitment and Admissions Service who will be happy to organise a tour for you. Should you also wish to visit a specific department to meet with potential supervisors or programme directors, it is advisable to contact the appropriate programme/research contact listed thought the prospectus to arrange a meeting. If you wish to arrange a campus tour please email recruitment@stir.ac.uk

13. Where should I send my completed application pack?

All application forms and supporting documents should be sent to:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Student Recruitment & Admissions Service
University of Stirling
Stirling, FK9 4LA
Scotland, UK

Online application forms will be sent directly to our email: graduate.admissions@stir.ac.uk. Please ensure you send your supporting documents to the above postal address as soon as possible after completing the online form.

14. Do you have any overseas representatives?

We work with a number of overseas representatives and you should check out the information contained in the country specific pages.

15. Who should I contact if…

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