Research and teaching ratings

In coming to Stirling, you will join a large postgraduate community with an international flavour. Our postgraduate students are guided by world-class scholars and researchers, and those pursuing research degrees are supported by the Stirling Graduate Research School.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

In REF2014 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

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We will maintain our exceptional quality standards and will continue to support and improve life in Scotland, and the world, through our research.

Stirling offers a lively research community and as a postgraduate research student here, you will thrive in the supportive environment offered by the Stirling Graduate School.


Teaching quality

Stirling is a student focused institution and this is reflected in the quality of our teaching provision. A good measure of this quality is the University’s performance in external quality assessment of taught provision. The University of Stirling is consistently highly rated.

The most recent Teaching Quality Assessment rated Stirling in the top ten in the UK (Times Higher Education Supplement 2005). According to an external review in 2006, the quality of teaching and the academic standards of awards at Stirling are still amongst the best in Scotland.

Please feel free to contact the Student Recruitment and Admissions Service with any further questions

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