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The University of Stirling is a place where thinkers do. We truly believe that great ideas and ground-breaking research can transform our society and help redefine economic, social and cultural connections across Scotland, the UK and the entire world. Research is a critical aspect of our learning and teaching.

As a postgraduate research student, you’ll be given an insight into that research – and will also earn the opportunity to make key research contributions of your own.

Our world-leading academics are experts in their fields, whose work is centred on making an impact on society. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), three-quarters of Stirling’s research activity was classed as either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Each of our faculties host sector-leading research groups. They serve as crucial information hubs for researchers from all over the world, and have evolved to establish strong and internationally recognised reputations. Collaboration is at the core of our research strategy. We’re proud to have research collaborations in more than 170 countries across the world.

Whether it’s working to prevent cancer, advising governments on policy or improving food security, our researchers work together to be the difference and solve real-world problems.

Which research degree is for me?

We offer Master of Philosophy (Mphil), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Professional Doctorates.

Find the right research degree for you.

Stirling Graduate School

You’ll have access to the Stirling Graduate School: Postgraduate Research Zone which offers you 24/7 access to a range of valuable resources that will help you in your studies and research.

Stirling Graduate School

Why Stirling for your research degree?

Our aim is simple. We want our research to change lives and tackle the global issues of our time. So we provide the best conditions for our thriving community of 3,800 UK and international postgraduate students studying with us.

Collaboration is at the core of our approach – not just working across disciplines but also with business, other universities, the public sector and government. Our academics are experts in their fields, internationally-recognised and shaping research groups and hubs.

See what Stirling is all about.

Graduate admissions

If you have any questions about postgraduate study please contact us.

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