If you’ve got the drive and the potential to join our ground-breaking research community here’s how you can apply for a research degree at the University of Stirling.
Our general entry requirements for our research degree programmes are:
Your entry can also depend on the availability of suitable supervisory and resource arrangements.
Follow these steps to apply for a research degree at Stirling.
You should already have a good idea of what you what to study. You’ll need to produce a full research proposal as part of the application process. If you haven’t prepared a full research proposal yet, then please put together a research overview which covers the following areas:
Your prospective supervisor will support you in refining and finalising your research proposal.
You need to find and contact a supervisor by using our Find a Supervisor search. You can search by research area or faculty.
Once you’ve found a potential supervisor, click on the 'Express Interest' button, fill out the form and attach your research proposal or interview.
Your chosen supervisor will be in touch with you to let you know if they are able to supervise.
If you’re unable to find a supervisor then please contact Graduate Admissions for further guidance.
Once your chosen supervisor has agreed to consider your research idea they’ll help you finalise your research proposal.
You’ll need to agree potential start dates with your supervisor. Our preferred dates throughout the year are 1 January, 1 April, 1 July or 1 October.
If you’re an international student and need a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK then make sure you leave enough time to apply for and secure a visa before your chosen start date.
The main way to apply is online on our portal.
If you are an international student you may also be able to apply through an international agent.
You’ll need to send the following documents to the Admissions Office as soon as possible after submitting your application:
If you’re an EU or International students you must also submit:
International students who require a visa to enter the UK must also provide:
If you satisfy the entry requirements we’ll write to you to offer you a place. We’ll let you know how to accept the offer and what you’ll need to know to start at Stirling.
If you commence your studies in 2018 or 2019, the UK Government has confirmed that you’ll remain eligible to apply for Research Council PhD studentships at UK institutions to help cover costs for the duration of your study. The Research Councils UK (RCUK) currently provides fees-only funding.