Postgraduate enrolment

Procedures for new postgraduate students

Ready to get started on your new academic adventure? Work your way through the online enrolment process so that you're all ready to start making the most of your time at Stirling from the moment you arrive on campus.

See the dates for when enrolment opens for students.

Step one: Discover your student computer account

Before Online Enrolment can be carried out it is necessary to 'Discover' and 'Activate' your University of Stirling student computer account. This account provides access to the University Portal (internal website), computer network and Canvas (online learning environment). You can 'Discover' your Student Computer Account now.

If you do not have access to the internet or decide, for whatever reason, to delay carrying out this step it is possible to perform the 'Account Discovery' process when you arrive on campus. You will need to use the username ‘discover’ and password ‘discover’ ensuring that the domain name is set as ‘students’ to be able to access 'Account Discovery'.

See instructions for account discovery either on or off campus. 

If you forget your password having 'Discovered' your computer account, please contact the Information Centre. After completing a security check they will reset your account and provide information on what to do next.

Watch our module registration and matriculation guide

Step two: Complete online enrolment tasks

Notifying the University of your sponsor (funded students)

My tuition fees are being paid by a sponsor other than SAAS (e.g. my employer is paying my fees):

To notify the University of who is paying your fees, please complete the online sponsor form. Your sponsor will then be invoiced in due course. There will be a delay of 24 hours (or longer at the weekend) to update the supplied information and you will not be able to complete Online Enrolment until these updates have been completed.

Sponsorship by family or friends is regarded as self-funding.

If you are funded by Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) do not complete this form as SAAS will inform us directly.

Module registration (taught courses only)

Instructions will be sent to your student email account when module registration is open for you.

If you're offered a choice of modules and you are unsure about the selections to make, contact your programme advisor, who will advise the correct module choices for the programme.

To register for your modules, log onto the student portal, click on the Module Registration link and follow the instructions.

Upload passport and visa

To comply with Home Office regulations, we are required to check that all students have the correct immigration permission to study at the University of Stirling. To do this you must upload a scanned, colour photocopy of your passport and visa once you have arrived in the UK. The upload process is accessed through the Portal.

Upload your photo

To produce your student ID card, we need you to upload your photograph. The process only takes a couple of minutes, and you will receive a notification once your image has been approved for your ID card.

Complete matriculation

An email will be sent to your student account when you're able to start matriculation.

At the start of matriculation you will be asked to confirm some information we hold about you, or enter this information if it was not supplied in your application. Following this you will be asked to confirm how your fees will be paid.

Payment of fees

You will be presented with the option of paying your tuition fees online. If we do not already hold your sponsor information you can supply this information as part of matriculation, but this will delay your enrolment by 24 hours (or longer at the weekend) and you will not be able to complete the process until these updates have been completed.

Are you a self funded student responsible for paying your tuition fees?

You can make an online payment or choose to pay via other methods.

You can also pay your tuition fees in instalments.

Withdrawal from the University after enrolment – financial implications

If you need to withdraw from your course after enrolment, you should consult the University's tuition fee policy. For any enquiry regarding fee payments or refunds please contact the Enrolment, Data and Fees Team at or visit us at the Student Hub.

If you need to start your degree from home online

If you need to start your degree from home online, please let the University know on the Student Portal after you complete the online enrolment process. Please contact your Faculty if you have any specific queries about teaching delivery on your course. 

Step three: In-person ID check

Once you have completed all the online enrolment tasks, the final step you will need to complete to become fully enrolled is to attend an in-person ID check. 

You need to have uploaded a photograph for your student record prior to getting your ID checked.

It only takes a couple of minutes, but it is required for all new students studying a Stirling campus-based course. 

Home students

If you are a home student you can use the following as proof of ID:

  • Passport
  • Driver’s License
  • PASS accredited card such as YoungScot or Totum
  • European national identity card

ID checks for home students will be carried out at the Student Welcome and Support Hub in Campus Central Level 2 from 19 January. We will email you nearer the start of the semester with further details.

If you are on campus before 19 January and would like to complete the ID check, please go to the Student Hub with proof of your ID.

Student visa holders

If you are a student visa holder you are required to bring the following to your in-person ID check:

  • Passport
  • Visa

ID checks for student visa holders will be carried out at the Student Welcome and Support hub in Campus Central Level 3 from 19 January. You will be emailed further details from the Student Immigration and Visa Services team in due course.

For more information, see visas and immigration.

Step four: Receiving your student ID card

Once you have completed all the online enrolment tasks and ID check, you will be able to access your digital student ID card in the University of Stirling app.

Students currently residing in the UK who are studying at our Stirling campus will also receive a physical student ID card. This will be posted to your semester address which you can update on the student portal. Be aware that it may take up to 2 weeks from when your digital card is active to when you receive your physical ID card.

Physical student ID cards are not issued for students studying single modules, online courses or studying at an overseas campus.

If you have any queries regarding your student ID card, please contact the student hub.

Contact us

If you have any technical problems such as forgotten passwords or the link fails to appear, you should contact the Information Centre. If you have any other problems completing the Online Enrolment process you should contact

Please contact us if you are unable to begin enrolment or you are unable to start your intended programme of study.

Student Recruitment, Admissions and International Affairs

+ 44 (0) 1786 466655

Student Administration (Fees & Matriculation)

+ 44 (0) 1786 466022