Postgraduate at Stirling

Welcome to our thriving Postgraduate Community. At Stirling, you'll be part of a forward-thinking university that develops students into employable, confident graduates with the skills, knowledge and experience to make a difference in the world.

  • Engage now with the University through our Be Connected programme - a series of online events, resources and activities designed to keep you connected with the University community
  • Check out the wide range of Study Skill Workshops  to help you prepare for successful study at the University of Stirling
  • Access Stirling Essentials, an on-line module to help you prepare for study at University. We recommend you work through this module before you arrive
  • See all the different welcome events and information sessions happening on campus and online in the first few weeks of semester

A warm welcome whenever you arrive in Stirling

If you are planning to arrive in Stirling during the current semester, having started your studies online, our accommodation and campus staff will welcome and help to orientate you to our campus services and local amenities.

Postgraduate welcome events and information sessions

Event

Description

Time

Location

Attendance

Effective on-line learning

On-line learning has many advantages and can be great fun. It can also be challenging at times, in terms of managing your time and structuring your learning. This webinar will give you some hints and tips so that you can get the best out of your on-line learning experience and be both effective and efficient. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

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Online

Optional

All students

Just Play Women's Football

Just Play Sports are drop-in sessions designed for students who want to play sport on a casual basis. It’s a great way to meet likeminded students, play sport in a casual environment and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome and there is no commitment of joining a club.

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On-campus: Hockey Pitch

Optional

All students

Masterclass: Managing and organising your time

Studying online can be very different to studying in-person, especially if there are other commitments such as work (part-time or full-time work) or caring responsibilities. Things can easily start to feel a bit overwhelming for anyone. Give your studies a boost this semester by attending this workshop, which includes some practical advice on cracking how to manage and organise your time. This workshop is for you no matter your current programme of study, mode of study, or past educational experiences.

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Online

Optional

First year

Just Play Badminton

Just Play Sports are drop-in sessions designed for students who want to play sport on a casual basis. It’s a great way to meet likeminded students, play sport in a casual environment and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome and there is no commitment of joining a club.

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On-campus: Sports Hall 2

Optional

All students

Preventing procrastination and getting organised

With so many electronic devices around and so many other things to do, it is very easy to get distracted and put off studying until another day. This webinar will explore some of the reasons for procrastination and will give some practical hints and tips to help keep you on track and focussed. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

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Online

Optional

All students

Essential Guide to Library and IT Services

Learn all about the Library and IT setup at Stirling

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Online

Optional

First year

Just Play Badminton

Just Play Sports are drop-in sessions designed for students who want to play sport on a casual basis. It’s a great way to meet likeminded students, play sport in a casual environment and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome and there is no commitment of joining a club.

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On-campus: Sports Hall 1

Optional

All students

Just Play Table Tennis

Just Play Sports are drop-in sessions designed for students who want to play sport on a casual basis. It’s a great way to meet likeminded students, play sport in a casual environment and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome and there is no commitment of joining a club.

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On-campus: Sports Hall 1

Optional

All students

Yoga with Tamara

Explore and observe the sensations created within the body (and mind) as we move through a series of postures. All levels welcome.

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On-campus: Sports Hall 2

Optional

All students

Learning online - Canvas and Teams

Wondering how to make your way around Canvas? Join our Canvas orientation workshop for advice on: logging in/navigation, setting up notifications, groups and using group tools, getting help and our new Teams integration

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Online

Optional

Second and third year

Just Play Badminton

Just Play Sports are drop-in sessions designed for students who want to play sport on a casual basis. It’s a great way to meet likeminded students, play sport in a casual environment and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome and there is no commitment of joining a club.

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On-campus: Sports Hall 2

Optional

All students

Just Play Basketball

Just Play Sports are drop-in sessions designed for students who want to play sport on a casual basis. It’s a great way to meet likeminded students, play sport in a casual environment and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome and there is no commitment of joining a club.

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On-campus: Sports Hall 2

Optional

All students

Writing and referencing

All new students have to take a compulsory module in writing, referencing and academic misconduct. This is to be completed within 4 weeks of arrival at the university. You can work through the module in your own time, or you can join this workshop where a tutor will guide you through the materials. Why not set aside this time and get through the work with some support and an opportunity to ask questions. You can then test yourself by using the module quizzes.

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Online

Mandatory

First year

Just Play Football

Just Play Sports are drop-in sessions designed for students who want to play sport on a casual basis. It’s a great way to meet likeminded students, play sport in a casual environment and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome and there is no commitment of joining a club.

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On-campus: Hockey Pitch

Optional

All students

Postgraduate Welcome Lounge

Here you'll find our University Welcome Zone where there will be staff from different areas of the University ready to answer any questions you have and it's also a great opportunity to meet fellow postgraduate students.

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On-campus: The Atrium

Recommended

First year

Campus tours

Discover and explore our beautiful campus on a comprehensive guided tour. We will show you our amazing new sports facilities, students' union, library, academic teaching areas, study spaces, cinema, shops, cafes and more. The tour will last approximately 1 hour. Places on the tours are limited so book your place now.

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On-campus: Multiple locations around campus

Optional

All students

Explore Stirling Walking Tours

Join us on a walking tour of Stirling city centre where we'll show you grand historic sites, favourite student cafes and bars, a range of shops and stores that sell useful items and other locations that'll make you feel at home! The tour will depart promptly from The Atrium at 2pm and it'll last approximately two hours including travel time to Stirling via the bus.

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Off-campus: Tour departs from the Atrium on campus

Optional

First year

Postgraduate Pizza Night at Haldane’s

Join us down at Haldane’s for a relaxed welcome event for our postgraduate community. We'll be serving authentic Italian pizzas and a selection of beers, wines and soft drinks. It's a great chance to network and meet your fellow students. We'll be holding a fun quiz too which offers the chance to win some great prizes! Numbers will be limited so please book early to reserve your place.

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On-campus: Haldane's restaurant

Optional

All students

Reading at university

It is hard to get by at university without doing plenty of reading. This webinar will consider why reading is so important, what you are expected to read and how to manage some of the practicalities. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

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Online

Optional

All students

Learning online - Canvas and Teams

Wondering how to make your way around Canvas? Join our Canvas orientation workshop for advice on: logging in/navigation, setting up notifications, groups and using group tools, getting help and our new Teams integration

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Online

Optional

All students

Paraphrasing 'In your own words'

Learning how to read and use course materials you have read in the expected way can be challenging, but this workshop aims to look at the skill of 'paraphrasing' or writing in your own words. It will cover why you need to paraphrase, how to do it and the benefits of this technique as a learning tool.

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Online

Optional

All students

Meet your Careers and Employability Service

Your Careers and Employability Service is here to support you at all stages of your career journey. Come along for a chat to meet us and find out what postgraduate students go on do, and how the Careers and Employability Service can support you to explore your options, develop your skills and experience, and compete for jobs as you take your next steps.

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Online

Optional

Just Play Women's Football

Just Play Sports are drop-in sessions designed for students who want to play sport on a casual basis. It’s a great way to meet likeminded students, play sport in a casual environment and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome and there is no commitment of joining a club.

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On-campus: Hockey Pitch

Optional

All students

Hatha Yoga with Eve

Calm your body and mind. Perfect for any level of yogis from beginners to advanced.

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On-campus: Sports Hall 2

Optional

All students

Note taking at university

Learning how to take effective and useful notes is an essential skill for many areas of successful study including reading, listening to lectures and revision. This workshop will cover some of the different approaches which can help to take notes in a variety of live and virtual learning situations.

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Online

Optional

All students

Tech Tips to Help you Learn (part 1)

Could you use your computer or your mobile phone to make your studying easier? Find out how with our ‘Tech tips to help you learn’ workshop.

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Online

Optional

All students

Essential Guide to Library and IT Services

Learn all about the Library and IT setup at Stirling

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Online

Optional

First year

Referencing and avoiding plagiarism

This workshop will consider why referencing is so important in your academic work. We will also discuss the issues around plagiarism and how to avoid it.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions. This is a must for all new students.

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Online

Optional

All students

Master Class - What is a Masters degree all about? (Repeat)

Academic expectations of students undertaking a Master’s level programme at a UK university can be very different from those for undergraduate study or from other cultures and countries. This workshop helps to unpack some of these expectations and give some pro tips on how to meet them and how to make the most of your Master’s studies and fulfil your potential.

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Online

Optional

First year

Just Play Badminton

Just Play Sports are drop-in sessions designed for students who want to play sport on a casual basis. It’s a great way to meet likeminded students, play sport in a casual environment and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome and there is no commitment of joining a club.

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On-campus: Sports Hall 2

Optional

All students

Exploring career options for postgraduates

If you’re unsure about your options, then this session will help you to think about where the skills and knowledge you are developing during your degree can take you and how you can make the most of your time at university.

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Online

Optional

Just Play Badminton

Just Play Sports are drop-in sessions designed for students who want to play sport on a casual basis. It’s a great way to meet likeminded students, play sport in a casual environment and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome and there is no commitment of joining a club.

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On-campus: Sports Hall 1

Optional

All students

Just Play Table Tennis

Just Play Sports are drop-in sessions designed for students who want to play sport on a casual basis. It’s a great way to meet likeminded students, play sport in a casual environment and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome and there is no commitment of joining a club.

,

On-campus: Sports Hall 1

Optional

All students

Just Play Football

Just Play Sports are drop-in sessions designed for students who want to play sport on a casual basis. It’s a great way to meet likeminded students, play sport in a casual environment and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome and there is no commitment of joining a club.

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On-campus: 3G Pitch

Optional

All students

Master Class - Studying and staying well at home

Studying online from home is different for everyone: some people really enjoy it whilst for others it can be challenging. No matter what your experiences are, it’s important to stay physically and mentally well during this period of online learning. This workshop will include some tips on productivity and how to avoid online fatigue during these challenging times. Many of these tips will apply whether your classes are in-person or not.

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Online

Optional

First year

Tech Tips to Help you Learn (part 2)

Could you use your computer or your mobile phone to make your studying easier? Find out how with our ‘Tech tips to help you learn - part 2’ workshop.

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Online

Optional

All students

Essay writing - Understanding the task

In this webinar we look at getting started on essay assignments.  We explore how to ‘deconstruct’ an assignment question so that you know exactly what you are being asked to do and how this helps with planning. What a difference this makes, a webinar not to be missed.

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Online

Optional

All students

What is a Graduate Programme and is it for me?

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Online

Optional

Fourth year

Intro to the Enterprise Programme

Have you ever considered developing an idea, starting a business, pursuing self-employment, commercialising your research, or broadening your skillset? Learn about entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial opportunities and the comprehensive range of support available at the University of Stirling for our students.

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Online

Optional

All students

Just Play Badminton

Just Play Sports are drop-in sessions designed for students who want to play sport on a casual basis. It’s a great way to meet likeminded students, play sport in a casual environment and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome and there is no commitment of joining a club.

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On-campus: Sports Hall 2

Optional

All students

UV Zumba with Andrea

Join the Party! Zumba is a great way to condition your body to some funky music and moves from around the world. Get ready to shake and shimmy under UV lights. Wear something white or bright and get ready to glow!

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On-campus: Sports Hall 2

Optional

All students

Essential Guide to Library and IT Services

Learn all about the Library and IT setup at Stirling

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Online

Optional

First year

Just Play Football

Just Play Sports are drop-in sessions designed for students who want to play sport on a casual basis. It’s a great way to meet likeminded students, play sport in a casual environment and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome and there is no commitment of joining a club.

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On-campus: Hockey Pitch

Optional

All students

Essay writing – Introductions and conclusions

Getting a great start to an essay is so important as it sets the scene and gives the reader confidence in your work. The conclusion is equally important, but is often neglected as an add-on just at the end. This webinar will help you to write introductions and conclusions which are effective and enhance the whole essay. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

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Online

Optional

All students

Essay writing - Powerful paragraphing

This webinar is about writing powerful paragraphs. These are paragraphs which structure your work, allow you to get your key points across and build an argument. Paragraphs are crucial to your academic writing – you cannot do without them. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

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Online

Optional

All students

Masterclass: Managing your time and getting organised

Good time management and organisation are critical to academic success. With a bit of planning you can pace the workload, ensure your assignments are handed in on time and minimise the last-minute panics. This workshop will explore issues around time management and discuss some practical solutions for the times when things get busy. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

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Online

Optional

All students

Developing skills for postgraduates

Graduate employers expect to see a range of transferable skills on your CV. Find out about the practical steps you can take to develop your skills whilst at university.

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Online

Optional

Just Play Badminton

Just Play Sports are drop-in sessions designed for students who want to play sport on a casual basis. It’s a great way to meet likeminded students, play sport in a casual environment and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome and there is no commitment of joining a club.

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On-campus: Sports Hall 2

Optional

All students

Master Class: Master your Dissertation 1: What is a dissertation and defining your research questions

This session will briefly reflect on ‘what is a dissertation’ and what is expected of you. We will then consider why defining your research questions is so crucial in terms of dissertation preparation and planning. You will see how the research questions you adopt can help you to structure the research process, focus your literature review and align your final thesis. We will also briefly consider how defining key concepts can help you to keep your dissertation manageable.

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Online

Optional

First year

Essay writing - Building an argument

Many students ask us, what is meant by ‘building an argument’. In this webinar we will explore what this means, and more importantly how you can do this in your writing. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

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Online

Optional

All students

Essential Guide to Library and IT Services

Learn all about the Library and IT setup at Stirling

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Online

Optional

First year

Finding your academic voice

This workshop aims to clarify exactly what is meant by your own 'academic voice' so that you know how to develop your writing and express your ideas in the way that is expected in academic writing at university.

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Online

Optional

All students

Just Play Badminton

Just Play Sports are drop-in sessions designed for students who want to play sport on a casual basis. It’s a great way to meet likeminded students, play sport in a casual environment and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome and there is no commitment of joining a club.

,

On-campus: Sports Hall 1

Optional

All students

Just Play Table Tennis

Just Play Sports are drop-in sessions designed for students who want to play sport on a casual basis. It’s a great way to meet likeminded students, play sport in a casual environment and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome and there is no commitment of joining a club.

,

On-campus: Sports Hall 1

Optional

All students

Just Play Football

Just Play Sports are drop-in sessions designed for students who want to play sport on a casual basis. It’s a great way to meet likeminded students, play sport in a casual environment and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome and there is no commitment of joining a club.

,

On-campus: 3G Pitch

Optional

All students

Just Play Badminton

Just Play Sports are drop-in sessions designed for students who want to play sport on a casual basis. It’s a great way to meet likeminded students, play sport in a casual environment and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome and there is no commitment of joining a club.

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On-campus: Sports Hall 2

Optional

All students

Just Play Basketball

Just Play Sports are drop-in sessions designed for students who want to play sport on a casual basis. It’s a great way to meet likeminded students, play sport in a casual environment and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome and there is no commitment of joining a club.

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On-campus: Sports Hall 2

Optional

All students

Just Play Football

Just Play Sports are drop-in sessions designed for students who want to play sport on a casual basis. It’s a great way to meet likeminded students, play sport in a casual environment and be active whilst at University. All abilities are welcome and there is no commitment of joining a club.

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On-campus: Hockey Pitch

Optional

All students

Master Class: Effective independent learning

Studying at Master’s level can be very different to studying at undergraduate level as you’re often expected to undertake significant independent research and self-led study. Come along to this workshop to explore what it means to be an independent learner and how you can become a more effective independent learner.

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Online

Optional

First year

Master Class: Master your Dissertation 2: Structure and writing

This session will reflect on what a ‘typical’ dissertation might look like and explore a generic template you could adapt. We will then consider how this can help you plan your writing and make the task look more manageable.

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Online

Optional

First year

Essential Guide to Library and IT Services

Learn all about the Library and IT setup at Stirling

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Online

Optional

First year

Master Class: Digital note taking when studying online

Studying online can be very different to studying in-person, so different techniques can help to produce quality notes which will be helpful in assignments and for revision. Come along to this workshop to explore the different technologies available to produce digital notes and to learn some tips and trick to enhance your notes in real time so that they’re both flexible and effective.

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Online

Optional

First year

Please note that all events are subject to change or cancellation at short notice.

Build your future

We’re proud of our commitment to ensuring you leave Stirling with life-long career management and employability skills. See how we can help you stand out from the crowd with innovative programmes such as Making the Most of Masters and Student Enterprise.

Postgraduate representation

The Postgraduate Faculty Officer scheme is run jointly by the University of Stirling Students’ Union and University of Stirling. The officers work in partnership with senior members of Faculty and University staff to take forward a project designed to improve the postgraduate student experience within their faculties – or across the wider university.

Study spaces

We have a variety of study facilities in our library including group study rooms, individual study desks and open study areas. Our Campus Central project is also bringing lots more study spaces across the campus in 2020/21.

Group of students sitting outside

Be Connected

Discover a programme of online events, resources and activities designed to keep you connected with the University community. Activities range from live workouts hosted by our Sports Centre staff and friendly drop in coffee sessions, to quiz nights with the Students' Union and meditation sessions.

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