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Here at the University of Stirling, we’re all about choice. We offer postgraduate courses with pathways designed to help shape your academic qualification around your preferences and to equip you with the skills to be the difference in your chosen field.

All postgraduate taught courses are graded at Level 11 of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). The difference between Masters degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates is the number of credits earned and the time taken to complete them.

Our Postgraduate taught degrees

Our Masters courses are intensive programmes of study that typically take one year to complete. Our research-informed teaching consists of lectures, seminars and a wide range of practical assignments, research projects and vocational tasks.

We offer a range of taught qualifications:

Master of Science (MSc) and Master of Arts (MA)

Our MSc and MA qualifications are typically undertaken by students who wish to develop an advanced subject knowledge in a particular area, or to change their subject of study following the completion of a Bachelor’s degree. Generally, these qualifications are taught through seminars, lectures and project work, and are assessed by course work, exams and a dissertation.

Master of Research (MRes)

An MRes qualification at Stirling offers advanced research methods and skills training in interdisciplinary and discipline specific contexts. It’s ideal if you’re keen on pursuing a career in research or doctoral study.

Master of Letters (MLitt)

Our MLitt is similar to a taught MA or MSc but is typically in literature, history or law.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The Stirling MBA is an internationally recognised qualification that enables you to develop your skills and knowledge in leadership and management.

Master of Laws (LLM)

Our LLM is a qualification that lets you specialise in a niche law subject, such as Environmental Policy or International Energy Law.

Master of Public Policy (MPP)

An MPP at Stirling is a professional qualification that offers essential training in policy analysis and how to help solve major societal issues.

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Stirling’s MPH is a multidisciplinary qualification designed to provide you with the advanced academic background required for leadership roles in public health.

These are taught courses, normally of 12 months' duration, if studied on a full-time basis or 24 months if you study part-time. The final months of the course are devoted to the production of a dissertation on an agreed topic of each student's choice. For certain subjects, you may be able to take on a collaborative project with a business or organisation giving you experience working on real-life issues. Making the Most of Masters offers student projects - take a look at look at how it all works.

Further details on each course may be found in the course pages. 

Learn at a time that suits you

Some of our taught Masters courses are available for part-time or online distance learning study.

Find out more about flexible learning

Graduate admissions

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

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