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How to apply

Once you’ve found the perfect postgraduate course for you, the application process couldn’t be easier. Watch our short video to find out how simple it is.

1. Check your entry requirements

Before you start working on your application, you should check the entry requirements for your chosen course. For most of our postgraduate degrees, we ask for a minimum of a second-class Honours degree or equivalent, but some courses also require relevant work experience or prior knowledge within a related subject area.

Check our current entry requirements on your chosen course page.

2. When to apply

You can apply up to two years in advance of your course start date and we accept applications throughout the year. We don’t have a formal deadline for postgraduate applications.

If you’re an international student who requires a Tier 4 (General) student visa, we recommend you apply at least eight weeks before the start date of your course.

3. Completing your application

You can apply directly from our course pages or go directly to our online application form. May need to add in application stages

If you’re an International student you can also apply via an international representative. Take a look at our full list of international representatives. You can also email our international recruitment team to see what representatives are in your area. sraagents@stir.ac.uk

Already started an online application? If you have already started an application but not yet submitted it, we will have sent you an email containing instructions on how to return to your saved information. If you cannot find this email, find out how to return to your existing online application.

  • What you need to include in your application
    You must include the following documents:
    • copies of your academic qualifications or certificates
    • an academic transcript from your undergraduate programme
    • one reference
    EU and international students also need to submit:
    • a translated version of your transcript (if necessary)
    • evidence of English language proficiency (if relevant)
    International students who require a visa to enter the UK must also provide:
    • a copy of the personal details page of your valid passport
    • a copy of your current Tier 4 visa, if you’re currently studying in the UK

    Once your application is received, you’ll get a confirmation email from the University’s Admissions Team containing a unique reference number. Please quote this number when you contact us about any aspect of your application.

  • Want to stay in touch?

    When submitting your application you can also opt-in to receive essential information about the University of Stirling. We’ll be in touch via email with everything you’ll need to know about studying at Stirling, and you can change your mind at any time.

4. Offers

We aim to make a decision on your application as quickly as possible. If you want to ask about the status of your application then please email graduate.admissions@stir.ac.uk.

We’ll get in touch with you when a decision has been made on your application.

These are the responses you could receive:

  • an unconditional offer which means that you satisfy all the conditions required for entry and we’re offering you a place
  • a conditional offer which means you have not yet satisfied all the conditions of entry. We’ll send you a letter with the conditions you need to meet and may include such things as the classification of your degree award or evidence of English language proficiency
  • you have been unsuccessful in your application and we’re unable to offer you a place

5. Responding to our offer

If you receive an offer, congratulations! Please respond to our offer as soon as you can.

You’ll be sent all of the information you need to access our Applicant Portal to respond to your offer. The Applicant Portal can also be used to upload documentation, apply for University accommodation and select fee payment options.

If you require an entry visa to the UK you’ll be sent instructions on how to proceed.

You’ll receive a welcome email before you start your course which includes:

  • our online enrolment process
  • fee payment options
  • information about our airport collection services
  • details of all of our welcome and orientation events for new students

Graduate admissions

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

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