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Degree flexibility

Do you know exactly what you’d like to study at university? Are you still trying figure out your options?

At the University of Stirling, our flexible learning degrees put you in control of developing your education.

You can try out all sorts of new subjects, combine the ones that interest you or even change your mind about what you’d like to graduate in – and the process is incredibly simple. This flexibility is available for the majority of our courses. Our more vocational degrees that are aimed at specific careers (e.g. nursing, social work, education) do not follow the flexible structure.

Watch our short video to find out all about our flexible degrees.

How does it work?

After you’ve been accepted onto a course you’ll sign up for three modules to take in your first semester. One of those modules needs to be in the degree you picked, but the other two could be from any one of the almost 70 undergraduate courses we offer.

For example, a Politics student could also take French and Philosophy, a Psychology student could take English and Sports Studies or a Film and Media student could take Business and History.

It’s completely up to you! We have over 220 combinations to choose from.

You’ll be allowed to continue with these subjects – or keep on trying new ones – until halfway through your second year.

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of our students is currently studying a combined degree

Making your choices

After Semester 3, you’ll be asked to make a choice: do you want to stick with your original subject, switch to something totally different or mix and match two subjects for a Combined Honours degree?

That means if you’re a Marketing student who fell in love with Film and Media in your first year, you can either drop Marketing to focus on Film and Media or combine both to get a degree in Marketing, Film and Media.

If you choose to do a combined degree, you’ll keep taking three modules each semester and you’ll get to choose how you weight it. So, if you’re combining Criminology and Social Policy with Law, you get to pick whether you take one or two Law modules every semester.

You don’t have to combine subjects – and you don’t have to switch either. But here at Stirling we think you deserve the choice and flexibility you need to make the most of your time at university - and be the difference in whatever it is you’d like to do.

Student Recruitment

For any further information or if you have any questions please get in touch with our student recruitment team.

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