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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. This flexibility is available on many of our courses, while other more vocational degrees that are aimed at specific careers (e.g. nursing, social work, education) do not follow the flexible structure.

How does it work?

If you know exactly which subjects you’d like to study, you can apply for one of our combined courses now – or, thanks to our flexible course structure, you can try out different subjects and decide which ones you’d like to combine later.

After you’ve been accepted onto a course you’ll sign up for three modules to take in your first semester. At least one of those modules will be in the degree you picked, but the others could be from the wide range of modules we offer in other subjects.

For example, a Politics student could also take French and Philosophy or a Film & Media student could take Business and History.

It’s completely up to you! We have over 220 single and combined courses to choose from.

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

Example degree combinations

Film and Media and Spanish

Film and Media and Spanish icons

Sports Studies and Business Studies

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Making your choices

After Semester 3, you’ll be able to mix and match two subjects for a Combined Honours degree if you have taken the necessary modules.

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

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.

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of our students is currently studying a flexible degree

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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