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How to

To apply for a full-time undergraduate degree, you’ll need to apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). It's an easy and simple online process. Watch our video to find out more.

UCAS application process

Students from the UK, EU and overseas countries can all apply via UCAS. If you’re applying for a transfer, deferring your entry for a year, or applying for advanced entry you’ll also apply via UCAS.

If you’re applying to more than one university, we don’t see who the other universities are, until the other universities have made their decisions. We make our decision on your application without knowledge of your other choices.

We're now open for UCAS Clearing 2018! We've a limited number of places available.

Step one

See the courses we have available - we've over 220 course combinations. Use our course search online or view our undergraduate prospectus. Follow our tips for choosing a course.

Step two

You can apply for up to five courses on your application – there’s no need to rank your choices, as universities don’t see your other choices. You don’t need to use all five choices and you can apply for several courses at the same university. UCAS has detailed advice on how to fill out your application along with tips for International and EU applicants.

Step three

Draft your UCAS personal statement to reflect your course choices. See our handy guide to help you write a personal statement that'll make you shine.

Step four

Submit your UCAS application using the correct UCAS codes by the appropriate deadline. Our UCAS name is STIRL and our UCAS institution code is S75. UCAS course codes are found on our course pages.

You must pay UCAS a fee of £24 for up to five course choices or £13 for one course.

Step five

Track your application online using UCAS Track and see any offers as soon as they’re made.

You’ll also get access to our Applicant Portal within a few days of submitting your application. Here you can apply for accommodation and upload any additional documents we might need.

Additional information

A couple of our courses have additional steps in the application process.

If you’re applying for a Nursing course, you’ll need to attend a compulsory applicant day that includes an informal interview. Find out more on the Adult Nursing course page or the Mental Health Nursing page.

An interview is also part of the application process for the degree in Sports Studies, Physical Education and Professional Education and the joint degrees we offer with Forth Valley College – Applied Biological Sciences, Applied Computing, Digital Media and Heritage and Tourism.

If you’re a Social Work degree applicant and your UCAS application is successful, you will be asked to submit an additional piece of written work. Learn more about the Social Work application process.


When can you apply through UCAS?
Entry for Autumn 2018 opened on 1 September 2017.

UCAS submission deadlines
Your deadline for application depends on your fee status. Applicants are split into three categories:

  • Scottish or EU
  • English, Welsh or Northern Irish
  • International

See our fees page for more information on fee statuses.

For 2018 entry the deadlines are:

  • 15 January 2018 – If you’re a Home or EU applicant applying to study any of our courses.
    We consider applications received by this date on an equal basis. It’s best to apply as early as you can – so you don’t leave it until the last minute and rush your application. However early applications are not given any preference over applications received just before the deadline. There’s no guarantee that applications received after 15 January will be considered.
  • June 30 2018 – If you’re an overseas fee payer or an English, Norther Irish or Welsh applicant this is your deadline. Applications after 30 June will be considered during Clearing.

Clearing 2018

We have a limited number of course places available through UCAS Clearing for September 2018.

You can use Clearing to find a place at university if you:

  • you didn’t receive any offers
  • declined offers you did receive
  • didn’t meet the criteria for conditional offers
  • applied after 30 June

See our UCAS Clearing 2018 information.

What happens next?

Our Admissions team will deal with your application to the University of Stirling. Find out more about how we make decisions on your application and how to deal with any offers you're made.

After you apply

Exceptions to applying through UCAS

If you’re a student from the USA and are only applying to the University of Stirling as your UK University of choice, you can use the Common Application.

If you're wanting to apply for a part-time course then you'll apply directly to the University.

International and Student Recruitment

For any further information please get in touch with our recruitment team.

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