Health and Allied Subjects

Health and Allied Health subjects covers a broad range of areas which all share the common aim of improving the health and wellbeing of society. As the world is continually evolving so do healthcare and social needs. Studying health or an allied health subject allows you to make a difference to lives of individuals, patients, carers and communities.

Subjects offered at Stirling include:

  • Paramedic science
  • Public health
  • Dementia and ageing
  • Gerontology
  • Nursing (find out more about Nursing at Stirling)
  • Health Visiting
  • Health Research

At Stirling our Health and Allied subjects courses integrate academic learning, research and professional practice. You learn the most up-to-date advances in healthcare through our innovative, research led courses. We work in partnership with healthcare professionals and providers to ensure our courses give you the practical and modern skills needed to excel in your career.

Health and Allied Subjects courses

Courses labelled are available for online study only.

CPD / standalone modules

The Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport offer a variety of Health Sciences short courses, modules and programmes for the continuing professional development of qualified nurses, midwives and allied health professionals. This also includes CPD modules from our and .

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infographic: 1st in Scotland

1st in Scotland

for Allied Health research outputs

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Graduate careers in Health and Allied Subjects

Studying Health and Allied Health Subjects can lead to a rewarding career in healthcare and social sectors. Many of our courses provide a professional pathway to your chosen career. With a Health or Allied Health Subject degree you could go into the following areas:

  • public health
  • substance use
  • nursing
  • ambulance service
  • social care
  • health visitor
  • health promotion
  • academic research
  • social care roles

Partnerships and industry

We work with many different partners and collaborate with them on course content and delivery:

  • Scottish Ambulance Service
  • NHS
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Community Health Exchange
  • Dementia Services Development Centre


Stirling Sexual Health & Education Society (SSHES) – a student society with the aim of creating an inclusive, safe and diverse environment to discuss all topics relating to sexual health and education.

Stirling University Nursing Society – a society for student nurses or those interested in nursing or health related subjects.

Uni Boob Team Stirling – this student society is raising awareness of breast cancer in young men and women.

Health and Allied Subjects research

One of the University’s key research themes is Living Well which looks at improving global well-being by helping people maintain, achieve or regain good health. We are experts in Health and Allied Subjects research with almost 90% of our health research output rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of its originality, significance and rigour in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014).

We have number of health research programmes including:

Postgraduate research opportunities

Study for a Health Sciences PhD or MPhil at the University of Stirling and you’ll join a friendly postgraduate health science community. Our PhD students are supervised and supported by leading academics who have outstanding multidisciplinary research records. Our Clinical Doctorate is the only one of its kind in Scotland, tailored to the needs of nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

See all our PhD and MPhil opportunities in:

Cancer Care Research Group

A research group seeking to influence policy and healthcare decisions through research that focuses on how people live well with and beyond cancer.

Centre for Tobacco Control Research

Provides the research needed by policy makers and public health to respond quickly and flexibly to developments in the dynamic field of tobacco control.

Dementia Services Development Centre

An international centre of knowledge and expertise dedicated to improving the lives of people with dementia.

Enhancing Self-Care

This research group's aim is to support self-care and self-management in a variety of settings using a range of person-centred research approaches.

Institute for Social Marketing

The UK’s leading social marketing research centre, bringing over 35 years' experience to the study and dissemination of social marketing theory and practice.

Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals Research Unit

A research centre focused on research that will impact on practice, and benefit patient and population health.

Physiology, Exercise and Nutrition

The research spans the spectrum from healthy active individuals to clinical populations across all sections of the lifespan. 

Population and Public Health Research Group

The group undertakes public health research and shape policies that improve the health of populations and reduce health inequalities.