The semester system

Stirling runs two 15-week semesters from September through to May. Each semester has:

  • A mid-semester break

  • A reading/study block

  • A two-week exam period at the end


The Autumn Semester typically runs from mid-September until just before Christmas. The Spring Semester typically runs from early January to the end of May, followed by a 15-week break over the summer. Most students start their studies in Autumn, although it is possible for some students to start in the Spring depending on their circumstances.

Academically, our eight-semester Honours programmes offer flexible entry for visiting, non-graduating study abroad students, who may study any course for which they have the appropriate academic background, regardless of the semester level or Department involved.

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