Why Stirling?

Stirling is a place where everyone is treated with respect, and where ability – not background – is valued. We take pride in offering you an education based on innovation and excellence, an inspiring academic experience and a living and learning environment that is second to none.

By studying with us, you will gain a qualification from a renowned institution where teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities and inclusiveness are all rated five-star.

But there's a lot more to us than meets the eye. To give you a taste, here are 10 reasons why we think you'll love studying and living in Stirling:

We offer more than 220 degree combinations, enabling you to create a bespoke academic journey that will suit your own unique strengths and help you to achieve your goals.

We're constantly earning global recognition for our cutting-edge research. The University of Stirling is ranked 5th in Scotland and 40th in the UK for research intensity (REF 2014). We also won the Queen’s Anniversary prize for Higher and Further Education in 2014 for ground-breaking research led by the Institute of Social Marketing into the effects of tobacco, alcohol and food marketing on the health of young people.

We've been awarded five QS Stars for employability (QS World University Rankings 2018), with more than 96% of our students in employment or further study within six months of graduating. (HESA Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2015/16).

Unlike some other universities, we offer a degree of flexibility when it comes to how you would like to pursue your studies. There are few restrictions in terms of pathways, and you’re free to mix and match between disciplines and Faculties. Then, once you know what you love, you're able to choose the degree combination that's right for you.

One of the many reasons students come to study at the University of Stirling is the outstanding beauty of our campus.

The University was founded by Royal Charter in 1967 on the historic Airthrey Estate, close to Bridge of Allan and two miles from the Royal Burgh of Stirling. The University's location and history make us stand out from other UK universities. 

Located in the heart of Scotland, the city of Stirling offers superb links to the rest of the UK and beyond (with close proximity to the capital city of Edinburgh and three international airports). The University nestles beneath the Ochil hills on the site of the historic Airthrey estate, and our 330-acre campus includes an 18th century castle, the Hermitage woods, a loch, a golf course and a 50-metre swimming pool.

We have a friendly campus environment that promotes events and activities for all our students. There is a strong community feel here on campus, and we offer support through the clubs, teams and support networks that are available to you at all times. 

We take incredible pride in our dynamic range of facilities, which earned us a five-star rating in the most recent QS World University Rankings. Our beautiful 330-acre campus plays home to a wide range of spacious accommodation, and everything you need is within a few minutes’ walk – from diverse catering outlets and sports facilities, to our on-campus theatre and art-house cinema.

If you like sport, you’ll love Stirling. We are Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence, and our students rated us first in Scotland for sport facilities (The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2015), which include a 50m swimming pool and a golf course. As the home of Scotland’s National Swimming Academy, the Scottish National Tennis Centre and Triathlon Scotland, our campus is also a formidable training ground for some of the UK’s top Olympic athletes.

The quality of the campus setting and landscape is a significant asset, and contributes to the University’s appeal to students, staff and visitors. The exceptional natural parkland, together with high quality academic, sports and accommodation facilities, plays an important role in providing a world-leading student experience.

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