University of Stirling
- Undergraduate Students
- Postgraduate Students
- International Students
- 4.05 / 5.00
- 2.96 / 4.00
- 0.74 / 1.00
- 77.1 / 100.0
- 81.3 / 100.0
- 87.1 / 100.0
Stirling is an innovative university with a pioneering spirit and a passion for breaking new ground while creating change for the better. The university delivers high-quality courses and graduates are sought after by employers; the university is 1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK for graduate employability with almost 97% of graduates in employment or further study within 6 months of graduating (HESA 2016). Stirling provides one of the best all round student experiences on a stunning campus in the heart of Scotland featuring a loch, an 18th-century castle, 50m swimming pool and a modern library.
- Each course has specific entry requirements, please refer to the university website for details
- If students don’t achieve the grades asked for, the university will review their application, paying particular attention to the personal statement, reference and past academic performance. Students may still be offered a place despite not having achieved the exact conditions required.
- The university uses a mixture of teaching methods depending on the course, the student and what they want to achieve. This is likely to include lectures, tutorials, seminars, discussion groups, laboratory classes, fieldwork, individual and group project work, and online learning.
- Students are mainly assessed by exams, coursework and projects.
- Stirling's ethos is based on offering students as many opportunities as possible; the curriculum gives students great choice about how and when they study.
- At undergraduate level there are over 220 degree combinations and over a third of students graduate with a combined degree.
- The university offers a wide range of study abroad opportunities with partnerships at over 70 universities across 4 continents.
- Integrated degree options are offered in partnership with Forth Valley College. The focus is on both academic ability and employability skills, aiming to develop highly skilled, work-ready graduates.
Student Services and Facilities
- The recently refurbished library provides a stunning contemporary environment, with both online and printed resources.
- IT facilities include computer laboratories throughout the campus, many available 24/7. Wi-Fi is available across the campus and student residences.
- The Macrobert Arts Centre is based at the heart of the campus with a lively programme of cinema, drama, dance, comedy and music.
- The shopping precinct includes a bank, bookshop, pharmacy and supermarket.
- The Accessibility and Inclusion Service offers support which takes into account the full needs of students in wide range of circumstances such as: physical and mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, specific learning difficulties including dyslexia and autistic spectrum disorder, long-term medical conditions and mental health conditions.
- The service also support students who have short-term, temporary impairments or other difficulties as a result of an accident, injury, illness or surgery.
- Please refer to the university website for details.
- The Student’s Union is an organisation dedicated to 'Making Students Lives Better,' with student representation at the core of what it does.
- There is plenty for students to get involved in with over 120 student societies and sports clubs; entertainment venues and a range of bars are found on campus with top name acts having previously supported Freshers' week, including Vernon Kay, Jameela Jamil and Scott Mills.
- Since 2012, the Students Union has been recognised for volunteering best practice.
Availability of Part-Time Work
- The Careers and Employability Service’s Job Shop helps students find temporary, part-time or vacation work both on campus and in Stirling.
- The city of Stirling offers many opportunities in retail, hospitality, administration and tourism for students looking for part-time work.
- The Careers and Employability Service provides high-quality careers information, education, and guidance, helping students to make informed career decisions.
- Services include 1-to-1careers guidance, help with applications and interviews, volunteering opportunities and workshops.
- Stirling Internship Programme provides students and graduates of the University of Stirling with paid opportunities ranging from 3–12 weeks.
11,839 students in 2015–16:
Level of study
- Undergraduate 73%
- Postgraduate 27%
Mode of study
- Full Time 84%
- Part Time 16%
Where students come from
- UK 81%
- EU 8%
- Other 11%
- Male 37%
- Female 63%
- In 2017 the university is celebrating 50 years since its founding.
- Designated Scotland's University for Sporting Excellence in 2008, Stirling was Scotland’s best performing university at the Rio Olympics, its swimmers returning with 3 silver medals.
- Iain Banks – author.
- Jack McConnell – former First Minister of Scotland.
- Angela Constance MSP – Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities.
- Grace Dent – reporter, author and television critic.
- Derek Lambie – journalist, former editor Scottish Sunday Express.
- Catriona Matthew – professional golfer and vice-captain for the 2017 Solheim Cup.
- Muffy Calder – former Chief Scientific Adviser to the Scottish Government.
- The Hon Lord Brailsford QC – Judge in Scotland’s Supreme Courts.
- Richie Ramsay – winner of the 2006 United States Men's Amateur Golf Championship.
- Colin Fleming – Commonwealth gold medallist and national coach for Tennis Scotland.
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