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The University of Stirling

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Stirling, Highland, Western Isles

Main Campus:

Stirling Campus

Student Population:

11 544

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Applied Social Science, Arts and Humanities, Education, Natural Sciences, Nursing, Midwifery and Health, Sport, Stirling Management School

Why Choose The University of Stirling?

The University of Stirling has a strong international focus, providing flexible degree programmes and specialist support for overseas students. Stirling also prides itself on its well-renowned research culture and commitment to undertaking quality research that is relevant to society’s needs. Stirling has a reputation for being one of the friendliest universities in the UK, and having a community which boasts some of the UK’s finest researchers and teachers.


Teaching Quality

The University of Stirling aims to teach its students the skills and confidence to shape their world beyond university.

  • Stirling has been rated in the top 10 UK universities for Teaching Quality Assessment (The Times Top 100 Universities, 2005)
  • The most recent Scottish Higher Education Council Quality Assessment Scheme looked at the quality of teaching at Stirling. 20 subject areas were assessed with the highest possible rating for quality of teaching. 14 subjects were rated ‘highly satisfactory’ and a further six were deemed ‘excellent’.
  • Stirling has also been rated top in Scotland for Communications and Media (The Independent Complete University Guide and The Guardian University Guide, 2011), 1st in Scotland for Education (The Times Good University Guide, 2012 and The Guardian University Guide, 2012) and 2nd in the UK for Education (The Times Good University Guide, 2012).


Research Quality

In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), 10 % of Stirling research was judged to be 'world leading' and a further three quarters as 'internationally excellent' and 'internationally recognised'. Among the highlights were:

  • Top in Scotland for Nursing and Midwifery; Education; Sports Studies; Communication, Cultural and Media Studies.
  • Second in Scotland for Accounting and Finance; Social Work, Social Policy and Administration; Philosophy.
  • Within the top five UK universities for Sports Studies.
  • Within the top ten UK universities for Nursing and Midwifery; Accounting and Finance; Philosophy.


Student Satisfaction

The University of Stirling rates highly for UK student satisfaction and has a strong reputation for being an inclusive campus with a close community atmosphere.

  • The University of Stirling held 24th place in the UK overall in the (National Student Survey, 2010) and fourth in Scotland for student satisfaction.
  • Stirling is also rated as best in the UK for campus environment and second in the UK for sports facilities in the (National Student Survey, 2010).
  • Other accolades include the ‘best place to be’ in Scotland and 2nd in the UK (The International Student Barometer, Autumn 2010), Best Student Living Experience in the UK (City of Stirling in National Student Housing Survey 2010) and was rated with 89% overall student satisfaction (National Student Survey, 2010).
  • The Sunday Times Scottish University of The Year in 2009/10 and Scottish University of the Year 2009/2010 (The Sunday Times University Guide, 2010).
  • Stirling was also named 1st in Scotland for Sports Facilities and Services (The Times Good University Guide, 2008)


Employable Graduates

Graduates of the University of Stirling enjoy high employment rates and benefit from tailored and supported courses:

  • 93% of graduates from The University of Stirling find employment after 6 months (Higher Education Statistics Agency, 2010)
  • The Career Development Centre is open to all students and provides careers guidance and credit-bearing careers education.
  • The university provides a jobshop service as part of the Career Development Centre, which helps students to find part-time work and experience.
  • Stirling is Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence, with particular strengths launching careers in golf, swimming, tennis and football.
  • Students studying primary or secondary school teaching can fast-track at Stirling, enabling them to qualify a year before other university courses.
  • Stirling trains nurses on three campuses, in Stirling, Inverness and the Western Isles.


Variety of Courses

Heriot-Watt is currently a leading institution in science and aims to ensure that its programmes meet the needs of all students and prepare them for professional leadership roles in the global environment.

  • The University offers a wide variety of undergraduate programmes and more than 90 taught postgraduate programmes focusing on Humanities, Human Sciences, Natural Sciences and Management. There are also research opportunities across these schools.
  • The University has created a unique ‘degree’ of flexibility that enables students to develop and control their own studies.
  • The International Study Centre offers a range of programmes, specifically designed for international students who have not met the requirements for the course they wish to study, to equip them with the English language, study skills and academic knowledge required to succeed in undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the university. Successful completion of these programs will guarantee students direct entry into the appropriate 2nd or 3rd year undergraduate programmes or masters programme.
  • The Centre for English Language Teaching (CELT) offers a range of English language courses, including General English and IELTS Preparation, Pre-sessional English and an English Language Summer School in August.



Built in the shadow of the Ochil Hills, the Stirling campus is situated on a magnificent 310-acre estate, around a large loch and 18th-century Airthrey Castle. Campus facilities are within walking distance and linked by a central social area. The University’s facilities include:

  • State of the art refurbished library and 24-hour computer labs
  • On and off-campus accommodation
  • The MacRobert arts centre, with theatre and cinema and a public art collection
  • The Robbins Students' Centre with bars and nightclub and various cafes and restaurants
  • A shopping precinct, with bank, travel agent, pharmacy and supermarket
  • Extensive indoor and outdoor sports facilities including a 50-metre swimming pool
  • A nine-hole golf course and driving range
  • On-campus medical/dental clinics, wellbeing facilities and campus policemen.



The main University of Stirling campus is located in the heart of central Scotland.

It is easily accessible by public transport. The campus is home to students from over 90 nationalities.

Stirling itself is one of the most attractive places to live in the UK, and is home to a unique mix of contemporary culture and national history. 20 % of the population is made up of students, and while Stirling is big enough to offer the culture and entertainment of a city, it is compact enough to retain a community atmosphere. Stirling is home to a vibrant Scottish history and a thriving modern culture which all the arts venues, nightlife and eateries of a modern city. Stirling Castle in particular retains the town’s history.

Stirling is surrounded by some of Scotland’s most interesting scenery, where the lowlands and highlands meet. The cost of living is consistently lower than in Scotland’s larger cities, and Stirling’s quality of life is high. Less than hour away from Edinburgh, Glasgow and both their airports, Stirling is extremely accessible for the rest of the UK and Europe

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