International Graduate Diploma in Media, Humanities and Social Sciences

This pathway offers you progression to a specialist Master's degree in applied social research, education, media management and publishing studies at the University of Stirling.

Why apply for the International Graduate Diploma programme at INTO Stirling?

  • guaranteed university placement for all successful students
  • direct entry to year one of a Master's degree
  • a campus-based programme with access to university facilities

There is one option for this course:

  • International Graduate Diploma (3 terms) - standard option

What's special about this programme?

This programme ensures that you meet the English language and academic entry requirements for entry to a Master's degree at the University of Stirling and other Scottish universities.

As well as a conditional offer from the University of Stirling for successful students and full access to all the university facilities you'll benefit from:

  • a quality-assured university programme
  • full university status
  • high contact hours and small class sizes
  • the highest levels of pastoral care and support

Who should apply for the International Graduate Diploma?

The International Graduate Diploma is suitable for international students who need an introduction to the study of a subject in preparation to study it at postgraduate level, or to upgrade qualifications if you have studied a 3-year Diploma in a relevant subject. The International Graduate Diploma is also suitable for those that want to increase or update their subject knowledge or those that need to improve their English language study skills within the context of their chosen subject.

What will I study?

All students complete a common core set of modules. During this programme you will study:

Core modules:

English for Graduate Study (20 credits)

The four key skill areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking are covered. The module also develops overall academic skills including the ability to write effectively for academic purposes using a variety of tasks; and the ability to use and synthesise source materials efficiently.

Academic Skills and ICT for Postgraduate Study (20 credits)

In this module students are supported in developing the skills necessary for studying at graduate level, and prepared for the demands of future pathway modules prior to postgraduate study.

Empirical Enquiry and Critical Thought (20 credits)

This module helps students understand the relationship of theoretical models to empirical studies, the ways in which primary supporting data is collected and analysed, and the philosophical grounds of rationalism and empiricism.

Extended Project and Research Skills (20 credits)

The project module will draw upon the research methods required at postgraduate level and will focus on the proposed subject area for study at postgraduate level, allowing for more in-depth knowledge using a problem-solving approach.

Media and Creative Industries (20 credits)

The creative media industries are central to the way we live, to identity and to culture. From an overview of the most significant theories and examples, the module draws upon and develops a critical understanding of the contemporary creative economy, its main issues and practices.

Quantitative Methods in Business and Social Sciences (20 credits)

The module builds on core knowledge in Mathematics and pays particular attention to the solving of economic problems and relating these to applications in the real world. It covers mathematical techniques required to solve applied economic problems beginning with a revision of basic algebraic methods.


How will I be assessed?

Assessment is both formal and informal. Informally you will receive advice and feedback throughout your programme from your teachers. You will also be assessed by a combination of examinations at the end of each semester, and coursework which may include written assignments, reports, practical exercises, group and individual research projects, presentations and problem-solving exercises.

Academic guidance

You will also receive support from your tutor on personal and academic issues, including advice on your studies and career plans. We will also help with your application and arrange visits to your Academic School so that you can learn more about your chosen degree programme.

How do I qualify?


Academic requirements:

Pass in an undergraduate degree in any academic subject OR Diploma (3-5 years) with high grades in any academic subject.

English requirements:

3-term Graduate Diploma: IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all subskills) or equivalent.

If you do not meet the minimum English language level you can apply for our Academic English course.

Please note that in addition to the UKVI IELTS, INTO is able to accept other English language qualifications for this course. Check which other qualifications we accept.

When can I start?

Start date Term dates Fees

September 2017 start (3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 25 Sep 2017 to Fri 15 Dec 2017

Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 3: Mon 03 Apr 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018


January 2018 start (3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 2: Mon 03 Apr 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018

Term 3: Mon 18 Jun 2018 to Fri 24 Aug 2018




Tuition fees do not include:

  • enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic programme (to be charged upon confirmation)
  • textbooks and other learning materials: an additional cost in the region of £240 (three term) or £315 (four term) per academic course

Integrated International Graduate Diploma Fees

For Integrated programme fees, add the tuition fee for your chosen degree to the Graduate Diploma fees above.

Is accommodation included in the fees?

Accommodation is not included in the fees. View our accommodation options.

How do I pay?

You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. Please contact us for bank transfer details.

How do I apply?

You can apply online or by post. Find out more about how to apply to INTO University of Stirling.

Where will it take me?

Progression to the University of Stirling

If you successfully complete the relevant Graduate Diploma programme and meet the required progression grades for entry to your selected degree programme, you will be guaranteed entry onto year one of an Master's degree programme at the University of Stirling. If you intend to study the Master's with Integrated International Graduate Diploma programme, please select your chosen degree from the list below.

Progression to other Scottish universities

If you do not meet the progression requirements for entry to the University of Stirling or intend to progress to a degree programme that the University does not offer, our Placement Services team will assist you with your application to another Scottish progression option. You will also be able to apply to other universities in the UK.

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This pathway course leads to the following degree programmes at the University of Stirling:

MRes Applied Social Research

MSc Applied Social Research (Criminology)

MSc Applied Social research (Social Statistics and Social Research)

MSc Business and Management

MRes Criminological Research

MSc Energy Management
MSc Finance
MSc Human Resource Management
MSc International Accounting and Finance
MSc International Banking and Finance
MSc International Business (Finance)
MSc International Business (Human Resource Management)
MSc International Business (Marketing)
MSc Investment Analysis

MSc Media Management

MLitt Publishing Studies

MSc Retail Marketing

MSc Social Enterprise

MSc Sport Coaching*

MSc Sport Management

MSc Sport Psychology

MSc Strategic Public Relations and Communication Management

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Applied Linguistics

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning) 

*Coaching experience required

Please note: This information is correct to the best of our knowledge at time of writing but is subject to change.

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