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Progression options in Scotland

Progress to undergraduate degree programmes at the University of Stirling or other leading Scottish universities.

Successful completion of your pre-university programme offers conditional progression to a wide range of degrees at the University of Stirling. The International Foundation programme is also recognised for entry to other Scottish universities.

Pathways to undergraduate and postgraduate study in Scotland

International Foundation programme

This is your pathway to Year 2* of undergraduate study at the University of Stirling or a range of Scottish universities.


Graduate Diploma

Your pathway to Year 1 of postgraduate Master's degree study at the University of Stirling.

*the International Foundation programmes offer progression to either year 1 or year 2 of a select number of undergraduate degrees at our progression universities.

Which universities can I progress to?

University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

One of Scotland's oldest universities, the University of Aberdeen has an excellent international reputation. Its student population is around 14,500 with a large international community of students and staff from over 120 different countries.

  • Founded in 1495, Aberdeen is the 5th oldest UK university.
  • Awarded five Nobel Prizes for work carried out at Aberdeen.
  • 96% of students enter directly into good jobs, research posts, or further study within six months of graduating.
  • Aberdeen is 2 hours 10 minutes from Stirling by train.
Abertay University

Abertay University

Abertay University was founded in 1888, to offer opportunities of higher education to working people in Dundee. Today, the University is recognised for its achievements in teaching, learning and research.

  • World-leading courses in computer games and computer arts.
  • A leading university for research in environmental science.
  • Scotland’s leading modern university for law and psychology research. 
  • Dundee is 50 minutes from Stirling by train.

University of Dundee

University of Dundee

The University of Dundee has a compact, friendly campus in the heart of the city centre and prides itself on high quality teaching, excellent student experience and world class research.

  • 1st in Scotland for student experience (THE Student Experience Survey 2010–2015).
  • One of the world’s top 20 universities (THE 100 Under 50 2015).
  • A £200 million campus redevelopment has recently been completed.
  • Dundee is 50 minutes from Stirling by train.

The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh

Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of the UK’s six ‘ancient’ universities. It is a top ranking international centre of excellence in research and teaching, and attracts the best students from around the world. 

  • An ancient university, founded in 1583, in the heart of Scotland’s capital city.
  • Consistently ranked as one of the top 50 universities in the world.
  • Three colleges offering over 500 undergraduate degrees.
  • Edinburgh is 45 minutes from Stirling by train.

Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University provides one of the best learning environments in the UK at the award-winning, modern campus in the heart of Glasgow.

  • Benefit from a £30 million redevelopment in the city centre campus.
  • Top 20 UK modern university (The Complete University Guide 2015).
  • 4th in Scotland for graduate employment (HESA 2014).
  • Glasgow is 40 minutes from Stirling by train.

Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt dates back to 1821 and is one of the top UK universities for business and industry. Based in Edinburgh, the University has established an international reputation for high quality teaching and leading research.

  • Ranked 18th in the UK and 2nd in Scotland (Guardian University Guide 2016).
  • 1st in the UK for Chemical Engineering and Electrical Engineering (The National Student Survey 2014).
  • New £30 million National Performance Centre for Sport opens in August 2016.
  • Edinburgh is 45 minutes from Stirling by train.

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Queen Margaret University was established in 1875 and has around 6,500 students, including students from more than 70 different countries. Study at an award-winning, sustainable campus in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

  • Purpose-built campus features high-tech facilities and learning spaces.
  • Flagship areas of health and rehabilitation, sustainable business, and creativity and culture.
  • Work experience rated as the best in Scotland (ISB 2013).
  • Edinburgh is 45 minutes from Stirling by train.

University of Stirling

University of Stirling

The University of Stirling is the number one university in Scotland for Employability (HESA 2016).

  • Achieved 5-star excellence awards for teaching, facilities and inclusiveness (QS Stars 2014).
  • 97% of graduates in work or further study within 6 months of graduation.
  • Modular programme options so you can customise your degree.
  • Unique campus environment with a golf course, loch and 18th-century castle.

University of Strathclyde

University of Strathclyde

The University of Strathclyde was established more than 200 years ago. With an excellent international reputation and close links with industry, the University attracts students from over 100 countries.

  • The Times Higher Education UK University of the Year (2012-2013).
  • Excellent links with business and industry, including Exxon Mobil, P&G and BAE Systems.
  • Located in the heart of Glasgow’s city centre.
  • Glasgow is 40 minutes from Stirling by train.

University of the West of Scotland

University of the West of Scotland

The University of the West of Scotland is one of Scotland’s largest modern universities. With over 15,000 students, including 1,100 international students from over 70 countries, the University of the West of Scotland provides high-quality higher education with innovative and useful research.

  • Degrees in Education, Journalism and Broadcast Production are top in Scotland (The National Student Survey 2014).
  • 92% graduates are in work or further education six months after graduation (HESA 2014).
  • All research ranked as international or world-leading in the 2014 REF.
  • Paisley is 1 hour 14 minutes from Stirling by train.

Tom Kowalski
"We regularly hold placement fairs. They provide the students with a fantastic opportunity to speak face-to-face with the universities they may progress to." Tom Kowalski Student Services Assistant
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