About the University of Stirling

The University of Stirling is dedicated to providing its students with lifelong employability skills. Known for its Media and Film, Education, Marketing, Economics and Sports Science programmes, the University won’t just help you succeed academically – it will prepare you for your future career.

With more than 120 nationalities represented on campus and many opportunities to experience different cultures, Stirling welcomes the world to its international campus – and you will have a home here too.

Focused on enhancing your employability

Everything you do at university contributes to making sure you stand out to your future employers. Stirling has strong links with global and local organisations, and in addition to receiving a high quality education here, you can also put your learning to practice in real-life scenarios. All degree programmes are designed to help you build the skills you’ll need to develop a clear career path and put you on track for future success.

The University is particularly acclaimed for its Humanities and Social Science subjects, consistently excelling in the UK’s university rankings. Popular subjects include:

Economics at Stirling

Economics is a flexible subject area at Stirling, focusing on your personal and professional development to help you achieve your career ambitions. Your expert professors derive from around the world, including the Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Belgium, Mexico, and focus on their own research projects outside of teaching you. Much of the research is undertaken with the help of international students working towards doctorates, who work closely with leading academic researchers here to make new breakthroughs.

Education at Stirling

One of the most popular postgraduate degrees with international students is the MSc Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Featuring a balance of theory and practice, this innovative programme is delivered by experienced professionals who have lived and taught around the world, and offers the opportunity to apply for a placement at one of the University’s partner universities in Germany or Hungary. TESOL students can also attend a special workshop series called ‘My career in TESOL’ which develops your awareness of continuing professional development, increases your knowledge of job market requirements and helps to boost your confidence in applying for jobs.

Film and Media at Stirling

The demand for more tech-savvy digital media graduates is rapidly increasing alongside the demand for new technology and delivery methods. Film and media students develop the critical technical skills, industry awareness and analytical expertise to excel in this field, with invaluable opportunities to be part of the campus radio and television stations and regular visits from media and film experts in the forefront of industry.

Marketing at Stirling

The University has teamed up with the Chartered Institute of Marketing to give Marketing students the opportunity to gain professional qualifications that are desired by employers, challenging strategic thinking, communication skills and business acumen. Students develop their understanding of business and the global marketing environment through internship opportunities, and work on their own personal professional development throughout the programme by gaining practical skills desired by employers.

Sports Science at Stirling

Stirling is Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence, meaning that it’s a designated national centre for sport that provides high performance training for athletes. The sports science programmes at the University are shaped by the latest scientific research and have close links to national governing bodies of sport – opening up internship, research and teaching opportunities. Combined with state-of-the-art sporting facilities and performance analysis laboratories, it’s difficult to beat the quality provided at Stirling.

Explore Scotland – have the time of your life

One of the best things about Stirling’s campus is its one-site structure – everything is all together in one 330-acre campus. What’s the benefit of this? You don’t have to travel far to buy groceries, go to the bank, visit a doctor, have a nice meal out or socialise with friends in a lively bar – they’re all on campus! The campus also has a large international community – with 20% of students from overseas – ensuring a friendly and welcoming community with whom you don’t have to worry about not fitting in.

If you’d like to discover the world outside of this vibrant and cultural campus, the University is only a short bus or taxi ride away from the scenic city of Stirling that is bursting with life. Voted the safest city in the UK (The Complete University Guide – ‘How Safe is Your City?’ 2017), Stirling is both a charming and historic British town and a buzzing student destination. With 20% of the population aged between 16–29 years (National Records of Scotland 2016), there are plenty of cool and quirky pubs, cafes and restaurants to unwind with friends in. Plus, as it’s the most affordable city in the UK (Lloyds Bank ‘UK’s Most and Least Affordable Cities’ 2019), you don’t need to worry about spending too much money.

Stirling is the ideal place to live if you love to explore. Just a 30 minute train ride away from Scotland’s cultural hub, Glasgow, the bright lights of the big city are practically on your doorstep. Glasgow is recognised as one of the friendliest cities in the UK, with a whole lot of things to do. It’s the ideal shopping, eating and socialising destination, with some truly beautiful architecture around the city. You also have the option to visit Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh – just a 50 minute train journey away from Stirling. Home to the world’s largest arts and comedy festival, the Edinburgh Fringe, there’s never a boring moment here.

You have the freedom to choose your next step

As an INTO student, you can choose to either directly enter a degree programme at Stirling once you successfully complete your pathway programme, or you can apply to progress to another leading Scottish university. You have the freedom to choose your own path here. Progression options include:

  • University of Dundee – great for Dentistry, Law, Biosciences and Engineering
  • The University of Edinburgh – great for Veterinary Medicine, Nursing, Fashion and Social Work
  • University of Strathclyde – great for Accounting and Finance, Architecture, Social Policy and Health Professions
  • University of Aberdeen – great for Medicine, Dentistry, Anatomy and Physiology, and Physics
  • Heriot-Watt University – great for Engineering, Economics, Mathematics and Building
  • Queen Margaret University – great for Nursing, Sociology, Hospitality and Tourism, and Drama, Dance and Cinematics
  • University of the West of Scotland – great for Education, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Aeronautical Engineering
  • Abertay University – great for Civil Engineering, Agriculture and Forestry, Law and Food Science