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Golf Centre

Rugby pitches

Airthrey Castle

Students’ Union Medical Centre

Shops, theatre and cinema Library

Main halls of residence

Student Recruitment and Admissions Service

Pathfoot Building (Academic Departments)

National Wallace Monument

Innovation Park Cottrell Building (Academic Departments)

Stirling Management Centre Chalet Accommodation Sports Centre

sportscotland Institute of Sport National Tennis Centre

National Swimming Academy

put yourself in the picture 5 minutes’ walk from on-campus halls to library 5 minutes’ walk from Golf Centre to Pathfoot Building 5 minutes’ walk from library to swimming pool Less than 10 minutes by bus or car to Stirling city centre Less than 1 hour from both Glasgow and Edinburgh

Stirling City Centre 5-10 minutes by bus or car, 15 minutes by bicycle and 45 minutes’ walk. 50 minutes to the nearest international airport.


The University of Stirling has an excellent reputation for research, teaching and the quality of the learning opportunities. Our main campus – one of the finest in Europe – is truly breathtaking, providing an inspirational learning and living environment. We also have splendid campuses in Inverness and the Western Isles, specialising in nursing and midwifery education. We provide high-quality teaching and flexible learning opportunities. With excellent student support services and a wide range of social, sporting and cultural facilities, Stirling can provide you with one of the best student experiences in the UK. Our award-winning Students’ Union offers a range of social venues and welfare services, and supports a wide range of clubs and societies. As Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence, our sports facilities are first class with national centres for swimming and tennis, and provision for many other sports at competitive or recreational levels. While this prospectus provides you with an introduction to the University, we urge you to visit us and find out what we can offer you.

Contents Career ahead


Your new city


Your new home


Your new life: social


Your new life: sport


Stirling and the world


Undergraduate guide


Postgraduate guide


Come and visit us


Contact us


Your time at Stirling will be an unforgettable experience – you will be part of a close-knit academic community, making friends and contacts for life. Most importantly, you will get what you came for – a relevant, recognised and respected qualification.

WHY CHOOSE STIRLING? The University is consistently highly rated, both for the quality of teaching and research, and for the employability of our graduates. You will have access to academic staff who are experts – in many cases, leaders – in their chosen fields. Our close links with industry influence much of the academic teaching and research at the University, and offer important networking opportunities for students.


of our graduates are in employment or further study after six months (Higher Education Statistics Agency, 2009).

and SiFE, a global student enterprise organisation where you can compete against other universities. We also provide business start-up support – this programme lets you try your hand at starting a business. On successful completion of your programme, international students (undergraduate degree or postgraduate certificate, diploma or degree) can apply to stay in the UK to work, or apply up to a year after obtaining your qualification, to return to work. For more information on the most significant schemes, visit:


Our Career Development Centre provides resources to help you make informed decisions, pursue your goals effectively and develop skills that will aid you in managing your career throughout your life.

Professional career support is only part of the way we help you while you are at Stirling. We also provide extensive help and advice in areas such as student finance, counselling and wellbeing, health, religion and childcare.



We can help you develop your business skills too. Possibilities include Scottish Institute for Enterprise events


Career ahead




“Stirling lies in a very nice part of Scotland, right in the centre between the country’s two biggest cities and the quieter, more romantic Highlands. It is a small but lively place where you have no excuse to get bored.”


Marina Wimmer, Austria (PhD Psychology)

Stirling is a thrilling mix of the old and the new. Known as the ‘heart of Scotland’, it is a cosmopolitan, student-friendly and lively place to be. Here’s a quick introduction…

How big is Stirling? We think it is the perfect size. The population’s around 40,000 – 20 percent of whom are students. This makes Stirling big enough to offer a full ‘city experience’: shopping, café culture, performing arts and nightlife. Yet it’s still compact enough to retain a warm community feel – and make it easy for you to get around and settle in.

What is the city like? Stirling combines the charm of an historic destination with the buzz of a contemporary city. There’s truly something for everyone, much of it aimed directly at students.

Stirling’s history blends perfectly with a thriving modern soul. The city lights up at night, and many pubs, clubs and bars gear themselves towards students, with themed nights, DJs and special promotions. Traditional pubs provide quieter alternatives, with open fires, real ale and folk music. Closer to campus, Bridge of Allan is a vibrant mix of old and new, with beer gardens and bistros for summer evenings.

Culturally, Stirling Castle is an established concert and arts venue, hosting acts such as Travis, James Blunt and Lulu. The Tolbooth building is another busy focus for performing arts and other events. The city is a major tourist destination, served by numerous restaurants, bistros and cafés. There’s everything from pub grub to fine dining, with Italian, Indian, Chinese, Thai and Mexican all well represented. Nearby Bridge of Allan offers delis, bakeries and a classic fish ’n’ chip shop.

How far is the city from the campus? Stirling city centre is just 2.5km from the campus – less than 10 minutes by bus.

WhAt is the surrounding area like? Nestling where the Scottish highlands and lowlands meet, Stirling offers you the peace and tranquillity of unspoiled mountains, lochs and shores – perfect for outdoor activities such as walking, canoeing, mountain biking and sailing. Stirling also has superb links to the rest of Scotland and beyond. In particular, both Edinburgh and Glasgow are less than one hour away by road or rail.


Stirling is linked to two of Scotland’s historic heroes: William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. Along with the dramatic castle, these give it a strong identity.


Your new city




“The campus has a relaxed atmosphere and I enjoy living in its ambience. There are great benefits to staying on campus too. It takes just five minutes to walk from my flat to the lecture theatres and library.”


Bhavneesh Sharma, India (Marketing)

Living away from home: it is a major part of the university experience. Here is some key information which will hopefully answer your questions. Please get in touch to find out more. if you ARE an undergraduate STUDENT

what are the rooms like?

You may live in residences on campus. These overlook the loch and are just a few minutes’ walk from all main facilities. Alternatively, if you would prefer flat accommodation off campus, this can also be provided. Residences have 24-hour staff on hand to ensure a safe and secure environment. In addition, communal self-catering kitchen facilities create a superb social atmosphere.

We offer a wide range. Altogether, we provide just under 2,000 places on the main campus, and a further 800 places in shared flats in Stirling and nearby Bridge of Allan.

You will be guaranteed accommodation in your first year, provided an online application is received by 25 August. If you’re coming here from outside the EU, you’ll be guaranteed accommodation each year.

if you ARE a postgraduate STUDENT You have the chance to stay in accommodation specifically reserved for postgraduate students. We aim to offer these rooms to everyone who applies.


Your new home


Largely rooms are a single study bedroom with shared kitchen/bathroom facilities. There are also some en suite rooms. Nearly all are networked, so you can link your PC to our high-speed network. The majority of the campus is suitable for wheelchairs and some accommodation has specially adapted facilities. Please contact residential services as soon as possible to discuss your requirements.

what about food? All our accommodation is self-catering, with shared kitchen facilities. There are several supermarkets near the University, plus a range of independent and speciality food shops. If you prefer not to cook, there are plenty of on-campus catering outlets offering good value food. We offer student discounts to help your money go that little bit further.

if you ARE a study abroad student

What does it cost?

You are guaranteed University-owned or managed accommodation, either on or off campus. You will normally be offered a room in an apartment sharing with other students.

Stirling has a relatively low cost of living, compared to other parts of the UK. Here’s a typical budget for an undergraduate student living in a hall of residence:




£246 – £411

£2,353 – £3,702







Food/household goods












TV Licence




£591 – £756

£5,458 – £6,807


These are usually shared flats or houses off campus, within easy reach of both the University and city centre.



Your new life: social At university, what you do is up to you. That spirit thrives at Stirling and key to it is the Students’ Union. It organises and provides everything you could possibly want. Stirling University Students’ union You will automatically become a member of the Students’ Union when you register at University. From then on, what you do is up to you – including helping to run activities if you want. The Union thinks of itself as your ‘second home’. As well as offering its own welfare and information service, The Union runs a range of venues together with an entertainment programme catering for all tastes.

macrobert MacRobert is an established arts venue, right at the centre of the campus. The facilities are exceptional and include a state-of-the-art cinema, café/bar, space for comedy/live music and a large theatre.


Student nightlife As well as special events, there are also two student bars on campus – Studio and the Long Bar – that offer a relaxed environment to unwind, catch up with friends and lounge on the comfy sofas. The bars have plasma screens and wireless internet.

Clubs and societies Student clubs and societies are an important part of student life at Stirling. With well over 50 clubs to choose from, there is certain to be something that captures your interest. By getting involved, you’ll gain valuable experience, have fun and meet new friends along the way. Popular clubs include the student radio station, TV station and newspaper as well as drama, music, politics, conservation and photography clubs.

The University of Stirling is Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence and the ideal place to combine sport and study. Whatever your sporting passion, you can pursue it here.


Your new life: sport


Whatever your level, Stirling’s a great place to get involved in sport. Take a fitness class, try something new, join one of our 40+ sports clubs, or play in an inter-university league. If you’re slightly more serious about sport, you’ll be joining a committed and well-equipped resource. Stirling has world-class facilities, and we produce regular winners in golf, swimming, tennis, football, rugby, netball and hockey – at both national and international level.

Our FIVE-STAR FACILITIES >> 50m National Swimming Academy >> Gannochy National Tennis Centre (six indoor courts/four outdoor courts) >> Nine-hole golf course and Golf Academy >> Airthrey Loch for angling and canoeing >> State-of-the-art fitness centre >> Studio space for aerobics, dance, yoga and martial arts >> Eight-court sports hall >> Football Academy >> Squash courts >> 400m athletics track >> Grass and artificial pitches

INTERNATIONAL SPORTS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME If you already have an excellent record at national level, our International Sports Scholarship Programme can help you progress even further.

Scholarships are currently offered for the following sports: >> Football >> Swimming >> Golf >> Triathlon >> Tennis


It is designed to offer student athletes financial support, top-level coaching and the opportunity to extend your degree programme to enable you to focus on competition.



“The campus is so unique in its setting and beauty that it makes for a fantastic place to live and learn. There is a community atmosphere at Stirling that makes every aspect of student life there so enjoyable. Staff and students are incredibly friendly so meeting people and making friends is, as a consequence, almost effortless. In fact, my whole time at Stirling provided me with a wealth of invaluable experiences that truly made my time there a highlight of my university life. I made lasting memories on the beautiful campus, and in the amazing country of Scotland; memories I will treasure for a lifetime.� Eloise Robertson, Australia (English Studies & Politics)



“Everyone’s been so nice and helpful since I’ve arrived. If I have any questions about anything, there’s always someone to ask. I love everything about Stirling. There’s always something to do or someone to hang out with. It’s been a unique and life changing experience. I’d do it all over in a heartbeat.” Sarah Becker, University of Idaho, USA



As well as offering a variety of student exchange programmes, we also welcome visiting Study Abroad students to the University, and run a summer school for overseas students. interested in an exchange programme?

Coming here as a study abroad student

Most of our undergraduate programmes offer you the opportunity to study abroad as an integrated part of the course of study. Normally this takes place in the third year, when you can participate in an exchange with one of our many university partners.

Each semester we welcome around 180 visiting students from around the globe. You may apply to attend for either or both of the autumn and spring semesters. You can either apply as part of an exchange programme, or direct.

We have ERASMUS exchange agreements with universities throughout Europe. Each year, some 35 Stirling students study in the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden. We also offer a range of International Exchange Programmes. All our partner institutions are highly academic, offering a variety of academic subjects, living environments, activities and facilities.


Stirling and the world


You will be eligible for accommodation and have access to all our facilities, making it easy for you to get involved in campus life.

attending our International summer school Our ISS is open to students from around the world, as a unique opportunity: experience Scotland’s rich culture, at the same time as gaining credits towards your degree programme at your home institution.

Example of Current Exchange Partners International Exchange Partners

Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic Prague Economics University, Czech Republic Copenhagen Business School, Denmark University of Copenhagen, Denmark EPSCI, Business School, Paris, France Francois-Rabelais University, Tours, France University of Lyon, France Normandy Business School, France University of Perpignan, France Sciences Po, Paris, France Strasbourg Management School IECS, France University of Passau, Germany Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece University of Pecs, Hungary University of Limerick, Ireland Verona University, Italy University of Amsterdam, Netherlands University of Groningen, Netherlands University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway University of Barcelona, Spain University of Cantabria, Santander, Spain University of Cordoba, Spain University of Granada, Spain University of Gothenburg, Sweden Stockholm University, Sweden

Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia University of Sydney, Australia Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada University of Toronto, Canada University of Victoria, Canada City University of Hong Kong Akita International University, Akita, Japan Kwansei Gakuin University, Osaka, Japan Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan University of Alaska (Anchorage and Fairbanks), USA University of Hawai’i (at Hilo), USA University of Illinois (at Urbana-Champaign), USA University of Kansas (Lawrence), USA Le Moyne College (Syracuse, NY), USA University of Massachusetts (Amherst), USA University of Miami, USA University of Mississippi, USA University of North Carolina (Wilmington), USA Washington State University (Pullman), USA University of Northern Iowa, USA San Diego State University, USA University of Wisconsin (Eau Claire, La Crosse and Stout), USA University of Wyoming (Laramie), USA


European Exchange Partners



Undergraduate guide Thinking of coming to Stirling to study at undergraduate level? Over the next four pages is the basic information you need. When you’re ready for detailed advice, please contact us. WHAT CAN I study?

Scottish/EU domiciled students

Our main programmes are listed opposite. Choice and flexibility are key – we offer more ways of combining these subjects than most universities. For more about your particular area(s) of interest, visit:

You won’t have to pay tuition fees. The Scottish Government pays these on your behalf, through the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). You must apply for this funding every year.

UK students (domiciled outside Scotland)

How are degrees structured? Undergraduate degrees in Scotland – including at Stirling – typically last four years (eight semesters). In your first year you have the opportunity to take up to three subjects. You maintain this breadth of study until the end of Semester 3, when you start to specialise in your chosen area. This gives you the chance to try new subjects, and even change the focus of your degree if you want to. You have maximum flexibility as there are no department or faculty restrictions. You can combine subjects from different areas, for example: Film & Media and Environmental Science; French and Psychology, Philosophy, Politics and Economics (BA).

are there other entry options? If you achieve particularly high grades, you may be able to go directly into the second year of your programme. The table shows which programmes offer this option. While some students choose this route, others prefer to still experience the breadth of study and flexibility the first year offers. There are also some programmes that you can start in either September or February – again, please see the table.

how much does it cost? Undergraduate tuition fee rates and payments differ, depending on where you live – here is a rough guide. For full information, please get in touch or visit:

You will be required to pay tuition fees at the ‘home’ rate for each year of your programme. Fees are set by the Scottish Government and are the same at all institutions. The fee level for new students entering in 2010 is £1,820 per year. You can take out an additional student loan to cover tuition fees, then repay this (along with any other student loans), once you have graduated and are earning over £15,000 a year. International students (domiciled outside the EU) You will be required to pay tuition fees at the ‘overseas’ rate for each year of your programme. For students who are not eligible for support from UK public funds, tuition fees vary according to the degree programme being taken. For 2010/2011, the annual tuition fee is £9,900 – £11,950.

What financial support is available? Financial support is available to some students in the form of student loans and additional maintenance grants. Please contact the relevant authority in your country for further information Undergraduate students from the USA are eligible to apply for Stafford Loans and other private loans. More information is available at:

September entry

February entry

Combinations Combined Second-year with Education degrees entry available available available Accountancy (BAcc) 3 3 3 3 Animal Biology (BSc) 3 3 Aquaculture (BSc) 3 3 Biology (BSc) 3 3 3 3 Business Computing (BA) 3 3 Business Law (BA) 3 3 3 Business Studies (BA) 3 3 3 3 3 Cell Biology (BSc) 3 3 Computing Science (BSc) 3 3 3 3 Conservation Biology and Management (BSc) 3 3 Criminology (BA) 3 3 3 Ecology (BSc) 3 3 Economics (BA) 3 3 3 Education (Primary) (BA) (BSc) 3 3 Education (Secondary) (BA) (BSc) 3 3 3 English Studies (BA) 3 3 3 3 3 Environmental Geography (BSc) 3 3 3 Environmental Science (BSc) 3 3 3 3 3 Film & Media (BA) 3 3 3 3 Finance (BA) 3 3 3 3 French (BA) 3 3 3 3 Global Cinema and Culture (BA) 3 3 History (BA) 3 3 3 3 3 Human Resource Management (BA) 3 3 3 3 Information Systems (BSc) 3 3 International Management Studies (BA) 3 International Politics (BA) 3 3 3 3 Journalism Studies (BA) 3 3 3 3 Law (BA) 3 3 3 Law (LLB) 3 Management/Management Science (BSc) 3 3 3 3 Marine Biology (BSc) 3 3 Marketing (BA) 3 3 3 Mathematics (BSc) 3 3 3 3 Midwifery (BSc) 3 Modern Languages (BA) 3 3 3 3 3 Money, Banking & Finance (BA) 3 3 Nursing (BSc) 3 Philosophy (BA) 3 3 3 3 Politics (BA) 3 3 3 3 Philosophy, Politics and Economics (BA) 3 Psychology (BA) (BSc) 3 3 3 3 Religion (BA) 3 3 3 3 Retail Marketing (BA) 3 3 3 Scottish History (BA) 3 3 3 3 Social Work (BA) 3 3 Sociology and Social Policy (BA) 3 3 3 3 Software Engineering (BSc) 3 3 Spanish (BA) 3 3 3 3 Sport & Exercise Science (BSc) 3 3 Sports Studies (BA) 3 3 3 3 3

Part-time available 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3



What are the entry requirements?

If you’re coming from outside the UK, we accept a range of qualifications – please see the table below for examples.

What if English isn’t my native language? You’ll need to demonstrate a level of proficiency. Typically we accept an IELTS score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in Writing and Listening. We also accept a TOEFL score of 80 IBT (or 550 PBT; 213 CBT).

INTERNATIONAL STUDY CENTRE For international students who need to improve their English or who have to undertake additional academic preparation we offer an Undergraduate Certificate programme. This one-

How do I apply? Full-time programmes starting in September Please apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Log onto and use the web-based system, APPLY. The initial deadline is 15 January for UK/EU students and 30 June for international students. (Please note: we will consider later applications for many subjects.) Part-time study and entry in February Please apply direct to the University. You can get an application form from our Undergraduate Admissions Office, see page 21. Please note that, in most cases, part-time study is not available to students from outside the EU.




Scottish Highers




Various European Baccalaureate

60 – 70% overall

International Baccalaureate

Diploma 32 points overall (excluding bonus points)

Cyprus (Greek)


Cyprus (Turkish) Lise Bitime


Please ask about academic requirements, as they vary from one programme to another. For all programmes you need a standard level qualification in English, and in mathematics for certain programmes.

year foundation runs parallel to your first year of degree study. It combines English language preparation, academic modules and study skills. Once you’ve completed it, you go straight into the second year of your degree. This certificate is run by our International Study Centre – see page 21.

17.0 – 18.0 8–9

Ylippilastutkinto C


French Baccalauréat







15 – 17


Irish Leaving Certificate

All at Honours Level (BBBB)


Atestatas Minimum 7



Average of Grade 7 or above



Average of 3.9 to 4.2 in final year subjects

Poland Polish Matura

60 – 70% in three written subjects at Advanced Level



At least three at MVG


American High School Diploma/SAT/AP

550 Verbal, Math and Writing SAT 1 plus 2 x APof 3/4 or 2 x SAT II550 or ACT of 24 – 26





Postgraduate guide We offer over 70 taught postgraduate programmes, plus research opportunities across all disciplines. For information on any of these programmes, please get in touch. TAUGHT (MASTER’S) PROGRAMMES

International Study Centre (ISC)

We offer a broad range of stimulating taught postgraduate degrees, reflecting the diverse interests of our staff and their areas of expertise. Most programmes last 12 months, beginning in mid-September each year. They typically involve nine months of class-based learning, followed by three months for your research project or dissertation.

International students who do not have the entrance requirements to enter directly on to a Stirling postgraduate programme can opt to study for the Pre-Masters programme at the International Study Centre on campus. This is a tailormade two- or three-term programme consisting of academic subjects, study skills and English language training. Once students have successfully completed the course and have met entry standards, they will proceed directly to their preferred Master’s programme. Contact details for the ISC can be found on page 21.

Please see the table opposite for a full list.

RESEARCH PROGRAMMES We offer research-based programmes, leading to the award of a PhD or MPhil. We also offer a number of Professional Doctorates which are research degrees with a taught component. For information about staff research interests, activity and publications, please visit the relevant departmental page of our website.

what are the ENTRY REQUIREMENTS? Normally, a good first (Honours) degree is required. For some programmes your first degree must be in a related subject area, however many programmes suit any background. Work experience may be required for some programmes. For detailed advice, visit:

If English is not your native language You will need to demonstrate a level of language proficiency. Typically we accept an IELTS score of 6.0 – 7.0 (depending on the programme) with no less than 5.0 in each component. We also accept TOEFL score of 80 IBT (or 550 PBT; 213 CBT).

HOW DO I APPLY? Please apply direct to the University and you can submit an application up to one year before the programme begins. You can either submit an application by post, or complete the online application form at:

How much does it cost? Tuition fees are payable for all postgraduate programmes. Fees are set each year; the level of fees varies according to programme choice and according to your country of domicile. For current information, please visit:

FUNDING SOURCES Many programmes have awards, scholarships and bursaries.

English Studies

Management School

Applied Social Research Applied Social Research (Criminology) Child Welfare and Protection (Applied Studies in) Criminological Research Dementia Studies Housing Studies Management and Leadership in Social Services (Applied Studies in the) Management of Social Welfare Organisations (Advanced Studies in the) Social Work Studies

Creative Writing English Studies Gothic Imagination International Publishing Management Modern Scottish Writing Postcolonial Studies Publishing Studies Renaissance Studies

Accounting & Finance Finance International Accounting and Finance Investment Analysis

Aquaculture Aquaculture: Sustainable Aquaculture Aquatic Pathobiology Aquatic Veterinary Studies Sustainable Aquaculture Aquatic Resource Development

Biological & Environmental Sciences Environmental Management River Basin Management

Film, Media & Journalism Film Studies Financial Journalism Media and Culture Media Management Media Research Public Communication Management Public Relations Theory and Education Strategic Public Relations and Communication Management

History & Politics History Environmental History Historical Research

Computing Science & Mathematics

Politics International Conflict and Cooperation

Languages, Cultures & Religions

Advanced Computing Computing for Financial Markets Information Technology


Economics Banking and Finance Economics Energy Management Socio-Management Human Resource Management International Business & Socio-Economic Development MBA Retail Studies Retail Management Retailing

Nursing & Midwifery Advanced Practice Clinical Doctorates Health Research


Hermeneutics Humanities Translation Studies Translation Studies with TESOL

Philosophy – Graduate Programme


Child Development: Early Years and Practice Evolution and Behaviour Health Psychology Measuring Perception Psychological Research Methods Psychological Therapy in Primary Care LLB Scots Law – including Diploma International Commercial Law (LLM)


Sports Studies Performance Coaching Sports Coaching Sports Management Sports Nutrition Sports Research


Educational Research Professional Enquiry (various) Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages and Computer Assisted Language Learning Teaching Qualification in Adult Education Tertiary Education with Teaching Qualification (Further Education/ TQFE)

Business & Marketing Business and Organisation International Business Management Public Service Managemet


Applied Social Science



Come and Visit us If you are considering studying at Stirling, we would love you to come and visit in person if possible, either before or after you apply. There’s no substitute for seeing our beautiful campus first-hand!

OPEN DAYS We hold Open Days in September/October each year. They are an ideal way to find out more before you submit your programme applications.

our programmes. We can also offer a tour of the campus and facilities. If you are unable to visit us in person you can participate in our virtual campus tour:


getting here

These are for prospective undergraduate students who have applied to Stirling. You will receive an invitation to these scheduled days, which normally take place in March and April each year.

By air You can choose from either Edinburgh or Glasgow airports, both of which offer direct flights and connections to a wide range of domestic and international destinations. We even provide an airport pick-up service at the start of each semester.

VISIT AFTERNOONS If you are unable to make an Open Day or Applicant Day, we run these throughout the year.

By road or rail Stirling is well connected to the UK road and rail network, providing easy access to cities throughout the UK. It is less than one hour to Glasgow or Edinburgh.

Visiting INDependently If none of this is possible, please contact our Student Recruitment and Admissions Service to arrange an individual visit. If no academic member of staff is available, our student recruitment team will happily offer advice and guidance on

Getting around Our campus is 2.5km away from Stirling city centre, and is well connected by a regular, frequent bus service to the city and the surrounding area.



Accommodation (Residential Services) Tel: +44 (0) 1786 467060 Email:

Student DEVELOPMENT AND Support Services Tel: +44 (0) 1786 467080 Email:

International Sports Scholarships Tel: +44 (0) 1786 466924 Email:

Student Recruitment and Admissions Service University of Stirling Pathfoot Building Stirling FK9 4LA Scotland UK Tel: +44 (0) 1786 467046 Fax: +44 (0) 1786 466800 UK Undergraduate Office Email: Email: International and Postgraduate Office Email: Email:

International Study Centre Tel: +44 (0) 01273 749300 Web:

UCAS Tel: +44 (0) 870 1122211 Web:

SAAS Tel: +44 (0) 845 111 1711 Web:

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Hopefully this guide has given you a feel for Stirling. To ďŹ nd out more, please visit – and you are welcome to contact us with questions at any stage.

why Stirling? Ten great reasons 01 | QUALITY OF CHOICE


Around 300 high quality degree combinations to create the programme that will suit your strengths and help you achieve your goals.

Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Highlands are all on your doorstep – Stirling really is Scotland’s heart.

02 | LEADING RESEARCH Three quarters of Stirling’s research was judged as ‘internationally excellent’ and ‘internationally recognised’ in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, 2008), with 10 percent judged to be ‘world leading’. Many of our academic departments are rated top in Scotland for research so you’ll have access to cutting edge developments in your field.

03 | EXCELLENT PROSPECTS 94.6% of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation (Higher Education Statistics Agency, 2009).

04 | LATEST TECHNOLOGY Most of the bedrooms in our halls are networked and there are wireless hubs throughout the campus – no excuse not to stay in touch!

05 | STUNNING ENVIRONMENT “Where else can you study on the shores of a loch, by an 18th-century castle, beneath rolling hills?” (The Guardian University Guide)

07 | FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE We’re medium-sized, based on a campus, highly residential, with 80+ nationalities represented; there’s a great community feel.

08 | CRACKING NIGHTLIFE Stirling’s a friendly, buzzing and youthful city, with lots to do. One in every five residents is a student.

09 | SUPERB SPORT We have some of the finest facilities on a single site in the UK. No wonder we’ve been named Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence.

10 | YOU’RE GOING TO LOVE IT We know you will because a resounding 88% of students were satisfied with their programme (National Student Survey, 2009). We have also been voted The Sunday Times Scottish University of the Year 2009/2010.