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THE PATH TO DEGREE ENTRY FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS 2012/2013

90.5% of graduates are in full-time work or further study within six months of graduation (Higher Education Statistics Agency 2011)

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WELCOME TO OUR UNIVERSITY The University of Stirling is a wonderful place, embracing its role as an innovative, intellectual and cultural institution since its foundation in 1967. Combining science and humanities, the University has a reputation for blending arts and science and is a caring community located on one of the finest and most beautiful campuses in Europe. The Pre-Masters Programme, International Diploma and International Foundation Year are delivered at the International Study Centre (ISC), located at the heart of the campus. As a student at the ISC you will be part of the University from day one, with access to an extensive range of facilities. These include a range of social venues and welfare services, a wide variety of clubs and societies, and access to some of the best sports facilities of any UK university, including the National Swimming Academy and Gannochy National Tennis Centre. Stirling has also been named Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence and ‘Scottish University of the Year 2009/10’ by The Sunday Times Good University Guide. Choosing a university is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. When that university is thousands of miles away from home, that decision can be more complicated. We hope that this prospectus will demonstrate why choosing the University of Stirling will be one of the best decisions of your life.

ABOUT THE PRE-MASTERS PROGRAMME The Pre-Master’s is a two-term programme of academic subjects, study skills and English language, providing a direct path to a postgraduate degree. See page 22-33 for further details.

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION YEAR The International Foundation Year (1+3) offers a direct path to the second year of a four-year undergraduate degree. See page 34-35 for further details.

EXPERIENCE STIRLING Our international community

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The International Diploma (1+2) is a three-term programme for students who have completed high school and up to one year’s further study or who have completed a foundation, A-levels or the IB. It covers modules from the first and second year of the degree. Students who successfully complete the programme will enter Year 3 of an undergraduate degree.

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“I chose Stirling because I wanted to come to the UK and it is a really good option. The best thing about Stirling is that there are lots of people from all around the world and it is interesting sharing our cultures. I like going out and playing football and sports – the sports facilities are excellent and include squash, tennis and a gym.” MAURICIO FLORES GUILLERMO – MEXICO INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION YEAR – BUSINESS AND SOCIAL STUDIES, NOW STUDYING BA (HONS) ECONOMICS

OUR INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

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MY STIRLING

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Founded in 1967, the University of Stirling has a strong academic reputation, provides an exceptional range of facilities and offers a high quality of student life – the ideal British university for international students.

WHERE ARE MOST STUDENTS FROM? We have one of the UK’s most diverse university communities. Twenty three percent of our students come from overseas, with over 100 nationalities represented on campus. Wherever you’re from, you’ll be welcomed by other students and the local community alike.

HOW WILL I MEET PEOPLE? We understand that being so far from home can seem daunting, but thankfully, it’s really easy to settle in at Stirling: t Around 3,000 students live in University accommodation, both on and off campus, so you’ll be surrounded by others sharing the same experience. t Clubs and societies will give you things to do, as well as ways to meet people. t Our teaching methods are largely structured around interaction and involvement.

DOES THE UNIVERSITY EVER VISIT MY COUNTRY? We know it helps to talk things through before you decide to study in a different country. That’s why we try to be as available to you as possible: t Our International Office makes regular visits to many parts of the world. t We have appointed representatives and agents in many countries. t You can speak to a Student Enrolment Adviser or use the contact form on our website at any time. > www.stir.ac.uk/isc or see page 50 for further details.

KEY FACTS: 12,300+ students 8,800+ undergraduate students 3,500+ postgraduate students 23% from overseas 100+ nationalities represented on campus For more information visit: > www.stir.ac.uk/international

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MY STIRLING

YOUR NEW SURROUNDINGS

YOUR NEW SURROUNDINGS The Stirling campus is in a stunning setting. Beautiful, inspiring and modern, there’s nowhere else like it in the UK.

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EVERYTHING IS JUST A SHORT WALK AWAY

EVERYTHING IN ONE PLACE

The University of Stirling was founded on the site of the historic Airthrey Estate in 1967.

All the facilities are a short walk from each other. In particular, a central social area links the library, eating facilities, shops, Students’ Union and arts centre.

As well as the academic amenities you’d expect, the campus also has a range of facilities providing all the services and assistance you will need.

Nestling beneath the Ochil Hills, the campus covers 310 acres and has a beautiful loch and 18th-century Airthrey Castle at its heart. The views are breathtaking, and the buildings are all designed to harmonise with their surroundings.

FACILITIES AND SERVICES ON CAMPUS: The police have described our campus as one of the most secure in Britain and we have a community policeman on campus. Other facilities include: > state-of-the-art University library open for 80 hours per week during the semester > accommodation for over 2,000 students > The Robbins Centre, entertainment venue and home to the Students’ Union and the MacRobert Centre, with theatre and cinema

There are also around 2,000 accommodation places on campus, all just a short walk away from the lecture halls, labs and library.

> extensive indoor and outdoor sports facilities, including a nine-hole golf course and 50-metre swimming pool > shopping mall with bank, gift shop, travel agent, pharmacy, bookshop and food market > multi-denominational chaplaincy > prayer room for Muslim students > publicly accessible art collection.

FANTASTIC SOCIAL SCENE: Enjoy a range of venues on campus where you can relax, unwind and socialise, or head to the centre of Stirling, a friendly, buzzing and youthful city with lots to do. For more information visit: > www.stir.ac.uk/campus-life

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“There are lots of things to do here at Stirling. We’ve got great sports facilities on the campus, and it’s not expensive for an annual pass. I’ve also been to the cinema – I love it, it’s amazing! Most things are in the city centre and it’s only about 10 minutes by bus. I’ve also been to Glasgow and Edinburgh, and to Aberdeen and the Borders as well. It’s very difficult to decide which is my favourite place.”

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BAMNAN DAGU – NIGERIA INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION YEAR – BUSINESS AND SOCIAL STUDIES, NOW STUDYING BA (HONS) ECONOMICS AND MARKETING


YOUR NEW HOME We understand that moving away from home is a big step, but living in University accommodation is easy and convenient, with everything you need within walking distance.

YOU’LL HAVE A CHOICE OF ROOM Students on the Pre Masters programme are encouraged to apply for their accommodation as soon as possible as accommodation is allocated on a first come first served basis. Accommodation for Pre Masters students is located off campus alongside University Postgraduate students. Students on the International Foundation Year or International Diploma are usually accommodated alongside Undergraduate students in either Andrew Stewart Hall (ASH) or Andrew Kerr Davidson Hall (AKD) which are located on campus. Students are prioritised for accommodation and online applications are required to be submitted before the advertised deadline date.

TRAVELLING TO STIRLING Stirling is well connected to the UK road and rail network, and is less than one hour from both Edinburgh and Glasgow. You can fly to either Glasgow or Edinburgh airports, both of which offer direct flights to and from a wide range of destinations in the UK, and internationally via Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam or Dubai.

> More information can be found at www.stir.ac.uk/campus-life/accommodation/

YOU’LL HAVE YOUR OWN ROOM Almost all rooms are single-occupancy, however, in times of high demand, some students may have to share a twin room for a short time. All accommodation is self-catering.

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LATEST TECHNOLOGY All of the bedrooms in our halls are networked and there are wireless hubs throughout the campus – so you can access all the University services (e.g. course notes, printers, library catalogue) and the internet.

YOU CAN CHOOSE WHAT TO DO IN FUTURE YEARS In subsequent years, you can apply to stay in University flats, apartments and chalets, which are allocated on a first come, first served basis. The Student Union can provide details of accommodation within the private sector locally if required.

CATERING International Study Centre students can enjoy a range of catering to suit all tastes, appetites and budgets. With a fantastic array of on-campus catering outlets managed by Sodexo, one of the world’s leading catering providers, students are assured of great tasting, great value food.

WHAT DOES IT COST? Fees are for 2012/13 and may be subject to change. For up-to date prices, visit: > http://www.stir.ac.uk/campus-life/ accommodation/

HOW DO YOU APPLY? Once your place on a course has been confirmed, our Admissions team will send you details of how to apply online for your accommodation. Alternative residences may be used depending on availability.

Flexi Meal Cards, a way to pre-purchase your meals in catering service outlets, will help you to both budget for your catering needs and make your money go further. Our many outlets offer a wide range of dining options, including vegetarian choices and meals with an international theme, both at lunch and dinner. Breakfast can also be purchased in several of our catering outlets. > For information about the redevelopment of the residences, visit www.stir.ac.uk/campus-life/ accommodation/residences-project/

Fully accessible accommodation is available for students with disabilities; it is recommended that you contact the Residential Services Office as soon as possible if you require these. It should be noted that demand for this type of accommodation typically exceeds supply.

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YOUR NEW LIFE: SPORT AND LEISURE

While university is about finding your own way, it helps to know you can get advice and support when you need it. We offer eight key areas of service that help you make the most of your time at Stirling, and also help you plan for life afterwards.

Stirling has gained one of the best reputations for sport of any UK university and is Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence. But if your interests lie beyond sport, there are plenty of other clubs and societies you can join too.

01 SUPPORT AT THE INTERNATIONAL STUDY CENTRE (ISC) While studying at the ISC, you will have access to a full range of student counselling and support services. The team of Student Advisers is there to help with any personal, financial or academic difficulties you might have. When you move on to your degree course, your support continues. The University of Stirling has a strong support network providing a range of services designed to enhance your experience as a student and to prepare you for life after graduation.

02 INTERNATIONAL OFFICE Each year, the University’s International Office (IO) is delighted to welcome students to Stirling from all over the world. From the day you begin your course you will become a valued member of Stirling’s wider student community, and the IO team will work closely with staff at the ISC to ensure that your time with us is as rewarding and enjoyable as possible.

03 DISABILITY INFORMATION AND GUIDANCE The University provides a range of services and facilities for students with disabilities with the aim of enabling full participation in university life. Many students with disabilities are successfully undertaking study at Stirling.

04 COUNSELLING AND WELLBEING

08 STUDENT INSURANCE

WHAT’S ON OFFER?

WHAT CAN I DO?

We offer a free and confidential service so you can talk in private about anything that might affect your ability to study effectively.

In our experience, it is essential that international students have the protection of personal insurance for the duration of their time in the UK. The consequences of being uninsured can be extremely difficult and expensive.

Some outstanding facilities, among the best you’ll find at any UK university. We’ve even been selected as a training camp for the 2012 London Olympics.

As well as enjoying the facilities listed left, a great way to get involved is through our clubs and societies. There are over 40 of these run by the Sports Union, covering individual and team sports.

05 HEALTH SERVICES As a full-time student you are entitled to free medical treatment under the National Health Service. During your time at University, it is recommended that you register with a local doctor. There is a General Medical Practice located in the Medical Centre on campus, as well as a Dental Centre.

06 CAREER DEVELOPMENT The University’s Career Development Centre is designed to help you find out about potential careers and to take the right steps to get a job that suits you or a place on a further course of study. By utilising the Centre’s wide range of resources and services you will be able to develop the kind of skills which will help you manage your career throughout your life.

07 BUSINESS START-UP SUPPORT This course lets you try your hand at starting a business. You’ll get office space, a telephone and PC, plus access to business practitioners, funding and a range of other benefits. It’s free and has been hugely successful: one student was the subject of a documentary on a major British television channel, Channel 4.

For this reason, Study Group has developed an insurance policy called StudyCare which covers students whilst at the ISC. The full cost of StudyCare insurance – £8 per week, regardless of course length – will be automatically added to your invoice unless you can provide proof of alternative, adequate cover. The insurance covers you until the end of your ISC academic programme. Full information about StudyCare insurance is published in the StudyCare policy booklet, available from the International Admissions Centre. Please refer to the inside back cover of this prospectus for contact details. Alternatively, you can view information about StudyCare at studygroup.com/studycare If you live in University accommodation, you will automatically be covered under the halls block insurance policy provided for all residents. This covers you for loss of personal possessions in case of, among others, theft, fire, burst pipes, storms, vandalism, flooding, explosions and lightning. > For full information, visit: http://stir.ac.uk/3k

> For more information on support and wellbeing at the University, visit: www.stir.ac.uk/campus-life/ support-and-wellbeing

WHAT HELP AND ADVICE WILL I GET BEFORE I ARRIVE? Before you arrive, we’ll send you a copy of our International Student Handbook. This gives practical advice on arriving and living in Scotland. > www.stir.ac.uk/international

The Gannochy National Tennis Centre has six indoor courts, two outdoor all-weather floodlit courts and two outdoor clay courts. In 2006 it was extended and re-opened by local tennis ace Andy Murray. The National Swimming Academy houses a 50m, six-lane pool, land conditioning room and seminar suite. The state-of-the-art MP Jackson Fitness Centre has over 65 pieces of cardiovascular and resistance equipment, and an extensive free weights area. You can also enjoy: t eight-court sports hall and three squash courts t air-conditioned aerobics and dance studio t football centre t 400m all-weather running track t two artificial pitches and seven grass pitches t nine-hole, par-three golf course, putting green, driving ranges, pavilion and video analysis suite. The loch at the centre of campus is a great location for canoeing and fishing. And beyond the campus, Scotland’s spectacular scenery offers endless outdoor activities. The Sports Development Service offers a range of classes and courses for all students. You can take part in fitness activities from aerobics to yoga, and sports such as canoeing and trampolining.

When it comes to competing with other universities in Britain and abroad, these clubs have an excellent track record. Stirling students are regular winners at golf, tennis, swimming, football, rugby, netball and hockey. To help with this, we run a Club Performance Programme. This is organised by the School of Sport in partnership with the Sports Union. It helps improve the success of our teams in national and international competitions, and increases the number of students gaining representative honours. Several core sports benefit from its methods, which include coaching, sports science and sports medicine.

CAN YOU HELP ME COMPETE AT HIGH LEVELS? Absolutely – we excel at this. For students competing at national level or above, we operate an International Sports Scholarship Programme for both UK and overseas students. This includes financial help and toplevel coaching. It also enables you to extend your degree to allow for times when it’s crucial to concentrate on a competition.

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t medal winners at European and World Championships t more than 50 British Universities’ representatives in the past three years t the winner of the 2006 US Amateur Golf Championship (plus we helped nine golfers gain professional tour status). A team winner of the 2008 Eisenhower Trophy, the world amateur golf championship. Scholarships are awarded in six sports: golf; swimming and disability swimming; tennis; triathlon; football and taekwondo. > Raleigh Gowrie Sports Performance Manager r.n.gowrie@stir.ac.uk +44 (0)1786 466901

PARTNERS ON CAMPUS The quality of our sporting environment has attracted several bodies to base themselves on our campus including: t sportscotland Institute of Sport t Central Scotland Institute of Sport t Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland t Scottish Swimming t Triathlonscotland. > School of Sport www.stir.ac.uk/sport +44 (0)1786 466489

The Programme has a great track record too. Recently, we’ve helped produce:

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t over 100 junior and senior internationalists t 14 athletes for the 2010 Commonwealth Games and six Olympians at the 2008 Games t

Whether it’s furthering your interest in an existing passion, or trying something totally new, the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies will help make your time at Stirling happy and fulfilling. There are over 50 active non-sport clubs and societies ranging from Amnesty International to the Wizarding Society. In addition, there are more than 40 sports clubs with a challenge for everyone, from American football to Ultimate Frisbee. > For a full list of clubs visit: www.stirlingstudentsunion.com

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TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN STIRLING...AND BEYOND

With a population of around 41,000 – 20 percent of whom are students – Stirling is 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 (www.visitstirling.org).

Scotland has a rich cultural heritage and stunning scenery. You’ll find that there is something for everyone.

ABOUT STIRLING

THE WEATHER

t Stirling is less than one hour from Edinburgh and Glasgow, in the heart of Scotland. t The campus is less than two miles from Stirling, served by regular bus services. t Cost of living is relatively low, with accommodation on and off campus.

t The Scottish weather is varied, but the climate is usually mild. In Summer the average temperature is 18-22ºC; in Autumn 8-11ºC; in Winter 0-10ºC and in Spring 4-10ºC.

TRAVEL TO STIRLING t You can fly to Glasgow or Edinburgh International Airports via London, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam or Dubai. t There are good road, rail and bus links to Stirling from other parts of the UK.

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In Stirling, visit Barnton Street for a traditional mix of shops, or Baker Street/ Friars Street, Stirling’s area for antiques, tartan, gifts, books and music. There is even a Farmers Market on the second Saturday of every month, where you can pick up fresh, tasty produce.

You actually don’t need to leave campus for top-class culture and entertainment. That’s because of MacRobert. It’s a well-established arts venue, right in the heart of our campus, offering film, theatre, dance, music and comedy – at student discount rates.

Relive the action of Scotland’s most famous battle – Bannockburn. Here, in 1314, King Robert the Bruce took on the much larger English army to win the freedom that shaped Scotland’s future. Stand at the Borestone overlooking the battlefield and view the monumental statue of Bruce that has become a Scottish icon. Explore the map of the battlefield and try on a knight’s helmet in the visitor centre.

Or you can shop in the bigger cities of Edinburgh or Glasgow – just one hour away.

If you prefer to venture into Stirling, you can enjoy the latest releases at Stirling’s new multi-screen cinema.

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Stirling city lights up at night. Many pubs, clubs and bars gear themselves towards students, with themed nights and DJs. There is also a selection of traditional pubs providing quieter alternatives, with open fires, real ale and folk music. Closer to campus, Bridge of Allan’s pubs are a vibrant mix of old and new, with beer gardens for long summer evenings.

Discover the true story of local hero William Wallace on a visit to the National Wallace Monument, overlooking the scene of Scotland’s victory at The Battle of Stirling Bridge.

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Stirling Glasgow

Edinburgh Newcastle

Belfast Dublin

Manchester Cardiff London

Visit Stirling Castle and see the history of architecture in Scotland; the early Renaissance royal apartments, the 17th century Chapel Royal, the 18th century casemates, the 19th century barracks and the 20th century recreation of the Great Hall. Then stop for a coffee in the Darnley Coffee Shop, The Portcullis, or one of the other restaurants, cafes and pubs in the Old Town.

Learn why other Scots from Robert Bruce to Sir Walter Scott are honoured in ‘The Hall of Heroes’. Climb to the top for a view that stretches from Ben Lomond to Edinburgh. Don’t miss the coffee and cake at the new Legends Coffee House.

06 BRIDGE OF ALLAN Visit Bridge of Allan Parish Church to discover the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, one of Scotland’s most revolutionary architects and designers. Later browse the streets of the lovely Victorian area with some of the finest specialist shops in town – great for art, fashion and traditional food shops.

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09 DISCOVER THE HIGHLANDS AND LOWLANDS Explore the breath-taking beauty of Scotland’s highlands and lowlands, all within easy reach of Stirling. Venture as far as Loch Ness to see if you can spot the famous Loch Ness Monster! Or spend time on the islands, where you can see rich scenery and wildlife.

10 VISIT EDINBURGH AND GLASGOW As well as great shopping, Edinburgh and Glasgow – both just one hour away – offer a diverse range of attractions, from top art galleries to good restaurants and cafes. In Edinburgh, you can also visit Edinburgh Castle or take a ghost tour of the medieval Old Town. The famous Edinburgh Festival every August sees the very best in classical music, theatre, opera, dance and visual art, presented in Edinburgh’s most prestigious theatres and concert halls.

07 GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS Browse among Stirling’s commercial art galleries and craft outlets for paintings, glass and ceramics. The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum features exhibitions on natural history, heritage and culture within the Stirling area, whilst The Changing Room is Stirling’s only dedicated gallery for contemporary art.

STUNNING ENVIRONMENT Stirling’s campus is set in 310 acres of stunning countryside, yet only ten minutes from the city of Stirling. ‘Where else can you study on the shores of a loch by an eighteenth-century castle, beneath rolling hills?’

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National Wallace Monument Golf Centre

Rugby pitches Innovation Park

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National Swimming Academy

Stirling City

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FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE We’re a medium-sized university, based on a campus, with many students living on site and 100+ nationalities represented; there’s a great community feel. > www.stir.ac.uk/international


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MY STIRLING

“I chose Stirling because it was recommended to me. The campus is great, particularly the library which is huge and quite new. I usually stay there to write essays – it’s very helpful for us to be able to study in such a quiet situation. In my spare time, I like to go shopping in the city centre or I go to Glasgow. ” TADAOMI OTAKE – JAPAN PRE-MASTERS, NOW STUDYING MSc INVESTMENT ANALYSIS

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Studying for the Pre-Masters, International Foundation Year or International Diploma, and eventually your degree, may be different to how you’ve studied before. You need to manage your own time, do your own research, use libraries and computers in new ways. Not only do we provide excellent facilities for all these, we’ll also help you adapt and make the most of the services. MAKING THE MOST OF OUR INFORMATION SERVICES When you arrive at Stirling, you’ll automatically be enrolled on an induction event for our library and computing services. This covers the basics and will get you started.

THE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY The main library is in the Andrew Miller Building in the centre of campus. The library is the physical and intellectual heart of the Stirling campus. It is open over 80 hours a week during semester, including weekends. It holds about 400,000 books and provides access to over 31,000 journals. In March 2011, the University Library was officially opened by HRH The Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward KG KCVO. Stirling now has a 21st century library that: t is a vibrant welcoming place, where learners interact with each other and resources in many formats, aided by information professionals t is a conducive study environment, for both group and solo working t researchers and the community can use to discover and draw upon our collections of rare books, manuscripts and fine art t uses the latest communication technology to encourage enterprise, creativity and scholarship.

A FIRST CLASS EDUCATION The University of Stirling has been named The Sunday Times Good University Guide’s Scottish University of the Year 2009/10. Stirling has a strong reputation for the quality of its degree courses, where varied methods of assessment are used, ensuring that teaching is studentfocused, and allows the development of a range of skills, highly-valued in the modern workplace.

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EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS

There are more than 1,000 student workstations on campus, many of which are open 24 hours a day.

We can help you explore your career plans, develop your employability skills throughout your studies, and plan for life after graduation. We offer modules in career planning, and there are opportunities to gain accreditation through our work experience modules. You can also take part in seminars, or discuss your ideas with a Career Development Adviser on a one-to-one basis.

t You’ll get your own email account. t You’ll get a file storage area on the University network. t You can get help from the Information Centre in the library. t You can bring your own computer or laptop. There are numerous points where you can connect to the network and internet, including all of the rooms in our halls of residence. There are also wireless networks on campus.

YOUR INTERNATIONAL STUDY CENTRE

YOUR INTERNATIONAL STUDY CENTRE

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The University of Stirling International Study Centre is based at the heart of the campus. It delivers the Pre-Masters Programme, the International Foundation Year and International Diploma – specialist postgraduate and undergraduate preparation for international students.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING Personal Development Planning has been developed to help students define and explore their goals, and map out ways to turn them into reality. The idea is to enable students to think about and reflect on the skills they are acquiring throughout their time as a postgraduate or undergraduate student, in order to open up opportunities in the future. All students have access to their own Personal Development Record through the student portal.

LOCATED AT THE HEART OF CAMPUS The International Study Centre has new, purpose-built facilities and is based in the Cottrell Building, at the very centre of campus. As such, it is convenient for all academic and social facilities, and is just a short walk from the student residences. See page 14 for an aerial view and page 8 for campus maps of the University.

SPECIALLY DEVELOPED FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS The Pre-Masters Programme, the International Diploma and the International Foundation Year are fully validated by the University. The programmes have been carefully developed to offer the very best path to postgraduate and undergraduate degree entry and will specifically prepare you for the rest of your degree study at the University.

PERSONAL MONITORING AND SUPPORT Your progress will be carefully monitored at all times by dedicated staff at the International Study Centre to make sure you remain on track to successfully complete the programme.

ACCESS TO UNIVERSITY FACILITIES As a student of the International Study Centre you will be part of the University from the day you start your programme. As well as benefiting from specific resources for use by students at the International Study Centre, you will have access to a range of University facilities including IT services, the University library and the Students’ Union.

FLEXIBLE ENTRY AND DIRECT PROGRESSION TO YOUR DEGREE We offer a range of start dates for your ISC academic programme. On joining the Pre-Masters Programme, International Diploma or International Foundation Year you are guaranteed to receive a conditional offer of a degree place at the University. On application, you will nominate a degree course, but soon after you join you will be given the opportunity, after discussion, to change should you wish to do so. On successful completion of the programme and having met the required entry standards, you will proceed directly to your preferred degree course.

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INTERNATIONAL STUDY CENTRE – OUR PROGRAMMES

MY STIRLING

“I would recommend the International Study Centre as it is very useful for international students. The teachers are very friendly and will help you to prepare for your degree.” CHANDAN SHEKHAWAT – INDIA INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION YEAR – BUSINESS AND SOCIAL STUDIES NOW STUDYING BA (HONS) BUSINESS STUDIES AND FINANCE

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PRE-MASTERS STUDY STRUCTURE

The Pre-Masters Programme is a tailor-made programme of academic subjects, study skills and English language preparation. Designed specifically to meet the needs of international students, it provides a direct path to a postgraduate degree.

The Pre-Masters Programme is designed to fully prepare you for Masters study. Below are the modules you will take including one option choice in Term One.

PRE-MASTERS STUDY STRUCTURE

PRE-MASTERS PROGRAMME

PRE-MASTERS PROGRAMME DEVELOPED FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENT

TERM ONE

The Stirling Pre-Masters Programme is designed specifically to prepare you fully for Masters study at the University.

t recognised Higher / Advanced Related Subject Area Diploma, or t recognised degree in related field (e.g. Business Studies), or t Honours degree in any subject.

Pre-Masters Skills for English

Quantitative Methods in Business*

Pre-Masters Skills for English

You will improve your English levels and consolidate a range of academic skills such as critical thinking, writing a bibliography, preparation and delivery of oral presentations, and the development of communication and group working skills.

You will demonstrate and develop your numeracy skills and learn to utilise mathematical methods and techniques to inform the decision-making of managers.

On completion of this module you should have advanced to required levels. You will also have developed further your research, referencing and presentation skills and had the opportunity to work the reading of longer and more complex academic texts and the writing of factual and discursive essays on academic topics.

PROGRESSION TO YOUR MASTERS PROGRAMME Joining the Pre-Masters Programme guarantees a conditional offer of a place on selected Masters courses at the University. Having successfully completed the programme and met entry standards, you’ll proceed directly to one of the following Masters courses below. See pages 26-32 for full details of postgraduate degrees. The Pre-Masters Programme will improve your English to the level required to study a taught Masters degree at Stirling.

KEY FACTS Programme length: t Two terms MSc start date is September following Pre-Masters entry Term dates: t January 2013 start: Term 1: 14/01/2013 Term 2: 08/04/2013 t April 2013 start: Term 1: 08/04/2013 Term 2: 17/06/2013

21/03/2013 14/06/2013 14/06/2013 23/08/2013

Age: t Students are normally at least 20 years of age on entry to the ISC.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ENTRY REQUIREMENT t IELTS 5.5 (minimum 5.5 in all components), or equivalent.

ENGLISH FOR PRE-MASTERS (EPM) If you require additional English language training, you can join our English for Pre-Masters Programme at the ISC. If you have an IELTS of 4.5 (minimum 4.0 in all components) or equivalent, you can study one term of EPM; if you have an IELTS of 4.0 (minimum 4.0 in all components), you can study two terms of EPM. You can start one term of English in September or January, or two terms in June or September. For details of Study Plan options, please see page 46.

DEGREE TYPE

ONE-YEAR TAUGHT MASTERS

PRE-MASTERS PROGRAMME

AWARD

Banking and Finance Energy Management Environmental Policy and Governance Finance Financial Law and Finance Human Resource Management International Accounting and Finance International Business International Commercial Law International Publishing Management Investment Analysis MBA* Management Marketing Media Management Publishing Studies Retail Management† Sport Management

MSc MSc LLM/MSc MSc LLM/MSc MSc MSc MSc LLM MSc MSc MBA MSc MSc MSc MLitt MSc MSc

Students will take an IELTS exam after their EPM course, and will be expected to achieve IELTS 5.5 in every component in order to progress onto the Pre-Masters Programme in January or April.

Economics This module strengthens your knowledge and understanding of economic theories and systems, and equips you with the tools to examine information relevant to economics topics, problems and issues. Among the topics studied are economic models, the concept of allocative efficiency and the role of government.

TERM TWO

And/or Finance and Investment* Strengthens your understanding of the role of finance and investment in the firm’s operation and strategic direction. It provides an analysis of the different types of business organisations, of risk and return, and of the Capital Asset Pricing Model. *This will be dependent on the Masters course you wish to follow.

Business and Management 1 You will gain greater insight into the role played by sociology, psychology and economics in the development of business and management subject matter. You will also deploy your critical skills in the analysis of management styles and business related models, learn how to gather and interpret business related data and study the differences between qualitative and quantitative data collection.

Business and Management 2 (Business Environment) You will develop an understanding of key concepts and issues relating to business within its environment. A critically evaluative approach will focus on PEST analysis, analysis of industry environment, analysis of resources and capabilities, and scenario planning. Business and Management 3 (Operations Management)

LEADING RESEARCH Stirling is a research-led institution – you’ll have access to cutting edge developments in your field. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, 10 percent of Stirling research was judged to be ‘world leading’ and a further three quarters as ‘internationally excellent’ and ‘internationally recognised’.

You will develop further an understanding of the key concepts of organisational behaviour, including management and leadership styles, and the analysis of different cultural models. Operations management sessions will focus on supply chain management and inventory planning. Business and Management 4 (Case Study) You will develop the ability to write long pieces of academic work displaying applied understanding of the subject matter and an ability to critically analyse materials and concepts.

100% OF OUR 2009-10 PRE-MASTERS STUDENTS WHO PROGRESSED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING GRADUATED WITH THEIR MASTERS DEGREE IN 2011.

**Two years relevant work experience is required for admission to the MBA Please note that progression degrees and grades are subject to change. For up-to-date information, visit www.stir.ac.uk/isc

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“After three years of work experience in a multi-national company at home in Mumbai, and five years in total at work, I realised that I needed a tool to help develop entrepreneurial instincts. That’s when I decided to pursue a Masters in Business Administration at the University of Stirling. The MBA at Stirling is an optimum blend of theory and practice. Continued interaction with my classmates has given me an insight into how business works and how culture influences the business in their countries.” ABHINAV PATIL – INDIA MBA

YOUR POSTGRADUATE DEGREE

YOUR POSTGRADUATE DEGREE

MY STIRLING

MY STIRLING

The benefits of a postgraduate degree are immense. Improving your prospects, changing career, establishing a reputation – the results are practical and immediate. You will stretch yourself intellectually, immersing yourself in innovative research and realising your potential to become a leading player in your field. GAIN WIDER SKILLS

IMPROVE YOUR EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS

A postgraduate qualification alone is not enough to impress prospective employers. Alongside academic achievement, employers are also looking for transferable skills, appropriate personal qualities and relevant work experience. In particular, they like to see:

A University of Stirling postgraduate qualification improves your chances of employment. More and more employers are seeking the enhanced skills that postgraduate students have, allowing them to enter a wide range of career sectors.

t self discipline and motivation t teamworking, collaboration and networking t lateral and creative thinking t project management skills.

WORKING AFTER STUDY

At Stirling, we know how important it is that you complement your academic study / research by developing these transferable skills. That is why we offer you the chance to take part in: t t t t

training courses committees work placements or shadowing voluntary work.

Students from outside the European Economic Area who successfully complete their degree at the University of Stirling can apply to stay in the UK under the Tier 2 points-based system. At the time of publication, applicants were required to be in possession of a job offer from a Tier 2 sponsor for a graduate level job with a minimum salary of £20,000. Immigration regulations are subject to change so we advise you to consult the UKBA for latest visa guidance. Throughout the year, we offer activities that help with your job application and interview skills, and also arrange information sessions to help you complete your immigration application.

WHAT DO POSTGRADUATES DO AFTER GRADUATION? First known destination of postgraduate students leaving the University of Stirling in 2010.

Category t Full-time paid work

% of students 63.4%

t Part-time, paid work

10%

t Work and further study

7.4%

t Further study

5.3%

t Not available for employment

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t Other

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STIRLING MANAGEMENT SCHOOL

MASTERS DEGREES MANAGEMENT

MASTERS DEGREES BUSINESS AND MARKETING RESEARCH ASSESSMENT EXERCISE RATING The reputation of our research staff was recognised in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise where 85 percent of our research activity was rated as being of ‘International Significance’.

Business and Marketing Masters Degrees t MSc Marketing Business and Marketing at Stirling is one of the largest departments of its kind in the UK. This specialist 12 month course provides an opportunity for students to develop advanced-level skills that will satisfy the need for highly-qualified and well-trained marketers who are fully equipped for demanding leadership positions in business, the professions, the public services, non-profit organisations and academia. Students come from a range of different countries around the globe, giving the course an international flavour.

COURSE OBJECTIVES The MSc provides you with an understanding of the concepts and systems underlying marketing practice and helps to develop your skills of diagnosis and implementation in marketing management and research processes. On completion you will be able to: > nurture and consolidate a customer-focused management approach in a variety of different market settings, organisation types and policy situations > design, plan and implement research-based marketing strategies > plan, implement and evaluate specific marketing programmes and activities > conduct research into contemporary marketing practice. The MSc Marketing is one of the first in the UK to be accredited by the CIM so you can gain a Professional Diploma in Marketing through taking an additional two modules, rather than the standard four modules.

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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES t MSc Retail Management This MSc responds to the growing demand for retail professionals who have the intellectual and practical abilities necessary to cope with the pace of change in this industry. Business and Marketing is one of the largest centres of marketing education in the UK and houses the Institute for Retail Studies, with an international reputation for retail research. This MSc is the only one of its kind in the UK which has Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognition for Studentship Awards.

COURSE OBJECTIVES The course provides you with a high level of knowledge and understanding of the concepts and processes involved in retailing and equips you with the necessary practical, research and analytical skills necessary for a professional career in the retail trade or an allied sector. The objectives of the MSc Retail Management are: > to develop knowledge of contemporary retail management issues at the strategic level > to describe and analyse the way retailing works, specifically the key activities and relationships > to provide an academic underpinning to the above through the application of retailing theory and research.

t MSc Management Since its creation, Management has been a key part of the University’s teaching and research portfolio. Our activities aim to benefit business and society by informing policy and management practice. They are founded on academic excellence in Accounting and Finance, Business and Marketing and Economics, and we are committed to being at the forefront of research, teaching and learning in each of these areas. The MSc Management is one of six postgraduate course delivered by Business and Marketing, part of the Stirling Management School. It is a new course which is designed specifically for students with a broad interest in management.

t MSc International Business This course attracts students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds including economics, law, engineering, marketing, languages and business administration. Graduates of the course have gone on to gain employment in a wide variety of public and private sector organisations in positions in management consultancy, international business, marketing, human resource management and information technology. Recent graduates have embarked on careers in companies such as Microsoft, BT, IBM, British Airways and KPMG. International Business is one of six taught postgraduate courses delivered by Business and Marketing, part of Stirling Management School. The course provides an opportunity for students to learn and to understand the business opportunities of an increasingly interdependent yet diverse business world.

Graduates’ careers have been in the full range of private, public and voluntary sector organisations, including positions in production management, finance and banking, public relations and customer relations, sales and marketing, higher education, project management, the civil service and international business.

COURSE OBJECTIVES The basic aim of the MSc Management is to give graduates an insight into modern management practice and develop the skills required for managing a business. The main elements of this are: > an examination of the functional areas of management and their inter-relationship in organisations > exploring topical issues in management, comparing different management techniques > developing expertise in the use of key management tools > developing generic skills relevant to management, such as report writing, presentation, problem solving and group working skills.

COURSE OBJECTIVES The MSc is an innovative, rigorous and challenging course that will give you a comprehensive grounding in the theoretical and empirical knowledge of international business. This course is specifically designed to provide the following: > an understanding of the relevance of international trade in today’s business environment > an understanding of the challenges and opportunities resulting from globalisation > a knowledge of the different approaches to managing businesses in the global environment > an awareness of the emergence of new trading blocs and the pressures they inflict on business and managers > an awareness of the ethical and environmental issues that have emerged as a result of globalisation and its impact on consumers.

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MASTERS DEGREES BUSINESS AND MARKETING TAUGHT MASTERS COURSES Taught Masters courses are normally one year in duration for full-time study beginning in mid-September. Typically, this will involve nine months of classbased learning, followed by three months during which the dissertation or project is completed.

MASTERS DEGREES MANAGEMENT Stirling Institute for Socio-Management t MSc Human Resource Management The University has developed an enviable reputation for delivering world-class business courses and internationally recognised research. The MSc Human Resource Management (HRM) is one of six postgraduate courses delivered by Business and Marketing, part of the Stirling Management School. Students are supported by expert staff who seek to maintain Stirling’s position as a leader in producing excellent business graduates.

COURSE OBJECTIVES This course provides a critical and academic assessment of the HRM approach and its application by employers in the context of significant structural and contextual change in the world of work and employment. The course draws upon the current research activities and output of the HR teaching group and provides students and practitioners with a thorough grounding in the academic debates about organisations and careers, and the methods required for effective applied research and policy making. This MSc: > provides recent graduates with a conceptual foundation for a career in the field of human resource management > prepares its students for further academic study in the subject > updates the knowledge and qualifications of Personnel / HR practitioners, trade unionists and those teaching in the area > provides you with a wider perspective on the principle issues and concerns affecting work and provide the basis for more effective decisions.

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Economics Masters Degrees t MBA The Stirling MBA course is one of the UK’s top MBA courses, with a strong emphasis on quality, professional standards, and an international mix of students. The MBA provides a foundation in general management functions and enhances previous work experience for those who do not have a conventional academic background. It enables students to evaluate and reflect upon their experiences and promotes a more comprehensive understanding of the current global business environment. The United Nations and other leading organisations have identified responsibility as the critical issue in management education for the coming decades. MBA students are encouraged to concentrate on the ‘big picture’ of responsibility in all of its economic, environmental, cultural, social and thus business dimensions. Experiences in and with emerging economies and responsibility are two themes that run throughout the course. Internship opportunity with a business in Scotland The course culminates in the undertaking of a project and submission of a project report. Approximately ten of the top students in a cohort are offered the opportunity to do an internship. Others either organise their own company-based projects or undertake a secondary research dissertation.

COURSE OBJECTIVES The Stirling MBA provides students with the opportunity to acquire awareness, knowledge, tools and techniques for dealing with business challenges in their parts of the world. It is taught with an emphasis on student experience and using clear illustrations. The need for reflective practice, personal development and social awareness is embedded in the course.

t MSc Banking and Finance The MSc Banking and Finance develops the knowledge and analytical skills needed to equip students for a successful career in banking, finance and related areas. It is aimed at students from a variety of backgrounds, including students with no previous training in economics or accountancy. The course is taught by Economics and Accounting and Finance divisions in the Stirling Management School. Both have long-standing, recognised expertise in teaching, research and practice in this area.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE t MSc Energy Management The MSc Energy Management develops the knowledge and analytical skills needed to equip students for a successful career in the energy sector, including energy policy analysis, energy management and energy planning. Key aspects of the global environment at present – energy security, energy prices and the environmental impacts of energy supply and use (including links to climate change problems) – will become more pressing in the future. The course is aimed at students from a variety of backgrounds (such as, business studies, economics, geography and environmental sciences), including students with no previous training in economics or finance.

Our Career Development Centre (CDC) provides resources that can help you make informed career decisions, pursue your goals effectively and develop skills that will help you manage your career throughout your life. > www.careers.stir.ac.uk > www.jobshop.stir.ac.uk

COURSE OBJECTIVES On completing the course, you should have: > a good understanding of banks and other financial institutions, and their place in the economy > a good understanding of the structure and behaviour of financial markets > the ability to use a wide variety of analytical techniques for finance.

COURSE OBJECTIVES On completing the Energy Management course, students should have a good knowledge of how economic analysis can help them understand problems related to energy supply and use; be able to analyse alternative energy policy options in terms of benefits and costs; have a good understanding of world energy markets; understand the links between climate change policy and be able to analyse the risks associated with energy options. Students will also have acquired strong analytical skills to structure, analyse and evaluate various energyrelated problems discussed during the course. The course is offered by Economics, which has a long-standing, recognised expertise in teaching, research and practice in this area. A range of senior personnel from a variety of institutions in the UK and abroad in the energy, financial and international policy sector are regularly invited to give talks to the class.

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YOUR POSTGRADUATE DEGREE

YOUR POSTGRADUATE DEGREE

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The University of Stirling is Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence. In addition to the high quality teaching at taught postgraduate level, research is central to our vision for sport and education. The University is home to sportscotland Institute of Sport, the Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland and several national governing bodies for sport.

MASTERS DEGREES SPORTS STUDIES Accounting and Finance Degrees t MSc Finance The MSc Finance provides a thorough grounding in the theory and analytical techniques required by finance professionals operating in today’s business environment. It offers students a global perspective on the process of financial decision-making and practical knowledge of the workings of financial markets and the price-setting process. Students will also learn to critically evaluate research.

RESEARCH ASSESSMENT EXERCISE RATING t MSc International Accounting and Finance Globalisation, the growth of multinational enterprises, the convergence of international accounting practices and the expansion of the European Union all contribute to the importance of an international focus in accounting and finance education. The increasing influence of International Financial Reporting Standards and the shortage in some countries of international accounting expertise have led to significant demand for relevant education.

COURSE OBJECTIVES The course provides essential understanding of the theory of finance and of the skills required in practice. You learn about corporate finance, techniques of quantitative analysis, global financial markets, analysis of financial statements, derivatives, portfolio management, investment analysis, risk management and behavioural finance. You develop spreadsheet skills and econometric techniques for analysing corporate performance and identifying trends in financial markets and have access to financial databases, including DataStream. The dissertation, completed in the summer, enables development of your individual interests.

ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE Accounting and Finance was recently ranked 5th in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise.

COURSE OBJECTIVES Accounting and finance qualifications, especially with an international focus, greatly enhance employment opportunities and career prospects in business, commerce and accountancy. In addition, the course provides an ideal base for progression to PhD level study. Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) recognition: graduates of the MSc International Accounting and Finance are eligible for exemption from ACCA papers F1-F4, F9 and, in some cases, F7.

t MSc Investment Analysis The MSc Investment Analysis is the longest-established, postgraduate-level course in the field of investment management education in the UK. Such is the international reputation of the course that students come from a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds and cultures, providing a unique opportunity for the development of world-wide contacts.

t MSc Sport Management Sport Management is an exciting degree that will help you develop your career in the sports industry. It has been designed to meet the industry’s need for well-qualified managers who can combine management and financial skills with specialist knowledge of sport.

In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, Sports Studies was ranked 1st in Scotland and 5th in the UK with 84 percent of publications classed as ‘International Level’ and 15 percent as ‘World-leading’.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

COURSE OBJECTIVES The course covers the majority of the learning outcomes of the CFA® Programme and is ideally suited to those who wish to become qualified as a CFA® charter-holder. The syllabus has a distinctly international orientation that reflects the increasingly globalised nature of financial markets and the investment management profession. It is one of the very few Masters degrees in the UK to have Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA®) Program Partner status and one of a select group of partner institutions worldwide. At least 70 percent of Levels I, II and III of the CFA® syllabus are covered during the course. The Stirling Investment Analysis team won the prestigious CFA® Institute Global Investment Research Challenge UK Final in 2010 and the course is unique among UK ‘Program Partners’ in having had a team competing in the UK final in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. A number of partial CFA Scholarships are available for MSc Investment Analysis students under the CFA® Institute Student Scholarship Programme.

Taught by staff with consultancy and research experience, this MSc reflects the current industry trends and employer needs. Your studies will include: sport management, marketing, finance, ethics and policy. You will have the chance to work on case studies, gain expertise from people in the business, and to work closely with a sports organisation. The course will help you acquire the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to enable reflective management practice in a range of sport environments.

Throughout the course you will be challenged to evaluate the dynamic environment in which sport organisations in the public, commercial and voluntary sectors strive to flourish, and to apply your developing knowledge and management skills to meeting the inherent sport management challenges. On successful completion you will be able to: > identify and evaluate recent changes in sport participation and policies, and their implications for sport management practices > apply management theory to the context of managing sport organisations > conduct research into sport issues relevant to managing and developing sport organisations and events.

GREAT FOR SPORT We have some of the finest sporting facilities on a single site in the UK. No wonder we’ve been named Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence and selected as a training camp for the 2012 London Olympics. The University of Stirling is Scotland University for Sporting Excellence and is ranked 1st for sports research in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. Sports Studies is ranked 7th in the UK in The Times Good University Guide 2012.

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ENGLISH STUDIES

MASTERS DEGREES ENGLISH STUDIES PUBLISHING The Stirling Centre for International Publishing Studies and Communication provides a comprehensive and coherent approach to all forms of publishing. In the Guardian 2012 rankings, Stirling is 15th for Media and Communications. Stirling is 1st in Scotland for research in Communication, Cultural and Media Studies (most recent Research Assessment Exercise). The division is one of the largest in the UK and has consistently been rated top in Scotland in Research Assessment Exercises since they began (including the most recent exercise).

MSc International Publishing Management

MLitt Publishing Studies

This MSc allows you to develop expertise and confidence in analysing issues of strategic publishing management, and build skill in applying theoretical and conceptual knowledge developed from analysing realworld case studies, all derived from the publishing, communication and creative industries. The University’s expert academic staff will teach you the crucial analytical and decision-making skills necessary for managers in the international publishing industry.

In close contact with publishing businesses (such as Canongate and Taylor and Francis) and the changing needs of the industry worldwide, the teaching team equips students with the qualities – intellectual and practical – that are needed for a successful working life in publishing and related organisations.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

COURSE OBJECTIVES

The core taught skills developed on the course are: Risk Management; Knowledge and Resource Management; Financial Management; Strategic Planning; Management of Publishing Marketing and Communications; Management of Intellectual Property and Contract Assets; and Management of Human Resources.

This MLitt covers the whole process of planning, editing, production, marketing and publication management. It is dedicated to teaching the best current publishing practice, so the detailed content is updated each year as a result of the rapid changes that are transforming the industry worldwide. Course content includes: Publishing in Theory and Practice; Commissioning and Content Creation; Effective Writing and Editorial skills and Publishing Literature and Society.

WHICH PUBLISHING DEGREE IS FOR ME? MLitt Publishing Studies: entry level Master’s degree for people who want to work in publishing but have no or little previous experience. Students learn all the practical skills they will need for their publishing careers and conclude their course with a dissertation. MSc International Publishing Management: More suited to students with some experience of working in publishing, students will focus on their management skills and at the end will conduct a business case study.

MY STIRLING

“At Stirling International Study Centre the tutors teach us how to learn and I have gained a lot of new skills. I think the most important is time management skills because I will need these for my Masters and later when I go back to China in my future career. I have also learnt English and how to write essays. I have been very happy with my tutors.” JIRU WANG – CHINA PRE-MASTERS PROGRAMME, NOW STUDYING MSc MANAGEMENT

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STIRLING LAW SCHOOL

MASTERS DEGREES LAW STUDIES ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND GOVERNANCE Environmental issues are the most talked about policy debate in modern times. Graduates will be equipped with a distinctive knowledge of the relevant issues and will significantly enhance their employability. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, 5% of research in the Stirling Law School was judged to be world leading, 65% of international standing, with the remaining 30% of at least national quality.

MASTERS DEGREES LAW STUDIES LLM/MSc Environmental Policy and Governance Environment Policy and Governance degree is distinctive as it is multi-disciplinary. The course will be taught by a wide range of departments in the Schools of Arts and Humanities, Management and Natural Sciences. It will be delivered by staff with a long-standing experience in the module. Graduates will be provided with knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to careers specialising in environmental issues in international organisations, government, NGOs and businesses.

LLM/MSc Financial Law and Finance

LLM International Commercial Law

Graduates of the LLM/MSc in Financial Law and Finance will be well placed to pursue careers in the global financial sector, including regulatory authorities. Expert staff within the Stirling Law School and Division of Accounting and Finance have come together to offer an innovative and distinctive multi-disciplinary degree which will provide graduates with developed understanding and knowledge of both financial regulation and key areas of finance.

International Commercial Law is the fastest growing and most internationally orientated area of legal practice, and employers increasingly seek staff who have specialised in the discipline. LLM International Commercial Law graduates will be equipped with the key skills and essential specialist knowledge to be valuable resources to employers in legal practice, business or commerce. Staff at Stirling are leading figures in their respective fields and several have professional and academic experience both in the UK and abroad. To enhance the business connection of the degree, you can take a limited number of MBA modules alongside Law modules.

COURSE OBJECTIVES COURSE OBJECTIVES LLM/MSc Environmental Policy and Governance provides graduates with a broad and clear insight into the scientific, economic, legal and political issues of the environment at national, regional and international levels. You will gain an understanding of the interaction of environmental issues and how they can be utilised in the future management of the environment; and an integrated understanding of the management of the environment; and to provide the academic foundation for progression to PhD level study.

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LLM/MSc Environmental Policy and Governance provides graduates with advanced subject specialist knowledge, understanding and skills at taught Masters level, appropriate to careers in Financial Services or related areas.

RESEARCH ASSESSMENT EXERCISE

COURSE OBJECTIVES The degree provides you with an advanced knowledge and understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of Commercial Law, and the skills required in practice.

The Law School is based in the beautiful and historic Airthrey Castle which is on the main University Campus.

It will develop your appreciation of the international dimensions of Commercial Law and your capacity to understand, critically assess and provide practical solutions to problems of the type commonly encountered in International Commercial Law. You will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills at LLM level, appropriate to careers in International Commercial Law or areas which it affects and the basis for progression to PhD level of study.

The degree will develop students’ appreciation of the international dimensions of Financial Services Regulation and Finance and provide the academic foundation for progression to PhD level study.

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COURSE

YOUR POSTGRADUATE DEGREE

COMMUNICATIONS, MEDIA AND CULTURES STUDIES Meeting an emerging need for specialist research and teaching on the media industries, the full-time Media Management programme focuses on the UK in a European and global context. It was the first course of its kind in the UK, running successfully since 1993.

RESEARCH ASSESSMENT EXERCISE RESEARCH ASSESSMENT EXERCISE Media Studies is joint first in the UK in the National Student Survey 2011. Communication, Media and Cultures had 70 percent of its research rated as either ‘World-leading’ or ‘Internationally Excellent’ in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. First in Scotland for Media Studies and Communications (The Complete University Guide and The Guardian University Guide 2011).

Media Management MSc Whether you are a graduate planning a career in the media industry or a media practitioner in search of greater understanding and knowledge of the issues and developments in your professional field, the MSc in Media Management is the degree for you. Taking an international approach, this course has been developed with the aim of preparing media managers to meet the challenges posed by unprecedented change and increased competition in the media environment.

COURSE OBJECTIVES This MSc course addresses issues faced by today’s media managers and lays emphasis upon the development of strategic thinking and analysis for a changing media environment.

Besides benefiting from the Department of Film, Media & Journalism’s extensive expertise in the area, students have the opportunity to interact with occasional guest speakers, experienced practitioners from the media industry. The MSc in Media Management also draws on a range of related disciplines including media studies, economics, marketing and business studies. Previous students from the MSc Media Management have gone on to senior management positions at MTV and UK’s Channel 4, others have also gone on to become Directors and CEOs of media companies across the world.

MY STIRLING

“Stirling is a beautiful city and the University campus is very beautiful. The environment is great and studying here will improve your English academic skills. I think it’s very useful for when I begin my Masters study.” PENG YU YAN – CHINA PRE-MASTERS PROGRAMME

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The International Foundation Year is a programme of academic subjects, study skills and English language training designed specifically to provide international students with a direct path to the second year of their degree at the University.

INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION YEAR STRUCTURE All International Foundation Year students study a series of core modules, supplemented by specific route modules according to the academic areas of your chosen degree course.

UNIVERSITY-STYLE TEACHING

ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENT*

CORE MODULES

The International Foundation Year at the University of Stirling replaces the traditional first year of a degree course.

t Good High School high school graduation grades or equivalent.

Academic English Skills (AES) 1

It introduces you to the style of teaching that you will experience when you progress onto the second year of your degree. This will include tutorials, seminar-style classes and larger group lectures.

STUDY STRUCTURE The International Foundation Year is modular in structure. You can choose modules from two routes: t Business and Social Studies t Sciences and Computing

ASSESSMENT You will be assessed regularly throughout the programme. This will ensure that your progress is on track to achieve the standard required for progression onto your chosen degree course. Your development is monitored through: t end of module / term assessments: a combination of examinations and assessments of coursework, presentations, and extended essays t continuous coursework: mixture of lecture classes, small group seminar work and directed self-study t a series of presentations and extended essays as part of your overall assessment.

KEY FACTS Programme length: t Three terms Entry dates: t September 2012 or January 2013 Undergraduate degree start in September 2013 Term dates: t September 2012 start: Term 1: 10/09/2012 Term 2: 14/01/2013 Term 3: 08/04/2013 t January 2013 start: Term 1: 14/01/2013 Term 2: 08/04/2013 Term 3: 17/06/2013

07/12/2012 21/03/2013 14/06/2013 21/03/2013 14/06/2013 23/08/2013

Age: t Normally 17 years of age on entry to the ISC.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ENTRY REQUIREMENT* t IELTS 5.0 (minimum 4.5 in writing), or equivalent.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PREPARATION If you require additional English language training, you can join our English Language Preparation programme at the ISC. See page 46 for more details. *For information on entry requirements, visit: > www.stir.ac.uk/isc

Develop your ability to read academic texts, write extended texts, write subjective notes, listen effectively and participate in classroom discourse. Academic English Skills (AES) 2 Improve all your abilities developed in AES1 with greater accuracy, speed, coherence, organisation and presentation. Academic English Skills (AES) 3 Learn to use your study time more effectively, improve your use of information sources and develop your research skills in preparation for producing an extended, referenced, academic essay. Mathematics and Statistics This module contains both algebra and statistics. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of mathematical terms and techniques, and apply these to solving problems, frequently drawn from practical and real-life situations. Academic and Personal Development Planning This module will encourage you to focus on your degree choice and career aspirations and will require you to build a portfolio to show your development over the length of your programme. As part of this module we will also help you to ensure that your IT and independent learning skills are welldeveloped, so that you can succeed in your degree studies at the University of Stirling.

SPECIFIC ROUTE MODULES BUSINESS AND SOCIAL STUDIES

SCIENCES AND COMPUTING

Economics 1

Biology 1: Cell Biology

Learn to understand economic systems, types of goods, allocation of resources, elasticity, price controls, types of markets, cost and revenue, economies of scale and market failure.

Learn about biological molecules, cellular structure, cell division, movement through cell membranes, enzymes and metabolic pathways.

Economics 2

Learn about the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system, the digestive system, osmo-regulation, control and coordination and reproduction.

Learn about aggregate demand and aggregate supply, economic policies, inflation, unemployment, international trade and development economics. Sociology 1 Learn about the life and culture of Britain through key sociological topics such as ‘the family’ and ‘class’. Sociology 2 You will have a further opportunity to study British life through the topic of ‘the mass media’, including issues such as ownership and control, public service broadcasting and how the media provide a picture of contemporary Britain, especially crime and deviance. Sociology 3 The main aim of this module is to introduce you to social policy (employment, health, education, housing, social security) and to show a variety of approaches can be applied to address social issues in these areas. Business Models and Management Accounting Techniques Develop your understanding of the operational and strategic problems facing business people in the modern market economy. Learn about the role of management accounting in providing managers with the information for decision-making, planning and control. Accounting and Finance Learn about double entry book-keeping, preparation of trial balances, profit and loss statements, depreciation, limited companies, manufacturing accounts and interpretation of accounts.

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Biology 2: Physiology

Chemistry 1 Learn to understand formulae, equations and moles, atomic structure, introduction to redox systems, thermodynamics and bonding. Chemistry 2 Learn about equilibria, acid-base equilibria, kinetics and organic chemistry. Computing 1 On this module you will study HTML and website design, and learn how the use of Javascript promotes website interactivity. You will also be introduced to the programming language Java. Computing 2 You will continue your study of Java 1.5, developing an understanding of the principles of programming and of the steps involved in running a program written in a high-level language. You will also further develop an understanding of the principles of usability and good design, applied to program and web interfaces, and how to apply these principles in practical situations. Mathematics for Science This module has been specially designed to prepare you to study Science and Computing degrees at the University of Stirling. It introduces more advanced mathematical and statistical procedures that are used in sciences and computing. You will study specific techniques that are used in biological, chemical and computing sciences.

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INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMA STRUCTURE

The International Diploma is an advanced, one-year programme equivalent to the second year of an undergraduate degree. It leads to entry to the third year of a four-year undergraduate degree in business-related subjects.

The International Diploma programme has been specifically designed to prepare students for further study in a business-related degree. It consists of twelve modules, taken over three terms.

WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMA? The International Diploma is an intensive three-term programme for students who have completed high school and up to one year’s further study. It is also for students who have completed a foundation course, A-levels or the IB. It covers core modules from both the first and second year of the undergraduate degree. Students who complete the programme will enter Year 3 of one of the following undergraduate degrees: t t t t t

BA BA BA BA BA

Accounting Business Studies Business Studies and Marketing Finance and Investment Marketing

ASSESSMENT You will be assessed regularly throughout the programme. This will ensure that your progress is on track to achieve the standard required for progression onto your chosen degree programme. Your development is monitored throughout: t end of module / term assessments: a combination of examinations and assessments of coursework, presentations, and extended essays t continuous coursework: mixture of lecture classes, small-group seminar work and directed self-study t series of presentations and extended essays as part of your overall assessment.

ASSURED PROGRESSION TO YOUR DEGREE Joining the International Diploma programme guarantees you will receive a conditional offer for third-year entry on to an undergraduate degree course at the University of Stirling. Soon after you join the International Diploma you will be helped to choose a degree programme that is right for you.

KEY FACTS Programme length: t Three terms Entry dates: t September 2012 or January 2013 Degree start in September 2013 Term dates: t September 2012 start: Term 1: 10/09/2012 Term 2: 14/01/2013 Term 3: 08/04/2013

07/12/2012 21/03/2013 14/06/2013

t January 2013 start: Term 1: 14/01/2013 Term 2: 08/04/2013 Term 3: 17/06/2013

21/03/2013 14/06/2013 23/08/2013

Age: t Normally 18 years of age on entry to the ISC.

ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENT*

MODULES

t Good high school graduation grades or equivalent, plus up to one year of further study, or t Recognised Foundation Year progamme, or A-levels/IB.

Core Academic English Skills (CAES 1, 2 and 3)

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ENTRY REQUIREMENT* t IELTS 5.5 (minimum 5.5 in writing) or equivalent.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PREPARATION If you require additional English language training, you can join our English Language Preparation programme at the ISC. See page 46 for more details. *For information on entry requirements, visit: > www.stir.ac.uk/isc

These modules seek to support and develop your ability to cope on the third year of an undergraduate course. You will develop skills in writing, listening, reading and speaking as well as related skills such as working in a seminar group or lecture. Introduction to Economics This module will introduce you to perspectives and principles in Economics. You will study issues within the broad divisions of the discipline; microeconomics and macroeconomics, and you will be introduced to Neoclassical, Keynesian and Monetarist perspectives. Accounting 1 Accounting 1 will provide you with an introduction to the practical basis of this subject. The module is also designed to explore basic principles and understand underlying concepts. Organisational Behaviour You will be introduced to the key concepts relating to the way that organisations behave. This will include learning about issues relating to structure, culture, forms of leadership and other related subject areas.

Management This module looks at the context in which business operates, external influences that impact on business decisions and how organisations deal with innovation. It also deals with levels of performance within business and how quality control procedures may be used to enhance this. Learning Skills – Information Gathering This module will introduce you to the main sources of business and management information and the principal research methods useful for identifying and gathering that information. You will develop critical approaches so that you engage effectively with the quality and content of Business and Management information together with strategies to effectively engage with the volumes of such material. Learning Skills – Quantitative Methods The module covers common quantitative techniques for managerial decisionmaking which are used in many business environments. The emphasis of the module is on practical application with extensive use of Excel and its associated functions. Learning Skills – Qualitative Research and Communication The module is divided into two sections. The first section will focus on using qualitative research methods. The second section will focus on developing skills of communication essential to business effectiveness.

INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMA STRUCTURE

INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMA PROGRAMME

INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMA PROGRAMME

Academic and Personal Development Planning This module will help you to focus on your degree choice and career aims and will require you to build a portfolio to show your development over the length of your programme. As part of this module we will also help you ensure your IT and independent learning skills are welldeveloped. This will help you to succeed in your degree studies at the University of Stirling. Choose one from either: Accounting 2 Accounting 2 builds on Accounting 1 by developing your ability to explore principles and concepts. It will provide you with an improved appreciation of financial information and its application, requiring a more advanced understanding of theoretical issues.

Or Principles of Marketing This module will introduce the fundamental concepts and principles that underpin the marketing process. It examines the role and practice of marketing within the changing business environment. It provides you with a concise and up-to-date overview of marketing, and gives you the knowledge and skills for further study in the field.

A GREAT PLACE TO STUDY AND WORK Recent independent surveys show 88 percent of Stirling students are satisfied with the quality of their course (National Student Survey, 2011). Moreover, the University’s Registry Team has won a prestigious national award for its outstanding service to students and staff (The Leadership and Management Awards, 2010).

Once you have successfully completed the course and met the required entry standards you will start the third year of your degree.

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“My course here was interesting and I think I’ve learnt a lot from it. It’s good because classes are small. I have got close to my classmates because I got to know them individually rather than just knowing them by their names or faces.” WISAL AL RASHDI – OMAN INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION YEAR – BUSINESS AND SOCIAL STUDIES, NOW STUDYING BA (HONS) HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

HOW YOUR UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE WILL BE STRUCTURED

YOUR UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE

MY STIRLING

The University of Stirling was the first UK university to introduce a semester system which offers flexibility to students and ensures both breadth and depth of study. THE SEMESTER SYSTEM

FLEXIBLE DEGREE COURSES

TEACHING

The University’s academic year takes place over two semesters. An Honours degree course comprises eight semesters of full-time study.

The University of Stirling’s degree structure is flexible.

The teaching methods at Stirling are designed to build knowledge and to prepare our students for life after graduation.

Each semester is 15 weeks in duration, with a mid-semester break part way through. There is a reading / study period and a two-week exam period at the end of each semester, during which exams are held for some course modules. The Autumn Semester usually runs from midSeptember until late December. There is then a seven-week Winter break. The Spring Semester runs from early February until the end of May, and is followed by a 15 week summer break.

PROGRESSION TO YOUR DEGREE UNDER THE SEMESTER SYSTEM As a student on the International Foundation Year or International Diploma course, you will follow the International Study Centre’s own timetable during your first year. Upon successful completion of the International Foundation Year, you will then progress to the second year – Semester 3 – of your chosen degree course and continue for the next three years to complete the Honours degree. If you have successfully completed the International Diploma, you will progress to the third year – Semester 5 – of your chosen degree course and continue for the next two years to complete the Honours degree.

MODULAR STUDY Once you join your degree course you will take a series of academic modules. Typically, there will be some core (compulsory) modules, and some elective modules, which you can choose according to your particular areas of interest. Degrees at the University of Stirling are obtained through credit accumulation: you will be awarded credit each semester for the successful completion of the course modules taken that semester.

Degree specialisms are typically confirmed during Semester 3, which therefore allows the possibility to change the area of study up to this point. As a student of the International Foundation Year you will choose modules from two routes (Business and Social Studies and Sciences and Computing), and your course will be designed specifically to prepare you for your further studies in your chosen degree subject. While we expect that you will be very happy with your degree choice, there may be some flexibility to change to a different subject within your available options up to the end of Semester 3.

DEGREE TYPES Single Honours Degree Single Honours is a four-year (eight-semester) degree course with one main specialist subject of study in Semesters 5-8. A list of the Single Honours degree courses which lead from the International Foundation Year is provided on the following page.

By encouraging independent thought and discussion, and by teaching you how to apply your knowledge and skills to real-life situations, we hope to offer you an enhanced learning experience. Teaching methods may include: t lectures that form the basis of teaching in the early years t tutorials that supplement the lectures and call for your participation, whilst ensuring closer supervision t seminar discussion groups that form the basis of teaching for many subjects in the later years t laboratory sessions that are part of study in all the sciences t fieldwork and excursions that form part of many of the biological science courses t group project work that forms much of the teaching, where both theoretical and real-life cases are studied.

Combined Honours Degree Combined Honours is a four-year (eightsemester) degree course with two (or occasionally three) specialist subjects of study in Semesters 5-8. A list of the Combined Honours degree courses which lead from the International Foundation Year is provided on the following page. Bachelor Degree A Bachelor degree is a three-year (six-semester) course with specialism in a single subject, although it still combines study in a range of subjects in the early part of the course. Students also have the option of taking a three-year General degree which does not specialise in a particular subject and so allows for greater breadth of study.

ASSESSMENT You will complete regular assessments during your ISC course. Once you progress on to your degree course, continuous or periodic assessment will continue. Your final grades for each academic module typically will be based on a selection of assessment types, including: t t t t t t

essays short tests projects – individual or in groups presentations – individual or in groups lab reports examinations.

This approach is designed to be fair and precise, as well as giving students constant feedback on their progress and minimising the stress of intense exams. Examinations form no more than 60 percent of the total assessment for each module.

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YOUR UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE

The undergraduate degree structure has a broad-based curriculum early on, followed by specialism in one or two subjects in the latter part of the course.

DEGREE

INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION YEAR

AWARD

Accountancy Business Studies Economics Film and Media Studies Finance Human Resource Management Journalism Studies Management Management Science Marketing Money, Banking and Finance Retail Marketing Accountancy and Business Studies Accounting and Finance Business Studies and Economics Business Studies and Film and Media Studies Business Studies and Finance Business Studies and Human Resource Management Business Studies and Marketing Criminology and Sociology Economics and Finance Economics and Marketing Film and Media Studies and Journalism Studies Film and Media Studies and Marketing Film and Media Studies and Sociology Human Resource Management and Marketing Marketing and Sociology Sociology and Social Policy

BAcc BA BA BA BA BA BA BSc BSc BA BA BA BAcc BAcc BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BA

SINGLE HONOURS

Animal Biology Biology Business Computing Cell Biology Computing Science Ecology Environmental Science Information Systems Software Engineering

BSc BSc BA BSc BSc BSc BSc BSc BSc

COMBINED HONOURS

Business Studies and Computing Science

BSc

BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

TYPE

SINGLE HONOURS

COMBINED HONOURS

SCIENCES AND COMPUTING

The International Foundation Year has been designed to allow second-year degree entry in specific subject areas. As this course provides excellent general academic preparation for university study, you will also be eligible to apply for entry into the first year of any other University of Stirling undergraduate degree course.

THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS SCORED 100% STUDENT SATISFACTION IN THE MOST RECENT NATIONAL STUDENT SURVEY: BIOLOGY, BUSINESS COMPUTING, CELL BIOLOGY, COMPUTING SCIENCE, FINANCE, INFORMATION SYSTEMS, SOFTWARE ENGINEERING. MEDIA STUDIES WAS VOTED JOINT FIRST IN THE UK.

DEGREE TYPE ACCOUNTING

The International Diploma leads to third-year entry to a range of degrees in businessrelated subjects.

MORE PROGRESSION ROUTES

AND FINANCE

The options available depend on the modules you have taken.

Specific grades are required for entry to either the second or third year: students who do not achieve this will automatically be given the option of joining the first year of the degree following the International Foundation Year, and the second year of the degree following the International Diploma (depending on the final grade).

MARKETING

The International Foundation Year prepares students for second-year entry in two of the University’s key areas of expertise: Business and Social Studies and Sciences and Computing.

BUSINESS AND

YOUR UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE

YOUR UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE

INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMA

AWARD

Accounting

BA

Finance and Investment

BA

Business Studies Marketing Business Studies and Marketing

BA BA BA

SINGLE HONOURS

SINGLE HONOURS

* Progression is subject to successful completion of each term

Please note that progression degrees and grades are subject to change. For up-to-date information, visit www.stir.ac.uk/isc

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If you need to improve your English language to the required level for your academic programme, you can take further English language training at the ISC.

PRE-MASTERS PROGRAMME

INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMA

INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION YEAR

Required level for entry to the Pre-Masters Programme is IELTS 5.5 (minimum 5.5 in all components) or equivalent.

Required level for entry to the International Diploma is IELTS 5.5 (minimum 5.5 in writing) or equivalent.

Required level for entry to the International Foundation Year is IELTS 5.0 (minimum 4.5 in writing) or equivalent.

Students with IELTS 4.5 (minimum 4.0 in all components) or equivalent normally requires one term of English for Pre-Masters t Term start dates: September 2012 for Pre-Masters Programme start in January 2013 January 2013 for Pre-Masters Programme start in April 2013

Students with IELTS 4.5 or equivalent normally requires one term of ELP t Term start dates: June 2012 for International Diploma start in September 2012 September 2012 for International Diploma start in January 2013

Students with IELTS 4.0 or equivalent normally requires one term of ELP t Term start dates: June 2011 for International Foundation Year start in September 2011 September 2011 for International Foundation Year start in January 2012

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Students with IELTS 4.0 (minimum 4.0 in all components) or equivalent normally requires two terms of English for Pre-Masters t Term start dates: June 2012 for Pre-Masters Programme start in January 2013 September 2012 for Pre-Masters Programme start in April 2013

Students with IELTS 4.0 or equivalent normally requires two terms of ELP t Term start dates: June 2012 for International Diploma start in January 2013

JUNE

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PREPARATION

ENGLISH LANGUAGE TRAINING

MY STIRLING

“Now I have completed the International Foundation Year, I am planning to study Business Studies and Finance. Then maybe after I have an undergraduate degree, I hope to do a Masters degree here in Sports Management. Stirling is one of the best universities in the UK for sports degrees. Sports facilities are very good. I like playing football and going to the gym and swimming pool.” IHAR MARAZIUK – BELARUS INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION YEAR – BUSINESS AND SOCIAL STUDIES, NOW STUDYING BA (HONS) BUSINESS STUDIES AND FINANCE


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HOW TO APPLY AND FEES

HOW TO APPLY Your application will need to include copies of all relevant academic transcripts and certificates of English language qualifications.

TO APPLY DIRECTLY

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

FEES

You can apply online at: > www.stir.ac.uk/isc

Students can find detailed entry requirements in the ‘Admission’ section at: > www.stir.ac.uk/isc

For full details of fees, see the attached application form or visit > www.stir.ac.uk/isc

Agents can find this information on the Stirling ISC page at: > studygroup.com/partners

All students’ English and numeracy skills will be tested on arrival. This may lead to study plan changes that can incur additional costs.

Alternatively, simply send your completed application to the address printed at the bottom of the form.

TO APPLY THROUGH YOUR LOCAL REPRESENTATIVE Complete the application form enclosed with this prospectus and return it to your local educational representative.

ABOUT THE PRE-MASTERS PROGRAMME, INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMA AND INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION YEAR The Pre-Masters Programme, International Diploma and International Foundation Year at the University of Stirling International Study Centre are run by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international students, in partnership with the University.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION If you need further information, our expert Student Enrolment Advisers are available for help and advice. You can contact them through the website or telephone number below: > T: +44 (0) 1273 339333 > F: +44 (0) 1273 339334 > www.stir.ac.uk/isc

STUDENT INSURANCE Full information about StudyCare insurance is published in the StudyCare policy booklet, available from the International Admissions Centre. Alternatively, you can view information about StudyCare at: > studygroup.com/studycare

If you are applying through a local representative, please contact them with any questions you may have.

Each year over 60,000 students from more than 130 countries enter Study Group programmes across the UK, Europe, the USA, Canada, China, Australia and New Zealand.

MY STIRLING

“The Pre-Masters Programme has improved my English and provided me with other useful skills that I will need for my Masters. Prospectus production: This prospectus is printed on paper that is environmentally friendly having come from sustainable forests. Disclaimer: The publisher acknowledges the right of all copyright holders. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information given in this publication, but the University can accept no responsibility for any error or omissions. University courses, services and procedures are continually reviewed and revised and there may be some changes between the time of publication and the date when the student enters the University. The University reserves the right to make changes to its programmes, services and procedures whenever it sees fit. Students and others should enquire about the up-to-date position when they need to know this. Photographers: Study Group, Tom Main, John McPake, White House Studios, Wattie Cheung

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Stirling is one of the most beautiful campus in the UK. Actually I love Scotland! From Stirling, it is very easy to travel within Scotland or go to England...” THU PHUONG NGUYEN – VIETNAM PRE-MASTERS PROGRAMME, NOW STUDYING MSC INVESTMENT ANALYSIS


To apply or for further information, please contact: International Admissions Centre 1 Billinton Way, Brighton, BN1 4LF, UK T: +44 1273 339333 F: +44 1273 339334 To contact us online: www.stir.ac.uk/isc

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