At the University of Stirling, being the difference is in our DNA. That's why we're regularly recognised across the globe for excellence in teaching, research and offering a world-class student experience. 

We’re a globally connected University. Almost three-quarters of our research activity is rated either world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014). We’ve been awarded 5 Stars in the QS Stars University Ratings 2021 for our teaching, employability, research, internationalisation, facilities and inclusiveness. Our small class sizes help to ensure you benefit from world-class teaching from our leading academics.

We have excellent ratings for graduate employability - we're ranked first in Scotland and Top five in the UK for our careers services (UK International Student Barometer (ISB) Benchmark and Global ISB Benchmark 2018). All our courses strive to improve your employable skills, as well as giving you an internationally recognised qualification. We’re committed to equipping you with life-long career management skills. Many of our courses offer hands-on experience and unique opportunities to work with industries across the globe.

Not only are our courses, research and facilities award winning, our campus environment is a Hollywood worthy setting! Our beautiful 330-acre campus has acted as the backdrop to major films and television series like Game of Thrones! It’s one of the most scenic campuses in the UK, with its own loch and plentiful green spaces. You’ll enjoy studying and living here. There’s a wide range of accommodation and everything you need is a few minutes’ walk – from food outlets and sports facilities, to our on-campus theatre and cinema.

GREAT Scholarships 2022

The University of Stirling has three GREAT Scholarships available for the 2022-23 academic year for students from Egypt (one), Kenya (one) and Indonesia (one).

For eligible subjects, please visit the university website.

Key subject information

MSc Big Data 

Big data is increasingly important in today’s commercial landscape. As a data scientist specialising in big data, you’ll help companies make sense of large amounts of structured and unstructured data, providing rapid insights that enable them to make better, quicker decisions. You’ll gain practical skills in big data technology, advanced analytics and industrial and scientific applications. You’ll learn skills in cutting-edge technology such as Data Analytics, R, Hadoop, NoSQL and Machine Learning. At the same time, you’ll delve into important maths and computing theory, and learn the advanced computational techniques you need to develop your career in data science. Our MSc has been developed in partnership with global and local companies who employ data scientists

MSc International Conflict and Cooperation 

Our Masters in International Conflict and Cooperation prepares you to address a variety of challenges facing international organisations today. This course looks at the dynamics of international conflict and cooperation in light of major events such as the end of the Cold War, the 9/11 terror attacks, the Arab Spring and the Covid-19 pandemic.

We take a thematic approach to conflict resolution and the role of international organisations in order to focus on conflict prevention and management in specific geographical areas. The course also explores the development and regulation of conflict in relation to factors like natural resources and migration.

Contemporary dilemmas surrounding the politics of climate change negotiations, environmental and resource conflicts, civil war and ethnic tensions, human rights, international terrorism and humanitarian intervention provide some of the raw material for this MSc.

MSc Investment Analysis 

MSc Investment Analysis has a world-class reputation and is the UK’s longest-established postgraduate course in the field. It is also one of very few masters degrees in the UK to be recognised under the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute University Affiliation Program. This acknowledges that the course covers at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge and places emphasis on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. The course positions students well to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, which has become the most respected and recognised investment credential in the world.