University of Stirling

Since our founding in 1967, the University of Stirling has always been driven by transformative thinking and a spirit of innovation. Our mission is to do everything we can to give our students the knowledge and expertise to make their impact in the world.

Everything we do makes a positive difference to people’s lives. We are an agent for change, connecting people, innovating and transforming the lives of our students, staff and the global communities we serve. We have a constant desire to innovate and improve in order to make a difference to society. It’s how we’ve earned our global reputation for high-quality teaching and internationally acclaimed research.

(Source: University website)

Fast facts


  • Stirling,  Scotland

Number of students

  • 14,000

Number of International students

  • 2,800
  • 120+ nationalities are represented on campus

Faculties or schools

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Health Sciences and Sport
  • Stirling Management School

Key strengths in teaching and research

  • Accounting and Finance - top 5 in Scotland
  • Business, Management and Marketing - top 5 in Scotland
  • Criminology - 1st in Scotland, top 10 in the UK
  • Economics - 2nd in Scotland, top 10 in the UK
  • English and Creative Writing - top 5 in Scotland
  • Geography and Environmental Studies - top 5 in Scotland
  • Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations - 2nd in Scotland
  • Media and Film Studies - 3rd in Scotland
  • Modern Languages and Linguistics - top 5 in Scotland
  • Sociology - 3rd in Scotland
  • Sports Science - top 5 in Scotland
    (The Complete University Guide, 2020)


At the University of Stirling, our researchers are truly making a difference. We’re leading the fight against tobacco-related harm, feeding communities through sustainable aquaculture research and working to improve the lives of people with dementia. Our research is conducted to the highest standards of quality and integrity, allowing us to support and improve life across the world.


in Scotland

for Criminology - The Guardian University Guide, 2020


in Scotland

Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations -The Guardian University Guide, 2020


in Scotland

for Sociology - The Guardian University Guide, 2020


Stirling's beautifully preserved Old Town is a treasure trove of historic buildings and cobbled streets winding up to the ramparts of its impressive castle, which offer views for miles around.

Clearly visible is the brooding Wallace Monument, a strange Victorian Gothic creation honouring the legendary freedom fighter of Braveheart fame. Nearby is Bannockburn, scene of Robert the Bruce's pivotal triumph over the English in 1314. Located at the geographic heart of Scotland, its focal point is the medieval castle perched high above the city. The city is a thriving, compact and welcoming community offering great shopping, café culture, performing arts, nightlife and the great outdoors.

The city of Stirling lights up at night, and many pubs, clubs and bars gear themselves towards students. Traditional pubs provide quieter alternatives, with open fires, real ale and folk music.


The University of Stirling has various scholarships available for international students. Each country may offer different scholarships and/or student loans. For further information, please contact the Inova Education team, we are experts in this field and will help you to identify the best option for you.

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