University of Stirling



Quick Facts

  • 4th in the UK for Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science.
  • 1st in Scotland and 12th in the UK for Health Sciences.
  • Notable Alumni: Jack McConnell – former First Minister of Scotland; Neil Davidson, QC – Solicitor General for Scotland 2000/01, Advocate General for Scotland 2006; and Sir Callum McCarthy – former Chairman, Financial Standards Authority.

The University itself stands on an estate with a rich and varied history. At the centre of the Stirling campus is the historic building of Airthrey Castle. Still in active use today as the home of the University’s School of Law, the 18th-century castle, extended and remodelled in late Victorian times, has a fascinating history. The University of Stirling is a UK research intensive campus university founded by Royal charter in 1967 in Stirling, Scotland.

It is ranked among the top 60 universities in the world that are under 50 years old by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. In the 2014 assessment of research in the UK, Research Excellence Framework, it was ranked 5th in Scotland and 40th in the UK for research intensity. Stirling is an international university with over 120 nationalities represented on campus. It has international degree programme partnerships in Singapore, Oman and Vietnam. The University has campuses in Inverness and Stornoway.

The University campus is set within 330 acres (1.3 km2) of grounds beneath the Ochil Hills, 2 miles (3.2 km) from the centre of Stirling, close to the town of Bridge of Allan. It is regularly described as one of the most beautiful campuses in the world and was ranked 1st for campus environment in the International Student Barometer, 2012.

Stirling and Canada
Stirling is home to friendly community of Canadian students. Stirling agreements for student exchange with some of the country’s leading universities including Ryerson University, University of Toronto, Carleton University, University of Victoria and SFU, Concordia and the faculty are actively involved in research collaboration with colleagues across Canada.

Faculties and Departments
The university is split into seven Academic Schools:

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

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Over 11,000 students and nearly 2,000 staff.

Entrance Requirements
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The University of Stirling offers almost 3,000 bed spaces spread over 20 properties located on and off campus.

There are 2,000 residential bed spaces located on-campus, including 800 within brand new accommodation built as part of a £40m investment programme in student accommodation which was completed in September 2015.


  • Library: Stirling recently opened the doors of its £11.4 million state-of-the-art library refurbishment, which has created a stunning contemporary environment.
  • 950 computers in computer labs, libraries and elsewhere (many 24 hours), plus connection points throughout campus and wireless networks.
  • MacRobert Arts Centre is based at the heart of the campus with lively programme of cinema, drama, dance, comedy and music.
  • The University massively expanded its WiFi network to cover the whole of the Stirling campus, including student residencies, providing all students with free access.
  • Offers over 100 student societies and sports clubs, volunteering opportunities as well as student activism and representation.
  • An award winning Union recognised for Green Impact, Best Bar None, and Investors in Volunteers.
  • Provides a range of bars and venues on campus. Attracts top name acts for Freshers including Vernon Kay, Jameela Jamil and Scott Mills

You can fly to either Edinburgh or Glasgow Airports from a wide range of international and domestic airports. It may be the case, however, that if you are flying in from a country that does not go direct to either of these airports that your journey will have to go via one of the London airports. There are very regular shuttle flights to both Glasgow and Edinburgh from London.

Frequent coach transfers are available from each of the two airports to their respective city centres. From there, visitors can access the frequent and reliable train services which run to Stirling from both Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The University of Stirling is served by excellent bus links from Stirling city centre. At peak times some 19 buses per hour run from Stirling to the main University campus. Most bus services to the campus run from either just outside Stirling’s Rail Station or a two minute walk away, in Murray Place, making it possible to enjoy an easily integrated public transport journey to the campus.

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

You’ll soon learn that Stirling is linked to two of Scotland’s historic heroes: William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. Along with a dramatic medieval castle, these give it a magical aura.

Stirling’s history blends perfectly with a thriving modern soul. The city lights up at night, and many pubs, clubs and bars gear themselves towards students, with themed nights and DJs. Traditional pubs provide 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.

Culturally, Stirling Castle is an established concert and arts venue, having hosted acts such as Travis, James Blunt and Lulu. The Tolbooth building is another busy focus for performing arts and other events.

The city’s a major tourist destination, something reflected in the wide choice of cuisine at the numerous restaurants, bistros and cafés. There’s everything from pub grub to fine dining, with Scottish, American, Greek, Italian, Indian, Chinese, Thai, French and Mexican all well represented. And you can pop into nearby Bridge of Allan for delis, bakeries and a classic fish ’n’ chip shop.