About us

At the University of Stirling, being the difference is in our DNA – providing education with a purpose and carrying out research that helps to shape society.

We are an international university with a pioneering spirit and a global reputation for high-quality teaching and research. We are passionate about creating impact in everything we do.

Stirling is a place where ability – not background – is valued.

Our reputation

Making our impact by thinking differently

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.

Stirling research: changing lives

Our aim is simple. From feeding the world to using psychology to catch criminals, we want to tackle the global issues of our time. Our multi-disciplinary researchers challenge assumptions, innovate thinking and find solutions.

Our research themes are:

  • Living Well
  • Cultures, Communities and Society
  • Global Security and Resilience

Our vision

To be recognised across the world as a University that addresses the needs of society through innovative and interdisciplinary research; learning and teaching of the highest quality; and by sharing our knowledge with the world.

Positioning statement

At the University of Stirling, our thinkers are bright, inquisitive and innovative.

Everything we do, as an institution and as individuals, has purpose and impact. This shapes our culture, our personality and our mindset. It encourages us to challenge the status quo and push the norm. We have a constant desire to innovate and improve in order to benefit society and make a difference to the communities we serve.

We use our thinking to improve everything. By connecting, innovating and transforming, we believe our thinking can change the world.

Our mission

Our contribution and approach are defined by:

  • Developing people and helping society through the pursuit and understanding of knowledge. We create the conditions for innovative, interdisciplinary research, and communicate what we have learned to the wider world in a clear and useful manner.
  • Transforming the lives of our students and staff by giving them opportunities to reach their full potential intellectually and emotionally; by making them resilient and giving them the skills they need for the modern world; and by instilling in them a sense of responsibility to promote public good.
  • Creating global citizens, working in partnership with governments, business and industry, the public and third sectors, and colleagues in other institutions, to identify and meet the changing needs of society.

Our values

Excellence

Leading the way globally in our areas of research expertise and through the delivery of an outstanding learning experience.

Openness

Being open in all we do, communicating the work and worth of the University to the wider world, and engaging people in the delivery of our vision.

Ambition

Growing the University in innovative ways, embedding sustainability, and making it a role model for the sector.

Programs taught in:
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BSc

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Nursing is a dynamic profession, and we’ll give you the training and confidence necessary to work in a complex health and social care environment. You’ll have the knowled ... [+]

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Adult nursing is a challenging and rewarding profession that offers a wide range of roles caring for people and promoting health.

Stirling is a superb place for you to learn the contemporary skills of nursing which are valued around the world. Our course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and has also received multiple commendations. We’ve won Student Nursing Times Awards in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Pre-registration Nursing in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport is led by a group of world-leading academics with strong and established research records, expertise in nursing practice and a wealth of world-class publications. Our academic and practice staff are committed to ensuring that our students have the highest quality student experience.... [-]

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As a student Mental Health nurse, you’ll pursue a thought-provoking and challenging academic course along with gaining experience in a wide range of practical learning. O ... [+]

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Mental Health nursing is a challenging yet rewarding profession where you can make a real difference to people’s lives.

As a student Mental Health nurse, you’ll pursue a thought-provoking and challenging academic course along with gaining experience in a wide range of practical learning. Our course curriculum is informed by the latest research and encourages you to take an evidence-based approach to nursing care.

This forward thinking and innovative course will help you to achieve the requirements for registration in the UK as a nurse within the Mental Health field of practice. You’ll leave us as a confident and capable practitioner, able to carry outsafe, effective and person-centred care while making valuable contributions to people's lives.... [-]

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Our innovative Mental Health Nursing course will prepare you to meet the needs of a modern profession and provide the best possible patient care. You will leave us as a c ... [+]

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Mental Health Nursing is a challenging yet rewarding profession where you can make a real difference to people’s lives.Our innovative Mental Health Nursing course will prepare you to meet the needs of a modern profession and provide the best possible patient care. You will leave us as a confident and capable practitioner, fully equipped to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and join a health care team upon graduation.Our course curriculum is informed by the latest research and encourages you to take an evidence-based approach to nursing care. We believe that mental health and wellbeing services must respect the intrinsic value of people and their individuality. This philosophy is firmly held by all members of the course team. We work with our course partner, NHS Forth Valley, to ensure that our course remains clinically excellent and our students get the best possible experience while they’re studying.BSc (Hons)BSc Honours Nursing students follow the same programme structure as the BSc Nursing for the first two and a half years of their programme. After that point, Honours students carry out an additional placement module with the opportunity to study overseas.In their final year, Honours students complete additional modules including a dissertation and their NMC-required final placement, achieving registration and their Honours degree at the end of Year 4.... [-]

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Stirling is a superb place for you to learn the skills of modern nursing – which are valued around the world. Our course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council ... [+]

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Adult nursing is a challenging and rewarding profession that offers a wide range of roles caring for people and promoting health.

Stirling is a superb place for you to learn the skills of modern nursing – which are valued around the world. Our course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and has also received multiple commendations. We’ve won Student Nursing Times Awards in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Nursing is a dynamic profession, and we’ll give you the training and confidence necessary to fulfil your role in the healthcare teams of tomorrow. As you study, you’ll learn how to work with a range of multi-disciplinary professionals, groups and individuals to provide care and promote health. Our course is based on a philosophy that, as a nurse, you will provide services based on excellence, compassion, safety and respect.... [-]

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Our Masters in Global Issues in Gerontology and Ageing can be studied entirely online and on a part-time basis, giving you the opportunity to benefit from our expertise i ... [+]

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Globally, the number of older persons is growing faster than the number of people in any other age group, putting pressure on all sectors of society.

This course cuts across two key scientific areas.

We challenge you to consider how the process of ageing happens across an individual’s life course, not just in later years. We teach a multidisciplinary approach to gerontology that considers the social impact of ageing.

You'll explore a range of health, social care and policy contexts from around the world that you can apply to a local context.

Core modules have been developed for students who would like to specialise in this fast-growing sector with a focus on the oldest-old, who are the fastest growing group and the most likely to experience frailty, people living with dementia in a range of settings, and the impact of multi-morbidity on an ageing population.... [-]

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Expand your health and social care expertise, gain new skills and make a difference to your practice with our MSc Advancing Practice. Working in partnership with clinical ... [+]

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Expand your health and social care expertise, gain new skills and make a difference to your practice with our MSc Advancing Practice. Working in partnership with clinical experts, patients, health and social care providers, our course is designed for any health and social care professionals working in a clinical, education, management or research role.

This content of this Masters course in Advancing Practice has been strongly influenced by the fact that the health and social needs of the population are changing globally. We have an ageing population with changing patterns of ill-health and use of health and social care services. We understand the diverse needs of every individual.... [-]

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This course provides students with a unique opportunity to take advantage of both Stirling and City University of Hong Kong’s aquaculture expertise. Both institutions hav ... [+]

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This course provides students with a unique opportunity to take advantage of both Stirling and City University of Hong Kong’s aquaculture expertise. Both institutions have come together to provide this course in aquatic food security that includes animal biology and health, nutrition, food safety, production systems and disease. The course is delivered by the College of Veterinary Medicine, City University Hong Kong with the opportunity for students to undertake their research project in Stirling at the internationally recognised Institute of Aquaculture.

This ground-breaking collaboration will prepare our graduates for a bright future, providing them with the best of both worlds: Stirling’s internationally renowned aquaculture expertise and City University’s new state-of-the-art facilities close to all parts of the South-East Asian market. The demand for aquatic food worldwide is increasing significantly and at the same time, there is pressure for more efficient production and safe food while taking into account the environmental and sustainability issues throughout the entire aquatic food value chain. This programme responds to the large global prevalence of aquatic products and the rising demand in the aquatic industry in Mainland China and Hong Kong.... [-]

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Food from aquatic systems is essential for much of the world’s population. However, with wild catches of seafood declining in many places, aquaculture is playing an incre ... [+]

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Food from aquatic systems is essential for much of the world’s population. However, with wild catches of seafood declining in many places, aquaculture is playing an increasing role as an alternative source of high-quality, nutritious food - and as an employer. Controlling disease is important to the ongoing success of this industry.

This Masters in Aquatic Veterinary Studies provides you with training in the wide range of disciplines and skills you need for the investigation, prevention and control of aquatic animal diseases. You’ll develop an understanding of the biology, husbandry and environment of farmed aquatic species, as well as specialist expertise in aquatic animal diseases.... [-]

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The course is run by a team of academic experts whose research has helped to shape dementia care policy worldwide. You’ll learn about the latest theories, innovations and ... [+]

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With the number of people living with dementia across the world expected to double in the next 20 years, this innovative online course has been developed to provide you with an in-depth, research-based knowledge of dementia and approaches to dementia care. It’s designed for professionals already working in the field and can be studied from anywhere in the world.

The course is run by a team of academic experts whose research has helped to shape dementia care policy worldwide. You’ll learn about the latest theories, innovations and best practice in dementia care – as well as gaining an overview of policy drivers and initiatives, and a grounding in academic and research skills. Our course also benefits from an advisory group of people with dementia, who support course development.... [-]

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This one year full-time or two-year part-time course will provide you, as a registered nurse or midwife on Part 1 or Part 2 on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) reg ... [+]

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This one year full-time or two-year part-time course will provide you, as a registered nurse or midwife on Part 1 or Part 2 on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register, with the opportunity to influence the health and social care provision of children and families. The course will equip you with the higher level knowledge and skills to deliver safe and best practice in the role of Health Visitor as defined in the NMC Standards of Proficiency for Specialist Community Public Health Nurses (NMC, 2004).

The development and delivery of the course is supported by a multi-disciplinary collaboration with our NHS Health Board and Local Authority partners. This reflects the growing priorities that have been identified to provide an improved and more responsible level of care to support, protect and improve the health and well-being of children, young people and their families.... [-]

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Health Psychologists promote healthier lifestyles. They try to find ways to encourage people to improve their health and also to improve the healthcare system as a whole. ... [+]

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Health Psychologists promote healthier lifestyles. They try to find ways to encourage people to improve their health and also to improve the healthcare system as a whole. For example, helping people to lose weight or stop smoking, or advising doctors on better ways to communicate with their patients.

You’ll learn to use your knowledge of psychology to promote general wellbeing and understand physical illness. We will teach you the skills needed to help people deal with the psychological and emotional aspects of health and illness, and to support people who are chronically ill.

Our MSc Health Psychology has a strong experiential focus and emphasises the application of health psychology to real-world settings. The course includes contributions from healthcare practitioners. You will carry out a brief placement in a healthcare setting, which can include the NHS, third sector (charities) or industry, and you’ll usually arrange this placement yourself with support from the course team. You are encouraged to carry out research in healthcare contexts where possible.... [-]

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Our MSc Psychological Therapy in Primary Care provides expert training in delivering evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to adults in primary care. Deliver ... [+]

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Our MSc Psychological Therapy in Primary Care provides expert training in delivering evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to adults in primary care. Delivered jointly by the University of Stirling and the University of Dundee, it is designed by NHS professionals and clinical academics to give you the clinical and professional skills you need to work as a clinical associate in applied psychology within the NHS.

Mental Health Services across the UK are facing a growing demand for therapeutic services to treat common mental health disorders. The NHS commitment to delivering evidence-based treatments means that the theoretical focus of this course is CBT. The course has been jointly devised by NHS clinicians and clinical academics at the University of Dundee Medical School and the University of Stirling's Division of Psychology. You’ll undergo training and clinical supervision within the NHS.... [-]

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The University of Stirling is one of only six universities worldwide approved to provide this Masters conversion course in sports nutrition – an increasingly vital part o ... [+]

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The University of Stirling is one of only six universities worldwide approved to provide this Masters conversion course in sports nutrition – an increasingly vital part of competitive sport at every level.

This Masters degree focuses on the science behind sports nutrition and is designed specifically for students who already have an International Olympic Committee (IOC) Diploma in sports nutrition and want to further their knowledge.

To complete the course, you’ll be asked to plan, conduct and write a research project in Sports Nutrition, and you’ll receive high-quality training and support from our expert staff as you study. By the time you graduate, you’ll have an even greater knowledge of sports nutrition and a clear understanding of how to put your research into practice.... [-]

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Master

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Whether you’re already involved in public health research, policy and practice, or are planning a career in those areas, this Masters course is designed to support your f ... [+]

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Whether you’re already involved in public health research, policy and practice, or are planning a career in those areas, this Masters course is designed to support your future ambitions.

Shaped by some of the leading thinkers in health research, the course will equip you with unique insights into modern public health theory and methods and teach you how to apply them to your work. You’ll interact with experts in the field as you develop a critical understanding of public health approaches and learn how to make a positive impact on the well-being of individuals and communities.

You can study the course entirely online, making it an ideal option if you want to gain a Masters qualification while working. The module choices are also extremely flexible, allowing you to create a tailored programme that suits your own learning needs, interests and goals in public health.... [-]

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The health and social care sectors are constantly changing in order to provide better treatment and access to care. Improving health and social care services would not be ... [+]

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The health and social care sectors are constantly changing in order to provide better treatment and access to care. Improving health and social care services would not be possible without the work of well-trained researchers.

Our Health Research Masters degree equips you to conduct high quality, rigorous research. You’ll benefit from our strong emphasis on both theoretical and practical skills and you'll be supported by a multidisciplinary team of experienced researchers.

The course is suitable for a diverse range of people, and our students include qualified nurses, pharmacists and occupational therapists – as well as others with a background in natural science, social science or the third sector. The entire course can also be studied online, giving you the freedom to work towards a Masters around your personal and professional commitments.... [-]

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PhD

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Our Clinical Doctorate is the only one of its kind in Scotland, tailored to the needs of nurses, midwives and allied health professionals. The course is practice-focused ... [+]

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Our Clinical Doctorate is the only one of its kind in Scotland, tailored to the needs of nurses, midwives and allied health professionals. The course is practice-focused and has been designed to prepare you for leadership roles in the healthcare sector.

If you’re passionate about improving patient care, whilst retaining a clinical focus, this course is designed for you. You’ll join professionals from a range of disciplines for on-campus and online study, benefitting not only from the extensive knowledge of the Clinical Doctorate team, but also from each other’s experiences. As a qualified Doctor of Nursing, Midwifery or Professional Health Studies you’ll have the highest level of academic qualification available within your specialism – placing you at the forefront of your profession as a recognised, highly employable expert.... [-]

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University of Stirling,
Stirling, Scotland, FK9 4LA GB