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:
English

This school also offers:

DBA

University of Stirling

Aimed at experienced professionals, our innovative Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) develops both your research and practitioner skills, allowing you to progress t ... [+]

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Aimed at experienced professionals, our innovative Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) develops both your research and practitioner skills, allowing you to progress to senior roles in management and related business fields.

DBA graduates are able to work in universities as research-led academics or in industry as research-informed senior managers, consultants and business leaders. On this course, you’ll develop research competency at PhD level combined with the in-depth and reflective knowledge of management theory and practice gained on a traditional DBA programme.

We provide a guided, stepped transition, allowing you to successfully become a doctoral-level researcher and practitioner, no matter what previous training you’ve had. Our DBA course will help you become a reflective, self-critical professional. You’ll learn skills, techniques and practices to conduct cutting-edge research while building theoretical and practical knowledge at the forefront of business and management research. After successfully completing the course, you’ll be prepared to successfully manage the pressures and challenges of an increasingly dynamic business environment and to offer original and creative solutions to deal with emerging issues.... [-]

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Doctor of Education

University of Stirling

Our Doctorate in Education is an ideal development opportunity if you’re a senior education professional seeking to enhance and utilise your research expertise. Whatever ... [+]

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Our Doctorate in Education is an ideal development opportunity if you’re a senior education professional seeking to enhance and utilise your research expertise. Whatever your area of education – from schools, colleges and universities to professional, work-based and lifelong learning, or policy development – earning a Professional Doctorate will position you as a leader in your field.

Our Doctorate in Education is tailored to the needs of busy professionals and combines an excellent grounding in research methods and educational theory with the opportunity to put your research to work in improving professional policy and practice.

You’ll work towards your EdD either full or part-time under the guidance of expert teachers who have helped to secure the University’s reputation as one of the top 10 in the UK for Education studies (The Complete University Guide 2019).... [-]

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36 - 96 months
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PhD

University of Stirling

This course brings together best practice in academic learning and professional expertise. A unique feature of the face-to-face and practical aspect of the course is week ... [+]

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This course brings together best practice in academic learning and professional expertise.

A unique feature of the face-to-face and practical aspect of the course is weekend seminars, which maximise your opportunities for discussion of key issues and flexible delivery. The suite of modules includes diplomatic simulations and negotiation exercises, which can also be taken à la carte.

The DDipl consists of two parts. Full-time students can expect to complete the degree in three to four years. The taught part of the course will last for two academic years if you’re a full-time student. In your final year (with the option of applying for a one-year extension), PhD candidates will complete a thesis within about one year. This thesis will enable you to reflect on pertinent issues of diplomacy in light of the theory and conceptual knowledge you have gained over the course of your degree – as well as through your independent research.... [-]

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24 - 72 months
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University of Stirling

This PhD course is entirely dedicated to TESOL Research. This doctorate will be of interest to those who have a background in languages, linguistics, applied linguistics, ... [+]

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This PhD course is entirely dedicated to TESOL Research. This doctorate will be of interest to those who have a background in languages, linguistics, applied linguistics, or a related field as well as to language teaching practitioners who have a keen interest in research.

This course will develop your research skills and set you on the path to becoming an autonomous researcher. The PhD is a significant qualification which will mark you out as an expert researcher in the field of teaching English to speakers of other languages. You’ll achieve new skills in understanding complex matters, sharpen your problem-solving abilities, increase your confidence as a researcher and expand your knowledge of the field while also enjoying the PhD experience.... [-]

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36 - 96 months
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Location address
University of Stirling,
Stirling, Scotland, FK9 4LA GB