University Guide

University of Stirling

The University of Stirling is one of the UK's top universities for student satisfaction. It was founded in 1967 and is located in a 300 acre campus which was built within the Airthrey Castle estate. The university welcomes over 8,000 students each year.

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University of Stirling

The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the University of Stirling.

  • Rankings

    The University of Stirling ranks in the top 500 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2024

  • Employability

    The Faculty of Arts and Humanities department saw 96% of all undergraduates in employment or further study within 15 months of graduating.

  • Fees

    Scottish Students do not have to pay tuition fees for this university. English, Welsh and Northern Irish students pay a fee of £9250 per year. EU students also get free tuition whereas International students pay a fee depending on the course they study. Full lists can be found here.

  • Bursaries

    The University of Stirling offers 69 different undergraduate and post graduate scholarships as well as a Federal Family Education Loan Programme that runs for students from the US. Additional funding sources listed are the Carnegie Trust, the Educational Grants Advisory Service and the Association of Charitable Foundations, information on which can be found here.


The University of Stirling offers over 2000 rooms on campus and helps students arrange off campus accommodation too. For new undergraduates, a room is guaranteed if you meet the eligibility criteria and confirm/apply within the deadlines. First years are usually allocated a single study bedroom. For Nursing and Integrated Degree students accommodation is on John Forty’s Court and Union Street Development. Information about how these rooms are allocated can be found here.

Students' Union

There are 63 societies on offer as well as regular events like Open Mic Night (online) and a Mock US Election. Examples of some of the evens cant be found here.

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University of Stirling Students' Union
University of Stirling Students' Union

Famous for

Well known alumni of the University of Stirling include Sir Alex Ferguson, Todd Cooper and Shelley Kerr.


University of Stirling researchers have trained ChatGPT to produce faster versions of a software programme. Making software run faster and more reliably is challenging and time consuming for software developers. The study led by Dr Sandy Brownlee used ChatGPT - an artificial intelligence (AI) large language model (LLM) - to automatically update software by asking it to make improvements to computer coding. The results of the research could be used to improve mobile apps to make them more responsive and less draining on smart phone batteries.

AFS says

"A wonderful university, in one of the country's most dramatic and desirable cities"

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