University of Stirling
The student experience not to be missed
Among other reasons, it was more specific to what I wanted to do and would set me up nicely for a PhD if that's what I decided I wanted to do afterwards. I looked at applying to other universities too, but reviews told me that students had more of a negative experience, living in expensive cities and struggling to get help from tutors. Whereas at Stirling, there were high reviews of the student experience, with it being one of the cheapest cities in the country and the university putting students first, offering help wherever possible.
It covers the many branches of psychology and gives a broad understanding of different perspectives. Lectures go beyond your own field and give you knowledge in other interesting disciplines, such as human and animal interaction and abnormal psychology. This gives you a grounding in areas outwith your own field and helps to give you a better overall understanding of psychology.
I am an MSc student and do not have exams for this course. However, a few of my friends have exams for their Master courses and they seem to have their exams quite spread out, which is a good thing as it allows them to focus on each individual exam as opposed to cramming for multiple exams sat close together.
It is well organised and strives to make the course interesting to students. Lecturers are enthusiastic and engaging, which helps make the content even more interesting and faculty members are always keen to listen to students ideas and opinions.
I am not sure what it's like for international students. For me, I had accommodation costs and tuition fees. I managed to get awarded a partly-funded scholarship which cut the price of my tuition fees and I applied for saas to cover the rest. They will make sure you can pay it in amounts that you can manage and you can set up a direct debit.
I live in off-campus accommodation. But it is only a 15/20 minute walk to the University. If walking isn't for you then there's a bus right outside the accommodation that will take you I right into the university campus. I loved the house I lived in. It was basic but had everything we needed.
I undertake a placement within my course and it's an amazing aspect to put on my CV. I had to organise the placement myself which was great because it meant I could choose something more specific to my own field and personal interests.
General events, the university hosts so many different events from our own achievements to global ones. We recently held one dedicated to the LGTBQ community, environmental sector and host many events dedicated to raising money for charity.
I managed to secure a partly-funded scholarship. To get this scholarship, students had to provide the university with evidence of having a first-class Honours Degree, usually by scanning the award and sending it over by email to the university as proof. After the university process this, you will receive an email confirming that you will be awarded this scholarship, which will then be deposited into your bank account during the university term in two instalments.
Monthly Expense : $200 - $500