Department of
Architecture and Built Environment
   
   
  

Frequently asked questions

Undergraduate FAQs

Can I live in halls of residence or other University accommodation?

All full-time first-year students are guaranteed a place in University accommodation provided they make Nottingham their firm choice and return their accommodation application before the 1 August deadline.

A wide variety of privately managed accommodation is available within walking distance of the Department and University facilities.

 

Can I take a year in industry?

You will be encouraged to undertake industrial placements, usually at the end of year two. Between September and December the larger industry-based organisations come to the Department to recruit students for industrial placements. The ‘Year in Industry’ scheme is a not- for-profit organisation that provides placements for students. They have an office within the Faculty of Engineering.

 
How much practical work will I do?

Practical work is an integral part of the course and includes laboratory, field work and industrial visits. We use labs to develop analytical, problem-solving and team-working skills. The amount of practical work undertaken is high in the first year: typically 20 per cent of the course.

 

What staff support is available during the course?

The Department runs an academic tutorial system. First-year students see their tutor on a weekly basis. In later years tutors advise on module/ course choices and career options. Personal tutors are also assigned to act in a pastoral role if necessary.

 
Will I get exposure to industry?

Industry is at the heart of everything we do. Staff have industrial backgrounds or work with industry on a day-to-day basis through their research activities. Our labs mirror many industrial processes and we use guest lecturers to deliver material within several course modules. We run programmes with industrial visits and most of our modules involve industrial case studies.

 

What are the job prospects at the end of the course?

The majority of our students who want jobs get them within six months of the end of their course. Many get head-hunted well before the end of their final year. Our engineering degrees offer excellent and varied careers. Their analytical, team-working and problem-solving nature means they are in demand from non-engineering sectors (for example, management and finance) as well as in technical scientific and engineering roles.

 

Can I switch between courses?

You will be able to switch between BEng and MEng degrees at the end of year two. You will need an overall average of 55 per cent at the end of year two in order to qualify for the MEng.

 

I haven’t studied the correct subjects - is there any way I can do engineering?

If you have not studied the subjects required, or your grades are too low to meet the entry requirements, you could consider applying for the Engineering Foundation Year Programme

 

How much are the fees?

Like many universities in England, Nottingham charges full-time UK and EU students an annual tuition fee, which in 2012-13 was £9,000. However, you will not have to pay your fees while studying – the government will lend eligible students the money, which you will start to pay back once you have left university and are earning at least £21,000. 

Fees for students from outside the EU vary from subject to subject. 

 

What bursaries and scholarships are available?

Around a third of students at Nottingham are likely to be eligible for a non-repayable University of Nottingham Core Bursary. Some students will also be eligible for support through Nottingham Potential Bursaries and the National Scholarship Programme. These are in addition to any support you may receive from the government. For more information please see www.nottingham.ac.uk/financialsupport

If you are an international applicant (outside of the EU), please see the “New international students” section on www.nottingham.ac.uk/fees

 

Postgraduate FAQs

Will postgraduate study help my career?
Virtually all our higher degree graduates enter employment or further study during the first six months after graduation. 
 
Where am I going to live?

The University Accommodation Service offers free advice on finding the right place to live.  The University has more than 6000 rooms on, or very close, to the campus.  Accommodation ranges from halls of residence to self-catering flats.  The Accommodation Service can also provide help in finding private rented housing.

 
What's the closing date for applications?
Our postgraduate courses start late September / early October.  Although there are no formal closing dates, you need to apply well before you intend to start studying so that the University can process your application.  Furthermore, many deadlines for funding are several months before the start of the academic year (September / October) and require you to have an offer of a place, so you need to apply to the University as early as possible to have the best chance of obtaining funding.
 
How do I apply?
You can download the pdf application form or apply on-line.  If you complete the on-line application form we will not be able to process your application until the University has received your supporting documentation.
 
Is it better to apply on-line?

We prefer you to apply on-line, but we will not be able to process your application until we have received all of the documents supporting your application.

 
What qualifications do I need?

Taught Course Applicants

Applicants are considered on the basis of their academic merits, abilities and potential. Graduates should normally have a good higher second (or equivalent) in their first degree in a suitably discipline.  In somel circumstances, a lower second class degree may be accepted.
International students whose first language is not English must achieve an appropriate level in an approved test in English before they can register.  Examinations should have been taken within two years of registering to study at Nottingham.  The preferred English language examinations and levels are shown below.  These are the minimum requirements, some courses may require higher pass marks so please check with the relevant Department first:
- IELTS (overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5 in any element)
- TOEFL (paper version: 550 with a minimum score of 4.0 in the written element; computer version 213 with no less than 4.0 in Essay Rating).
If you cannot demonstrate this level of proficiency you can take a course in the Centre for English Language Education at The University.

Research Applicants

Applicants for PhD/Mphil are generally required to hold an honours degree at 2:1 level or above (or international equivalent) and /or an MSc (merit) in an appropriate subject.
Candidates are required to submit a research proposal with their applications.
International students whose first language is not English must achieve an appropriate level in an approved test in English before they can register. Examinations should have been taken within two years of registering to study at Nottingham.  The preferred English language examinations and levels are shown below.  These are the minimum requirements, some courses may require higher pass marks so please check with the relevant Department first:
- English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6.0 with no less than 5 in any one element
- Test for English as a Foreign Languages (TOEFL): paper version, 550 with a minimum of 4.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE); internet-based version, 79 with no less than 17 in any element.

 

Applicants for MSc (by Research) are generally required to hold an honours degree at 2:1 level or above (or international equivalent).

It is benificial if candidates submit a research proposal with their application.

International students whose first language is not English must achieve an appropriate level in an approved test in English before they can register.  Examinations should have been taken within two years of registering to study at Nottingham.  The preferred English language examinations and levels are shown below.  These are the minimum requirements, some courses may require higher pass marks so please check with the relevant Department first:

-English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6.0 with no less than 5 in any one element.

-Test for English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): paper version, 550 with a minimum of 4.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE); internet-based version, 79 with no less than 17 in any element.

 

Other examinations may be accepted, please check with the Postgraduate Admissions Office: postgraduate-enquiries@nottingham.ac.uk  
If you cannot demonstrate this level of proficiency you can take a course in the Centre for English Language Education at The University.

 
How long will the University take to process my application?
This can vary depending on the time of year, but it usually takes two to four weeks from the time we receive your application form and supporting documentation.
 
I think I know what I want to do but what about the costs?
You will have to find ways to fund your postgraduate study and we know that this can be a frustrating search.  However, funding is available out there so 'keep trying!' Advice on finding postgraduate funding support is availablehere.
 
Can I work part-time and study?

Some postgraduate students choose to take up paid work as a way of funding their studying.  The Centre for Career Development is able to arrange part-time work during term-time and vacations – please contact them for more information.

In addition, some academic schools offer opportunities for postgraduate research students to supplement their income while gaining experience in teaching or laboratory demonstrating.  For further details, please contact the Department in which you plan to study.

Contact

Centre for Career Development
t: +44 (0)115 951 3680
e: ccd-enquiries@nottingham.ac.uk  
w: www.nottingham.ac.uk/careers  

 
I got my degree a few years ago, will it still stand?
Yes, possibly - we consider each case on its own merits.  If your academic background is in a non-engineering area, then we will be very happy to discuss with you whether the degree programme you are considering is suitable.
 
What are the tuition fees and what support is available?
Like most other universities in England and Wales, Nottingham charges full-time UK students an annual tuition fee, however, if you wish to defer the cost of your tuition fees until after you have left university you can apply for a tuition fee loan and the money will be paid direct to your university.  European students will also be charged the same annual fee as UK students and will benefit from being able to defer payment under the same terms as UK students.  Full details can be found in the postgraduate funding and fees pages.
 

 

 

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