We encourage you to apply as early as possible, particularly if you are intending to apply for funding - many applications to scholarships require you to have a firm offer of a place before you can be considered.
If you apply to the University online, please note that your application will not be considered until we receive all the documents that support your application.
The deadline for the 2012-2013 session applications from overseas applicants is 15th August 2012. The deadline for the 2012-2013 session applicants from Home/European Union applicants is 5th September 2012.
For students interested in applying for the MRes or Phd, we advise you to contact potential supervisors before applying - please see our academic staff index .
1. Obtain the application and reference forms by doing one of the following:
2. Complete the application form. You can either:
Use the paper version
or apply on-line and immediately post your supporting documents, e.g. transcripts, language certificates, to the University
If you are applying for an MRes or PhD, you must also include a research proposal with your application. You may include this as an attachment to your online application form, or submit it by post with your other supporting documents.
The research proposal should be approximately 2-3 pages of A4 and include the following elements:
A description of your project (the main research problem and objectives; its wider historiographical context; its originality and importance in terms of extending knowledge and/or understanding of the field; the main sources you intend to us; and its theoretical or methodological approach)
An outline of your own motivations and goals in undertaking this project
Details of relevant experience and expertise (e.g. research training completed during a masters programme, knowledge of foreign languages), and an indication of your further training requirements
A provisional schedule for completion of the project
A statement of any ethical issues arising out of your proposed researched. You should also indicate why you consider Nottingham's School of History to be a suitable place for undertaking your doctoral project (e.g. availability of specific expertise, research resources).
3. Obtain references
If you apply on-line your referees will be contacted via email
If you apply on paper, ask the two people who are writing a reference to complete the form and return it to you in a sealed envelope with his/her signature across the seal
4. Mail the application form, transcripts, certificate and/or references as applicable
If applying on paper make sure that you've completed all of the sections on the application form and signed it
Send to: The Admissions Office, The University of Nottingham University Park, NG7 2RD, UK
Please do not send any documents to the Department
You will be sent an acknowledgement letter and your application will be passed to the Department for prompt consideration. It normally takes two to three weeks from the receipt of your application and supporting documents for a decision to be made on Masters applications and four to six weeks for PhDs. Once a decision has been made, the Faculty Office will contact you. If you applied on-line you can track your application at any time using the Postgraduate Admissions portal (if you sent the University a paper application you may still use this facility but it will take a little while for your application record to appear).
UK/EU applicants intending to apply for Arts and Humanities Research Board funding should download application forms from the AHRB website. Please be aware that to be eligible to apply for AHRB funding you must have been made a firm offer of a place at Nottingham and accepted it; and that ample time must be left for the University to complete its part of the AHRB form. Early application is therefore essential.
UK applicants for MA or research courses are invited to come to Nottingham to visit the Department and see the University's facilities. Those applying for MA courses will not normally be invited for interview. However, in cases which involve unusual circumstances candidates may be invited to interview by the Postgraduate Admissions Officer and/or the Course Director of the relevant MA.
Those wishing to pursue a research postgraduate degree (M(Res) or PhD) will normally meet one or more potential supervisors.
The medium of teaching at Nottingham is English. The University requires evidence of competence in English from all overseas applicants before admitting them to a course of study. Such evidence can be provided by an overall score on the British Council IELTS test of at least 7.0 with no less than 6 in each element, or a TOEFL score of 600 (250 for computer based tests, with no less than 5.0 in Essay Rating) with a TWE of at least 5.0, or a TOEFL iBT score of 100 (with no less than 21 in any element).
Test results should be no more than two years old.
Students who cannot demonstrate this level of proficiency may take a course in the Centre for English Language Education at the University prior to studying in the Department. Applicants from certain countries may have these requirements waived. For further information please see the University's policy.
Applicants from outside the United Kingdom can obtain further information from the University's International Office , which provides a wide range of support services for overseas students, including help with accommodation and a "Welcome Week" at the beginning of the academic year.