Applying for a postgraduate course
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 are considering a research degree, you are encouraged to contact the member(s) of staff who might supervise your project before applying, in order to discuss your proposal.
Masters Degree Entry requirements
Candidates are normally expected to hold or are expected to gain an honours degree at 2:1 or above (or its international equivalent). Other candidates will be considered at the discretion of the Department.
Research Degree Entry requirements
Candidates are normally expected to hold a masters qualification. Other candidates will be considered at the discretion of the Department.
Those whose first language is not English must achieve:
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 and more information for international students.
How to apply
We encourage you to apply using the University's online application system. Please note that your application will not be considered until we receive all the documents that support your application. Alternatively you can apply in paper form.
Phone +44 (0) 115 951 4224 to request a copy.
After you submitted your online application
You will be sent an acknowledgement 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 online 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 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 normally have an interview with the Postgraduate Admissions Officer and/or the Course Director of the relevant MA/MSc. Those wishing to pursue a research degree (MPhil or PhD) will normally meet one or more potential supervisors.