The School of Psychology at the University of Nottingham welcomes applications from international students. So come and join the lively community of talented students in our School. The School has an introductory video available on line for international students .
We offer the following undergraduate degree courses :
BSc (Hons) Psychology
BSc (Hons) Psychology & Cognitive Neuroscience
BSc (Hons) Psychology & Philosophy
We have an excellent international reputation for teaching and research. In the recent Quality Assurance Agency assessment of teaching we received the highest grade of 24/24. We have achieved high performance over all rounds of the research assessment exercise, receiving a grade 5 in 2001. We are consistently ranked in the top 5 Psychology departments in the UK. Core research areas include Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience, Child Development and Social Processes, Risk and Health.
Are there schemes available to help fund my studies?
Various schemes are available to help international students fund their study in the School of Psychology, as listed below
High Achiever Award: In support of the University's wider internationalisation strategy and in efforts to support diversity of our student body, the School of Psychology is delighted to announce a portfolio of ‘High Achiever Awards’ and funding opportunities for international students.
School of Psychology International Applicant Book Prize : We are pleased to award this prize to the highest achieving incoming international student (based on the strength of their application and academic achievement). The recipient of this award will receive copies of all of the recommended text for the first year of their undergraduate degree course. The prize is awarded by the Head of School at the international student welcome event held during the first two weeks of term.
School of Psychology Award : An award is given to all first year international students that are registered on the BSc Psychology undergraduate degree programme, with joint honours students receiving a pro rata amount. It is also offered in each successive year that the student is registered on the degree programme, provided an average mark of at least 60% is achieved in the previous year. The Scholarship has a value of £1,000 and will be paid as a cheque at the end of each academic year in May/June. Please note that 'International' refers to students who are classified as overseas for fees purposes.
Scholarships : The University has scholarship programmes with a number of countries, more details of which can be found at
Other Awards : See the International Office website for details of other awards and scholarships available from the University for international students.
Are there facilities to help me with my English language skills?
The Centre for English Language Education runs a number of preparatory English programmes each summer. If you would like extra support during your degree, it runs free language classes addressing a wide variety of needs from Spoken English to Academic Writing. Student Services offer advice on academic and study skills problems, also assisting students with specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia. They offer diagnostic help, workshops, and individual counselling or tuition. For more information on this go to the CELE web page.
What form will the teaching take?
The degree combines a mixture of core and elective modules. You will also attend practical classes and get hands on experience in running experiments: from whole class practicals, through small group projects in the second year, to an independent project in the final year. You also have the option of access to each member of academic staff for up to 2 hours per week, which equates to over 70 hours of additional contact time.
You will be assigned a personal tutor who directs the small group tutorials held fortnightly throughout the first year of your degree. Your tutor also acts as a personal advisor throughout and can be the academic referee for job applications. In addition to the group tutorials, you will meet individually with your tutor to discuss your academic progress and any difficulties you may be experiencing.
Pastoral support is also available from the International team tutors. Our degrees are accredited by The British Psychological Society (BPS) The joint honours Psychology and Philosophy does not confer GBR but students who wish to can take the BPS Qualifying Examination.
What resources are available?
The University and School have excellent IT facilities. Each study bedroom in Hall has a data point. Full internet facilities and office, statistical and other software is available on every machine. There are secure 24-hour computer labs on campus, workstations in the libraries, and the labs in Psychology are also available during office hours when not used for teaching.
Most Psychology books are available in the George Green Science and Engineering Library on campus, but some are located in the Hallward Library, or in the Greenfield Medical Library. Organisational Psychology and some items relevant to Educational Psychology are located in the Djanogly Learning Resource Centre at the Jubilee Campus. You can visit the Library Services website at:
for further information on opening hours, contacts and subject resources. Also, Blackwell's campus bookstore will have been informed of required texts and you will be able to purchase them there as well as second hand books. You may also see notices on the boards in the School or in the Union from students selling books.
“Academic wise, there were superb scores for the department in terms of their research and teaching which is reflected in the quality of the course material and content”
International Psychology Graduate
Where will I live?
Every international student who meets the University criteria is guaranteed a place in University owned accommodation for the duration of their course. For details of accommodation see here .
What is life in Nottingham like?
We are located on the University Park Campus outside the centre of town, in a safe, quiet and leafy suburb surrounded by residential accommodation, but it is also very well connected to the centre of town and by frequent bus services. This lively city combines the best of old and new. Shoppers have excellent modern shopping centres and traditional markets. Cultural life thrives, with a superb modern concert hall attracting well-known names from the classical, pop and rock worlds, and two theatres. Film buffs have varied viewings at multi-screen and art cinemas, and there is a lively music scene.
Many fine old buildings remain in the city, including the 15th century church of St Mary, Georgian town houses and picturesque pubs. You can find out a great deal more about Nottingham and its surrounding area on the web, e.g.
“The culture makes Nottingham unique. Living on campus can be very leisurely. So much free space to stroll along or play sports and enjoy life as a fresher. Hall atmosphere is tightly bonded and there is a hall culture suited for everyone's taste. The lecturers and professors deliver lectures with passion and I think their notes are some of the most comprehensive I've seen”
International Psychology Graduate
What opportunities are available after graduation?
Nottingham Psychology graduates have excellent employment prospects. They gain many useful interdisciplinary skills including literacy, numeracy, IT skills, interpersonal awareness, and critical evaluation. Psychology graduates are sought after in areas such as market research, social work, management consulting, advertising, and human resources. Typical psychological careers include Clinical, Occupational, Educational and Forensic Psychology. Students are eligible to apply for the many masters courses in psychology offered by the University of Nottingham and other Universities.
Can I meet a member of staff?
Overseas visits from staff: Opportunities exist for you to meet Faculty staff who travel overseas for recruitment fairs and visit schools and colleges to meet potential students who are interested in applying to study Psychology at Nottingham.
Individual visits : Individual visits from prospective students and their families are welcomed by the School. Your country representative from the International Office can arrange this for you http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/international/
Open Days: University-wide Open Days provide a unique opportunity for you to experience the University of Nottingham first hand. For further information go to
New international students are invited to attend a free University Welcome Programme immediately before the start of the academic term. The School of Psychology also holds a separate Welcome Event to introduce key members of staff, share essential information and provide an opportunity to meet other international psychology students. Details of this will be available prior to your arrival in Nottingham.
What do our students think about Nottingham?
Read about the experiences of one of our international graduates here .
How do I apply?
Applications to study for an undergraduate degree in the United Kingdom should be made through the UCAS. Their website is at http://www.ucas.ac.uk
We accept applicants with the strongest academic backgrounds, to ensure that all students can benefit from the high standards of courses in Psychology. Our current entry requirements are A-levels qualifications at AAB-ABB and GCSE English at C (or their international equivalent). If you do not have GCSE English we ask you to have IELTS at 6.5. We also require students to have GCSE maths at Grade B (or international equivalent).
For students who currently do not meet our entry requirements or those who feel they would benefit from an introductory year studying in the UK, the Faculty of Science offers a one-year foundation course of which psychology is a core module. This is an ideal course for students from countries whose High School Certificate is not equivalent to A-level standard. For further information go to
If you require any further information concerning courses in psychology, please contact:
International Admissions Co-ordinator
School of Psychology, University of Nottingham
University Park, Nottingham,
Tel: +44 (0)115 951 5361
Fax: +44 (0)115 951 5324