History BA


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History | BA Hons
UCAS code
3 years full-time (available part-time)
A level offer
AAA (or BCC via foundation year)
Required subjects
usually including an A in history at A level
IB score
36 (usually including 6 in history at Higher Level) 
Course location
University Park Campus 
Course places


This single honours degree allows you to study periods from 500 CE to the present from countries around the world, helping you develop the skills to research, write and debate history.
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Our single honours degree allows you to study periods from 500 CE to the present, from countries around the world. It is carefully structured to help you develop the skills to research, write and debate history. Throughout your degree, you will build on these skills as you analyse a body of material about an area of your choice, write a dissertation, and work with primary sources to create a detailed study of a particular topic.

Year one 

The history core is Learning History, a skill and methodology-based module. The emphasis is on reflecting on the nature of history as a discipline and developing the skills required for the writing and debating of history. You will also take survey modules on European history from the early medieval period to the present, and subsidiary modules from other schools, which can be history-related.

Year two 

Usually, the core module inb year two is The Contemporary World since 1945. The focus of this course is not just on global developments (political and economic, social and cultural, environmental and demographic), but also on exploring key historical debates concerning the immediate origins of the world in which we now live. In addition, you will be able to choose from a wide menu of modules ranging from medieval, early modern, modern and contemporary history, dealing with particular countries or regions from around the world.

Year three 

You will take a special subject, which focuses on a specialised area of history and tests your analysis of primary sources. These skills are further developed in a 10,000-word dissertation based on a research project of your own devising. To balance this intensive study, you will take two additional optional modules devoted to particular themes or periods to broaden your horizons.

More information 

Please visit the Department of History website.


Entry requirements

A levels: AAA, usually including an A in history at A level (general studies and critical thinking are not accepted for A level).

This course may also be accessed via a foundation year for which the entry requirements are BCC at A level, find out more here.

English language requirements 

IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE), which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English. Successful students can progress onto their chosen degree course without taking IELTS again.

Alternative qualifications 

We recognise that applicants have a wealth of different experiences and follow a variety of pathways into higher education. 

Consequently we treat all applicants with alternative qualifications (besides A-levels and the International Baccalaureate) on an individual basis, and we gladly accept students with a whole range of less conventional qualifications including:

  • Access to HE Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma
  • BTEC Extended Diploma

This list is not exhaustive. The entry requirements for alternative qualifications can be quite specific; for example you may need to take certain modules and achieve a specified grade in those modules. Please contact us to discuss the transferability of your qualification.

Please see the alternative qualifications page for more information.

Flexible admissions policy

In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, The University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.  


Typical year one modules


Learning History

This module will provide you with the learning skills necessary to make the most of your studies in history. You will be introduced to different approaches in the study of history as well as to different understandings of the functions served by engagement with the past. The module aims to encourage more effective learning, bridge the transition from school or college to university, prepare you for more advanced work in the discipline, and enhance the skills listed. You will usually spend two hours in lectures and seminars each week.

Introduction to the Medieval World, 500–1500

This module provides an introduction to medieval European history in the period 500–1500. It offers a fresh and stimulating approach to the major forces instrumental in the shaping of politics, society and culture in Europe. Through a series of thematically linked lectures and seminars, you will be introduced to key factors determining changes in the European experience over time, as well as important continuities linking the period as a whole. Amongst the topics to be considered are: political structures and organization; social and economic life and cultural developments. You will usually spend two hours in lectures and seminars each week.

From Reformation to Revolution: an introduction to early modern history, 1500–1789

This module introduces you to major issues in the social, political and cultural history of Europe in the early modern period by analysing demographic, religious, social and cultural changes that took place between 1500 and 1789. You will examine the tensions produced by warfare, religious conflict, the changing relationships between rulers, subjects and political elites, trends in socio-economic development and the discovery of the ‘New World’. You will usually spend two hours in lectures and seminars each week.

Roads to Modernity: an introduction to modern history, 1789–1945

In the first semester, the module provides a chronology of modern history from c.1789–1945 which concentrates principally on key political developments in European and global history such as the French Revolution, the expansion of the European empires and the two World Wars. The second semester will look more broadly at economic, social and cultural issues, such as industrialisation, urbanisation, changing artistic forms and ideological transformations in order to consider the nature of modernity. You will usually spend two hours per week in lectures and seminars.



Problems in Global Politics

This module explores some of the major problems that exist in contemporary global politics. It introduces students to a wide range of challenges faced by states and non-state actors in the international system and engages with topics ranging from security concerns to economic issues. The module draws on a wide range of ideas and examples from around the world to help students to better understand global politics. You will usually spend two hours per week in lectures and seminars.

Approaches to Film and Television

This module provides you with fundamental concepts in the study of film and television. It introduces key terms and investigates principal work roles within the industry. You will develop a critical approach to the analysis of film and television media, spending around five hours a week in workshops and seminars.

Great Discoveries in Archaeology

In this module the staff of the archaeology department will examine the sites and discoveries that have formed major benchmarks in the history of the discipline. Taking a broadly chronological approach the course will touch upon discoveries relating to periods from the earliest phases of human evolution until the Middle Ages. Each lecture will focus on a major site scientific discovery or excavation that has fundamentally altered previously held interpretations of the past.

The course will also examine the personalities and ideologies that have shaped the discipline of archaeology, noting how changing perspectives on gender, ethnicity and class have in turn shaped ideas about the past and its material remains. The module will be team taught and will encourage students to consider wider ethical issues relating to our approaches to the past. You will usually spend two hours per week in lectures on this module.


Typical year two modules

Each module is devised by a leading academic and based on their latest research. You will study up-to-date thinking in that area and engage in current historical debates. 


The Contemporary World since 1945

The module surveys and analyses some of the main developments in world affairs since the end of the Second World War. This includes:

  • major international events - particularly the course and aftermath of the Cold War
  • national and regional histories - especially in Europe, East Asia and the Middle East
  • key political and social movements.

Attention is paid to political, economic and social forces.

Module convener: Dr Nick Thomas

Doing History

This module aims to develop your awareness of the craft of the historian, developing essential skills to get the most out of your second-year options and enabling you to determine what sort of historian you are.

It builds on the first-year core module Learning History and operates as a bridge to your third and final year, permitting you to make informed decisions about your choice of Special Subject, third-year options, and dissertation.


Optional modules by region

Great Britain
Medieval Apocalyptic Thought

The module examines medieval concerns about the day of judgement, the Antichrist and the end of time. These all had a significant impact upon many different individuals and societies, finding expression in literature, architecture and a wide variety of artistic media. In some cases, the need to infuse the present moment with apocalyptic meaning directly influenced the actions of kings, emperors, ecclesiastical leaders and religious communities. Students will uncover the systems of belief about the Apocalypse and trace the impact of such traditions upon society in the medieval world. 

Module convener: Dr Peter Darby

Kingship in Crisis: Politics, People and Power in Late-Medieval England

This module covers a period between the mid-13th century until the late fifteenth century in which a series of political crises rocked the English monarchy. The module investigates the nature of kingship, placing particular emphasis on the occasions when the king's authority was either challenged or, ultimately, overthrown by his subjects. The module considers the limitations and weaknesses of the English monarchy in the period, but also the extent to which the monarchical system involved the participation of the broader political community.  

Module convener: Dr Gwilym Dodd

Plague, Famine and Flood: crisis and change in English society, 1250-1540

This module examines how medieval English society weathered significant challenges - such as dynamic commercialisation in the 13th century, climate change, famine and plague and new economic opportunities for women in the fourteenth century and economic collapse and the decline of serfdom in the 15th century – and the ways historians have sought to explain these changes. Translated medieval documents are a central element of the module. 

Module convener: Dr Richard Goddard

Communities, Crime and Punishment in England c.1500-1800

This module analyses how perceptions of law and order, and attitudes to crime and punishment changed in England during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, ostensibly in response to dramatic increase in criminal activity at that time. Topics to be explored include, the policing early modern communities, rioting, disorder and the negotiation of authority, the myths and realities of Early Modern organised crime, criminality and religion, women, crime and the courts and changing attitudes to punishment in England between 1500 and 1800. 

Module convener: Dr David Appleby

A Protestant Nation?: Politics, Religion and Society in England, 1558-1640

This module explores the causes of political and religious instability in England in the century before the Civil War, with a particular focus on the problematic creation of a national identity. Areas considered in the module include, the formation of English national identity, perceptions of, and challenges to, royal authority, popular beliefs and the spread of print culture, anti-Catholicism and the Gunpowder Plot and religion and the road to Civil War. 

Module convener: Dr Julia Merritt

Rethinking the Industrial Revolution: The Transformation of Britain, 1750-1914

Over the period 1750-1914, it has been argued that England passed through an ‘industrial revolution’. This module charts developments in England over this period through investigating changes in social and economic life at the time. Key themes include the move of people and industry to towns, changes in the countryside, changes in living conditions, changing patterns of consumption, and the changing structures of society. The module evaluates whether these changes in fact represented a revolution, an evolution or a transformation.  

Module convener: Prof John Beckett

Cultural Histories of Urban Modernity, 1840-1900

The module introduces students to how urban modernity transformed everyday life in British and European cities in the period 1840-1900. In particular, it focuses on a range of new spaces, objects, images and discursive representations through which people tried to come to terms with rapid processes of social change. These included, the experience of railway travel and new notions of space and time, the bourgeois home as a site of identity, the meanings of interior design, the department store as sites of consumer culture, photography as a means of both identity-creation and detection, museum culture, exhibitions and the ordering of imperial knowledge. 

Module convener: Dr Richard Hornsey

British Foreign Policy and the Origins of the World Wars, 1895-1939

This module provides a study of British foreign policy, from the last years of the Victorian Era to the German invasion of Poland in 1939. It focuses in particular on the policy of British governments, giving an historical analysis of the main developments in their relationship with the wider world, such as the making of the ententes, entry into the two world wars, appeasement and relations with other great powers. It also discusses the wider background factors which influenced British policy and touches on such diverse factors as Imperial defence, financial limitations and the influence of public opinion.  

Module convener: Prof John Young

The Second World War and Social Change in Britain, 1939-1951: Went The Day Well?

This module surveys and analyses social change in Britain during and after the Second World War. It discusses changing gender roles and expectations, propaganda, the management of information, the experience and impact of rationing, bombing and conscription, reactions to the Holocaust, atomic weaponry and returning Prisoners of War, planning for a post-war world, including the creation of the National Health Service and the reform of the education system and post-war reconstruction. 

Module convener: Dr Nick Thomas

Socialism in an Age of Affluence: The Labour Party, 1945-83

This course examines the history of the post-war Labour Party. It will devote particular attention to the party's political thought and its relationship with, and perceptions of, social change. Key issues discussed include: the nature of the Labour's party's political thought, the British left's response to post-war affluence and the relationship between cultural and political change and the relationship between social change and Britain's electoral politics. 

Module convener: Dr Dean Blackburn

The Crusaders

This module seeks to understand how crusaders between the late 11th century to the mid-13th century saw themselves and their enemies, their experiences and activity on crusade and as settlers, and how this horrifying yet enduringly fascinating process has been interpreted historically. Studies will include examinations of the crusades to the 'Holy Land' and Egypt and crusades Spain, Greece, the Baltic and Southern France as well as a detailed thematic examination of the motives, involvement, interests and experience of women, the lay elite, the ordinary laity and the clergy involved in the crusades. 

Module convener: Dr Claire Taylor

The Venetian Republic, c. 1450-1575

This module explores the nature of the Venetian Republic in the later fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. It examines the constitution, and administrative and judicial system, its imperial and military organisation, but will above all focus on the city and its inhabitants itself. The module will examine the enormous cultural dynamism of the city (especially the visual arts from the Bellini to Tintoretto and Veronese), changing urban fabric, the role of ritual and ceremony, the position of the Church, and class and gender.

Module convener: Dr David Laven

Central European History: From Revolution to War, 1848-1914

This module focuses on the evolution of the Habsburg Monarchy from the 1848 revolutions to the beginning of World War I. It examines the unpredictable evolution of politics and surveys key themes of state-building, the growth of nationalism, tensions between local, regional and imperial institutions and the varied effects of modernization in the period. The experience of the Hapsburg Monarchy is compared and contrasted with other continental European countries, in particular its neighbour, Germany. 

Module convener: Dr Jonathan Kwan

Germany in the Age of Extremes 1890s – 1990

The module analyses the formation of the modern German state during a period characterised by multiple tensions: nation building, industrialisation, class conflict, ethnic tensions and problems of the constitution. The module examines how the First World War and the German revolution intensified these tensions and considers the crisis of the democratic state, the rise of National Socialism and its unleashing of war and genocide. It examines denazification and division of the country after the Second World War, the politics of memory in the 1950s and 60s and the reconciliation between West Germany and Eastern Europe in the early 1970s. 

Module convener: Dr Christian Haase

From the Tsar to the Emperor: Russia in the Early Modern Period 1547–1725

This module studies the emergence of Muscovite Russia as a major player on the European arena by the early 18th century. It examines the rapid territorial and racial expansion from the 16th century and its consequences, Muscovy’s first civil war, the struggle of the Russian crown to curtail the power of its aristocracy, the ground-breaking reforms of Peter I and the beginnings of Russia’s slow progress towards Westernisation. 

Module convener: Dr Liudmyla Sharipova

Soviet State and Society, 1917-1991

This module examines political, social, cultural and economic transformations in the Soviet Union from the October Revolution of 1917 to the collapse of the state in 1991. It pays particular attention to moments and sites of interaction between state and society, such as, the development and role of the communist party and the nature and scope of its power; the evolving structure of the state and of centre-regional relations, the nature of state repression and the existence and extent of societal resistance; official perceptions and realities of the ‘problems of everyday life’ and the official construction of norms of behaviour and identification. 

Module convener: Dr Nick Baron

The British Empire
From East India Company to West India Failure: The First British Empire

This module highlights key debates and themes in the history of the ‘first’ British Empire 1600-1807. Topics include trade to the East and colonisation to the West; how the British government protected their empire and enforced a trading monopoly within it; the loss of the American colonies; and the impact of abolition upon the valuable slave trade. The module explores the key themes of ideology and identity; the concept of formal and informal empires and the causes and consequences of historical change.

Module convener: Dr Sheryllynne Haggerty
The British Empire from Emancipation to the Boer War

This module examines the history of the British Empire from the end of the slave trade in 1833-4 to the Second Anglo-Boer War in 1899-1902. It discusses the British Caribbean, with a particular focus on the transition from slavery and the period of instability in the decades that followed, as well as studying India and the changeover from East India Company rule to the direct administration by the British government in the wake of the Indian Mutiny and Britain’s participation in the ‘Scramble for Africa’ and Second Anglo-Boer War. It will also discuss the metropolitan aspects of empire, examining London’s status as ‘the Imperial Metropolis.’

Module convener: Dr Sascha Auerbach
Liberating Africa: Decolonisation, Development and the Cold War 1919-1994

The purpose of this module is to examine current debates concerning the end of the European empires in Africa, such as Egypt, Algeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe and South Africa, and the emergence of a new political system of these independent states.The module will discuss the emergence of African nationalism; the uneven economic development in the last years of empire and the first years of independence; colonial wars, race and the question of European settlements and the impact of the Cold War on the politics of decolonisation.

Module convener: Dr Spencer Mawby
The Tokugawa World, 1600-1868

This module covers two-and-a-half centuries in Japan during the early modern era when the land was governed by a dynasty of Tokugawa shogun rulers. The module studies some of the historical forces that would combine to transform society and lay the foundations for Japan’s subsequent encounters with modernity. Key themes studied include: Japan’s self-imposed policy of seclusion, class mobility and urbanization; the growth of popular culture and the emergence of ‘the Floating World’; attempts to address problems within Japanese society using Japanese, Chinese and European ideas and the ‘Opening of Japan’ as well as the collapse of the Tokugawa World.

Module convener: Dr Andrew Cobbing
Cities, Factories and Cultural Living: Interwar Japan

This module considers Japan’s encounter with modernity during the ‘interwar’ or 'Greater Taisho' period between 1905 and 1931. This period witnessed increasing liberalisation with the rise of labour and Leftist movements and the beginnings of feminist consciousness as well as urbanisation, commercialisation, mass education and literacy. However, in the 1930s democracy and liberalism gave way to rising ultra-nationalism and militarism which led ultimately to a devastating war with the Western powers.

Module convener: Dr Susan Townsend
The United States
Race, Rights and Propaganda: The Politics of Race and Identity in the Cold War Era, 1945-1990

This module examines how the United States and Soviet Union dealt with issues of race and identity during the Cold War years: confronting racial questions, challenges and liberation movements from both within their own borders (and each other’s) and in several theatres of superpower conflict – including the Middle East, East Asia and post-colonial Africa. This module provides a new and deeper understanding of the relationship between the Cold War world and the politics of race, and an appreciation of the interconnectedness of the domestic and international in Cold War-era foreign relations.

Module convener: Dr Joe Merton
Environmental history
Environmental history: Nature and the Western World, 1800-2000

The module is an introduction to the environmental history of the Western World over the past two centuries. It examines the history of environmental ideas and our changing attitudes to animals and nature, alongside the history of human impacts on the environment. Topics studied include species history; the rise of popular movements concerned with the environment; the role of the state in environmental protection; the history of pollution and pesticide use; the rise of outdoor leisure and recreation and the role of wildlife television and natural history film-making in changing environmental attitudes.

Module convener: Dr Rob Lambert



Typical year three modules



This module involves the in-depth study of a historical subject from which you will create a 10,000 word dissertation. You will have regular meetings with your supervisor and a weekly one hour lecture to guide you through this task.


Optional modules by region

Great Britain

Kings, Saints and Monsters in England c.500-800

The discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard, the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork ever found, has forced historians to re-evaluate the early Anglo-Saxon period and ask new questions about this crucial formative stage of English history. The history of much of this era of conversions, conflicts and cultural renaissances is documented primarily by Bede (c. 673–735), whose monastic career at the monastery at Wearmouth and Jarrow culminated with the production of The Ecclesiastical History of the English People.

This module studies Bede’s writings in conjunction with non-textual evidence such as the copious archaeological evidence and fabulous contemporary manuscripts, such as the Lindisfarne Gospels.

Module convener: Dr Peter Darby

The War of the Roses

The mid-fifteenth century was a period of intense political turmoil, eventually leading to civil conflict. This module examines the causes of this conflict, the failure of Henry VI’s kingship, and more widely the failure of the political community – in the absence of a functioning king – to establish consensus in government during the 1450s. The module considers the attempts at reconstruction under Edward IV in face of continuing political instability and challenges to royal authority.

Module convener: Dr Gwilym Dodd

The British Atlantic Slave Trade

Students will be introduced to the role of the British in the Atlantic slave trade in the early-modern period. Themes considered will include the operation of the slave trade and its importance to the British economy, the slave trade in Africa, the ‘Middle Passage’, the ‘West India Interest’, and the debate over the abolition of the British Atlantic slave trade in 1807.

Module convener: Dr Sheryllynne Haggerty

The Many Faces of Reform: British Politics, 1790-1850

This module explores key themes in the political history of Britain from the time of the French Revolution to the middle of the nineteenth century. Topics for study include the 1832 Reform Act, the development of political parties, the role of parliament and the monarchy, electoral culture, the role of the press and pressure groups, such as Luddites and Chartists, in British political life. Students investigate the contested nature of reform and explore the ways in which historians have sought to interpret and re-interpret the period.

Module convener: Dr Richard Gaunt

Britain on Film

This module analyses some of the key films made in Britain since 1945. The module uses films as historical documents, and discusses what they can tell us about the society which produced them. Films studied include Brief Encounter, Passport to Pimlico, Dracula, Blow Up, The Great Rock N Roll Swindle and Room with a View.

Module convener: Dr Harry Cocks


Dark Age Masculinities

This module re-evaluates the history of masculinity in Western culture. Most existing analysis of masculinity in Western culture deals with modern cultures. Yet, many of the key characteristics of masculinity can plausibly be traced back to the Dark Ages. Students will study such issues as: how to use gender as an analytical tool with which to investigate early medieval evidence; gender ideology; codes of male honour; men's life cycles and fatherhood; relations between men and women; violence; military and clerical ideals of masculinity.

Module convener: Dr Ross Balzaretti

‘Slaves of the Devil’ and Other Witches: A History of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe  

The module offers an overview of the history of witchcraft and covers a wide geographical area spreading from Scotland to the Italian peninsula and from Spain to Russia. Such breadth of reference is of vital importance because, in contrast to the uniform theology-based approach to witch persecution in Western and Central Europe, the world of Eastern Orthdox Christianity represented a very different system of beliefs that challenged western perceptions of witchcraft as a gendered crime and lacked their preoccupation with the diabolical aspect of sorcery. 

Module conveners: Dr David Gehring and Dr Liudmyla Sharipova

Late Imperial Culture: The Fin-de-Siecle in Central Europe, 1890-1914

This module examines the great flowering of culture in Central Europe during the last years of the Habsburg Monarchy. The module aims to encourage students to develop a detailed understanding of fin-de-siecle Central European culture, comprising such important figure as Freud, Mahler, Schoenberg, Klimt and Wagner and many others, and its roots, achievements and failures. Students will engage in particular the political, social and psychological causes of this late cultural flowering.

Module convener: Dr Jonathan Kwan

Cultures of Power and the Power of Culture in Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany

In the two decades after the First World War, two modern western European countries, Italy and Germany, were transformed from liberal, parliamentary democracies into fascist dictatorships. This course explores how fascism transformed ordinary life, and how culture was employed to translate fascist ideas into lived experience. Key themes include, the cultural history of fascism, consumerism, leisure, religion and belief and architecture and ritual.

The module draws upon the theories of ‘governmentality’ to analyse how a fascist outlook was inscribed into the infrastructures of daily life, thereby ‘normalising’ fascist political beliefs.

Module convener: Professor Maiken Umbach

Home Front and Fighting Front: Gender, Race and Conquest under Nazi Rule during the Second World War

The module adopts a perspective of gender history to explore the workings of the Nazi regime in wartime, from conquest and genocide to the final defeat and collapse of the regime. It examines how the regime sought to prescribe particular norms of behaviour for German men and women in wartime and how the policing of sexuality and marital relationships became part of heightened wartime intrusions into private life. It will explore conformity and resistance on the part of Germans during conditions of intense repression and terror, examine how the categories of gender and race shaped the treatment of foreign forced labourers in Germany and ask how far a perspective of gender can inform our understanding of the Holocaust. 

Module convener: Professor Elizabeth Harvey

France 1940-44 and beyond 

This module examines occupied Vichy France and the Resistance between 1940 and 1944. In so doing, the module aims to understand and explain why the period has remained so potent in France up to the present day. The module examines the period in terms of collaboration, Vichy as a gendered regime, resistance, the impact of the occupation on Jews, trials of those accused of crimes against humanity, occupied France in the cinema and how occupied France has been remembered at different points since the end of the German occupation.

Module convener: Dr Karen Adler




The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. The above list is a sample of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



By the end of the course, your wide range of skills will include the ability to communicate effectively, construct a logical argument and analyse large amounts of information, as well as an understanding of the techniques and theories used by historians. History therefore is an outstanding analytical degree that will prepare you for a wide range of future professions.

Our students have an excellent track record of graduate employment. Many of our graduates go on to work in journalism, publishing, law, business and finance, government and non-governmental organisations, the armed forces, marketing and public relations, teaching, libraries and museums, the heritage industry, as well as research.

For more information on the career prospects of Nottingham history graduates, please visit our Careers page.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 93% of first-degree graduates in the Department of History who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £22,216 with the highest being £52,000.* 

*Known destinations of full-time home and EU first-degree graduates, 2014/15.

Careers Support and Advice

Studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experience that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take. Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students. 

The University of Nottingham is the best university in the UK for graduate employment, according to the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.



Fees and funding

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £2,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International/EU students

Our International Baccalaureate Diploma Excellence Scholarship is available for select students paying overseas fees who achieve 40 points or above in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. We also offer a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected countries, schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees. Find out more about scholarships, fees and finance for international students.


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Time in lectures, seminars and similar

Although this figure may appear low, you will undertake a module during your studies which involves over 90%  independent learning. This module is usually a dissertation which provides the opportunity to gain research and analytical skills as well as the ability to work independently. You will have a higher percentage of contact hours for other modules. 


This course includes one or more pieces of formative assessment.

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