Quality Manual

Admissions Procedures

Taught courses

All schools will admit students in line with the University’s admissions policy.  Entry criteria are set by individual schools and should be transparent and justifiable.

Consideration will be given as to whether applicants will be able to fulfil the objectives of the programme of study and achieve the standards required.

A range of factors additional to, and in some cases instead of, formal examination results is considered in the selection process. These can include:

  • The personal statement and reference.
  • Additional evidence of achievement, motivation and potential as gathered through interview, additional tests (eg LNAT, GAMSAT) or assessment of written materials.
  • Other factors as appropriate to the discipline, such as employment or volunteer work in relevant fields and sustained critical engagement with relevant issues. (See Criteria for assessing applicants.)
  • Contextual factors such as socio-economic and educational background. 

Since entry is competitive, achieving examination grades equivalent to or above the standard offer for a course does not automatically entitle a candidate to an offer.

Applications will not be considered from candidates who have previously registered for and been unsuccessful on the same course at the University of Nottingham for which the application is being made.

For UK Undergraduate entry the requirements of the UCAS scheme will be observed; undergraduate entry to Ningbo, China is via the Gao Koa for Chinese nationals and direct application for non-Chinese nationals; undergraduate entry to the Malaysia Campus is via direct application for all students.

For taught postgraduates all applications are made directly to the appropriate campus.

Applications will be dealt with efficiently without unnecessary delay.

Procedures for handling applications may vary from subject to subject. Most offers are based purely on the information provided on the appropriate application form or at interview, and may be conditional on obtaining a certain standard in specified subjects in examinations. In addition, Schools may, at their discretion, ask applicants to attend for interviews, undertake supplementary assessments or provide examples of work. In such cases, the School should clearly explain how and why this will be used in assessing the candidate and treat all candidates on an equal and fair basis. 

Research degrees

Applicants should be offered the opportunity, where practicable, to meet potential supervisors to discuss research plans of mutual interest. Interviews may be used in selection procedures.

A School must ensure that appropriate supervision and facilities will be available to support the proposed research project.

Prior to admission applicants should be provided by the admitting School with relevant information on research opportunities and facilities in their areas of interest and expertise including information on start dates and training, together with all other relevant general information. 

Revised 28 May 2014




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