School of English

Applicant information

Trent Building.

Thank you for applying for a place on one of our School of English Distance Learning programmes. Please find information on your next steps below. 

If you have any questions about your application or our courses, you can contact us using the Enquiry form.

Which stage are you at?

I have applied


Next Steps

Thank you for submitting an application.

Our Admissions team will be in touch soon, please ensure that you have provided all of your documents so a decision can be made.


I have an offer


Next Steps

If you have received a conditional offer please ensure you meet the conditions stated on your offer letter in advance of the course start date. 

If you have an unconditional offer please firmly accept your offer before the course start date. You won't be able to complete online registration until you have done this.


I have firmly accepted


Next Steps

If you have firmly accepted your 
unconditional offer, you will be contacted with instructions for completing online registration approximately 2 weeks before the coure start date. Please ensure that your email address is correct on the Applicant Portal, and check your inbox (including your junk mail) regularly.


Frequently Asked Questions

Please note that this refers to questions regarding the Admissions process. If you have questions about our Distance Learning courses, please see our Distance Learning FAQ.

Why should I choose the University of Nottingham?

At the University of Nottingham, the study of English is being used for powerful research, analysis and creative applications. We have an international reputation for outstanding teaching and research, and an excellent graduate employment rate.

Our courses include:

  • One-to-one interaction with expert academics and researchers

  • An annual Summer School event

  • A dedicated distance learning team

  • A Personal Advisor to support you throughout your studies

  • Access to extensive research and study materials from libraries and online sources


Can I defer to a different start date?

If you already hold an offer, please advise us that you wish to defer as early as possible by contacting us hereYou must do this before you register.

Requests for deferral will be approved at the discretion of the academic school or department. The maximum period allowed for deferral is one academic year. Please note that your academic qualifications must be valid at your revised start date. For offer holders whose first language isn’t English, your English Language qualifications/tests must also be valid at your revised start date.

Fees and Funding 

You will pay your tuition fees in instalments, on a module by module basis. You can find up to date fee information on our Tuition Fees pages

Student Loans (Student Loans Company) 

If you are funded by a student loan there will be restrictions on your course duration. It is recommended that you visit the Student Loans from the SLC page on the website before you register for the course to ensure you understand the implications of this. It is also recommended that you contact your funding body to ensure you meet their requirements. 

At present, if you are funded through the Student Loans Company (SLC) you must complete the course within 2 years to be eligible for funding. This includes the taught element and your dissertation. If you do not complete the course within 2 years you will be ineligible for funding. The recommended duration of our Distance Learning programmes is 3 years. We recognise that the majority of our students are in full-time work and have workloads that fluctuate throughout the year, and we find a 3 year duration most suitably accommodates this.  If you register for one of our courses with a student loan, we strongly recommend that you contact your Personal Advisor as soon as possible to let them know that you need to complete the course in 2 years. This way we can organise your deadlines accordingly. 

Please note that it is the responsibility of the student  to ensure that they meet the requirements of the loan provider before applying.  If you have any questions about the requirements of your loan, please contact your funding provider. 


Careers and Employability

Our postgraduate students move into an extraordinarily wide range of careers following their time in the school.

Conducting postgraduate work in the School of English fosters many vital skills and may give you a head start in the job market. Studying at this level allows you to develop qualities of self-discipline and self-motivation that are essential to employment in a wide range of different fields.

We will help you develop your ability to research and process a large amount of information quickly, and to present the results of your research in an articulate and effective way. A postgraduate degree from the School of English shows potential employers that you are an intelligent, hard-working individual who is bright and flexible enough to undertake any form of specific career training.

Average starting salary and career progression

For postgraduates from the School of English, six months after graduation:

  • 96.6% were in employment or further study

  • the highest salary was £34,000

  • the average salary was £21,875.

Source: known destinations and salary data for full-time, home, postgraduates extracted from the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17.


University Admission Policies

Applicants are considered solely on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential, regardless of gender, ethnic or national origin, age (subject to the University regulations on minimum age), disability, religion, sexual orientation or any other irrelevant distinction.

Read our Admission Policy


School of English

Trent Building
The University of Nottingham
University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5900
fax: +44 (0) 115 951 5924