School of English

Frequently Asked Questions

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How are Masters modules taught?

Most modules are taught in seminar meetings each week. In addition all teaching staff have office hours when students can talk privately with them about their work.

In seminars you will be taught with a group of fellow students, with discussion focusing on a text or topic (which has previously been set) in an atmosphere which is friendly and informal.

Students often establish friendships through seminar groups, as well as learning more about other people's ideas.

How are students assessed?

Assessment for your degree is based on a combination of coursework, oral presentation and formal examinations and varies according to module.

Is there a pre-arrival reading list?

Pre-arrival reading lists will be sent out with registration information before you join your course, where available.

What's it like being a student in the School of English?

There are approximately 60 Masters students studying for postgraduate degrees in the School each year. We have students from all over the world (including, for example, Spain, Italy, Germany, Belgium, the USA, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Brazil and the Middle East).

Hear from current students in our School of English Masters student videos.

I am a student from outside the United Kingdom, is there specific information for me?

Our International Student Recruitment Office has information on living in Nottingham, support for international students, entry requirements and visas.

Will I have a Personal Tutor?

All Masters students have a Course Convenor to monitor academic progress, provide feedback to students during the academic year and help with module choices. The Course Convenor also acts as a personal tutor and can assist with any pastoral support, if needed.

What opportunities are there for further Postgraduate study?

After a Masters degree, some students stay at Nottingham for a research degree. Our Research Students are working on topics that range widely, from the study of Old English vocabulary to women writers and the Second World War, or the sensation novels of the 1860s, or language and gender in higher education. There are at present approximately 70 Research Students in the School.

What are the University term dates?

The University's term and semester dates are available online.

Is there any student support?

Student Services Centres provide you with information and support throughout your studies.

How do I find out about the tuition fees for my course?

You will find information about tuition fees on the University fees website. If you are studying part-time please note that you are usually required to pay a pro-rata amount in each year, for the modules that you take. For distance learning tuition fees please refer to the Distance Learning section.

Is there any computer provision and support on campus?

The University has a large number of computer rooms across all campuses to provide on-site, 24 hour, computer access for all students. There is wireless access, network points in study bedrooms in halls of residence and a laptop loan facility with University computer service points across campus. Further information is available from the Information Services (IS) website.

If you need help with information systems or computers then the University has help and support from Information Services (IS). A member of their support team is available in the Student Services Centre, Portland Building, University Park to help with any queries you may have or you can find someone to help you at the Hallward Library reception desk. 

You can also telephone (0115 951 3333) or email the Student IT Service Desk:

What are the library facilities like?

The University has extensive library holdings for School of English students in the University libraries.

The main holdings are in the Hallward library as well as collections for research on DH Lawrence, medieval manuscripts, and the important Portland Literary Collection of late seventeenth and early eighteenth century manuscripts. These are housed in the Manuscripts and Special Collections.

Is there any childcare provision?

The University provides excellent childcare facilities for children from the age of six weeks to 12 years.

For further information, please contact Childcare services.

What is the campus like?

The beautiful University Park Campus is located three miles outside Nottingham city centre and is easy to reach by bus, bicycle, car or even by foot! The campus was donated to the University by Sir Jesse Boot (founder of Boots the Chemist) in 1922 and the School of English is on the ground floor of the Trent Building. All teaching in the School of English is located on the University Park campus and students are able to walk to classes as well as enjoy lakeside walks and even boating on the lake during the summer months! Visitors on Open Days are able to appreciate the size and beauty of the campus. Videos of the campus locations and gardens are available.

The Friends of University Park was formed in 2004 to encourage the local community to visit University Park and to enjoy its vast gardens and grounds. Each year the group organises a series of events, garden walks, special open days and talks to help visitors enjoy the park.

What is it like living in Nottingham?

The city of Nottingham is an exciting, vibrant, cosmopolitan city in the East Midlands with endless sources of entertainment including festivals, theatre, live music venues, pubs and clubs, cinemas and restaurants and cafes to cater for every taste. The University website about Nottingham life has lots of information, videos and links.

Is there an equal opportunities policy?

The University aims to create the conditions whereby students and staff are treated solely on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential, regardless of gender, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, age, socio-economic background, disability, religious or political beliefs, trade union membership, family circumstance, sexual orientation or other irrelevant distinction.

University Policy Statement on Dress Code

The University of Nottingham welcomes the diversity of appearance that people from different religious and belief backgrounds can bring.

However, there may be health and safety or professional considerations that would restrict certain modes of dress in particular contexts for example when working on placement.

In such cases, it will be necessary for the University to consult with staff/students and placement providers who may be affected by a restriction.


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School of English

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

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5900
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