School of Life Sciences

Opportunities for international students

The school has a large community of international students from all over the world. We welcome overseas applicants to our foundation, undergraduate, postgraduate and research courses.

In addition to high quality teaching and mentorship, the school provides international students with dedicated academic, language and pastoral support including:

Our courses

Foundation science course

We offer one-year, full-time, pre-undergraduate preparatory science courses for international students who would like to study a science degree but who do not have the usual entry requirements.

Biology and chemistry are the main topics, and completion of a foundation science course with the required levels of achievement will enable you to progress to an undergraduate degree in a number of subject areas.

Foundation science courses for international students


Undergraduate degrees

We offer a variety of flexible undergraduate degrees for international students:


Postgraduate degrees

We offer masters degrees for international students in the following subjects:

  • Biological Photography and Imaging
  • Clinical Microbiology (Distance Learning)
  • Clinical and Molecular Microbiology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Molecular Genetics and Diagnostics

These are taught courses (including lecture, practical and seminar modules) and students will do original research work on a significant project for their masters dissertation.


Research degrees

We offer research degrees including PhD and MRes, in subject areas which cover the school’s research interests and expertise. These degrees align to our research themes in pharmacology, genetics, immunology, physiology, microbiology and neuroscience.

Our international community of postgraduate research students from all over the world become key members of their PhD supervisor’s research group and the lab team.

We welcome applications from enthusiastic, talented and highly motivated individuals with a passion for research that makes a difference. 

We can offer you:

  • A research project of your choice in up to date science and research
  • Expert supervision by two or more academics, mentoring and pastoral support
  • Training in research methods and modern laboratory techniques
  • Participation in research conferences and seminar series, with opportunities to present your work in the school, nationally or abroad at scientific meetings
  • A friendly and supportive environment in which to do your research

Other study options

Visiting students

The school offers a range of study abroad and exchange opportunities for international undergraduate and postgraduate students.  These include:

  • The ERASMUS study abroad programme for European students studying at one of our partner institutions
  • Erasmus + Traineeship for postgraduate research students from Europe for short-term research project placements in our laboratories
  • International exchange and study abroad opportunities for international students from our partner universities and elsewhere who would like to study in Nottingham

Distance learning

We offer the following distance learning option, meaning that you can study this course with us from anywhere in the world.

  • MSc Clinical Microbiology (Distance Learning)

This accredited course provides training in clinical microbiology with an emphasis on patient management and infection control.



The University offers a number of scholarships for undergraduate, masters and postgraduate research study for prospective students around the world. Visit our international scholarships webpage for scholarship listings, how to apply and further information.

The University works with several agencies across the world who can provide funding or sponsorship for international students. 

In addition, the school has its own masters scholarship schemes for eligible students.

School of Life Sciences Global Engagement Scholarship

School of Life Sciences Global Engagement Scholarship         

This Scholarship is for students registered on the BSc Biomedical Sciences degree at our sister School at the UNMC Malaysia campus who wish to study in the School of Life Sciences, University of Nottingham, for a postgraduate masters course (MSc) or a postgraduate research masters course (MRes) degree.


CONACYT (Mexico) Tuition Fees Top Up Scheme for PhD courses

This scholarship provides a partial contribution to tuition fees for eligible students who have a place to study for a PhD in the School of Life Sciences and who have a confirmed CONACYT scholarship.



School of Life Sciences

University of Nottingham
Medical School
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham NG7 2UH

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