School of Mathematical Sciences

International Students

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International Students 



International Student Satisfaction Awards 2014

Second place ranking

The University of Nottingham has been ranked amongst the top universities in the UK for international student experience.

Nottingham enters the league table at number two in the International Student Satisfaction Awards 2014 and is one of only five UK universities to receive a rating of ‘outstanding’. The rankings are compiled by StudyPortals, an independent study choice platform covering more than 1400 universities in 40 European countries.

Information for international applicants

We welcome applications from international students and we have students from many parts of the world studying in the School of Mathematical Sciences, at postgraduate level.

If you are thinking of joining us to study in the UK, as well as reading the information below you should visit the International Office pages where there are many pages of useful advice and guidance. Particular attention should be given to the financial costs page. 




Language Requirements

All courses in the school are taught and assessed in english so it is important that international students have a good command of the english language.

For all of our taught masters courses with the exception of Financial and Computational Mathematics we ask international students to achieve:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • 6.0 overall in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • with no less than 5.5 in each element

Financial and Computational Mathematics

The english language requirements for this course are:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • 6.5 overall in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • with no less than 6.0 in any element

Our Centre for English Language Education (CELE) runs a number of preparatory english programmes each summer and, for extra support during your degree, you can attend the free language classes it runs, which cover a wide variety of needs from spoken english to academic writing. 


Entry Requirements

Applicants to Masters courses must have a 2.2 (Lower 2nd class honours degree or international equivalent) in a relevant degree, with the exception of our MSc Pure Mathematics and MSc in Financial and Computational Mathematics where a 2.1 (upper second class honours degree or international equivalent) is required.


How to Apply

Unlike the undergraduate application procedure in the UK, postgraduate course admissions are not centralised for all UK universities – each university has its own application form and process.

Our Application pages have details on the full application procedure.




International Office

The University of Nottingham is an international community of students and our International Office has an experienced team who can advise during the application process.

Our International Office provides dedicated support:    

  • Arranging cultural, social and sporting events
  • Queries about immigration
  • Queries about work permits
  • Queries about personal or academic issues.


Funding Opportunities

It is strongly recommended that you take a look at the funding information page   for details of funding you may be eligible for.

In addition to these sources it is also worth enquiring about:

The University of Nottingham awards

Scholarships funded by the University have grown steadily over the past five years and can be found on the International Office web pages .

Developing Solutions Masters Scholarship

One scheme that we would like to highlight is the Developing Solutions Masters Scholarship. Over 100 scholarships are available to apply for and full details, as well as infomation on past winners is available on the dedicated web page.  

External awards

Potential international students are advised to consult their local British Council Offices and to identify funding through the relevant directories.

Part-time work

As an international student, you will be eligible under UK legislation to carry out paid work while studying in the UK.

The Career and Employability Service is able to assist with finding part-time work for postgraduate students during term-time and vacations.


Academic support

Every student is allocated a personal tutor with meetings each week during the first year. Tutors take an interest in personal and academic development. He or she can answer queries, as well as offer guidance and encouragement in studies.




Accommodation and Welfare

Residence in halls or in other forms of rented accommodation is coordinated by the Accommodation Office . While every student has a personal tutor who is a member of the academic staff to advise them on matters relating to their course, many welfare issues are best discussed with expert staff in the University’s student support services or the Students Union .


A note to international students on closing dates

International students are particularly advised to submit applications as early as possible. An offer of a place is needed for many of the scholarships available to international students and closing dates can often be early in the year.

Furthermore, you will need to have an unconditional offer of a place on your course and be able to demonstrate that you have secured funding before you can apply for your student visa.


Useful Links


School of Mathematical Sciences

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Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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