School of Mathematical Sciences

International Students


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.

We ask international students to achieve:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

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

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.

Entry Requirements

The usual minimum requirement for entry onto a research degree (PhD or MPhil) is an upper second honours degree (2:1), or its international equivalent in a mathematics or mathematics-related subject.

How to Apply

Unlike the undergraduate application procedure in the UK, postgraduate course admissions are not centralised  – 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

Postgraduate Funding Information

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

The school also has some funding available for Home and European Union students. Please mention this on your application if you would like to be considered for these.

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 - which must not impact on PhD studies - while in the UK for up to:

  • 20 hours per week in term-time
  • 40 hours per week during vacations

The Centre for Career Development is able to arrange part-time work for postgraduate students during term-time and vacations.


Academic support

Research students have a research supervisor and students meet up every week to discuss any issues.

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.

Useful Links

School of Mathematical Sciences

The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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