Our students join a lively, diverse and international body of researchers, one in which an exceptionally wide range of specialist interests is combined with a close-knit sense of community.
Each postgraduate research student in the school will have a team of at least two supervisors. Full-time students will meet with their supervisory team at least 10 times each year (six times for part-time students).
Your supervisors will help you to realise your research project and to guide you through your research to completion. Many students will also attend conferences and publish papers in conjunction with their supervisors, to gain valuable experience and contacts in the academic community.
Alongside regular supervision, all students in the school are required to attend the Arts Researcher Skills Programme, provided by the University's Graduate School. This programme is delivered at key stages throughout your research; in addition to the core programme a range of optional courses will support you to become effective, well-organised researchers, deliver your proposed project on time, and become highly employable in the sector.
In addition to the Arts Researcher Skills Programme, a wealth of other optional training courses are available in a variety of formats to enable you to achieve your potential whether you are on-site or further away.
Research students benefit from a research and mentoring culture which includes:
- opportunities to teach in the school and develop related skills
- student-led fortnightly research seminars and annual symposium
- research networks created by the research centres and individual research projects
- research council-funded international research exchange visits with leading universities
- co-authorship with members of staff
- dedicated staff-postgraduate reading groups
- interdisciplinary research seminars
- support for participation in international conferences and seminars
Postgraduate seminars and conference attendance
A fortnightly seminar series is run by and for the postgraduate students in the school during term time. The seminars provide a forum for students to share work in progress with staff and peers, to hear from invited speakers, and to explore key academic and career topics in a supportive and sociable atmosphere.
The University provides a range of support and information to enhance your student experience.
You will have access to:
- academic and disability support
- childcare services
- counselling service
- financial support
- visa and immigration advice
- welfare support
English language courses
Our Centre for English Language Education offers presessional English courses to help develop your English and study skills.
The centre is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK, so you can be sure that the teaching and facilities are high-quality. You can also access free English language support alongside your academic course.
University of Nottingham Students’ Union represents all students. You can join the Postgraduate Students’ Network or speak to the dedicated Postgraduate Officer.
There are also a range of support networks, including groups for:
- international students
- black and minority ethnic students
- students with disabilities
- LGBT+ students
SU Advice provides free, independent and confidential advice on issues such as accommodation, financial and academic difficulties.
Researcher training and development
The Graduate School training and development programme empowers postgraduate students and early career research staff to develop the skills required in their research and future careers.