How to apply for taught courses



The first step on your path to postgraduate study is finding the right course or research area. Search our online prospectus to find your course:

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Once you have found the course you are interested in, follow these steps to complete your application:

Before you apply

1. Check entry requirements

The entry requirements for our postgraduate programmes vary depending on the course. Please see the online prospectus for current entry requirements.
Evidence of relevant personal, professional and educational experience may be taken into consideration – please contact the academic school directly for further information.

International students

International and EU students can find guidance on alternative qualifications and entry requirements for their country on our country-specific webpages.

English language requirements

If you are an international or EU student and English isn't your first language, you will need to meet the English language requirements for your chosen course. These vary depending on subject area and school,  and you should check the fact file on your course page. These show entry requirements for IELTS, but we also accept alternative English language qualifications, please check our Quality Manual for details.

Centre for English Language Education (CELE)

Students who require extra support to meet the English language requirements for their academic course can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE) to prepare for their future studies. Students who pass the presessional at the required level can progress directly to their academic programme without needing to retake IELTS.

2. Check key dates and deadlines

Home/EU students 

Although most postgraduate courses do not formally close for applications, you are advised to apply as soon as possible as places are limited and courses may become full. 

International students 

International students are advised to submit applications as early as possible. The deadline for courses starting in September 2017 is 
10 August 2017

You will need to have an unconditional offer and be able to demonstrate you have secured sufficient funding before you can apply for your student visa. The student visa process is likely to take some time, so if you are outside the UK you will need to factor this in to the overall timescales. 

For an overview of the student visa application process, see the International Office's 7 Step Guide.

For more information on visa processing times see

Funding deadlines

An offer of study is required for many funding opportunities and students should check deadlines for applications carefully, as these are often early in the year. 

Course start dates 

The majority of postgraduate taught programmes will start on 25 September 2017. Certain courses may have a second point of entry during the year, please check the postgraduate prospectus to found out the specific start date for your course.



3. Apply for funding

There are lots of options and support available. Wherever possible you should secure funding for your studies before applying for a course. However, some scholarships, loans and funding schemes may require you to secure an offer of admission from the University before you apply for funding.

For more information on funding your postgraduate studies, visit our funding webpages.

You can also check the course details on our online prospectus for any specific funding that might be available, or contact the school/department directly to find out about any other funding opportunities.

International and EU students

The International Office offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students. An offer of study is needed for most scholarships and closing dates are often early in the year. See the International Office's webpages for more details.


4. Submit an application

The online application system is the quickest and easiest way of applying to The University of Nottingham and also allows you to follow the progress of your application for postgraduate study.

The online postgraduate application system:

  • enables you to fill out a standard application form online
  • submit your application to the University immediately
  • ensures that your application is not delayed or lost in the post
  • issues an automatic acknowledgement of receipt of your application

In addition, when you have submitted your postgraduate application, you can:

  • view its progress by using the online tracking system
  • access extra information about Nottingham and the University

Please note, there is an application fee of £40 for postgraduate taught courses.


You will be required to provide two references as part of your application. At least one of these will need to be able to comment on your academic ability.

Supporting documents

You will need to provide supporting documents as part of your application, including your degree certificate and transcripts. 

You can upload scanned copies of any documents that are required as part of your application. Please do not send original copies in the post.


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Other ways to apply

If you are unable to apply using our online application system, you can either:

When you have completed your application form, return it to Postgraduate Admissions:

Postgraduate Admissions
The University of Nottingham
Gatehouse Lodge
Wollaton Hall Drive
Derby Road
t: +44 (0)115 951 4749


After you apply

5. Track your application

If you apply through our online system you can log in at any time to track the progress of your application.

When we have made a decision on your application we will send you an email to tell you what that decision is and what you need to do next.

There is lots of information about the University and Nottingham that you can access in our Postgraduate applicants' area, as well as details on accepting your offer, accommodation and other helpful hints and tips.

You may be contacted ahead of your course start date with further information about your course and the University.  



Contact us

Postgraduate Admissions
The University of Nottingham
Gatehouse Lodge
Wollaton Hall Drive
Derby Road
t: +44 (0)115 951 4749


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