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General FAQs

What is the ranking of the University of Nottingham?

For information on our UK and international rankings, please visit the following webpages:

What are the term dates and other key University dates? 

To view the dates of terms and semesters for the academic year and other key dates, please visit our  key dates webpages. 

What courses do you offer? 

Undergraduate degrees

Our bachelor degree programmes are listed in the  A-Z course index of our online undergraduate prospectus. You can also order a print copy of our undergraduate prospectus by filling in our enquiry form.

If you would like the prospectus in an alternative format, such as audio, Braille or large print, please contact us:

Telephone: +44 (0)115 951 4591

Postgraduate degrees 

Information about our taught and research degrees at postgraduate level is available in our online Postgraduate Prospectus. You can also order a print copy of our postgraduate prospectus by filling in our enquiry form.

Please note that most taught masters courses start in September of each year and that we do not usually offer January/February start dates. 

If you would like the prospectus in an alternative format, such as audio, Braille or large print, please contact us:

Telephone: +44 (0)115 951 4591

Foundation programmes

The University of Nottingham offers one-year  foundation programmes in a variety of subject areas. 

These courses are aimed at those students who do not have the required qualifications to gain direct entrance to bachelor degree programmes.

How will Brexit affect me as a student at the University of Nottingham?  
Details on where we stand with regards to the EU referendum result and Brexit information for students can be found in our dedicated webpages. You can also visit our Brexit FAQs for more details.
What are the entry requirements for your courses? 

For course entry requirements, please see the online Undergraduate Prospectus or the online Postgraduate Prospectus

What can I do after I have graduated? 

Please see our Careers and Employability Service webpages for advice on looking for jobs and careers after University. 

Can I visit the University?

The best time to visit the University is during one of our open days, mini open days or other official events. Details of events for prospective undergraduate students are here.

We do not run general postgraduate open days. However, certain departments may run their own specific events. Please contact the departments directly for details.

You can also visit  Virtual Nottingham to explore our campuses online or watch one of our YouTube videos about the University.

If you are unable to make one of our organised events, please feel free to come and experience the campuses at any time. If you would like to visit a specific department and their facilities, please contact them in advance to arrange a meeting. Please note that this is not always possible. 

How can I order a prospectus?

The University of Nottingham’s undergraduate and postgraduate prospectuses can be ordered online by filling out our enquiry form.

If you would like the prospectus in an alternative format, such as audio, Braille or large print, please contact us:

Telephone: +44 (0)115 951 4591

How do I get to the University?

Maps and directions to the University are available on our website.

Does the University have accommodation on campus?

Yes, the University has a variety of accommodation. Information can be found on our Accommodation website

What English language qualifications do I need?

IELTS is the most widely accepted qualification at the University for non-English speaking natives.

However, other qualifications may be accepted. Each academic school/department sets individual English requirements. Please contact the school/department that you are interested in applying to for details.

Where can I find help for international students? Is there a section for my nationality?

There are dedicated webpages for international students.

We also have country-specific sections online, where you can find information specifically for your nationality.

Can I park my car on campus?

Students who live in Halls of Residence or have a term time address within a radius of 15 miles of University Park or Jubilee Campus will not be eligible for a permit. 

All students at Sutton Bonington Campus will be eligible for a permit for parking on that campus only. Concessionary permits are subject to strict criteria, please refer to our  traffic regulations.

Does the University have any sports facilities?

The University has great sporting facilities on its campuses, including gyms, tennis courts, football pitches, a swimming pool and more. Our state of the art David Ross Sports Village opened in 2017.

For further information please visit the  Department of Sport website. There are also plenty of  sports clubs to get involved with.

What support do you offer for students with a disability or dyslexia?

The University is committed to promoting access for students who have a disability, dyslexia or a long-term medical condition. Services provided by the University aim to enable students to fulfil the inherent requirements of the course as independently as possible.

The University’s Disability Statement, which lists services, facilities and opportunities available throughout the University, can be viewed at

What help can I get if I have difficulty with the work once I start my course?

The University has an excellent range of support services which cover areas including health, welfare and study support. 

For personal problems which may affect your work, you can always talk in complete confidence to your personal tutor or any member of staff with whom you feel comfortable. Tutors can help with a wide range of issues, and if they are unable to help with a particular problem, they will find you someone who can.

What are the likely costs of living for a student at Nottingham?

The costs that you will incur as a Nottingham student will depend in part on the type of accommodation that you select, plus the costs associated with your personal lifestyle, such as sport, leisure and social activities. You should also budget for food, clothes, books and other lifestyle costs.

Our  online budget planner can help you manage your money.


Undergraduate FAQs

How do I apply for an undergraduate course? 

For undergraduate degree programmes an application must be made online through UCAS. Full details about the application process can be found in our dedicated webpages.

Does the University accept alternative qualifications to A levels for undergraduate degree courses? 

The University accepts a range of  alternative qualifications in addition to A levels. If you require further guidance, please contact us. 

Where can I find information about bursaries and financial support?

Information about funding for our undergraduate degree courses can be found in our Financial Support webpages. There are also subject-specific bursaries and scholarships which you may be eligible for.


I want to apply to start university in the year before that which is shown in the online prospectus. How do I do that?

If you would like to apply for a place in the year before that which is shown in the online prospectus, you will need to check if places are available on the course you are interested in.

Please contact the Student Recruitment Enquiries Centre for further information, either through our enquiry form, or by calling +44 (0)115 951 5559.


What if my grades don't meet your entry requirements, or I haven't studied the subjects you ask for?

Some subject areas have foundation programmes which will help bring you up to the required level to join an undergraduate degree programme.




Postgraduate FAQs

How can I apply for a postgraduate course? 

Postgraduate applications for the University of Nottingham should be made through our online application system

If you are applying for a research opportunity, you may also need to submit a research proposal. Find out more about how to write a research proposal and speak to your chosen school/department for guidance. 

Find out more via our how to apply section.

When do I apply for a postgraduate course? 

The academic year at the University of Nottingham starts in mid-September and most taught postgraduate courses start at this time. Applications can be made any time in the preceding 12 months, preferably at least six months before you start your studies here. However, applications made later than that will be considered if places are available.

When you are submitting an application, you must ensure that you have completed all the necessary sections and enclosed all the relevant documentation to ensure that your application can be processed as quickly as possible.

Is there a deadline for postgraduate applications? 

For the majority of postgraduate courses there is no closing date for applications, but as the term starts at the end of September we recommend you apply before the end of July. We recommend applying sooner rather than later. 

Overseas applicants must apply before 9 August to allow for visas to be processed.

The following courses are exceptions:

  • Doctorate in Forensic Psychology and Top-Up Doctorate in Forensic Psychology – 31 March
  • Master of Law (LLM) courses – 31 May; applications that arrive after this date will not be eligible for funding
  • Master of Business – last working day of July or before (dependent on availability of places)

For some courses, the applications have to be made by UCAS with a closing date of 15 January, for example:

  • Graduate Entry Nursing – Adult
  • Graduate Entry Nursing – Mental Health
  • Masters in Social Work

Funding applications must be submitted by February or March, after you have been offered a place at the University of Nottingham.

Where do I send my supporting documents? 

Supporting documents can be uploaded onto our online application system. Please note that if an offer of a place is made, this may be conditional upon receipt of originals or certified copies.

What funding is available to postgraduate students? 

Funding for postgraduate students can come from many sources, including scholarships, research councils and charities. You can find advice and guidance on funding on our postgraduate funding pages.

How long will it take to get a decision on my postgraduate application? 

If you have applied for a taught masters course, we aim to have a decision to you within 6–8 weeks provided you have sent all your supporting documents. If you have applied online, you will receive an email message once the status of your application has changed.

If you have applied for a research degree (MPhil or PhD), the decision-making process can take several weeks to be processed. Your application may need to be passed to several members of academic staff in order to find a suitable supervisor.

What grades do I need to gain entry onto a masters programme? 

Applicants should hold a good first degree with at least a second-class honours or an equivalent qualification.

However, we take all aspects of your application into consideration including academic background, work history and references. Requirements for individual programmes of study may vary. Entry requirements are listed in the course pages of the postgraduate online prospectus

What is the difference between taught courses and research courses?  

Taught courses can provide anything from vocational training to preparation for further research. They are generally delivered by a lecturer in a lecture theatre or seminar room. They usually last around one year for full-time study and course content is modular.

Research degrees are generally research-led and involve a large amount of independent reading or lab work and fieldwork. Research degrees tend to be longer in duration as students gain a greater understanding of their chosen area. A common destination for research students is to enter academia. 

What accommodation is offered to postgraduate students?

Our accommodation options are well-placed for easy access to all our UK campuses, as well as local amenities and the city centre. You are guaranteed a room in self-catered University-arranged accommodation for one year if you meet our accommodation guarantee criteriaAlternatively you may prefer to live in privately rented accommodation.

If you have a disability and need accessible accommodation, you will be guaranteed a suitable room in University-arranged accommodation for the duration of your studies if you meet our accommodation guarantee criteria.

When can I start a PhD?

Entry to most postgraduate programmes is available on five dates throughout the year:

  • 1 October
  • 1 December
  • 1 February
  • 1 April
  • 1 July

However, we recommend that you check the online prospectus for details of specific course start dates, or contact your school or department for details.

Are postgraduates generally more employable? What is the average starting salary of a Nottingham postgraduate?

93% of graduates leaving postgraduate courses in the 2015/16 academic year secured work or further study within 6 months of graduating.

The average starting salary for Nottingham taught course postgraduates is £27000. The average starting salary for a Nottingham research course postgraduate is £31000.*


* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates who were available for work 15/16.


The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus FAQs

What courses are offered at The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC)?

We offer a range of foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Course details and entry requirements can be found in the UNMC online prospectus .

What are the tuition fees and are there any scholarships?

Please refer to the list of tuition fees on the UNMC website.

We offer a range of scholarship opportunities for both home (Malaysian) and international students.

How can I apply?
Applications are made on the UNMC site directly to the University. The intake dates and application deadlines can be found on the UNMC's ' When to Apply' page.
What is the accommodation like at UNMC?
We offer a variety accommodation at UNMC to suit different budgets on campus as well as off campus. Please refer to the UNMC site's list of  common questions for useful information, including how to apply for accommodation.

The University of Nottingham China Campus FAQs

What courses are offered at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC)?
We offer a range of foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Please visit the UNNC prospectus for course details and entry requirements for InternationalHong Kong, Macau and Taiwan or  Domestic (China) students.
What are the tuition fees and are there any scholarships?

Please refer to the list of tuition fees on the UNNC website for InternationalHong Kong, Macau and Taiwan or  Domestic (China) students.

There are undergraduate and postgraduate scholarship opportunities, and you can find out about eligibility and how to apply by clicking on your student category and level of study in the UNNC's online prospectus.

How can I apply?

To apply for a course at UNNC you need to download an application form, fill it in and return it to the Recruitment & Admissions Office by email or post.

You can find the correct form for your nationality along with the relevant deadline via the  Study With Us section of the UNNC website.

What is the accommodation like at UNNC?

There is a range of on-campus accommodation which is fully furnished and equipped, close to the teaching buildings and with either individual or shared facilities. More details and fees can be found on the Accommodation pages of the InternationalHong Kong, Macau and Taiwan or  Domestic (China) students’ web pages.

It is also possible to live off-campus.


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