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 see our key dates
What courses do you offer?
Details about all our programmes and every level of study we offer can be found on our courses page
How will Brexit affect me as a student at the University of Nottingham?
What are the entry requirements for your courses?
What can I do after I have graduated?
Can I visit the University?
Please see our Visiting us pages for information on the best way to experience our campuses.
You can also visit Virtual Nottingham
to explore our campuses online or watch one of our YouTube videos
about the University.
Does the University have accommodation on campus?
Yes, the University has a variety of accommodation. Information can be found on our Accommodation
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. Please contact the school/department that you are interested in applying to for details.
Where can I find help for international students?
Will I be able to 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?
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. For information on the support we offer, visit our Accessibility webpage.
The University’s Disability Statement, which lists services, facilities and opportunities available throughout the University, can be viewed on our website
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 speak to your personal tutor or any member of staff in complete confidence. If they're unable to help with a particular problem, they'll help you find someone who can.
What is the cost of living like for students living in Nottingham?
Nottingham can be an affordable city to live in compared to other parts of the UK.
The type of accommodation that you choose and your personal lifestyle will impact on your living costs. You should also budget for food, clothes, books and other lifestyle costs such as sport, leisure and social activities. Our online budget planner
can help you manage your money.
How do I apply for an undergraduate course?
Undergraduate degree applications 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?
I want to apply to start university in the year before that which is shown in the online prospectus. How do I do that?
You will need to check if places are available on the course you are interested. 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?
The entry requirements listed in our prospectuses indicate the typical requirement for each course. If you have studied a different qualification to A levels or IB, please check our alternative qualifications listings.
Some subjects also have foundation programmes
which help bring you up to the required level to join an undergraduate degree programme.
How can I apply for a postgraduate course?
When should I apply for a postgraduate course?
Most taught postgraduate courses start in mid-September. 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.
For the majority of postgraduate courses there is no closing date for applications, but we recommend you apply sooner rather than later and ideally before the end of July.
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
- 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
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. You will receive an email message once the status of your application has changed if you have applied online.
If you have applied for a research degree
, the decision-making process can take several weeks, due to the time it can take to confirm 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 may vary course to course but you can find details in 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?
There are a range of self-catered options for postgraduate students at our UK campuses, details can be found on our Accommodation
pages. You can also choose to live in privately rented accommodation.
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?
95.4% of graduates leaving postgraduate courses in the 2015/16 academic year secured work or further study within six months of graduating. The average starting salary for Nottingham taught course postgraduates is £27,000. The average starting salary for a Nottingham research course postgraduate is £3,1000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates who were available for work, 15/16.