International students

Information for students from China

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The information on this page is for students from mainland China interested in studying at our campuses in the UK. Students from Hong KongMacau and Taiwan should refer to our separate pages for these regions.

Interested in studying at our campus in Ningbo? See the University of Nottingham Ningbo China.

Entry requirements

Foundation courses

Chinese Senior High School Leavers are normally required to take a foundation programme.

Our foundation courses

We offer foundation courses for international students who are not qualified for direct entry to our undergraduate degree courses.

These courses are available at the University of Nottingham International College, just next to University Park Campus, in partnership with Kaplan International Colleges.

Find out more about the courses, entry requirements and progression options on Kaplan's website:

Applications and enquiries for these courses are handled by Kaplan and the college.

International foundation courses


Undergraduate courses

Full-time courses across our five faculties typically last for three to four years, although some degrees such as medicine and architecture have a longer duration.

Undergraduate entry requirements

Our Undergraduate Prospectus lists entry requirements for A levels and International Baccalaureate students for each course.

You may need to complete a foundation course for entry to our undergraduate programmes. As well as our own foundation courses, we accept foundation certificates from selected providers in the UK and China.

If you have taken one or two years of university study, we can typically accept grades ranging from 80% to 88%.

This summary is provided as guidance and requirements may vary for individual courses, which often require high grades in relevant subjects.

Students taking A levels or the IB should refer to the online undergraduate prospectus for entry requirements

Students taking APs or SATs should refer to our entry requirements for the USA.

We also accept the Aptitude Scholastic Test (AST) for entry to our undergraduate courses. Please refer to AST webpage for detailed entry requirements.

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Masters courses

We offer a wide range of postgraduate masters degree programmes across our five faculties. Full-time masters courses typically last for one year.

Masters entry requirements

Applicants should hold a bachelors degree of a good standard from a recognised university, usually in a relevant subject area.

Check our postgraduate course pages to see whether your chosen course requires the equivalent of an Upper-Second-Class (2:1) or Lower-Second-Class (2:2) degree.

Our entry requirements for degrees from Chinese universities vary depending on the university where you have studied and the course you are applying for at Nottingham. Please click here to see our full entry requirements list.

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Research courses

Our PhD courses, available across a wide range of subject areas, typically include three years of full time research followed by an optional writing-up period of one year to complete your thesis.

PhD entry requirements

Applicants should hold a masters degree of a good standard from a recognised university in a relevant subject area.

See the masters section for guidance on the grades we typically require from Chinese universities. These will vary depending on the university where you have studied and the course you are applying for at Nottingham.

You should identify possible supervisors at Nottingham before applying and prepare a research proposal to submit with your application.

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Scholarships and funding


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“Aside from an academic tutor for studies, the University also pays attention to your mental health and personal life. Specialised mental health advice is totally private and confidential."

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Room 2408, Maxdo Centre
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Shanghai 200336


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