International students

Information for students from Iraq

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Entry requirements

Foundation courses

For entry to our foundation programmes we require Iraqi students to have completed the General Secondary School Certificate with an overall grade of 75%, with 75% in specific subjects depending on the course applied for.

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

Students taking the Al-Thanawaya Al-Amah (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) or American High School Diploma (no APs or SAT IIs) are usually required to take a foundation course.

Applicants who have completed one or two years of higher education study from a recognised university in Iraq may be considered for year one entry to an undergraduate programme provided they have achieved at least 65%.

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

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

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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 course details in our Postgraduate Prospectus 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 Iraqi universities vary depending on the university where you have studied and the course you are applying for at Nottingham. The summary below is provided as guidance but requirements may vary for individual courses and we do require higher grades from some universities.

Entry requirement

Upper Second Class (2:1)

Lower Second Class (2:2)

Bachelor Degree



Medical degrees are graded more strictly; therefore 60% in a Medical degree is considered equivalent to 2:1 and 55% for 2:2.

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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

For entry to PhD programmes we require a bachelors degree with an overall grade of 65% (60% for medical graduates), plus a good masters degree from a recognised university.

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

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English language requirements

Scholarships and funding


Iraqi students at Nottingham


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"The University of Nottingham has a global student community, and there are students from all around the world. It also offers a great student experience since there are many societies we can get involved with. Its campus is also one of the most beautiful and greenest campuses in the world."

Hajir Al Mounajim from Iraq, studying MPharm Pharmacy.

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Kyriaki ProtopapaInternational Recruitment Manager

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Official representatives

Our official representatives in Iraq can assist you with applying for our courses, visa processes and preparing to study with us.

About our overseas representatives

Meet us 

In Iraq

We regularly travel overseas to meet with prospective students and their families, visit schools and to attend education fairs and other events each year.

Meet us overseas

In Nottingham

You are also very welcome to visit our campuses in Nottingham for an open day or an independent visit.

Visit us in Nottingham


Get in touch or connect online 


International Student Recruitment

C Floor, YANG Fujia Building
Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB, UK

+44 (0) 115 951 5247
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