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Information for students from Portugal

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Entry requirements

Foundation courses

Applicants from Portugal are normally not required to complete a foundation course. 

Our foundation courses

We offer foundation courses for students who are not qualified for direct undergraduate entry. 

  • Arts and Humanities with Foundation Year, taught in our Faculty of Arts 
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences,taught in our Faculty of Engineering
  • Science with Foundation Year, taught in our Faculty of Science

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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 should hold the Certificade de fim de Estudios Secundarios with an overall average grade of at least 17 for the most competitive courses and 15 for the least competitive courses.

A typical requirement for a course with a BBB A level entry requirement is an overall average grade of 16.

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

A licenciado or bachelors degree (or higher qualification) from a recognised university will be considered for masters entry.

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 Portuguese 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. 

Entry requirement

Upper Second Class (2:1)

Lower Second Class (2:2)


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Degrees from selected universities in Portugal can be accepted as meeting our English language requirements.

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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

A mestrado / mestra / masters and licenciado / bachelors degree from a recognised university are usually required for PhD entry.

Exceptional students may be considered for PhD entry without a masters qualification.

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

Degrees from selected universities in Portugal can be accepted as meeting our English language requirements

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

The UK government has confirmed that EU students beginning courses in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years will continue to have access to the same fees and funding options as in previous years, for the full duration of their course of study, including tuition fees charged at the UK student rate, undergraduate and postgraduate student loans, and research funding from research councils. Find out more.

Student life at Nottingham

  • A vibrant multi-cultural community with over 150 different nationalities represented in our student body
  • Over 200 societies on campus offering celebrations, festivals and social events throughout the year, including a Brazilian and Portuguese Cultural Society
  • Outstanding sports facilities and support with over 70 sports clubs
  • Exchange programmes and study abroad links with more than 200 partner universities worldwide
  • Excellent careers support including work placements, part-time work opportunities and regular careers fairs on campus
  • The Nottingham Advantage Award offers students the chance to get involved in a wide range of extra-curricular and co-curricular modules designed to enhance employability, personal and professional development.
  • A range of Support Services for students, including Chaplaincy and Faith Support and prayer facilities on campus
  • A wide selection of cuisine are available in Nottingham, and vegetarian and vegan diets are catered for in the city and on campus
  • With museums, theatres, art galleries, music venues and a wide range of sports venues, the city of Nottingham is vibrant, affordable and only 15 minutes from campus

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Jelena Markovic

IJelena-MarkovicInternational Relations Manager - Portugal

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

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International Student Recruitment

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Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB, UK

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