Language Information


All applicants must be a current student at an overseas university or college of higher education and have completed at least one year of study at their home institution. The minimum academic requirement is a GPA of at least 3.0 (or equivalent).

Applicants from non–English speaking countries must submit evidence of English language proficiency at the time of application. Our minimum entry requirements are shown in the following table. 

Minimum English language entry requirements
School / FacultyIELTSPTE Academic
Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Social Sciences
School of Mathematics
School of Psychology

School of Pharmacy
Department of Architecture & Built Environment


(no less than 6.0 in any element)


(Minimum 55)

Faculty of Engineering *
Faculty of Science ** 

(no less than 5.5 in any element)


(Minimum 51)

* Excluding the Department of Architecture & Built Environment
** Excluding the Schools of Mathematics, Psychology and Pharmacy

As well as IELTS and PTE, we accept a number of alternative language qualifications. For details, please refer to our table of English Language Equivalencies (Word doc) and check for the qualifications equivalent to the IELTS scores listed above.

If you need to improve your English language score prior to your study period at Nottingham, you can take a presessional English course at our Centre for English Language Education.

Postgraduate students

Please be aware that Schools may have higher requirements for postgraduate research projects.

Please note that we are only able to accept official IELTS and PTE scores (institutional scores are not accepted).

Study abroad students who wish to study in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment within the Faculty of Engineering must submit a portfolio of their recent work on CD together with their application that will be assessed by the Department's academic coordinator. This portfolio should be sent to the International Office together with your supporting documents.

International Student Recruitment

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

t: +44 (0) 115 951 5247
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