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University of Nottingham

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The University of Nottingham is a Russell Group and Universitas 21 university with a global reputation for teaching and research, ranked in the world's top 100 and UK top 20 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2021.

The university is also ranked as a UK top 20 university in The Complete University Guide, and as a top 30 university in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide, which has named it as the Sports University of the Year for 2021.

The university's roots date back to 1881 and it has been awarding degrees since 1948. Nottingham has a history of world-changing research, from the development of MRI technology to the ongoing fight against modern slavery and world hunger.

With campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia, the university is home to over 47,500 students from more than 150 countries, with over 34,500 based in the UK. The university provides a global experience for all students, and supports international and EU students with a range of scholarships, specialist guidance and English language courses.

Nottingham students benefit from outstanding careers support, internship opportunities, and links with employers. Nottingham also offers an unforgettable student experience, including more than 200 societies in its Students' Union. The university has a strong reputation for sport and finished second in the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) league in 2018-19.

The UK campuses are based in the friendly, historic city of Nottingham in central England. The city is world-famous for the legends of Robin Hood, and is a UNESCO City of Literature. There's plenty to explore including a castle, parks and gardens, quirky cafes and shops, world restaurants, cultural festivals and buzzing nightlife.

Local sports venues include Trent Bridge cricket ground, two football stadiums and the National Ice Centre. There are excellent transport links to local attractions, London and other major cities.

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What's new

What's new

Online open days

Explore Nottingham's extraordinary new virtual open day experience. The university is hosting a series of live lectures and subject talks, with expert tutors from across a range of subject areas. Students can ask questions, and explore the beautiful campuses, accommodation and the city of Nottingham, from anywhere in the world.

Responding to COVID-19

The university is contributing to the world's ongoing fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus. Nottingham academics are conducting research on the virus, diagnosis, treatment and possible vaccinations, as well as sharing their expertise with the media and public. The university has also provided high-tech medical equipment to the government and hundreds of students and staff have volunteered their time to support the NHS.

Steps have been taken to protect students and staff during the pandemic while continuing to providing high-quality teaching and support through online channels. The university has closely monitored the international situation to plan for the year ahead, and reopened its campuses in September 2020 to welcome new and returning students, with new safety measures in place.

Courses and scholarships

Applications are open for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in 2021, across all subject areas in Nottingham's faculties: arts, engineering, medicine and health sciences, science, and social sciences.

The university launched a new range of undergraduate and postgraduate Excellence Award scholarships in 2020 for international and EU students from across the world. Full details of the scholarships available in 2021 will be announced in late 2020.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Discover a world of inspiring teaching, fuelled by the latest research. The Teaching Excellence Framework rated Nottingham ‘gold' for meeting the highest standards in undergraduate teaching. The university also ranked in Europe's top 15 universities in the European Teaching Rankings 2019.

Study at Nottingham

Nottingham offers degree courses at undergraduate, master's and doctoral level across many subject areas, from humanities and languages to sciences, engineering, architecture and medicine, along with social sciences such as business, economics, politics and law. Foundation and pre-master's courses are on offer, as well as academic English courses which are accredited by the British Council.

Passionate academics provide expert teaching in innovative facilities, using the latest technology. Nottingham degrees are recognised worldwide and many courses are accredited by professional bodies. The university also provides students with internship schemes and opportunities to spend part of their course at the university's international campuses or partner universities.

University research

Nottingham's research has a global impact, including Sir Peter Mansfield's Nobel Prize-winning developments in MRI technology in the 1970s. Today the university is ranked 8th in the UK for research power in the Research Excellence Framework.

Professor Kevin Bales is one of the world's leading researchers in contemporary slavery and human rights, while Professor Jonathan Ball is a virologist who has regularly shared his expertise with the media and public during the COVID-19 pandemic. Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff, who received a knighthood in 2015 for his work in green chemistry, is world-famous for his Periodic Table of Videos YouTube channel.

The university's six beacons of excellence are tackling some of the greatest contemporary challenges, including modern slavery, precision imaging for healthcare, sustainable food and transport solutions, green chemicals and smart technology.

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Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

A University of Nottingham degree makes for a great career asset. The university is consistently among the most targeted universities by the UK's leading graduate employers, according to the annual graduate market reports by High Fliers. Nottingham is also ranked in the world top 70 by QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

Recent international graduates have secured jobs with companies such as EY, PWC, Accenture, Morgan Stanley, Deloitte, KPMG, Siemens, Rolls-Royce, Arup and Nestle, as well as positions in government, law, healthcare and academia around the world.

Unlock potential

The Careers and Employability Service supports students in finding their career path, exploring their options, preparing their CV and connecting with employers. Students can build their skills through the Nottingham Advantage Award, a bespoke career development programme, and find local part-time work through the Unitemps service. Students also have access to the Passport Career portal to search globally for graduate vacancies.

Nottingham students can get professional experience during their studies through paid internship schemes. These can include short placements in vacation periods or year-long internships, with employers ranging from local businesses to multinational companies.

After graduation

When students graduate from the university, they join a global community of almost 300,000 Nottingham alumni, with volunteering and networking opportunities around the world. Graduates can still access careers guidance and resources to help them manage the next steps of their career journey.

Students may wish to boost their career prospects through a graduate job in the UK, via the new graduate immigration route, also known as the post-study work visa, which will be introduced in 2021. Students who dream of starting their own business will be supported by the university's Ingenuity Lab, which offers entrepreneurial guidance, networking and mentoring for Nottingham students and graduates.

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Step into any of the university's campuses to discover a world of high-tech labs, lecture theatres and libraries, together with accommodation, sports facilities, shops, bars, green spaces and 24-hour security.

Nottingham students also have access to support services, careers guidance, English language support, visa advice, faith support and facilities, and the Students' Union. A free hopper bus runs between the campuses, while the city centre is accessible by bus or tram.

University Park Campus is one of the UK's largest and most beautiful campuses, with over 300 acres of parks and gardens, a boating lake, a student theatre and an arts centre, plus teaching and research facilities across all faculties. Recent developments include the David Ross Sports Village, a sector-leading sports and fitness centre, and Cripps Health Centre, which includes the UK's largest GP practice, a dental practice and a pharmacy.

Jubilee Campus is known for its innovative sustainable architecture. It's home to the schools of education, business and computer science, plus engineering facilities, a carbon neutral chemistry lab, an innovation park, and the Centre for English Language Education.

Sutton Bonington Campus, in the Nottinghamshire countryside, is home to the veterinary school and the school of biosciences, providing courses in agriculture, nutrition, brewing, plant and animal sciences. The campus includes a commercial farm, stables and a working dairy centre.

Medical and healthcare courses are taught across several locations including campuses, the Queen's Medical Centre, one of Europe's largest teaching hospitals, adjoining University Park, and other local hospitals in Nottingham, Derby and the East Midlands.

International campuses – in Ningbo, China, and Semenyih, Malaysia – provide the option of a global study experience. The university offers a selection of split-site courses, an inter-campus exchange programme and the annual Tri Campus Games.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The university's country-specific information includes qualifications guidance and entry requirements for many countries, plus scholarships, contact details, student societies and more.


Entry requirements for most undergraduate degree courses range from BBB to AAA at A level or 30 to 36 points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

The university offers a range of one-year foundation programmes for international students whose high school qualifications don't qualify them for direct entry to undergraduate degree courses.


Master's degree courses require a bachelor's degree of a good standard – typically an upper second class honours degree (2:1) from a British university or an equivalent grade from a recognised university in another country.

PhD research

In most cases PhD applicants must hold a master's degree of a good standard from a recognised institution. Many PhD programmes also require a detailed research proposal explaining the research plans.

English language requirements

The university accepts a variety of academic English tests and qualifications, including IELTS, TOEFL iBT, Pearson PTE, GCSE, IB and O level English.

Minimum requirements for degree courses typically range from IELTS 6.0 to 7.5 overall – or equivalent scores in other accepted tests.

Students who have completed their secondary education or a full degree course in an English-speaking country or institution do not need to provide any addition evidence of their English language ability.

The university offers a range of presessional English courses to help students meet the English requirements and develop their academic study skills. The Centre for English Language Education (CELE) is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

The university offers an extensive range of international scholarships to help outstanding international and EU students make a positive impact in their studies and careers. Full details of 2021 scholarships will be announced later this year.

Many schools and departments offer their own scholarships for selected courses. The university welcomes sponsored students and has excellent links with funding providers around the world.

Regional Excellence Awards

In 2020 the university launched a new range of undergraduate and postgraduate Excellence Awards covering a contribution towards tuition fees for a master's course or the first year of an undergraduate degree course.

There are separate Excellence Awards for different regions of the world, with all countries included. There are also UK International Excellence Awards for international students who have been studying at schools, colleges or universities in the UK.

Developing Solutions Masters Scholarship

Developing Solutions is Nottingham's flagship scholarship, founded in 2001. These scholarships cover 50 per cent or 100 per cent of master's tuition fees for outstanding scholars from Africa and developing Commonwealth nations.

Chevening Scholarships

Chevening Scholarships are the UK's prestigious fully-funded masters scheme for international scholars with leadership potential. Nottingham is a popular destination for Chevening Scholars, and the university is proud to be a Chevening partner institution. Applications for Chevening Scholarships in 2021 are open until 3 November 2020.

Research scholarships

A selection of tuition fee scholarships are available for international and EU students entering PhD courses.

Sports scholarships

The university supports elite athletes through a range of sports scholarships, covering financial support, coaching training and high-performance facilities. The International Sporting Excellence Award covers a contribution towards tuition fees especially for international sports competitors.

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University of Nottingham was founded in 1948, when the college was awarded the Royal Charter and became the university. It has a global reputation for academic excellence, pioneering research and employability. Students from different countries study at the award winning campuses.

It is a truly global university providing excellent opportunities to meet study and socialise with individuals from all over the world. There are a number of options for international undergraduate and postgraduate students who wish to study part of their degree at Nottingham.

Other study opportunities at Nottingham include exchanges, study abroad and summer schools. International students have a number of scholarship schemes available to help them with tuition and living costs. Many of the undergraduate courses are available with a year-long industrial placement. Assessed internships can also be arranged for students on other courses where appropriate.

The University has award winning campuses, both at home and abroad, and continually invest in the University's grounds, buildings and facilities. It has provisions for childcare and disabled access, restaurants and cafeterias to computer facilities. University of Nottingham

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