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The University of Nottingham is ranked within the top 1% of all universities worldwide. Placed seventh in the UK for research power by the latest national Research Assessment Exercise in 2008, Nottingham is a major research institution delivering work of international significance.

With campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia, and over 40,000 students from 150 countries, we offer a truly international experience for postgraduates, creating an inspiring place to study and work. We encourage all our students to develop an international perspective, helping you stand out in a global jobs market.

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A leading choice for postgraduate study

Nottingham offers over 300 taught postgraduate courses and a wide range of research opportunities spanning the arts, built environment, business, law and social sciences, education, engineering, medicine and health sciences, and science.

Research degrees are supervised by world-class academics, many of whom are internationally recognised in their fields. Taught programmes are informed by up-to-the-minute research findings, and delivered by research scholars at the forefront of the latest developments.

The University provides a range of support services to help postgraduates progress, including a dedicated Graduate School and an award-winning careers service, to which graduates have access for life.

World-changing research

The University is committed to research across all faculties and subjects, from the essential core disciplines through to less traditional subjects such as entrepreneurship. The focus is on interdisciplinary work and our state-of-the-art research centres bring together some of the finest minds from around the world and across disciplines to push traditional research boundaries.

The latest Research Assessment Exercise in 2008 found that 90% of Nottingham's research is of an 'international standard' and 60% is 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent.' This performance helped the University attract over £150m in research funding from research councils, UK and EU governments, charities and industry in recent years.

Postgraduate research students play a hugely important role in contributing to and maintaining the momentum of the University's research activities. The University supports each student from the outset, by offering a personalised Researcher Development Programme, tailored to meet individual needs. The programme helps research students develop vital skills for their career - whether or not they choose to pursue academia. At Nottingham, postgraduates have the opportunity to gain teaching experience, present papers at conferences, and publish their work to begin to establish their name amongst academic peers.

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Funded PhD opportunities

Our Doctoral Training Centres (DTCs) provide high level academic and skills training alongside experience in industry. Aligned to key areas of research focus, both academically and commercially, DTCs are setting a new benchmark for the provision of doctoral training and the quality of graduate researchers.

Taught courses

The University has an outstanding reputation for teaching quality. Our long term commitment to maintaining excellence in the provision of teaching and learning ensures that the University is consistently among the highest-ranking performers in independent teaching assessments.

We offer over 300 taught courses, spanning a range of disciplines and subjects. Teaching is informed by the very latest research developments, and many of our taught courses are delivered by research scholars who are passionate about their subjects.

The University regularly consults with and surveys businesses and employers to ensure all our programmes are providing students with the opportunity to develop key transferable skills and improve employability.

Finding funding

We are committed to helping current and prospective postgraduates find funding to enable them to study at The University of Nottingham. Please see our funding pages for information on a range of opportunities and other useful links.

Student development

The University's Graduate School is a dedicated facility for postgraduates and an invaluable resource. The Graduate School runs the Researcher Development Programme, a comprehensive calendar of events and workshops to help research students develop the skills they need for their career.

It also provides work and meeting space, organises events for all postgraduates and provides advice and guidance on funding opportunities.

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Career opportunities

Nottingham is one of the top 10 universities most often targeted by Britain's leading graduate employers and over 90% of our postgraduates go into employment or further study within six months of graduation.

The most recent figures (2009/10) show that the average starting salary of Nottingham's PhD graduates was £29,479 – 37% higher than for first degree graduates and the average starting salary for taught masters graduates was 14 % higher than that of graduating undergraduates at £24,558.

Nottingham is a world top 20 choice for employers according to the QS World University Rankings and the University's Careers and Employability Service is award-winning, running over 150 employer-led events on campus each year as well as recruitment fairs and careers workshops. There is even a careers adviser dedicated to research students.

The Careers and Employability Service is open to our graduates for life.

An international institution

Internationalisation is at the heart of The University of Nottingham. Described by The Times as 'the closest the UK has to a truly global university', Nottingham has campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia which act as hosts to a genuinely global academic community in all three countries. The China and Malaysia campuses also provide opportunities for students to study overseas - the University's split-site PhD/MPhil programmes divide studies between the China and Nottingham campuses.

Nottingham is a founder member of Universitas 21, an international network of leading research-intensive universities, which work together to share knowledge and create opportunities through international collaboration.


Student life

Over 8,600 postgraduates study across our campuses, with around 7,600 studying in the UK.

In addition to a great reputation for teaching and research, there are plenty of social and leisure activities to get involved in both at the University and in Nottingham itself.

As soon as you accept your place at The University of Nottingham, you receive automatic membership of the Postgraduate Students' Association (PGSA). On behalf of the Students' Union, the PGSA provides a variety of free or low-cost social and networking opportunities, catering for the diverse needs and tastes of our students. Whether it's a free coffee morning, dinner club, book club, a pub quiz, a Big Day Out or a night out on the town, there's always something to do and someone new to meet. The PGSA also represents postgraduate interests to the Students' Union, the University and to external committees.

Nottingham's Students' Union is one of the most active in the UK and supports over 250 sports clubs and societies, ensuring that we are consistently in the top 10 of the British Universities and Colleges Sport league.

Nottingham city

Right at the heart of England, Nottingham is a vibrant and versatile city, rich with heritage and culture, embracing creativity and originality.

The city of Nottingham is steeped in history and packed with attractions.

The city's social life is second to none; there is a wealth of sports facilities, and just outside Nottingham are areas of 'outstanding natural beauty', including the Peak District National Park.

With loads of great bars, pubs and clubs, cinemas, theatres and galleries, and a whole host of shops from designer boutiques to vintage, Nottingham city is proud to be one of the UK's top 10 shopping destinations.

Take a look at our city guide for tips on things to see and do Nottingham, and watch our Nottingham video to see what our students say about the city.

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Postgraduate Prospectus

Nottingham's online prospectus has details of all the University's courses and research opportunities.

To request a printed prospectus, please call +44 (0)115 951 5559 or create your own prospectus on the University's website.

Find out more

You are welcome to visit us at any time. Just contact us so we can help you arrange a time to view facilities, meet staff and explore our campuses. If you can't make it in person, visit our postgraduate virtual open day or see what our students have to say on our videos wall.

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