Described as ‘one of the first to embrace a truly international approach to higher education’*, The University of Nottingham is in the top 1% of universities worldwide** and has campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia. A member of the Russell Group, Nottingham is internationally recognised for groundbreaking research and teaching excellence and attracts world-class academics and students. Our postgraduate experience is first class with a programme of development for all research students and a global learning experience that will prepare you for the international jobs market.
Nottingham coordinates research on some of the most pressing human concerns and global challenges. Research excellence underpins the University’s continued success in winning new research awards – in 2014/15 Nottingham attracted a record £186million.
The latest Research Excellence Framework (2014) ranked The University of Nottingham 8th in the UK in terms of research power. Our postgraduate students play a key role in this success. You will benefit from working with pioneering researchers in cutting-edge facilities and will be encouraged to gain teaching experience, present papers at conferences worldwide, and publish your work. If any inventions arise from your research, our IP Commercialisation team has the expertise to assess their viability and help you develop them commercially.
We have an outstanding reputation for the quality of our teaching and consistently perform well in independent reviews. We offer more than 300 postgraduate taught courses including masters, PGDip and PGCert programmes, many of which can be pursued full or part-time, and some by distance learning. Our courses will equip you with a thorough understanding of your subject and vital transferable skills.
As a postgraduate student you will receive membership to our Graduate School and can take advantage of its impressive Researcher Development Programme, funding opportunities and busy social calendar. We offer state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities to provide you with everything you need to make your studies a success. Our student support services provide information and advice on both academic and personal issues.
The Students’ Union is one of the most active in the UK, providing specialised support and events for postgraduates. We have a great range of high-quality sports facilities on campus, and University of Nottingham Sport has over 70 clubs you could join.
Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers.^ Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service runs an extensive programme of recruitment events, one-to-one careers guidance sessions, CV sessions and lots more. After you graduate, you will have access to the service for life. If you are interested in starting your own business, the University’s EnterpriseLab offers advice and practical support.
How to apply
We encourage applications directly through our online application system:
Entry requirements (guide only)
Taught masters: honours degree at 2:2 or above; PhD: honours degree at 2:1 or above (or international equivalents).
Specific entry requirements, including English language requirements.
Our International Office is dedicated to supporting students from outside the UK. Find out more:
Fees vary. Up-to-date fee information.
We offer a range of postgraduate funding opportunities:
Doctoral Training Programmes
Nottingham leads, or is involved in, a range of Doctoral Training Programmes all offering fully funded PhD opportunities:
We guarantee all postgraduate students University-arranged accommodation for the first year of study, providing you accept your course place and return your accommodation application by 1 August ahead of your year of study.
You are welcome to make an informal visit to the University, but please contact us in advance if you wish to visit a particular school or department. You can also visit our Virtual Nottingham site:
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