University profile

Nottingham Trent University

2019/20 edition

About Nottingham Trent University

Whether you are looking to further your knowledge in a chosen subject, improve your prospects or want to change careers, Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has the course for you. Our combination of academic excellence, focused support and student experience makes us one of the universities of choice for postgraduate students across the world.

NTU has been named University of the Year, at the Times Higher Education awards.

This is the latest award we’ve received in a year packed with recognition and prizes. In 2017, we were also named as the UK’s Modern University of the Year (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide), whilst receiving a gold rating in the national Teaching Excellence Framework. We’ve also recently achieved our highest ever ranking in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. A climb of ten places to 37th in this year’s guide caps a remarkable year for us.

  • We have nearly 200 taught postgraduate courses across our nine academic schools, including a variety of research degree options.
  • Our academic supervisors, tutors and lecturers are leading practitioners in their fields and are engaged in world class consultancy and group research.
  • We have strong links with companies worldwide, keeping our courses cutting edge in a rapidly changing world, as well as offering multiple placement options all designed to improve your employability.
  • There’s plenty for you to get involved in, with over 110 societies to help make the most of your student experience; including everything from astronomy to volunteering and from fashion to cocktails.

Nottingham Trent University has been one of the biggest climbers in The Guardian University Guide 2019, focusing on student satisfaction and graduate employment. NTU has now risen to number 16 in the overall table - a jump of 18 places from last year.

Discover postgraduate opportunities at NTU.

Courses designed for success


Our range of taught, postgraduate courses are designed to develop in-depth knowledge in a specialist field of study. All foster skills that are valuable in a professional context, such as analysis, independent critical enquiry and effective communication. Many have been designed in consultation with our contacts in business, the public services and the professions to have direct practical applications in the workplace. Others are oriented more towards fostering research skills and furthering an academic career.

Our professional courses - in areas including Business, Law and Teacher Training - are aimed at enhancing your employment profile and enabling you to achieve higher, much earlier in your career. These courses are designed to meet the needs of industry, commerce and the professions and give you the skills, know-how and contacts that you need for success in the workplace.

A reputation for success


We are committed to quality teaching and providing you with an excellent experience during your time at NTU, which is why the Teaching Excellence Framework awarded us Gold in June 2017.

A key factor in NTU's success is its enviable employability record. 97% of NTU postgraduates* find employment or go onto further study within six months of leaving.

(*DLHE Survey Postgraduate results 2016-17).

Research excellence honoured

Research that shapes lives and society is central to Nottingham Trent University’s mission. The Queen's Anniversary Prize for higher and further education was awarded to the University in November 2015. It is the highest national honour for a UK university and recognises the University’s world-class research.

We have an international reputation for research. Our 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) results demonstrate our commitment to research that delivers global success, with nearly all of our research identified as world leading or internationally excellent.

Our Doctoral School provides opportunities for PhD, MPhil and Professional Doctorate study.


During your time at NTU, there will be a range of scholarships and bursaries on offer to help fund your studies. This has helped hundreds of students study at NTU and achieve their ambitions. Scholarships and bursaries are awarded to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Have a look at the NTU website to find out more about the funding opportunities available for Postgraduate students at NTU.

Outstanding facilities and support

Our students are equipped with a wide range of facilities and resources to help in their studies. Whether that’s our Boots Library with over 400 PCs available 24/7, or our Ballistics laboratory at our Clifton Campus, the latest equipment is available in our teaching spaces while constant investment in new technologies provides every opportunity for academic success.

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in activities ranging from sports clubs and societies to volunteering.
An excellent standard of support is offered to all our students including financial advice, counselling, faith support, careers advice and help with accommodation.


All three of our campuses provide high-quality on-site accommodation in a range of furnished self-catering residences offering en-suite or shared bathroom facilities. We have accommodation, including purpose built studio accommodation, specifically for postgraduate students. Please contact us to find out more.

Nottingham also has a large selection of private rented accommodation available within easy reach of the university.

Nottingham - a cosmopolitan city of culture and creativity

Nottingham is one of the most popular student cities in the UK, with over 60,000 students choosing to make the city their home. With Nottingham ranked joint fourth* as the best student city in the world, it's not hard to see why.
(*QS Best Student Cities index results, March 2017).

The city offers a wide range of bars, cafes and restaurants to suit every taste, together with a generous helping of music, culture, sports, shopping and nightlife including the infamous Rock City. It’s also home to two great theatres; the Theatre Royal and Nottingham Playhouse where you can catch some of the biggest names in theatre, as well as some more independent productions.

Nottingham Trent University is the first UK University to be awarded the Purple Flag accreditation – for its night-time culture and promoting the safety and wellbeing of visitors and students.

(*QS Best Student Cities index results, March 2017).

How to apply

You can apply online for most of our postgraduate courses. Take a look at the course information on our website for more details.

Applications for research opportunities should be directed to our .

More information for international students.

Contact details

+44 (0)115 848 4200
Nottingham Trent University
50 Shakespeare Street