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The University of Nottingham has a global reputation for academic excellence, pioneering research and employability. Over 44,500 students from more than 150 countries study at the award-winning campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia, while the global alumni community numbers over 270,000 Nottingham graduates worldwide.

A world beyond ordinary

Established in 1881 and awarding degrees since 1948, University of Nottingham is a founder member of the Universitas 21 international network and the UK's prestigious Russell Group, a group of the UK's leading universities committed to the highest standards in teaching and research.

Nottingham is ranked in the world's top 100 universities and the UK's top 15 by the QS World University Rankings 2018. Nottingham's five faculties of Arts, Engineering, Medicine and Health Sciences, Science, and Social Sciences offer bachelors, masters and research degree programmes in a wide variety of subject areas.

The majority of the bachelor’s degrees are 3 years in duration and the taught masters degrees are 12 months in duration, providing accelerated entry to the world of work or graduate/doctoral studies. As a graduate student you can receive guidance, training and support from our Graduate School.

Scholarships for excellence

We reward excellence and encourage global development through international scholarships for outstanding masters and research students from a wide variety of countries. Nottingham's North America Masters Scholarship provides 25 scholarships of 25% towards tuition fees for students from USA and Canada.

Nottingham is eligible to certify Federal Direct Loan applications for students studying at the university's UK campuses and is a popular destination for sponsored students and prestigious international scholarship winners, including Fulbright Scholars.

A global reputation for research

The latest Research Excellence Framework (2014) ranked Nottingham 8th in the UK for research power, with more than 97% of research recognized internationally, while more than 80% of Nottingham's research is ranked as "world-leading" or "internationally excellent."

This research has a lasting and growing impact around the world, ranging from the development of MRI technology to new solutions for global food security and finding new ways to identify and eradicate modern slavery. Nottingham's academics have received Nobel Prizes in medicine (Sir Peter Mansfield, 2003), economics (Sir Clive Granger, 2003) and chemistry (Sir Fraser Stoddart, 2016).

Kick-start your career

Nottingham is a world top 60 university in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018. Nottingham's graduates are targeted by leading employers in the UK and around the world.

Students and alumni benefit from careers support during their studies and after graduation. There are opportunities for placements and internships during your studies too.

Life beyond the lecture theatre

Currently welcoming more than 220 students from the USA, University of Nottingham offers a friendly and academically diverse environment for US students to pursue their College studies. Nottingham's campuses include excellent facilities for study, leisure, sport and faith. With more than 300 student-run societies and sports clubs at Nottingham, there is ample opportunity to support your current interests and expand your horizons.

The University ranks 4th in the UK for sport out of 148 universities in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) league, the UK's equivalent to the NCAA. The £40m David Ross Sports Village boasts world-class facilities and coaches and is home to over 70 sports and nearly 120 teams. Elite athletes join from all over the world, including from US colleges such as Harvard University, University of Southern California and University of California-Los Angeles and there is the potential to be awarded sports scholarships of up to £8,000.

Beyond the University, Nottingham is a compact and vibrant city with plenty to explore: historic buildings, cosmopolitan restaurants, cultural festivals, music events, museums and art galleries, sports venues and cinemas, theatres, nightclubs and bars. The city is surrounded by beautiful English countryside, including the Peak District and Sherwood Forest. Nottingham's central location, only two hours from London by train, and excellent transport links also make it an ideal base for exploring the UK.

Student population: 44,520

Number of international students: 10,883

City population: 314,300

Location: Award-winning campuses located near the vibrant and student-friendly city of Nottingham, which is less than two hours from London by train.

Closest airports: East Midlands Airport (13 miles); Birmingham Airport (51 miles)

Date of establishment: 1881

Areas of expertise: Engineering; Sustainable Energy; Medicine and Clinical Sciences; Biosciences; Computer Science

Cost of Tuition per year: from £16,350 per year (2018/19)

Accommodation cost: on campus £4,534 for 31 weeks

Notable alumni:

  • Dr Stewart Adams; OBE Pharmacologist and inventor of ibuprofen
  • Sir Clive Granger (1934-2009) Economist and Nobel Prize-winner
  • DH Lawrence (1885-1930), Author
  • Judith McHale, Former Under-Secretary of State in the US Obama Administration
  • YAB Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia
  • John Rishton, Former CEO, Rolls-Royce
  • Sir John Sawers, Former Head of MI6
  • Theo James, star of the Divergent film series;
  • Ruth Wilson, star of the Golden Globe award-winning series The Affair.

The Nottingham MBA

The University of Nottingham Business School is one of an elite global group of EQUIS and AMBA accredited business schools, and it has continued to rank in The Economist’s list of the world’s top 100 full-time MBA programs, despite increasing global competition. The School has featured in the top 100 every year since 2011.

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Thinking about studying Politics and International Relations? Consider the University of Nottingham!

Nottingham's School of Politics and International Relations has an excellent teaching reputation, and faculty members have won three UK Political Studies Association awards in this area. The School offers a diverse community of students, along with access to international projects and a host of extra-curricular activities.

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