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Nottingham, University of

“Nottingham is the nearest Britain has to a truly global university.” - The Times Good University Guide 2014

With over 43,000 students from more than 150 countries, award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia and a history of excellence spanning over 125 years, The University of Nottingham has a diverse community which creates an inspiring place to study.

The University of Nottingham is a founder member of the Russell Group, a group of 24 leading UK universities committed to maintaining world class research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector. Ranked in the top 70 universities worldwide by the QS World University Rankings 2015/16, Nottingham attracts academics and students from across the globe. Twice since 2003 our research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes.

Nottingham has five faculties and a wide range of departments offering over 360 undergraduate courses and over 380 graduate taught courses, with MRes and PhD opportunities across a constantly evolving range of disciplines. 

The latest REF (2014) ranked Nottingham 8th in the UK in terms of research power, which measures the quality and quantity of research conducted by an institution. More than 97% of research is recognized internationally, while more than 80 per cent of Nottingham research is ranked in the highest categories — ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

In a poll of more than 20,000 students across the UK, Nottingham was named number 1 for giving students the best employment prospects when leaving university (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2015).  According to independent research, the university is a world top 50 choice for employers (QS World University Rankings 2015/16) and is consistently among the most targeted universities by the UK’s leading graduate employers (The Graduate Market in 2013, 2014 and 2015, High Fliers Research). Over 2,000 employers approach the university every year with a view to recruiting our students. 

As well as an excellent academic reputation, Nottingham is well known for its sporting success and depth in performance sport. With over 70 sports clubs, Nottingham teams have consistently finished in the top 10 out of over 140 institutions competing in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) overall league championship table since 1985. In order to further the university’s sporting success, a sports bursary scheme exists to help outstanding athletes meet extra costs of high class sports participation during their time at Nottingham.


The university provides an impressive range of sports facilities including modern sports centers and gyms on all three UK campuses. The sports center on University Park Campus currently houses three full-sized sports halls comprising 12 badminton courts, seven squash courts, a multipurpose room, practice rooms for martial arts and table tennis, a snooker room and a bar. The new David Ross Sports Village is under construction with an expected completion date of September 2016. Plans for the £40m facility include 20 badminton courts, an indoor sprint track, climbing wall and martial arts dojo.

The Careers and Employability Service organises and promotes a range of opportunities, including:

  • an award-winning Inside Employment module which allows you to work in a team and research careers in different sectors, before presenting your findings to employers and academics
  • the ‘Careers in...’ programme of talks, delivered by experienced practitioners and alumni, providing valuable insights into careers such as the media and PR
  • the Careers Planning Skills module, which is part of the Nottingham Advantage Award and a chance to learn about and practise the skills needed to secure a graduate job
  • skills workshops led by representatives from well-regarded graduate recruiters, providing you with an opportunity to develop vital employability skills
  • skills workshops led by careers advisors and employers on aspects of the recruitment process including writing applications and interview techniques
  • case studies similar to those used in assessment centres and management training, facilitated by employer contacts or careers advisors
  • the Student Business Planning Competition, which is a series of workshops to help you gain the skills you will need to set up your own business after graduation

Nottingham's extensive library facilities house more than a million books and journals, as well as four million manuscripts and several thousand electronic journals and books. Hallward Library on University Park Campus is open 24/7 and all of the libraries have extended opening times during exam times.

Leaving home to live at university is an exciting but sometimes daunting time. The University of Nottingham guarantees accommodation to all international graduate students for one year and all international undergraduate students for three years if they firmly accept their offer and apply for accommodation by the set deadline. Terms and conditions apply. 

If you would like to find out more about studying at Nottingham University, please contact our Across The Pond Advisors today!

Student population: 43,000

Number of international students: 8,944

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.

Master’s in Brewing Science & Practice at Nottingham

It’s true!  You can go to school to learn the science of brewing at the University of Nottingham.

Politics at Nottingham

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.

Join us for Destination Britain, Canada's Biggest UK Only Student Fair!

Join the Across The Pond Canada team from 9:30am to 4pm on Saturday 27 February 2016 at the Delta Downtown in Toronto (75 Lower Simcoe  St.).

At this event you can discover exciting universities in England, Scotland and Wales, and learn more about the various study opportunities available; meet with representatives from a number of our university partners and discuss your requirements with our team of expert student advisors; and arrange a one-to-one advising session or attend one of our information workshops.

New Sports Village at Nottingham

Are you an American student hoping to study overseas and play sports?  Did you know Nottingham in England has been named England’s official “Home of Sport” due to the city's superb sports venues and facilities, and its many notable sportspeople and teams?

Philip Kligman

I love The University of Nottingham - it’s got a very diverse study body, which is an essential for students like myself to interact and build a larger global network.

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Kyle Jordan Hiebert

They city is perfect to live in as a student, the campus is beautiful, and the international emphasis of the University really brings together such a diverse blend of perspectives and backgrounds.

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Samrah Mian

Your education at the university will probably be one of the best times of your life so try to make the most of it.

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Betty Wu

My experience at the University of Nottingham was not only special but also memorable, and I am especially thankful for the practical knowledge that I have acquired.

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Students - Welcome to The University of Nottingham

Uni Park Campus - Ancaster Hall tour (catered accommodation)

They city is perfect to live in as a student, the campus is beautiful, and the international emphasis of the University really brings together such a diverse blend of perspectives and backgrounds....

Kyle Jordan Hiebert