University of Nottingham

University of Nottingham
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University Park Campus, China Campus, Jubilee Campus, Malaysia Campus, Sutton Bonington Campus
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Arts, Engineering, Medicine and Health Sciences, Science, Social Sciences

The University of Nottingham is one of Britain’s oldest and largest Universities, tracing its origins back to 1791 when it was opened as an adult education school. In 1881, it was established as a University College which was part of the University of London. From this point the University quickly grew and is today considered to be one of the UK’s top institutions of Higher Education. Nottingham also has an outstanding international reputation and is ranked in the top 1% of all universities worldwide. A member of the Russell Group and the Universitas 21 consortium, the University of Nottingham has been described as “the nearest Britain has to a truly global university” (The Times, 2012) and the “embodiment of the modern international university” (The Sunday Times University Guide, 2011).


Teaching Quality
The University of Nottingham provides some of the country’s brightest students with the opportunity to really challenge themselves under the guidance of an experienced body of academics who can lay claim to being at the top of their respective fields.


  • Nottingham is a research-led institution whose world-leading research underpins the teaching that takes place there. Its academics are widely published and are respected in academic and professional circles alike.
  • There are more than 350 undergraduate courses on offer at the UK campus.
  • All courses (expect for Medicine) are modular which give students the flexibility to tailor their course to their individual needs and interests.
  • This modular approach also enables students to broaden their horizons and, through studying a topic related to their course from a different perspective, may gain a better, deeper understanding of their own subjects.
  • There is a strong emphasis on quality and applicable teaching.
  • Innovative teaching resources are employed in order to give students the most comprehensive and modern experience possible.
  • The University offers numerous professionally accredited courses and is regarded as a centre for teaching excellence.
  • In teaching assessments conducted by the Quality Assurance Agency, 39 of its subjects were awarded ‘excellent’ ratings of 22-24, out of 24.


Research Quality
The University of Nottingham is among the UK’s top ranked research universities. The University is internationally renowned for its ground-breaking research and continually attracts world-class academics. It is a testament to the quality of its research that academics from the University have been awarded two Nobel prizes in the past decade.


  • Major scientific breakthroughs, as well as prospects for future economic, social and cultural progress, have been enabled as a result of Nottingham’s research.
  • These breakthroughs have spanned a number of different fields, including: MRI techniques, drug discovery, food technologies and engineering.
  • 26 of Nottingham’s departments were graded 5 or 5* (internationally excellent) in the UK Funding Council’s 2001 Research Assessment Exercise.
  • The University of Nottingham is currently ranked among the Top 7 research universities in Britain. (Following the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise)
  • The University submitted one of the highest numbers of research areas for assessment. More than 90% of its research was found to be of an international standard and almost 60% was considered to be 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'
  • 27 of its subject areas feature in the UK's top 10, and 14 in the top five. The University was ranked first in the following areas: Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Sciences; American Studies and Anglophone Area Studies; Iberian and Latin American Languages; and Pharmacy.


The University of Nottingham welcomes students from over 150 countries. Its forward-thinking approach to internationalisation comes across in every aspect of the institution and it is reaping the benefits of having invested in a multilateral approach to cultivating an extensive global network.


  • The University of Nottingham combines a commitment to academic excellence with a truly global perspective.
  • The University is dedicated to providing a welcoming and intellectually stimulating environment to all of its students.
  • Nottingham is committed to internationalisation and is focused on fostering enduring relationships across the globe that will encourage a two-way process of teaching, research and knowledge transfer.
  • The University of Nottingham was the first institution in the UK to open full campuses abroad, having established itself first in Malaysia in 2000, and then in China four years later.
  • The University has established a ‘Knowledge Without Borders Network’ (KWBN) at its Malaysia campus. The KWBN is a new and unique collaboration between managers, academics and professional support staff which will drive the research, practice and policy agenda in the areas of internationalisation and knowledge transfer.
  • The University has an unrivalled alumni network which enables current and past students to tap into a powerful global resource for networking.
  • As a mark of our commitment to internationalising the student community, The University of Nottingham has one of the UK’s more extensive scholarship programmes. There are a number of generous departmental, country specific, alumni, friends and family awards available at postgraduate taught and research level for up to 25%, 50% and 100% of tuition fees. For more information on these including deadlines and application forms, please see our scholarships webpages.


Student Satisfaction
The University’s aim to give students an outstanding experience is reflected in consistently high scores in the National Student Survey.


  • The University achieved an 88% satisfaction score in the most recent National Student Survey (2012).
  • This score reflects student satisfaction with the quality of teaching, resources and experience available to them and has been improving consistently over the past eight years.
  • The University prides itself on being able to provide a valuable and enjoyable experience that prepares students well for the rest of their intellectual, professional and personal lives.
  • Student satisfaction with specific departments is also high, with the University’s law department and art history courses achieving overall satisfaction ratings of 98% and an impressive 100% satisfaction rate among midwifery and physiotherapy students.
  • Archaeology, Classics, Philosophy, Theology and Veterinary courses all achieved an overall percentage of over 95%. These are impressive figures that compare favourably with the national average.
  • Nottingham is very highly ranked across numerous league tables and is regularly commended for its contributions to the educational sector.
  • More information about the University of Nottingham’s position in international league tables can be found on its website here whilst informational about where the University ranks in domestic league tables is located here.
  • The International Support Services Team in the International Office provides information and advice on visas and immigration for prospective and current students. Our team was voted “Number 1” amongst the Russell Group institutions for providing immigration advice in the 2011 International Student Barometer by i-graduate.


Employable Graduates
Graduates from the University of Nottingham are among the most employable and sought after in both the UK and the world. Nottingham UK is the 2nd choice for employers ahead of Manchester (3rd), Cambridge (4th) and Oxford (7th). The University aims to deliver highly-skilled graduates to the labour market and equips students with all the skills they need to succeed.


  • Cutting-edge research informs the courses delivered at the University and means that students always have access to the most relevant information.
  • Many students choose to engage in entrepreneurial projects through societies and, in doing so, develop additional skills to complement their academic qualifications.
  • The University offers a free alumni service which provides graduates with access to career training and development long after graduation.
  • Alumni are also engaged in acting as mentors to students, which provides students with invaluable connections in the working world.
  • Nottingham has an award winning Careers and Employability Service which offers students impartial information, advice and guidance.
  • The University itself has launched a number of award-winning spin-out companies and was a founding partner in BioCity – Britain's largest biomedical business incubator.
  • The University of Nottingham is a world Top 15 choice for employers in the QS World University Ranking 2011.



Nottingham is one of the UK’s most cosmopolitan cities: its compact centre combines a proud heritage and history with cutting-edge culture, shopping, sport and nightlife. Situated in the heart of England, Nottingham is less than two hours travel from London, with excellent transport links to the capital and the rest of the UK.

There are numerous places of interest in the region including the Peak District National Park and Sherwood Forest, as well as many historic buildings of international significance such as Chatsworth House and Newstead Abbey.
Nottingham is famous for its beautiful campuses, each with their own distinct style and personality, they offer a safe, convenient and inclusive study environment.   Across all its campuses, the University is currently investing £90m in modern teaching and learning facilities, with new sports facilities, research laboratories and student accommodation. With our international campuses and links to more than 320 partner universities in over 40 countries, Nottingham also offers hundreds of exciting opportunities for study abroad and exchanges

The University of Nottingham’s main campus, University Park Campus, is located to the west of Nottingham city centre. This campus is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful in the country and is set around a lake and clock-tower, with extensive parkland greenery. It has won numerous awards - including a record nine Green Flag Awards - and has been named the greenest campus in the UK. Not to be outdone, the University’s other campuses are all well-equipped with state-of-the-art facilities; both leisure and academic. All of the sites are easily accessible and can be reached by cycle paths, often through rather scenic routes. 

The city of Nottingham is well connected to the rest of the UK and offers all the amenities of a major city with the comforts and friendly atmosphere of a smaller town. Most major UK destinations can be reached by direct, fast rail services and the local airport offers connecting flights to international destinations as well as direct flights to more local areas of interest such as the south of England and Scotland.