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Nottingham University

UCAS Code: N84

Location: Nottingham, East Midlands Show on Map

Site: Main campus, plus two other sites nearby; also campuses in China and Malaysia (not otherwise covered in this profile). 

A top UK research-intensive university; a member of the Russell Group of universities. 

Student Population

Total Students:35,630
FE Students:0%


Total undergraduates:25,135
Full Time:94%
Mature on Entry:8%
UK Students:84%
State school entry:72%

Teaching Staff

1679 full-time, 185 part-time

Broad study areas

Arts & humanities; business; computer science; engineering; food sciences; law; medicine & health sciences; veterinary medicine; modern languages; science; social science 


Admission Information:Normally 3 A-levels required (plus GCSEs or an additional AS-level on some courses). UCAS tariff not used.
Points on Entry (Mean):433
Drop Out Rate:3%
Accommodation:All full-time first years guaranteed accommodation (conditions apply); interntational students housed for three years.


Founded:1881, university status 1948
Site:University Park (330-acre campus to west of city centre). Two further sites: Sutton Bonington 10 miles south (biosciences, veterinary medicine and science); Jubilee Campus under one mile away (business, computer science, contemporary Chinese studies, education). Also campuses in China (with 2765 students) and Malaysia (2635 students). 
How to get there:Close to junction 25 of the M1 and East Midlands Airport; by rail and coach to Nottingham. Buses from city centre and close to Beeston railway station; free hopper bus service between campuses. East Midlands Parkway railway station is 3 miles from Sutton Bonington Campus.

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Academic support, disability policy advisory unit, fees and financial support at all three sites. Also counselling service; childcare service; on-campus health services (including GPs, physiotherapist, psychiatrist, nurse practitioner in mental health, dental practice, pharmacy); international office; student advice & representation centre; faith support and advice and disability liaison officer in every school. 
Amenities:Students’ Union/Guild on all three sites. SU has some 200 societies, Athletic Union has 75+ sports clubs; also TV and radio station and newspaper. Minibus; hairdresser; campus bookshops; print and other shops; cafés and coffee bars; performing arts studio; DH Lawrence lakeside pavilion; banks; student-run theatre (the New Theatre); recycling facilities; student volunteer centre.
Sporting facilities:Sporting facilities: Sports centre at each campus. University Park has 8-lane swimming pool, floodlit 3G pitch and sand-based pitch, 14 tennis courts (3 floodlit), sports halls (8- and 4-badminton court), snooker room (3 full-size tables), 6 squash courts, fitness cente, 3 aerobics studios, 22 football pitches, 8 rugby pitches, plus baseball, lacrosse, gaelic football , softball and American football pitches, cricket squares, grass training area, specialist strength and conditioning area. Jubilee Campus has tennis courts, sports hall (8-badminton courts), gym, aerobics studio, 2 squash courts. Sutton Bonington has rugby and football pitches, 3 tennis courts, climbing wall, 2 squash courts, studio, sports hall (4-badminton courts), floodlit grass training area, gym. Boat club on the River Trent. Disability sports officer works to ensure disabled students can make the most of the sports and fitness opportunities, secures funding for specialist equipment etc. Annual tri-campus games (Nottingham, China, Malaysia).
Accommodation:All full-time first-year students accommodated (if they firmly accept their place and confirm before specified date); international students guaranteed accommodation for 3 years. Approx 8000 places, a mixture of catered, part-catered and self-catered (catered and self-catering halls in University Park and Jubilee Campus; self-/part-catered hall at Sutton Bonington): rents from £113 per week catered, £84.50 pw self-catered. Privately-rented accommodation, average of £65 pw (plus bills).

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:Libraries with over 1.3 million printed volumes and journals, 18,000 e-journals and 70,000 e-books; manuscripts and special collections. Short- loan collection for books most in demand. Refurbished libraries with group work spaces, study rooms, silent study zones, PCs, laptops, plasma screens and a cafe with sofas in Hallward Library. Information provision, £172 pa spent for each student (FTE). IT and library services converged. All workstations have access to library and internet; IT access from all student rooms. Libraries open 24 hours/day at exam times (Hallward for most of term time). IT support via helplines, email, advisory desks, school IT reps. Induction to library and information services on school basis for new students; IT modules available as part of modular scheme.
Other learning resources:Laptop loan service, University language centre, museum and arts centre; e-learning system that is uploaded with weblinks and lecture handouts; collection of open educational materials.
Study abroad:320+ partner universities in over 40 countries. University is a founder member of Universitas 21 and an active participant in Erasmus; offers school-based exchanges, short-term projects and summer schools.
Careers:Careers & Employability Service offers an Inside Employment module; programme of talks; careers planning skills module; Nottingham Advantage Award; skills workshops; case studies; student business planning competition. Graduates have life-long access to the Careers & Employability Service.


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £700 a month (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university.
Term-time work:Unitemps Nottingham employment service, on University Park Campus; recommended limit of 16 hours a week.
Financial help:Bursaries of £3000 pa available for UK students whose family income is up to £15k pa, of £2000 pa where it is £15k−£25k pa, of £1000 pa where it is £25k−£35k pa, or of £750 pa where family income is £35k−£42.6k pa (some 33% of students are expected to qualify for some bursary support). Additional bursaries of £1000 pa for those coming via an access or vocational qualification; with children or elderly dependants; for some students entering university from public care and for students from certain widening participation activities. Also fee waivers for some students whose family income is less than £25k eg care leavers, students from the East Midlands and those on Year 0 courses. Hardship support from other schemes eg access to learning fund, childcare support scheme.
University tuition fees:Home students pay £9000 pa for first degree courses. International students pay £11,990 pa (arts-based), £15,720 (science-based), £16,570−£28,800 (medicine), £23,300 (veterinary medicine/surgery).


Academic features:

Flexible modular degree course structure; teaching in 2 semesters. Innovative approach to teaching including podcasts, an e-learning system, a language centre with self-access facilities and a collection of open education materials.

Awarding body:

The University of Nottingham

Main undergraduate awards:

BA, LLB, BSc, BEng, BMBS, BMedSci, BVM BVS, BVMedSci, BArch, DipArch, MEng, MMath, MNutr, MPhys, MChem, MPharm, MSci, MNursSci.

Length of courses:

Mainly 3 and 4 years; 5 years medicine, veterinary medicine; 3−7 years architecture.

Main subjects offered:

  • Accountancy
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Agricultural Botany
  • Agriculture
  • American Studies
  • Ancient History
  • Animal Science
  • Archaeology
  • Architectural Design
  • Architecture
  • Art History
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Materials Science
  • Biomedical Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Economics
  • Business Studies
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Civil Engineering
  • Classical Studies
  • Classics
  • Communication Studies
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Technology
  • Computing
  • Counselling
  • Creative/Performance Writing
  • Crop Science/Technology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Dietetics
  • Dutch
  • E-business
  • Earth Sciences
  • East European Studies
  • Econometrics
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electromechanical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Energy Engineering
  • Engineering (General)
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • English
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • European Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Finance
  • Food Microbiology
  • Food Science
  • French
  • Genetics
  • Geography
  • German
  • Greek, Ancient/Classical
  • Hispanic Studies
  • History
  • Human Biology
  • Human Sciences
  • Humanities
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Latin
  • Latin American Studies
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Livestock Science
  • Management
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Imaging
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Medicinal Physics
  • Medicine
  • Medieval Studies
  • Microbiology
  • Midwifery
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music
  • Nanoscale Science/Technology
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Plant Science
  • Politics
  • Portuguese
  • Product Design
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian
  • Russian Studies
  • Serbian/Croatian
  • Slavonic Studies
  • Social Administration
  • Social Policy
  • Social Science
  • Social Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Soil Science
  • Space
  • Spanish
  • Sustainable Development
  • Theology
  • TV Studies
  • Veterinary Science
  • Viking Studies
  • Zoology

Student view

Rob Barham, Editor of Impact Magazine (4th year, International Relations)


What's it like as a place to live? Nottingham's got a really vibrant student scene - on campus, in the areas we live in town, and with the nightlife.

How's the student accommodation? Accommodation is really varied, but generally quite expensive. The university accommodation is generally good, especially the halls on campus.

What's the student population like? The student population is quite diverse, and people are generally laid-back and friendly. The proportion of middle-class students is surprisingly high.

How do students and locals get on? The area most students live is so colonised by us that we rarely see locals. Generally, though, there are few problems.


What's it like as a place to study? The courses are generally of high quality, although we have little contact with our tutors. Facilities and the libraries are good.

What are the teaching staff like? They're varied, but most are good and have an interest in students.


What are student societies like? There's a large range of societies, from salsa dancing to ultimate frisbee. We also have a very vibrant and successful student magazine.

What's a typical night out? Fancy dress and vodka red bulls at ISIS.

And how much does it cost? £20.

How can you get home safely? Easily. Taxis are very cheap.


Is it an expensive place to live? No. Taxis are cheap, as are drinks and takeaways. Accommodation is generally reasonable.

Average price of a pint? £2.

And the price of a takeaway? £3.50.

What's the part-time work situation? Not great. It's fairly hard to get a job right now, although with persistence you will find one.


What's the best feature about the place? The campus is amazing. It's huge, green, and has great architecture.

And the worst? Limited contact time with tutors.

And if you had to sum it all up in a sentence (or two)? Bodacious.

Past Students

D H Lawrence (author), Brian Moore (rugby), Jim Moir alias Vic Reeves (comedian), Clive Granger (economist). 

More info?

Call 0115 846 8800, email studentsunion@nottingham.ac.uk, or check out SU website www.su.nottingham.ac.uk.



The University of Nottingham
University Park


0115 951 5559





Student enquiries:

The Enquiry Centre (King's Meadow Campus, Lenton Lane, Nottingham NG7 2NR). 



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