How to apply for taught courses



The first step on your path to postgraduate study is finding the right course or research area.

Find taught courses

Once you have found the course you are interested in, follow these steps to complete your application.

Before you apply

1. Check entry requirements

The entry requirements for our postgraduate programmes vary depending on the course. Please see the online prospectus for current entry requirements.
Evidence of relevant personal, professional and educational experience may be taken into consideration – please contact the academic school directly for further information.

International students

International and EU students can find guidance on alternative qualifications and entry requirements for their country on our country-specific webpages.

English language requirements

If you are an international or EU student and English isn't your first language, you will need to meet the English language requirements for your chosen course. These vary depending on subject area and school,  and you should check the fact file on your course page. These show entry requirements for IELTS, but we also accept alternative English language qualifications, please check our Quality Manual for details.

English language preparation and support

If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited

by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.

Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking IELTS or equivalent. On some courses, you could be eligible for a joint offer, which means you will only need to apply for your visa once.


2. Check key dates and deadlines

Home/EU students 

Although most postgraduate courses do not formally close for applications, you are advised to apply as soon as possible as places are limited and courses may become full. 

International students 

International students are advised to submit applications as early as possible. The deadline for courses starting on Monday 23 September 2019 is Thursday 8 August 2018.

You will need to have an unconditional offer and be able to demonstrate you have secured sufficient funding before you can apply for your student visa. The student visa process is likely to take some time, so if you are outside the UK you will need to factor this in to the overall timescales. 

For an overview of the student visa application process, see our 7 Step Guide. For more information on visa processing times see

Funding deadlines

An offer of study is required for many funding opportunities and students should check deadlines for applications carefully, as these are often early in the year. 

Course start dates 

The majority of postgraduate taught programmes will start on Monday 23 September 2019. Certain courses may have a second point of entry during the year, please check the online prospectus to found out the specific start date for your course.



3. Apply for funding

There are lots of options and support available. Wherever possible you should secure funding for your studies before applying for a course. However, some scholarships, loans and funding schemes may require you to secure an offer of admission from the University before you apply for funding.

For more information on funding your postgraduate studies, visit our funding webpages.

You can also check the course details on our online prospectus for any specific funding that might be available, or contact the school/department directly to find out about any other funding opportunities.

International and EU students

The University offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students. An offer of study is needed for most scholarships and closing dates are often early in the year. See our masters scholarships webpage for more details.


4. Submit an application

You can apply directly through our online application system. There is an application fee of £40 for postgraduate taught courses.

You will receive an automatic acknowledgment of your application when submitted and you can view its progress using the tracking information. Please note, applications for teacher training and MA Social Work are made through UCAS.


You will be required to provide two references as part of your application. At least one of these will need to be able to comment on your academic ability.

Supporting documents

You will need to provide supporting documents as part of your application, including your degree certificate and transcripts. 

You can upload scanned copies of any documents that are required as part of your application. Please do not send original copies in the post.


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Unable to apply?

If you are unable to apply using our online application system, please call us on +44 (0)115 951 5559


After you apply

5. Track your application

If you apply through our online system you can log in at any time to track the progress of your application.

When we have made a decision on your application we will send you an email to tell you what that decision is and what you need to do next.

There is lots of information about the University and Nottingham that you can access in our Postgraduate applicants' area, as well as details on accepting your offer, accommodation and other helpful hints and tips.



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