University of Nottingham Guide: Reviews, Rankings, Fees and More
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Summary Of University
- Type of campus: Multi-campus university
- Student population: 25k+ students, 20% international students
- Tuition Fees: ~£19,000 (Non-lab), ~£25,000 (Lab), £26,500-43,500 (Medicine)
- 2021 UK Ranking: 20
- 2021 Global Ranking: 99
University of Nottingham Overview
The University of Nottingham is a TEF Gold-rated university that has been recognised for its quality of education and research. The university is a part of the prestigious Russell Group and it has branch campuses in China and Malaysia, serving a total of 47,000 students across all three campuses. The university has strong ties with various industries and many courses at Nottingham include work placements as part of the degree, ensuring that students graduate fully-equipped as working professionals. The student body at Nottingham is diverse, with 20% international students in the UK campuses.
University of Nottingham Courses and Programs
The university has garnered a great reputation for its programmes in Engineering, Pharmacy, and Social Sciences. The University of Nottingham is ranked among the top ten in the UK for Chemical Engineering, Pharmacology & Pharmacy, Creative Writing, and ten other subjects (Jump to University of Nottingham Ranking for the full list).
Study Chemical Engineering at the University of Nottingham
The university has eight Chemical Engineering programmes for students to choose from. Some of Nottingham’s programmes include a placement year which ensures that graduates start out with essential work experience as an engineer. There is also the option for students to undertake a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree which are three and four year courses respectively. Fees start from £25,000 annually and entry requirements are AAA-A*AA.
Study East & South Asian Studies at the University of Nottingham
The University of Nottingham offers eight courses related to East and South Asian studies such as Contemporary Chinese Studies, International Relations with Asian Studies, and Russian Studies.
Study Pharmaceutical Sciences & Pharmacy at the University of Nottingham
Nottingham offers five courses in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacy, offering students the option to do either a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in these subjects. Tuition starts from £25,000 a year and entry requirements are a minimum of AAB in Chemistry and at least one other Science subject.
You might also be interested in our article Top UK Universities for Pharmacy which has listed Nottingham as one of our top recommended universities for the subject.
Study Social Policy at the University of Nottingham
The university offers two programmes in social policy with joint studies in either sociology or criminology. Ranked as the 9th best in the UK, Nottingham’s social policy programmes’ tuition fees start from £18,420 a year.
Study Creative Writing at the University of Nottingham
The university offers a programme in English with Creative Writing which is ranked 7th in the UK for the subject. The annual tuition fee is £19,000 as of 2021 and entry requirements are AAB-AAA including an A in English or English Literature.
Interested in Creative Writing degrees? Take a look at our article Top UK Universities for Creative Writing which features other UK universities that offer programmes in the subject.
University of Nottingham Entry Requirements
A-Levels or Equivalent Entry
There are several pathways to enter the University of Nottingham as an undergraduate student. The first is via IB, A-Levels, or STPM. Most UK universities will consider STPM to be the equivalent to A Levels. You may apply while waiting for your exam results – the university will make its decision based on your final exam results when they’re available or they may decide to give you a conditional offer which may state the minimum grades you have to meet in order to be accepted to a programme.
GCSEs or Equivalent Entry
A Foundation year allows you to register at universities with your GCSEs (or SPM and other equivalent qualifications) and it usually takes about a year to complete. You may find the Foundation year to be beneficial as it teaches you academic knowledge specific to your degree and it shortens your pre-university studies by a year or so (compared to a typical 2-year A-Levels programme). There are also a few drawbacks, such as having less flexibility to switch degrees or universities later on. If you’re wondering whether the Foundation year is right for you, you should read our article (link here) on the subject.
English proficiency test
While this is technically a visa requirement, you will also need to take an English proficiency test. This visa requirement is also known as a secure English language test (SELT) – read our guide here for more information.
Subject-Specific Entry Requirements
Depending on the subject of your choice, you may have to take additional tests. At the University of Nottingham, applications for certain programmes such as Medicine and Law require you to take the UCAT and LNAT, which are aptitude tests. For more information about these subject-specific aptitude tests, do read our article here which goes into more detail.
University of Nottingham Entry Deadline
In the UK, all university applications (including those submitted by international students like you) go through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, more commonly known as UCAS.
Most undergraduate courses will share the same deadline of 15 January of every year, however, an exception has been made in 2021 due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The January university application deadline has been moved to 29 January 2021 for this year.
Some courses such as Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Sciences have an earlier deadline of 15 October in the year before admission.
For more information about key dates and other UCAS deadlines, take a look at our article UCAS Deadlines 2021.
University of Nottingham Ranking
- 2021 UK Ranking: 20
- 2021 Global Ranking: 99
In 2021, the University of Nottingham ranked Top 10 in the UK for 13 subjects:
- Agriculture & Forestry
- American Studies
- Chemical Engineering
- Classics & Ancient History
- Creative Writing
- East & South Asian Studies
- Food Science
- Pharmacology & Pharmacy
- Social Policy
- Sports Science
- Theology & Religious Studies
- Veterinary Medicine
University of Nottingham Fees
Most UK universities will have different tuition fees for courses that require laboratory access.
Therefore, most programmes in the humanities and social sciences have a lower tuition fee compared to STEM programmes. Additionally, Medical programmes may have higher fees for clinical years. Below are some examples of tuition fees for undergraduate programmes at the University of Nottingham*:
- £18,420 BSc Accountancy
- £19,000 BA English with Creative Writing
- £25,000 BEng Civil Engineering
* Fees shown are the latest rates per year for international (non-UKEU) students.
University of Nottingham Accommodation
The University of Nottingham has four campuses in the UK: University Park, Jubilee, Sutton Bonington and King’s Meadow. Free shuttle buses run between the residential halls and university campuses in Nottingham frequently. There are 13 catered residential halls in the University Park campus, over 4000 third-party student residences at Jubilee, and the Student Village at the Sutton Bonington campus.
Students have the option to choose from single, ensuite, and shared rooms in any of the catered halls managed by the university. Fees for 39 weeks (two academic terms minus holidays) ranges between £7,189 to £9,507. Room licences are offered for either 31 or 39 weeks which does not include breaks or holiday periods such as Easter or Christmas. However, international students may be able to rent a room for a longer period or over the holidays by speaking to the university’s accommodation office.
There are also self-catered halls near the University Park campus that are managed by third parties, many of which include social events and student support activities. Fees range from £4,752 to £8,925 for a 44-week licence.
University of Nottingham Reviews
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“The campus is unbelievable: sustainable, amazing facilities, brilliantly green for mental health and walks/exercise, brilliant sports facilities.”
“Campus is gorgeous and situated a bit further from the city centre but transport into the centre is cheap, quick and easy. Facilities are full of useful resources and staff provide you and point you in the direction of lots of useful sources and literature. Whilst staying on the campus in my first year (Lincoln Hall), I found the halls to be very close to the Students Union, Hallward library and David Ross Sports Village all of which are great facilities. The halls were a little expensive for the quality of food you get but this was expected, the food could be a lot worse and some meals were nice. WiFi was a bit hit and miss with it being really good in terms of where you can get it across campus but in terms of connection speed, it is not always the best. There is something for everyone (in the student clubs and societies) and they are organised and managed very well. Great university, great city”
“Best campus and employability service. Student’s Union is great and enjoyed my time here. City is great addition to campus.”
“Going to Nottingham was the best experience of my life, the academic administration (e.g. timetabling) was sometimes questionable but as a university I loved every minute.”
“Campus is gorgeous and situated a bit further from the city centre but transport into the centre is cheap, quick and easy. Facilities are full of useful resources and staff (on my course anyway) provide you and point you in the direction of lots of useful sources and literature.”
University of Nottingham Facilities
Students with disabilities are guaranteed an accessible room in university accommodations for the entire duration of their studies at the university. Induction loops are available in a number of lecture theatres and there are wheelchair accessible minibuses available on the university’s three main campuses. The university also has a robust Disability Support Service which provides students with any type of disability, learning difference, or illness with the adequate support that they need.
Arts and performance
The University of Nottingham has a vibrant performing arts scene – at any point in time, you’re likely to hear about a theatre production put on by a student company or a musical performance somewhere on campus. There are also several art galleries and theatres around campus such as:
- Lakeside Arts Centre
The university’s public arts centre runs performances and programmes all year round. The fully-accessible centre is located by the South Entrance of the University Park.
- DH Lawrence Pavilion
The DH Lawrence Pavilion is one of the most popular art centres in the region. The pavilion features an exhibition gallery, theatre, and amphitheatre and is located by the lake. D. H. Lawrence is one of Nottingham’s most famous alumnus and his works remain highly influential in British literature and culture.
- Djanogly Recital Hall
- Djanogly Art Gallery
- Djanogly Theatre
- Weston Gallery
The University of Nottingham has a Childcare Support Scheme which offers financial support to eligible students. There are also a number of childcare facilities available on campus:
- University of Nottingham Day Nursery
- University of Nottingham Playcentre Day Care
- University of Nottingham Playcentre Playscheme
- University of Nottingham Playcentre Toy Library
Cripps Health Centre
This is where you may access health services on campus. The health centre provides the full range of NHS services and it also has a dental practice and a Boots pharmacy. The university also has a Sports Injury Clinic which is located in the University Park Sports Centre.
The university’s main sports facilities are located at the University Park campus. There are over 70 sports clubs at the university which includes martial arts, water sports, and outdoor sports. Facilities include:
- David Ross Sports Village
- Jubilee Sports Centre
- Sutton Bonington Sports Centre
- Highfields Sports Complex
- Riverside Sports Complex
- State-of-the-art fitness suites
- Swimming pool
- Climbing and bouldering wall
- 3G and sand-dressed pitches
- Water-based hockey pitch
- Over 40 grass pitches
- Three pavilions
There are several libraries at the university’s campuses which also provides students with designated silent reading areas, group study areas, and refreshment bars.
- Hallward Library
- George Green Library of Science and Engineering
- Denis Arnold Music Library in the Lakeside Arts Centre
- Djanogly Learning Resource Centre
- Business Library
- Greenfield Medical Library
- James Cameron-Gifford Library
- King’s Meadow Campus Library
University of Nottingham Student Activities and Clubs
There wouldn’t be a dull day at Nottingham as there are over 300 student-run societies available for you to participate in! The university’s Student Union has all types of registered clubs and societies such as student media, network groups, sports clubs, volunteer groups, and it also organises a number of events throughout the year.
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