university-of-nottingham-sThe University of Nottingham is a famous British university, which was built in 1881. It wins international notoriety with its excellent teaching quality, and has been many students’ first choice in applying to UK universities. In 2010, the Sunday Times University Guide ranked it 14th overall amongst the top UK universities.

Nottingham was the first new university granted Royal Charter after World War II. Currently the university has around 22,565 students. 11,435 are undergraduates, with over 4,500 overseas students from 125 countries studying on undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Nottingham is a research university with 5 faculties: Arts, Engineering, Medicine and Health Sciences, Science and Social Sciences.


Nottinghamshire is in central England (known as the ‘Midlands’), and has a population of 300,000. From the university’s Jubilee Campus and University Park Campus to the city centre is only a short ride by bus or bike. The Sutton Bonington Campus to the city centre is 20 minutes by car. Since Nottingham is in the middle of UK, it is very convenient to travel from here to other UK cities and abroad.

Nottingham is recognised worldwide as one of the United Kingdom’s best and dynamic university cities. It is not only a bustling metropolis, but also a historical and cultural hub. The University of Nottingham is only three miles away from the city centre, and their campus occupies 330 acres with picturesque courtyards. The campuses are located in open woodland, surrounded by parks and playgrounds, overlooking Trent Valley.

Strengths and Reputation of the University of Nottingham

In the independent assessment of teaching from the UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), the faculties of the University of Nottingham have always been rated excellent. It is also one of the four universities to gain the most research funding from private businesses.

The University of Nottingham is a founding member of Universities 21 (an international association of universities). Its teaching and scientific research won a lot of international prestige. In 2001, the school won the Queen’s Award for Best Enterprise International Trade, which marks Nottingham as an international institution.

Academic Introduction

Modular degree structure, 2 semesters per year, four-year undergraduate courses, including: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacology.

Major degrees of: BA (Bachelor of Arts), LLB (Law Degree), BSC (Bachelor of Science), BENG (Bachelor of Engineering), MENG (Master of Engineering) MMATH (Math Masters), MPHYS (MS in Physics), MCHEM (Master of Chemistry), BPHARM (Medical Bachelor Degree) and MSC (Master of Science).

Subjects of Strength

Business Administration, Chemistry, Food, Genetics, Architecture, Engineering, Economics, Law, Computers.


The university libraries have over 1 million volumes of books and periodicals, as well as a large number of manuscripts. Meanwhile, it is increasing its electronic services, including directories, indexes and electronic journals. The libraries are located in several locations, and each location has specialist staff. All libraries have book lending and counselling services. They are open evenings and weekends during the semester.

The University Park Campus Sports Centre offers many sports facilities, such as badminton, volleyball, basketball, football, netball, indoor hockey, table tennis, dance, aerobic exercise, fitness and circuit training. The centre also has a rock climbing wall, a snooker billiards room, an indoor cricket net, a special gym for weight training, seven squash courts and a sports injury clinic. At the opposite side of the Sports Centre sits a modern 25m × 18m indoor swimming pool. Next to the Sports Centre is a floodlit artificial turf stadium for hockey, football and general sports training purposes. There is also a lawn area, which can be used as a training area, three tennis courts and a bowling green. The huge sports ground provides 7 rugby fields, 25 soccer pitches, 5 cricket pitches and 2 hockey courts. By the side of the River Trent, there is a fully equipped dock, and a floodlit football pitch.

The information service systems are equipped throughout the campuses to provide students with computer equipment. Most are open 24 hours a day. The computers are IBM PC-compatible workstations and some Unix workstations. Campus networks connect to workstations, the central server and the national computer network, providing e-mail, file transfer and Internet services. All study rooms and bedrooms have a telephone line and data line interface to connect to the university’s computer network.

Nottingham is also famous for its art and music facilities. Lakeside Art Centre has an Art Gallery, Recital Hall and visitor centre. The art gallery exhibits works of local artists, and a new attraction is the newly opened DH Lawrence Pavilion.

Accommodation Service

Nottingham’s University Park Campus has 12 student dormitories; the new Jubilee Campus has 3 student dormitories (2 for undergraduate students, one for graduate students). Sutton Bonington Campus has 1 dormitory. The university offers both male and female dormitories, and with mixed sex dormitories. Some dormitories and self-catering dormitories have areas for boys and girls. Most dormitories are single-rooms, and each has a telephone and data line interface. Dormitory buildings provide living rooms and social facilities. Many students feel to live in dormitories is helpful for them to get familiar with university life.

Entry Requirements

Since there are a relatively high number of applications submitted for a place at the University of Nottingham, entry to the university is very competitive. Applicants not only need to meet the entry requirements, but also pass a recognised English test before they are enrolled if they are not native English-speakers. The following are the most common two English tests, and minimum English requirements for the degree courses at the University of Nottingham.

The University also accepts other English language tests.

  1. Application for Science and Engineering Subjects: IELTS 6.0 (each section, such as Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking, not less than 5.0); TOEFL (paper-based test) 550 (Writing section not less than 4.0); TOEFL (computer-based test) 213 (short essay not less than 4.0)
  2. Application for Arts and Social Science Subjects: IELTS 6.5 (each section, such as Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking, not less than 5.0); TOEFL (paper-based test) 600 (Writing section not less than 4.0); TOEFL (computer-based test) 233 (short essay not less than 4.0)


Undergraduate tuition fees range from around £10,000-15,000 per year, depending on the specific college.

Living Costs

For living costs, we suggest allowing for at least £5,400 per year (based on living costs outside London £600/ month x 9 months=£ 5,400).