Guide To Postgraduate Study In Nottingham

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Nottingham is such a great city you’ll be proud to call it home

Boasting two large universities and all the great facilities of a UK city, there are plenty of other postgraduate students to get to know in Nottingham. Nottingham itself has a population of 314,000 people, but it's part of the large urban area of Derby and Nottingham, which has a population of over 1.6 million.

Home To A Hero

Nottingham is the homeland of the legendary Robin Hood. This outlaw – and one of the world’s best-loved folk heroes – is believed to have stolen from the rich to give to the poor in a rebellious and truly altruistic fashion. With his adventures retold time and time again – think Kevin Costner in 90s blockbuster Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves – there is no better place to seek out Robin Hood landmarks and find out more about this medieval maverick.

Literary Lover

In 2015 UNESCO named Nottingham a City of Literature – an honour bestowed on only a handful of cities worldwide. This nod to Nottingham’s great literary heritage, including links to DH Lawrence and Lord Byron, has helped Nottingham develop a strong literary community, a thriving publishing industry and a whole host of literary marvels for book lovers and wordsmiths.

Award Winning Transport 

Nottingham is served by England's largest publicly owned bus system and if you're planning on using public transport there is also a modern tram system to get you around. Located about 130 miles north of London in the East Midlands, Nottingham has loads of great transportation links to the larger UK cities of Birmingham and London. It takes an hour by train or by car to travel to Birmingham and an hour and 40 minutes to travel to London by train or two and a half hours by car.

5 reasons why you definitely don’t want to be a student in Nottingham… or maybe reasons why you do!

1,154 postgrad courses – how will you make your decision of what to study?

13,266 postgrad students – you’ll have far too many friends to choose from!

19 theatres & cinemas – providing fantastic entertainment to distract you. 

12 nightclubs – all aimed at students, they put lots of effort to attract you away from your coursework!

Longest running travelling fair – this has visited Nottingham for over 700 years, yet another distraction to keep you from your studies.

Students In Nottingham – Facts & Figures

Nottingham is a vibrant and dynamic UK city to choose as a student – and maybe that’s why so many students choose to make it their home for the duration of their studies.

The two universities – the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University – have a combined total of almost 64,000 students, of which over 50,000 are undergraduates and around 13,250 are postgraduate students.

Nottingham is a cosmopolitan student city to opt for in the UK, with the student population comprising of more than 11,600 international and EU students.

Living the high life… in Nottingham

Postgraduate students are easily able to live all over the city of Nottingham, thanks to the award-winning transport links, including the excellent bus service that covers the whole city, this means there are a lot of postgraduate accommodation options available. Both universities do have halls of residence accommodation available for postgraduate students. The University of Nottingham provides postgraduate-only accommodation, which is within walking distance of the main campus. In fact, the University of Nottingham guarantees accommodation for all postgraduate students for their first year of studies, and has a range of different options available including one-bedroom flats, a room in a shared house, and traditional student halls of residents. Nottingham Trent University has a range of options for postgraduate students, including a room in a shared accommodation with postgraduate and mature students only. They also offer postgraduate students the option of renting a room from a family that has been approved by the university. This is known as Homestay, and postgraduate students can choose a full-catered option so the family would provide you with all of your meals as well. Those postgraduate students who wish to rent privately in Nottingham also have a few accommodation options. University of Nottingham students who wish to rent a private house often stay in the Lenton and Dunkirk areas of Nottingham, whilst Nottingham Trent students who want to rent a private house tend to stay within the city centre and the Arboretum area of the city. 

Things To Do In Nottingham When You’re Not Studying

The Nottingham-Derby area has a huge population, so there are plenty of things to keep you occupied when you're not studying, including cultural, touristic and sporting activities.

There are several museums, including the Nottingham Industrial Museum and the Nottingham Castle Museum, where you can learn all about life in Nottingham through the ages. Nottingham has been built on top of a large network of man-made caves and you can explore these at the City of Caves. If you want to escape the city, then try a trip to Wollaton Hall and Park with its large deer park and beautiful country house you will find it easy to spend a day away from your studies. If sport is your thing, cricket is very popular in Nottingham, so a trip to Trent Bridge Cricket Ground will be a must-do during your time in Nottingham. Also, because of Nottingham's central location in England and easy transportation routes, there are lots of National Sports Centres. So if you have ever fancied trying out a new sport – like ice-skating – you can easily get a lesson from a national or even international expert.

University of Nottingham

There are over 34,000 students studying at the University of Nottingham in the UK, including more than 9,000 postgraduates. Two-thirds of the current postgraduate students are studying full-time, with the remaining third studying part-time.

Named International University of the Year in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, it’s a popular choice for international students. Students from more than 150 countries study here, with around 5,000 postgraduates from outside the UK.

The University has hundreds of postgraduate courses to choose from, including full-time and part-time options. Some courses can be studied via online distance learning.

Tuition Fees & Costs

Tuition fees for postgraduate taught courses at the University of Nottingham range from £6,840 to £13,995 per year for UK/EU students, and from £15,210 to £24,975 per year for international students.  

Facilities & Specialisms

The University of Nottingham has a huge range of courses – its largest departments are Biosciences, Business, Education, Engineering and Medicine. 

Student Life

With a large student body, the University of Nottingham has plenty of extracurricular activities on offer. There are over 200 societies to join and the Students' Union offers discounted tickets to numerous theatres in Nottingham. There are over 70 student sports clubs to get involved with, and its Theatre Club has won a number of awards for its performances.

5 Fascinating Facts About The University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham was originally established in 1798 as a teacher training college. 
There are more than 34,000 students based at the university. 
There are nearly 12,000 students based on the overseas campuses in China and Malaysia. 
Paul McCartney and Wings held their debut gig at the Students' Union the 9th of February 1972.
Esteemed novelist and poet DH Lawrence was a student here. 

Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University is the choice for a total of 31,199 students, of which 26,119 are undergraduate students and 5,080 are postgrads. Out of the current postgraduate student cohort 2,235 are full time and 2,845 are studying their postgrad program part time. Over a third of the postgraduate students are international and EU students – currently 1,829 – and this creates a cosmopolitan and diverse student population leading to interesting perspectives, particularly good for those opting to study business-related programs, humanities and the social sciences. There are 3,251 UK-based
postgraduate students studying at Nottingham Trent University.

There are a total of 422 postgraduate courses available to study at Nottingham Trent University – and these are divided into 241 full-time courses, 170 part-time postgrad programs and 11 online/distance learning programs.

Tuition Fees & Costs

Tuition fees at Nottingham Trent University vary between £6,500 and £9,250 per year for UK and EU students, and between £13,250 and £15,700 per year for international students. 

Facilities & Specialisms

The largest departments at Nottingham Trent University are Business, Law and Education.

Student Life

Nottingham Trent University has four campuses located around Nottingham, and its City Campus is the central focus of the university. The university has a large number of clubs and societies for the postgrad students to join, plus there is easy access to all of the attractions of Nottingham city centre. 

5 Fascinating Facts About Nottingham Trent University

NTU was established in 1842.
It gained University Status in 1992.
There are a total of 29,370 students studying at NTU.
Trent TV – the University's TV station – won Best News Program of 2011 from the National Student Television Association. 
Daniel Byles, an alumnus of Nottingham Trent University, holds a Guinness World Record for Ocean Rowing, is a polar explorer and is Conservative MP for North Warwickshire.

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