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Linguistics and Media BA (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): PQ31
  • Start Date(s): September 2024
  • Duration: Three years full-time, four-seven years part-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Uncover the intricate relationship between language and digital communications. Explore the interplay between language and other forms of communication, and develop the skills necessary for success in diverse fields.

The BA Linguistics and Media joint honours degree programme offers a unique and valuable opportunity to explore the intricate relationship between language and communication, and the ways in which they intersect with media. This interdisciplinary course provides a solid theoretical foundation to investigate the various aspects of media and communication, and the fundamental role that language plays in shaping them. Students will develop analytical and critical thinking skills, as well as a deep understanding of media production, consumption, and representation.

Students on this course have the opportunity to explore language structure and use, and to engage in research in fields such as discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, and syntax. In addition, they will study the theoretical and practical aspects of media production and analysis, such as media ethics, media and culture, and media globalisation. Through this comprehensive curriculum, our students gain an understanding of the complex ways in which language and media shape and influence society, and how they can be used to effect change.

Students will have access to cutting-edge research and will be encouraged to participate in research opportunities alongside teaching staff. Additionally, this programme offers students valuable practical experience and networking opportunities. Graduates are well-equipped to excel in a range of fields, including journalism, public relations, marketing, and advertising.

With its emphasis on theory and practice, research, and analytical skills, the BA Linguistics and Media joint honours degree programme prepares students to be leaders and innovators in the field of media and communication. Graduates possess a unique advantage in understanding the complex relationship between language and media, and the impact that they have on society.

  • Interdisciplinary curriculum exploring the intricate relationship between language and media, providing a solid theoretical and practical foundation to investigate a wide range of forms of communication.
  • Cutting-edge research and industry-relevant coursework, with valuable practical experience and networking through placements with communications organisations and employer-led projects.
  • Strong emphasis on analytical and critical thinking, creativity and communication skills, as well as a deep understanding of modes of media production, consumption, and representation.
  • Graduates equipped with unique advantage in understanding the complex relationship between language and media, and prepared to be leaders and innovators in diverse fields of communications.

What you’ll study

Each year you’ll study a number of core modules from the lists below and you’ll have the opportunity to select from a range of optional modules to give yourself a more specialised pathway, depending on your interests.

In the second half of Year Two you can take your learning into your own hands and choose an extended work placement, learn at one of our many partner institutions worldwide, or continue to study here with a wide range of interesting optional modules to choose from.

Work-like experience

Work-like experience is embedded throughout your degree, ensuring that you are given multiple opportunities across three years to develop your career goals and build the skills and experience needed to achieve them. These embedded work-like experience opportunities are much more than a placement, and ensure that you develop the skills and competencies that employers demand. You will take part in a minimum of 240 hours of work-like experience during your course, with the option to take an extended 10-week work placement in your second year.

What does work-like experience mean?

Work-like experience defines a wide range of activities which will build your skills and hone your confidence to prepare you for a professional career after graduation. You will be given opportunities to engage in client-led projects, volunteering, consultancy, professional development, vocational training, project management and team work. You will expand and enhance your creative and communications skills through practical projects, producing podcasts and videos, organising campaigns, curating social media content and visual media. This rich and diverse experience will ensure that you graduate with the skills and confidence to thrive in your own career path.

Interdisciplinary modules

Our students are curious, creative and forward-thinking, so in your second and third years of study you can join your colleagues from across Humanities to take a module which is not traditionally associated with your subject, but is related to some of the big issues in the world today. For instance, interdisciplinary humanities modules on sustainability or artificial intelligence take your subject knowledge in surprising and innovative directions. See below for the current list of these modules.

Transformation modules

Each year you will take a core collaborative module. These modules are linked and will build on each other to ease you into University life, support you with mentoring and personal tutoring, begin your professional development, and expand your horizons with collaborative projects and assessments both within your subjects and wider afield. They include work-like experiences, and will build towards a Developing with NTU employability award.

Core modules

Morphology and Syntax

With language, we are able to express almost anything we want, and a large part of this is because languages have a grammar. In this module, you will learn the fundamentals of how to analyse the word and sentence structure of languages. You will start each topic by looking at English, and then begin to explore how languages from around the world differ from and are similar to each other. Also, you will look at the applications of grammatical analysis, including in the study of child language and computational linguistics.

Semantics and Pragmatics

In this module, you will explore meanings in language and communication. Building on first semester modules, you will examine literal and implied meanings in the relationship between what is said and what is meant. You will answer questions such as what meaning is as it relates to words and sentences, and how meaning works in context. You will also explore essential notions of semantics and pragmatics, such as deixis, politeness, and speech acts. Broadly, the first half of the module will consider semantics and then move to pragmatics in the second half.

Analysing Media Texts

Be introduced to classic and contemporary methods of critical textual analysis. You’ll explore a range of different media texts, from film to TV, advertising, video games, music, and news media, and will encounter some key concepts needed to make sense of them. You’ll also examine how identities relating to race, class, sexuality, and gender are constructed across the field of popular culture.

Understanding Media Industries

Learn the essential theoretical and conceptual vocabulary needed to make sense of current trends in the media industries landscape, both nationally and internationally. You will explore questions relating to media ownership, organisation, power and control. Guest speakers will bring a new dimension to your learning by introducing real industry contexts, and by identifying the skills and competencies employers are looking for.

Transformation: Agency and Self

In this module you will build the foundations for a successful University life through developing understanding and knowledge of your sustainable self. Exploring mental health (in)justice through academic research and project work, this module will demonstrate that knowledge of self, leads to a greater sense of community, key to overall wellbeing and academic success.

The main assessment will be the pitch of an initiative/resource/activity that will encourage and sustain wellbeing across the Joint Honours cohort to internal clients, NTSU, NTU Sport, or the Arts and Humanities Wellbeing team and a professional development reflection. The assessment is a personal reflection alongside the completion of the Developing with NTU award.

Optional modules typically include - choose one

Language, Society and Culture

Examine language beyond the level of the sentence, including both spoken and written discourse. You will learn how to analyse language, engaging with both the producers and users of texts. You will learn the basis of discourse analysis and explore why texts are structured and created to achieve different purposes in society.

Practicing Media Literacy

Explore the fundamentals of media practice through a combination of technical training, experimentation and analysis.  You'll start to build your media production portfolio and learn how to use industry technology and software.

Core modules

Problems of Language

Adopt the role of a consultant operating in areas such as market research, activism or language learning to respond to client briefs themed around prominent social issues such as equality, diversity & inclusion and sustainability. In doing so you will learn about the various methods of data collection in applied linguistics, such as recording and transcribing conversational data, designing questionnaires, carrying out interviews and conducting online data collection. You will also explore ways of analysing such data so that you can include proposals for analysing data in the pitch to your designated client.

Media, Theory and Society

Develop your knowledge of theoretical approaches to understanding the media and culture. This module will help you to understand some of the key theoretical approaches that are used in the study of media, communication and culture. You'll develop a familiarity of important theoretical approaches used in contemporary media and for the use of cultural analysis.

Transformation: Agency and World

What purpose do the humanities serve in today's society? How can the humanities help in the process of "healing and securing our planet" and "freeing the human race from poverty" as stated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the United Nations?

This module focuses on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and encourages you to develop your awareness of how your own field of study as well as cross- and inter-disciplinary actions can result in real, quantifiable change. Alongside a personal reflective portfolio, you will share your knowledge and understanding developed through the module to produce a news reel of how a contemporary sustainability goal relates to your discipline.

In this module you will either undertake an 80 hour placement, supported by the Arts and Humanities employability team, or will engage in an 80 hour project, responding to a supplied employer brief  and producing a solution to the brief given.

Optional pathways

Pathway 1: Extended work-like experience

Get the experience you need for after you graduate, and really understand how the things you study translate into the world of work with a work placement. Your highly experienced Employability Team will help you find a placement to suit your career goals from our huge network of companies, charities, institutions, and beyond.

Pathway 2: An international exchange

Travel the world, meet new friends, and have experiences you will remember for the rest of your life.

Our flexible curriculum has been designed to allow some amazing opportunities for you. Your second year of study is divided into two semesters, giving you the opportunity to take part in an international exchange. You could study with one of international exchange partners in Australia, Europe, USA, Canada, Thailand and many, many more.

Our dedicated team will support you in finding and arranging a suitable exchange. And don't worry about the cost, they will help you apply for any grants or loans you may need, as no one should miss out on the chance to broaden their horizons.

Pathway 3: Taught modules

Interdisciplinary optional modules typically include:

Intercultural Communication at Work

Gain the knowledge, skills and strategies to build your intercultural communication competence. Analyse and reflect on the impact of culture(s) on your values, assumptions, perceptions, expectations, and behaviours. Build successful verbal and non-verbal communication strategies in different intercultural settings.

People and Planet: pasts, presents, and futures

In this module you will develop an understanding of the human impact on the environment from the 15th Century to the present as a form of slow but sustained violence enacted against the planet. It will also explore how such long-term change can interact with social justice in the present day.

Language, Inequality and Social Justice

Whether it’s racial abuse on social media, prejudice against regional accents in schools, or sexist advertising campaigns, discrimination is a social issue that affects us all in one way or another. This module examines how language can be used to both promote social justice and tackle prejudice and discrimination in a range of institutional and everyday contexts. This module will be particularly useful if you are looking to pursue a career in advocacy, human resources or journalism.

Linguistics optional modules typically include:

Communications Disorders

For many of us, understanding and producing language is something that happens easily. But for millions of people in the UK and around the world with a speech and language disorder, language is understood, produced, and learned differently. In this module, you will gain an understanding of a variety of medical conditions, including aphasia, dementia, cleft palate, schizophrenia, and learning impairments, and discover how their language differs from other people. You will not only consider the difficulties such people can face, but also what studying such people can tell us about all of our minds, brains, and bodies. You will also get an overview of how speech and language therapists aim to help people who have communicative difficulties.

Language and Local Community

Examine the ways in which language can vary in communities, considering issues such as accent, dialect and identity. You will develop a critical and informed stance about contemporary language-related issues in sociolinguistics including issues such as gender, sexuality, ethnicity and age to understand how language is used by speakers to create their own identities.

Media optional modules typically include:

Analysing Popular Music

Analysing Popular Music has two major concerns: firstly, to develop a social understanding of transatlantic popular music; and secondly, to develop a cultural-historical perspective on its development over the past hundred years and more. This module introduces you to theoretical approaches to the study of popular music, allowing you to engage in independent critical analysis of popular music and popular musical cultures.

Researching Media and Communications

This module introduces the key methods and analytical approaches of media and cultural studies. It enables you to design and produce original research projects, and to gain deeper understanding of the research methods you might use in your final year dissertation. It outlines a range of methods (including textual analysis, ethnography, and critical discourse analysis), and shows how these can be implemented to particular case studies from the media and other cultural practices.

Short Film Production and Exhibition

Enhance your production skills through the creation of a short film. You will use a range of equipment and practical craft techniques to your idea from creation, through professional planning, filming, and editing to promotion and festival entry. You will be supported in a variety of roles in your team with professional advice from practice-based academic tutors and our technical team.

Core module

Major project

You have the choice of writing a Critical Dissertation, a Practical Dissertation, or Staff-Student Research Project Pathway:

The Dissertation

The Critical Dissertation represents a unique opportunity in your degree to explore a subject over a sustained period of time and in depth. You will be able to choose a topic in which you have a special interest, whether or not it is covered by other modules on offer, to get to grips with it, to read around it and to produce an argument of your own. You will also have the chance to discuss your ideas with your dissertation supervisor, perhaps in a more systematic and specialised way than in the seminar and tutorial discussions you have already experienced.

The Practical Dissertation

As an alternative to the critical dissertation, you may wish to do a creative project supported by a extensive essay. .For example you may produce a specialist podcast or blog series, host a showcase or networking event, write a screen play, or produce a series of video essays.

Staff-Student Research Project Pathway

Staff-Student Research Project Pathway: this alternative major project assigns the student to a member of staff's research project, providing them with research aims and questions. The student works with the staff member to produce original research on the topic, culminating in a written project detailing findings and analysis.

Transformation: Agency and Social Change

In this module, you will engage in a 'live partnership' with a cultural festival that is designed to deliver social change through the Arts and Humanities: the Counterpoints-run initiative, Refugee Week. Over the course of the module, you will gain insight into the sociocultural challenges faced by refugees in the C21st, and will explore the work of Counterpoints Arts as an organisation that seeks to address those challenges via cultural activity. Drawing on these insights, you will work in interdisciplinary teams in order to create a Refugee Week campaign that champions positive social change in attitudes or behaviours towards refugees. Ultimately, the module invites you to consider how your disciplinary knowledge of the Humanities enables you to become a responsible global citizen, and to assume responsibility for championing positive social change, whatever your chosen career.  The main assessment for this module is the creation of a ‘campaign tool’ (blogpost, podcast, social media post series, educational pack or other, that will be presented as part of a team ‘campaign’ at the end-of-module ‘festival’. You will also complete the Developing with NTU Award.

Interdisciplinary optional modules typically include:

Artificial Intelligence: Human Factors

This module will introduce you to problems and issues associated with technological change, automation and digitization, with a specific emphasis on the likely future impact of artificial intelligence on the wider human dimension, both individual and collective. Providing you with expertise required to become managers and policy-makers in the AI future, the module will take an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on the insights of philosophers, literary theorists and practitioners, historians, and social theorists.

Linguistics optional modules typically include:

Language and Health

We all aim to live a healthy life, and this module will explore the role that language plays in health-care settings, the communication of health topics, and our understanding of what “being healthy” means. You will explore questions such as: how do doctors and healthcare workers communicate effectively to patients? How does the media and other forms of texts influence our ideas of what is healthy? How do governments advise and encourage populations to live a healthier life? In doing so, you will learn practical tools to analyse language and images while also designing a health communication tool based upon academic research.


There is no greater challenge facing the world than the state of the environment. And like most areas of life, our interactions with the environment are influenced by the ways we talk about these issues. In this module, you will learn about how societies, both home and abroad, talk about ecological topics and how the metaphors we use can have beneficial and negative consequences for how people view and engage with the environment. You will also look at how climate science, a complicated topic, is framed by various people for their own agendas and aims, examining the topic of science communication. Through engaging in tutor-guided research topics, you will examine the representation of the environment with how things “really” are, and how to communicate these topics to a general audience.

Language and Heritage

This module will allow you to increase your knowledge about the ways language forms a crucial part of people’s identity, heritage, and culture. The UK currently does not recognise or safeguard linguistic heritage. You will examine sociolinguistic issues around the role of language in communities, including language usage in multilingual societies and language policy.

Forensic Linguistics

Examine language and the law, crime, and justice. You will review language in the criminal justice system, including the linguistic disadvantages that witnesses, victims, and suspects face in legal contexts. You will also look at the role of the forensic as expert witness and the different ways in which language analysts can provide investigative assistance to the police and reliable evidence to the courts.

Language, Gender, and Sexuality

Language forms a central part in how gendered meanings are made, and this module will encourage you to think about, and challenge, how gender and sexuality-based stereotypes are formed and circulate in and through language. You will explore contemporary debates, such as whether language is inherently sexist, and how increased awareness of gender diversity impacts on how people use language and are referred to by others. You will also examine how expectations of gendered behaviour can infiltrate our daily lives, such as the gendering of children’s toys, fat-shaming female celebrities in the news, and toxic masculinity in the ‘manosphere’.

Media optional modules typically include:

Lifestyle and Consumer Culture

This Media module develops your knowledge of interdisciplinary approaches to consumption. We will investigate how lifestyles and consumer culture contribute to changing cultural identities and social hierarchies. We will interrogate key concepts such as ‘taste’, ‘choice’ and ‘authenticity’ in a world that encourages individuals to become their own self-brands. Key issues include the ‘experience economy’, commodity activism and cultures of neoliberal enterprise and austerity. Through assessment you will make sense of your own experiences in consumer society and produce a detailed piece of cultural analysis.

Client-led Media Practice and Production

During this module you'll be able to focus on the development of skills in media production by completing a media project that will be set to a 'real brief'. This is an opportunity for you to enhance your employability options by participating in live projects with a real purpose. This module will encourage you to make connections between theory and practice.

Cultural Policy

Explore a range of debates within the developing field of cultural policy studies. You'll investigate some of the key institutions within which policies relating to film, television, the visual arts, heritage and other creative industries are determined. You'll explore questions about what cultural value is, and how important the media and creative industries actually are, and you’ll examine a wide range of policy-related areas, from tourism, to TV regulation, to large national and international events, such as the Olympic Games.

The Body and Popular Culture

Explore representations of the body across a diverse and contemporary range of cultural forms. By applying theoretical perspectives on different bodies in popular cultural to a wide selection of case studies, you will investigate the way that bodies are used and located within the media, addressing themes of gender, race, identity, celebrity bodies, ageing bodies, cyborgs, sexualised bodies, and more.

Further information on what you'll study

Natalie Braber

Professor Natalie Braber, Professor in Linguistics gives us an insight into her subject, research and  what makes Linguistics at NTU so special

"There’s a question that’s been doing the rounds recently: ‘what are arts and humanities degrees good for?’ Well, try living in a world that doesn’t have them; a world that doesn’t have people asking the kinds of questions we ask. Try and do anything without language, whether you’re listening, speaking, engaging or convincing. It’s almost impossible — and that’s why linguistics matters so much." Read more...

How you’re taught

Teaching takes a variety of forms and during your degree you will experience many different types of learning activities. Some of our modules are delivered entirely online, allowing you the flexibility to study at a time that is convenient to you. Other modules use interactive lectures and workshops that are supplemented by smaller group sessions, including:

  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • problem-solving workshops
  • training workshops
  • hands-on practice
  • group projects and presentations
  • guest speakers
  • field work

You will also be able to take part in lots of extra-curricular activities outside your course, including debating, research seminars, student challenges, Sustainability and careers training, sports, student societies and much, much more.

Contact hours

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (24%), work-like experience (7%(), independent study (69%)*
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (24%), work-like experience (7%(), independent study (69%)*
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (20%), work-like experience (7%(), independent study (73%)*

* Based on a taught module pathway. Statistics will vary depending on optional modules, work experience, and pathways chosen.

All Arts and Humanities students will complete a minimum of 240 hours of work like experience over the three years of the course.

Further information

100% of NTU's research submitted to the 'Communication, Cultural & Media Studies, Library & Information Management' Unit of Assessment was rated world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of research impact - REF 2021.

Study abroad in Year Two

You’ll have the option to take part in an international exchange at a partner university in the second half of Year Two. This will enable you to gain impressive international experience, and broaden your perspective and career ambitions.

You’ll experience other cultures, travel the globe and open your eyes to a world of opportunities. Our exchange partnership with a number of international universities enables you to live and study in another country in your second year. Find out more about international exchange and study abroad.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn another new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Learning a new language can enhance your communication skills, enrich your experience when travelling abroad and boost your career prospects. Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Supporting you

If you’re struggling with a topic or require additional support or guidance, you can arrange to see your tutors in small groups or one-to-one, to discuss essay plans or to seek some specific academic guidance.

It is the nature of the subjects offered in the School of Arts and Humanities, however, that much of your time will be spent engaged in independent study. We recognise that this marks a change of culture from school or college, and we have in place a system of study support to help you adapt to this.

Staff Profiles

Ben Taylor

Principal Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Ben Taylor

Steven Jones

Principal Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Steven Jones

Daisy Richards


School of Arts & Humanities

Daisy Richards is a Lecturer in Media and Communications at Nottingham Trent University.

How you’re assessed

Assessments take place within each module and the type of assessment will be related to what the module covers, and what you are learning in it.

Our approach to assessments is very diverse and although you will still produce written assignments like reports and essays many of our modules ask you to produce a creative element. These include blogs or social media campaigns, exhibitions, posters and other visual assessments, podcasts and videos. These are designed to ensure that you are building a portfolio of evidence and creative and communications skills to give you a head start in finding your perfect job after graduation.

Whatever the type of assessment, we will ensure that it will develop your skills, confidence and CV to fulfil both your academic and longer term potential.

  • Year 1 coursework (92%), written (8%)
  • Year 2 coursework (85%), oral assessment (15%)
  • Year 3 coursework (75%), oral assessment (25%)

* Based on a taught module pathway. Statistics will vary depending on optional modules, work experience, and pathways chosen.

Careers and employability

Your career development

This is a major part of the curriculum, recognising the importance of University study as a route into graduate level careers. We don’t expect you to have a target career from the outset, but we will support you to develop your career aspirations, and provide multiple opportunities for you to work towards this, during your degree.

The structure of your degree, the assessments that you will undertake, and the opportunities we provide are designed to help you develop key transferable skills and competencies demanded by employers. We work very closely with a range of employers, and many employers helped shape our degrees. Our courses provide lots of opportunities for you to develop your own links with organisations and potential employers.

Joint honours humanities students develop a wide range of complementary skills. These include key skills of communication, project management, analysis, creativity, digital skills, collaboration and leadership, with a strong emphasis on sustainability and inclusivity. Through this course you’ll become more confident and self-motivated, be able to work independently and in teams, and develop excellent time management skills.

Recent Media graduates have gone on to work in graduate-level positions with the BBC; Sky; Brit Asia TV; Channel 5; and IBM.

Many graduates also choose to undertake further study on one of our masters-level courses or MPhil and PhD research degrees.

Campus and facilities

Here are some of the free services, student discount and benefits you'll get studying at NTU

We've carefully considered what benefits and services you need for your studies, so when you join NTU you'll get free printing and materials credits, access to our free WiFi, a copy of Microsoft Office, and even borrow a laptop if yours is out of commission.

For life outside your lectures, you'll enjoy access to over 60 sports clubs and 130 student societies, discounted travel and bike hire, free language learning, award-winning student support and an entertainment programme which is second to none.

See all the benefits and free services you will enjoy as an NTU student.

Books and library resources

In our library you’ll have access to an extensive and diverse range of books including those on your reading list.

The library's online resources and NTU Online Workspace (NOW) also provides digital access to the core resources for your modules and a wide range of specialist collections, texts, and databases

Nottingham Trent University has its own Blackwell’s Bookshop which stocks relevant academic texts plus a wide range of bestselling novels.

IT Resources

Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across the campus, with PCs providing access to: Microsoft Office, email, web browsing, networked file storage and high-speed online printing services (with a free printing allowance for each student). Resource rooms are available 24 hours a day.


Current students run societies in a range of Humanities and Arts subjects including History, Medieval, Film, Filmmaking, Philosophy, Politics and International Relations, and the Book society.

There are also a number of media channels which our students get involved in such as the NTU radio station FlyLive, our student magazine Platform, and TV station TrentTV.

Find out more about student societies at the Student Union website.

Entry requirements

  • 104 - 112 UCAS tariff points from four A-levels or equivalent qualifications
  • GCSE English and Maths grade C / 4.

To find out what qualifications have tariff points, please use our tariff calculator.

Contextual offers

A lower offer may be made based on a range of factors, including your background (such as where you live and the school or college you attended), your experiences and individual circumstances (you may have been in care, for example). This is called a contextual offer and we get data from UCAS to make these decisions. NTU offers a student experience like no other and this approach helps us to find students who have the potential to succeed here but who may have faced barriers that make it more difficult to access university. Find out how we assess your application.

Other qualifications and experience

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or information, get in touch through our enquiry form

You will need the equivalent to:

  • 112 UCAS tariff points from four A-levels or equivalent qualifications
  • GCSE English and Maths grade C / 4.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Undergraduate preparation courses (Foundation)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Foundation courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Advanced standing (starting your undergraduate degree in year 2 or 3)

You may be able to start your undergraduate course in year 2 or 3 based on what you have studied before. This decision would be made in accordance with our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy.

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.


If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Please see our fees page for more information.

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.


We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can.

Full-time courses

For the full-time route just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow our step-by-step guide.


NTU Code: N91

Part-time courses

If you're applying for the part-time route please apply online using the NTU Applicant Portal.

Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You've got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you've applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Need help with your application?

For admissions related enquiries please contact us:

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Ask us a question

You can apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not applying to any other UK universities, you can apply directly to us on our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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