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Politics BA (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): L200
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: Three years full-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Politics is everywhere and everything. Understand it, and you’ll understand your own world; know its rules, and you can start to play the game on your own terms. This course is for the brave, the curious, and the rebels searching for a cause. It’s about making the political personal, and being the kind of change you want to see.

At NTU, learning means doing. We focus on two things: great theory, and grassroots activism. Studying in Nottingham — the UK’s original ‘rebel city’, and a hotbed of revolution, insurrection, and political intrigue — you’ll be applying your skills, passion and knowledge in the real world. Politics is a living, breathing subject, and you’ll analyse the big questions of how systems operate, how countries are governed, and how decisions are made. But you’ll also put the fundamentally human issues of social justice, morality and ethics under the microscope. You’ll interrogate your own political identity and values; you’ll explore the ins and outs of today’s most contentious political issues; you’ll take a deep dive into conspiracy theories, cover-ups, and secret histories.

Politics is a versatile and universally respected degree. Our graduates have become MPs, sustainability crusaders, motivational speakers, community leaders, and even successful entrepreneurs. This is your world, your time, and your stage — we’ll give you the tools, insights, and confidence to guarantee you’re heard.

Why politics — and why NTU?

  • Look out your window. Check your feeds. Your world is changing at unprecedented speed, and not always for the better — only by understanding politics can you hope to inform and improve that change.
  • Politics is a game. You’ll learn its rules and roles through exciting, hands-on assignments — from CV-smashing placements, simulations and roleplaying, to real-world collaborations with partner agencies like Nottingham Citizens.
  • We’re big on personalisation. This is political study on your terms — from the huge range of modules and course pathways, right through to the innovative ways you’re assessed.
  • The transferrable skills will rule you in for everything, and out of nothing. Political knowledge aside, you’ll develop the confidence of a professional public speaker; the research talents of a top-class analyst; the leadership skills of a CEO; and plenty more.
  • Joint Honours courses are also offered by the School of Art and Humanities.

What you’ll study

Think politics, and you’ll naturally think big — Whitehall and the White House, NATO and the UN . But there’s so much more to it than that.

Politics is a discipline that unpacks the big and the small, the remarkable and the everyday. It’s the game that determines elections, leadership contests, domestic policies, and the relationships between whole nations , but it can also explain the lifecycle of a single cup of coffee, or how (and why) a particular mobile phone ends up in your hand. Political decisions drive the things we often choose not to think or talk about — but as conscientious global citizens, need to.

We’ll be encouraging you to look at the world differently, through more informed, balanced, and critically aware eyes. We’ll be asking you to explore and assess your own values and beliefs — to make the familiar unfamiliar. We’ll dare you to be different, whether that’s in the classroom, out on placement, studying abroad, taking part in our huge range of student-led political clubs and societies, or even by learning a brand-new language!

What makes this course so popular is our focus on personalisation — on inviting you to create your own learning pathway. With the incredible range of specialist modules on offer, everybody’s degree is different. The core modules give you a grounding in the key historical concepts — the different perspectives and ideologies; the role of the media; the political frameworks of international relation s — while the optional electives allow you to pursue your own specific area(s) of interest. If you come here with a particular passion for the politics of climate change, race, or gender, why not build your whole degree around it?

Here’s a breakdown of the core and optional modules you’ll be studying across your course:

Year one modules are designed to provide you with the foundations of your discipline. Whilst some (but not all) of you may have studied ‘politics’ before, your first year at NTU will broaden your understanding of politics and its sub-disciplines. Year one will give you all the tools you need to begin your journey.

Year one modules include:

Core modules

Study and Research Skills

Concerned about how assessments will be different at Uni? About how to reference? How to think critically? Or, perhaps, you want to brush-up on writing or presenting skills? With those and other related issues in mind, drawing on the expertise of our Student Study support team, this module has been designed specifically for you to hone, develop, and master the skills necessary for getting the most out of the three years of your course: and beyond.

Politics and International Relations in Practice

It’s never too early to start thinking about how you want to use your degree in the future. Begin to build your careers skillset by taking part in direct, hands-on experiential learning. The module is designed to include a unique combination of in-class exercises – aimed to build professional skills and confidence, such as problem solving, teamworking, and clear communication – and for you to engage, accumulate and reflect upon a range of relevant, extracurricular ‘practice hours’ suited and aligned to your own future aspirations.

Media, Power and Truth

In an era where ‘truth’ can be considered as just another opinion, and ‘false news’ undermines democratic institutions, in this module you will explore the interface between media, power, and politics in the UK and beyond. Whilst introducing a range of key concepts, theories, and approaches to political communication throughout, you’ll be encouraged to consider the ongoing impact of the media in both its traditional and modern forms, particularly the political ramifications of its evolving structure, ownership, and technology.

British Politics and Beyond

Familiarise yourself with the institutional, cultural, and economic elements of British politics and government. With key landmark events such as Brexit and COVID-19, the evolution of British politics continues to be a fascinating and crucial area of study. But British politics is not the be all and end all of political systems, you’ll also explore other countries from our continent and beyond and discover the atypical and unusual nature of the British political tradition.


Love it or loathe it, there is no avoiding politics. Many are turned off by simply hearing the word, and yet, as this module will reveal there is more to the discipline than meets the eye. You will explore its key traditions, concepts, thinkers, and ideologies. Thinking creatively and developing digital literacies throughout, you will gain an understanding not only of the academic discipline but also the tools for interpreting ongoing debates in contemporary society.

Young Citizens, Place & Belonging

This is hands-on module will give you the opportunity to learn more about more about the city you have come to live and study in. With a rich backstory steeped in community and grassroots activism, Nottingham is an ideal location to develop knowledge and gain skills around citizenship, participation and community organisation which are fundamental in enacting change. This module will provide a unique insight into the formal and informal politics of the city and give you the tools you need to become a change maker.

In year two, whilst cementing core skills and experiences and delving deeper into the themes of enacting change, political arenas and contemporary political issues, you’ll also develop creativity and build confidence, as you start plotting your own path through the course.

Core modules include:

Core modules

Social Research

The ability to research, organise, and present information will most likely prove essential for your future. It is also essential for your discipline, and building on the foundations provided in year one, throughout this module you will continue to develop and practice the knowledge and skills required. Key methods explored throughout range from designing questionnaires/surveys, analysing the content and discourses of public and private documents, and the practicalities of designing and conducting interviews and focus groups.

Careers and Experience in Politics and International Relations

Continuing the momentum gained in the year one, Politics and International Relations in Practice module, throughout this module you will push on to gain more knowledge, skills (e.g., creating LinkedIn profiles, CV writing skills, interview techniques, and more), and experience to help prepare you for a range of future, high-skilled careers. Of particular significance here is the opportunity to undertake a 30-hour work-like experience with a relevant organisation of your choosing.

UK Parliamentary Studies

Gain an in-depth and unique insight into the theory and practice of the institution that lays at the centre of our political system. In this module you will critically analyse the contribution that both Houses of Parliament make to scrutiny, policy making and representation. Throughout the module you will engage with MPs, Peers, and parliamentary officials in order to strip away the ermine and oak panelling to see how the beating heart of our democracy really functions and how you can enact change through it.

Optional modules

Options modules - subject to availability - include a selection from the following:

Contemporary European Politics

Europe remains a key player in both UK domestic and international politics, and due to its diverse internal complexity, presents a fascinating case study for comparative politics. Examining a host of European nations from the largest/well-known (e.g., France, Spain) to the smallest/relatively less documented (e.g., Malta, Cyprus) the module explores a range of ongoing political issues, such as the role of government, elections/electoral systems, party systems, voter behaviour and more.

Justice, Ethics, and Democracy

Take a critical and reflexive tour through classical and contemporary Western political thought, exploring the continued relevance of some of its most important concepts and ideas. Along the way you will creatively apply the insights of exciting thinkers - such as Machiavelli, J.S.Mill, and Martha Nussbaum – to contemporary case studies of your choosing, spanning current debates in Politics and International Relations to contemporary film, music, literature, or even TV boxsets.

Security Studies

In an increasingly dangerous world humans need to work together to find ways of protecting it. In this module you will explore issues relating to contemporary Security Studies - an increasingly important subdivision within the study of International Relations. This can range to the more familiar emphasis on conflict within and between nation states, including the ever-evolving threats of domestic and international terrorism, to perhaps the slightly less dramatic - but equally worrying - events relating to public and environmental health.

The Politics of Art, Film and Literature

Even in the darkest moments of humanity, we humans have created works of art which can inspire empathy and understanding across cultures. In this sense, politics isn’t simply about raw power – it can be about hope, passion, and the stories we encounter both today and those we leave for future generations. In this unique module you will discover the great work of art, books, music, and film; identifying their social and political themes and what they tell us about the human condition in a range of global contexts.

Environmental Politics and Policy

Welcome to the ‘Anthropocene’! Critically explore the historical and ongoing impact of human behaviour on the natural world, situating environmental politics through key events from the late 20th century onwards. From the local to the global, explore core debates in environmental ethics and green political thought, whilst studying a wide range of domestic and international policies, processes, treaties, and case studies throughout.

Global Political Marketing

Gain a comprehensive understanding of the organisation, behaviour, and impact of political marketing at both a national and international level. The module examines the marketisation of politics on a range of relevant issues, including political behaviour, party organisation, and voting patterns. Key debates will be considered throughout, relating to targeting and positioning, branding, market research, and the relationship between political marketing and fundamental issues such as trust, democracy, and crisis management.

In year three you will take two core modules and choose the rest from another suite of options.

Core modules include:

Core modules


Bring together and reflect upon the academic expertise, interests and experience gained throughout your degree and, guided by a dedicated supervisor and step-by-step workshops throughout, formulate, structure, and complete an 8,000-word research project of your choosing. Alongside the more traditional written dissertation, there is the option to complete a more hands-on project, perhaps by engaging with policy processes in a partner organisation.

Leadership, Activism, Campaigning

Throughout the last two years you have learnt the art of communication and how change can be enacted through formal and informal political arenas. You’ve been creative, completing assessments on topics and case studies of your choosing. You’ve built a portfolio of activities and skills which should make you confident about your future. The culmination of these experiences is this module, whereby you get the chance to design a campaign/project on something that matters to you; as too, pitch your reflections on the knowledge and skills gained throughout and their potential for life after Uni.

Optional modules

Options modules - subject to availability - include a selection from the following:

British Politics in Uncertain Times

Examine the changing nature of British Politics in the context of global issues. You'll gain an understanding of the origins of vital contemporary issues, such as the resurgence of nationalism in Britain, the leaving of the European Union, the financial crisis and its aftermath and many more. These dynamic, changing and highly volatile issues will be reflected through the lens of key actors in the British state, British interests overseas, and the potential end of the British state as we know it.

US Politics and Policy

Following the events on Capitol Hill, in January 2021, there seems no greater time to examine the complex and increasingly fractious politics and government of the USA. Taking into consideration a range of its ongoing historical tensions, the module will critically interrogate US democracy’s most revered actors and institutions, including its Constitution, Congress, the Supreme Court, the role of the President, and specifically, historical evolutions in domestic and foreign policy.

End of the Liberal Order

Examine the institutions, the politics, and the policy-making process of a range of European states both within and outside the European Union, alongside the institutional workings of the EU itself. The module explores a range of domestic and foreign policy issues, the key actors involved over time, the ideologies in harmony and tension, and ultimately, the uncertain fate of the European project itself.

Political Violence and Terror

Since 9/11 the so-called ‘War on Terror’ has dominated global politics, and whilst today it might appear to have taken a back seat to other issues, it continues to exert its influence. Throughout this module you will explore the evolving relationship between terrorism and political violence. Analysing the concept of ‘insecurity’ in a broad sense throughout, you will examine key theoretical approaches as well as a range of real-world cases, illustrating ultimately its increasingly complex use for political means.

Global Politics of Pop Culture

Expand your understanding of ‘politics’ beyond parliaments, parties and politicians to consider the wider power of cultural representations and experiences. From clothes and music to sport and shopping, this module will encourage you to reflect on the ways in which political, economic, social, and cultural power can manifest itself in a range of everyday, subtle, and often quite innocent ways.

Feminist Thought and Praxis

Delve into some of the many branches of feminist thought and core themes in contemporary feminism. The module explores topics such as the relationship between historical and contemporary approaches to feminist theory, its key ideological undercurrents, from its liberal, ‘first wave’ foundations to contemporary, ‘fourth wave’ manifestations, and the application of feminist theory to a range of exciting case studies today.

Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean in World Politics

Since its inception at the start of the 20th century, whilst mainstream international relations has been dominated by the global north, as you’ll appreciate throughout this module, the axis is surely tipping towards the global south. Throughout the module you will gain an understanding of the political, economic, and social development challenges facing a range of key countries – challenges which at times can spill-over into diverse forms of radical political action that challenge the status quo.

The International Relations of the Middle East and North Africa

Perhaps no region of the world is more misunderstood than the Middle East and North Africa.  In this module you will take an in-depth look at the political economy of the region against the backdrop of its colonial and post-independence history. You will consider the role of both state and non-state actors, examine a range of contemporary security challenges, and consider the potential and opportunities for inter-state cooperation, as too, future possible scenarios for international relations within the continent.

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Sofia Karamat


I would describe being an NTU student as being quite free, being able to express myself, being surrounded by different types of people who are unapologetically them.

Joe Raine


The members of staff and professionals that I have met have given me a great experience of community organising and action and have created a real sense of optimism for the whole of Nottingham.

Amy Cox

My time at NTU has been fantastic and I have enjoyed every minute of it.

Gabriel Adams

For me this was by far the best Politics course available, particularly as it provided the opportunity to spend a year abroad.

Hari Raithatha

My study abroad has helped me develop my communication and interpersonal skills. I definitely want to work abroad once I graduate.

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How you’re taught

Our course is characterised by its community — one that’s passionate, friendly, and very diverse. We don’t believe in hierarchies: our staff might be experts and renowned researchers, but they’re more learning partners than teachers, here to encourage conversations and exchange ideas. We work hard to make sure the department feels like home. This is a course where the doors stay open, and everybody knows your name.

Many of our professors and lecturers are NTU graduates themselves. After completing this course, they became nationally respected specialists in political science and theory, public and foreign policy, the global political economy, environmental policy, and much, much more. These are the people the media turns to when insights and opinions are needed; the same people whose research is shaping the modern political discourse. You’ll also be hearing from a range of prestigious guest speakers throughout the course, including MPs and local councillors.

You’ll be learning through small-group seminars, interactive lectures, collaborative workshops, cosy personal tutorials, and your own independent study. Visit us on an NTU open day and we’ll tell you more about what these sessions look like, and how they work.

It isn’t just the range of modules and content that distinguish this course — it’s the way you’re assessed, too. We know that success isn’t a one-size arrangement, and we’re constantly adapting and innovating to ensure that every type of learner is accommodated. Alongside the more traditional elements like essays and your final-year dissertation, you’ll get the chance to prove your skills through board games, roleplaying, simulations, real-world collaborative projects with local activist groups, poems, case studies, presentations, and even TikTok videos!

Generally speaking, your ‘contact hours’ across the course will break down as follows:

  • Year One — lectures / seminars / workshops (23%), independent study (77%)
  • Year Two — lectures / seminars / workshops (24%), independent study (76%)
  • Year Three — lectures / seminars / workshops (19%), independent study (81%)

Personal Tutorials

Central to the BA Politics course is its personal tutorial system where you can expect a tailored blend of one-to-one and/or group personal tutorial sessions with a dedicated tutor who will remain with you throughout your three years of study. At these sessions you will have the opportunity to:

  • discuss and reflect closely on your feedback and progression.
  • ask questions and/or seek clarification on issues relating to your course.
  • raise any difficulties you might be experiencing relating to your work, personal or university experience.

Independent study

One of the main challenges of the transition into higher education is the amount of independent study you are expected to conduct. BA Politics has been designed to help you adjust to this process by decreasing scheduled contact hours as you develop the necessary skills for managing your time/workload progressively over the three years. You will still have regular contact with your tutors and fellow students, and all module leaders have dedicated advice and guidance hours where you can drop by for a chat.

Virtual learning environment

Throughout the course you will use NTU’s online workspace NOW, a flexible web-based system that provides you with 24-hour access to all information relating to your course/modules, such as lecture materials, seminar tasks, assessment information, reading lists, and much more.

You will also have free, downloadable access to Office 365, with access to all the major apps and platforms which will likely be used throughout the duration of the course, including OneDrive, Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Teams.

Learning from experts

Throughout your course you will be taught by a friendly and enthusiastic research-active team who have specialist knowledge in a range of fields within to the discipline of politics including political science, political theory/philosophy, comparative politics, public policy, global political economy, foreign policy, environmental ethics/politics/policy, as well as specialist regions including South Asia, Africa, Northeast Asia, and the Middle East.

Many of the team appear regularly in the media and publish their research widely in a range of high-quality academic presses, as well as working closely with the Trent Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT) – an institutional community of practice which encourages and supports innovative practice and emerging themes in learning and teaching.

In addition to the types of learning and teaching discussed above, you’ll also hear and learn from renowned experts and practitioners (e.g., MPs and local councillors) in related fields who are regularly invited to come and talk to our students.

Study abroad opportunities

You may have the opportunity to spend half of your second year studying abroad with the Study Abroad exchange scheme. There are many benefits to studying abroad – not only will it help expand your CV and gain a new perspective on your subject, but it will also allow you to grow your independence and experience a new culture.

All of our exchange partners offer modules taught in English, including our European partners, so foreign language skills are not essential.

Learn a new language

Alongside studying BA Politics, you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of either learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

How will I be assessed?

The BA Politics course has been designed to provide a broad, varied, and consistent range of assessments to ensure a fair and balanced representation of the skills and knowledge you gain throughout.

Study Skills sessions – including advice on academic essay planning/writing/editing and referencing – are embedded into the course early and further, continual support is available throughout your degree.

Throughout your three years, each module will include both formative (i.e., non-bearing feedback, designed to help you improve in the future) and summative (i.e., bearing feedback which is then translated into overall grades) forms, which might include academic essays, case studies and reports, to individual/group presentations, policy briefs, simulation exercises, strategic communications plans, and infographic factsheets.

Contact hours

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (23%), independent study (77%)
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (24%), independent study (76%)
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (19%), independent study (81%)

Staff Profiles

Dr Martin Monahan

School Standards and Quality Manager

School of Social Sciences

Dr Martin Monahan is a principal lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, specialising in British Politics. He is the School's Standards and Quality Manager.

Matt Ashton

Principal Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Matthew Ashton staff profile

Imad El-Anis

Associate Professor

School of Social Sciences

Dr Imad El-Anis is an Associate Professor in International Relations at Nottingham Trent University’s Department of Social and Political Sciences. He is an expert in the International Relations and Political…

Jonathan Gorry

Interim Head of Department

School of Social Sciences

Jonathan Gorry is Deputy Head of Department (Principal Lecturer) for the Department of Social and Political Sciences at Nottingham Trent University.

Liam McCarthy

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Liam McCarthy

Marianna Poberezhskaya

Associate Professor

School of Social Sciences

Marianna Poberezhskaya is an Associate Professor in Politics and International Relations with teaching responsibilities on the BA (Hons) International Relations, BA (Hons) Politics and BA (Hons) Politics and IR courses.

Michael O'Neill

Associate Professor

School of Social Sciences

Michael O'Neill

Oliver Harrison

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Dr Oliver Harrison is a Senior Lecturer in Political Theory in the Department of Social and Political Sciences, Nottingham Trent University.

How you’re assessed

  • Year 1 coursework (50%), written (50%)
  • Year 2 coursework (60%), written (40%)
  • Year 3 coursework (83%), written (17%)

Careers and employability

BA Politics will open doors for you and enable you to explore careers in a wide range of fields in both the public and private sectors.

The job titles below give an indication of the careers our recent Politics graduates have pursued:

  • Civil Service (including HM Treasury)
  • Marketing Executive
  • Political Assistant (including the Houses of Parliament and local government)
  • Data Analyst
  • Business Development Manager
  • Police Officer
  • Teacher
  • Politician (including Counsellors and MPs)

Your career development

Helping you explore your options and gain the skills, knowledge, experience, and confidence for future careers is central to the course. Our BA (Hons) Politics course will provide you with a range of subject-specific and key transferable skills. A lot of high-skilled jobs recognise the value of graduates having an openness and understanding of national and international events, institutional processes, and the importance of appreciating social and cultural difference – all of which this course will help you develop.

Subject-specific skills include:

  • Identifying competing interests/pitching ideas to diverse audiences.
  • Working to find/negotiating compromise.
  • Leadership, entrepreneurship, and ethical awareness.

Key transferable skills include:

  • Fluency in written and verbal communication.
  • Time management and resilience.
  • Taking the initiative and working as part of a team.

Upon graduation from this course, you will be well placed to apply for a wide range of roles in the public, private and third sector organisations, including:

  • charities, fundraising, the media.
  • local/national government.
  • the civil service.
  • international aid and development agencies (e.g., NGOS and INGOS).
  • police, armed forces, security services.

Our Employability team

We have a dedicated Employability team located on the City Campus who work hand-in-hand with the course team. Once you begin your course you will gain membership and access to NTU’s Matrix accredited employability services. Helping you identify and make the most of the opportunities at NTU is central to the course, and you’ll continue to receive support after you graduate.

Campus and facilities

As a Politics student, you will have access to a range of fantastic facilities including:

  • Lecture theatres and teaching classrooms
  • Open access PCs and secure wireless points
  • Study areas and social spaces
  • Boots Library.
  • NTU Print Shop
  • NTSU (Nottingham Trent Students’ Union).
  • Our School of Social Sciences reception, providing you with easy access to our helpful and friendly support staff.

IT resources

Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed widely across the City Campus. PCs are installed with Office 365, providing access to all the major apps and platforms which will likely be used throughout the duration of the course, including OneDrive, Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Teams. PCs are also connected to high-speed, online printing services.

Book and library resources

The Boots library is located at the heart of the city campus, directly opposite Chaucer building. If they aren’t already available online via the library’s OneSearch system, here you will find access to many of the academic books and journals related to your course. As an NTU student you will also gain access to a range of other audio-visual catalogues, such as Box of Broadcasts and Kanopy.

The Department of Social and Political Sciences has a dedicated liaison librarian who is available to give you detailed help in finding and using print and electronic resources. Alongside other support provided within the School of Social Sciences, the library team offer a wide range of workshops, webinars, and specialist academic support services, both generic and bespoke, ranging from key academic skills such as writing, planning essays, tips for time management, referencing and research skills, and much more.

City location

The location of the City Campus also means that you have easy access to:

  • sports facilities at the NTSU
  • student accommodation
  • NTU cafés
  • the beautiful and historic Arboretum
  • City Centre restaurants, bars and shops.

Entry requirements

  • A-levels – BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths or Science grade C / 4.
  • Other qualifications and experience

    We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

    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.

    Contextual offers

    As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

    Getting in touch

    If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions and Enquiries Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

  • A-levels – BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths or Science grade C / 4.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

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.

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.


Students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel, visa and living costs whilst studying abroad. Travel grants and Erasmus funding may be available to help fund international travel costs. The course will utilise University resources throughout your course such as the Crime Scene House (Clifton Campus), Mock Court Room / Moot Room (City Campus), Video Interview Suite (City Campus). Students will be expected to pay for travel costs if applicable.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Tuition fees

Mode of study

International tuition fee



Please note the fees shown are for 2022 entry.

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. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. 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 that 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!

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:

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