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Politics and International Relations BA (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): L240
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: Three years full-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

With recent and ongoing events such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the conflict in Ukraine, the unprecedented rises in the costs of living, and the ever-worrying concerns associated with the Climate Crisis, life as we know it is being fundamentally shaken.

If you have an interest in both domestic and global political issues and want to combine a deeper understanding with an enhanced employability skillset, then our BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations is for you.

There has never been a better time to study current affairs, and through its unique emphasis on the development and integration of knowledge, skills, and experience, this course will provide you with the tools for doing so.

Why choose this course?

  • Located principally at NTU's City Campus, you’ll be studying and living a stone’s throw away from the beating heart of Nottingham City Centre.
  • You will be taught by a friendly and experienced team of academics with a wealth of teaching and research expertise. The course is informed by exciting innovations in learning and teaching and is designed to reflect cutting-edge developments in staff research.
  • Gain membership and access to NTU's Matrix accredited employability services. Helping you identify and make the most of the opportunities here at NTU is central to the course, and you'll continue to receive support after you leave.
  • Have a direct impact on the functioning of your course by engaging with the Politics and International Relations Society, Student Parliament, and School of Social Sciences Student Forums.

What you’ll study

Politics and International Relations is a live and constantly evolving subject that has a continual and direct impact on the society and world in which we live.

The course is designed to reflect current debates, including trust and political leadership, freedom of speech and expression, sustainability, justice and wellbeing, conflict resolution, and the challenges linked to social media, big tech, and artificial intelligence.

This knowledge is both practiced and assessed through a diverse set of skills linked directly to the requirements of high-skilled employment. These range from core writing, reading, listening, and research skills to a range of key traits such as open-mindedness, creativity and entrepreneurship, resilience, and pitching ideas to - and debating with - diverse audiences.

Your first-year modules are designed to give you a firm grounding in some of the most important and elementary concepts, approaches and theories of Politics and International Relations.

Core modules

Foundations and Challenges to International Relations

Study the foundational, theoretical, and conceptual underpinnings of the dynamic nature of contemporary International Relations, identifying key actors and examining core perspectives such as Realism/Neo-Realism, Liberalism, and a range of structuralist, and critical/post-structuralist approaches, such as critical theory, feminism, and political ecology.

International Relations and Global History

Explore and examine long-term trends and transformations in the international arena, drawing attention to mechanisms of both change and continuity. Situate the landmark events of the 19th and 20th centuries – such as colonialism, war, revolution, and the so called ‘end of history’ triumphalism symbolised by the fall of the Berlin Wall - which continue to shape 21st century developments.

British Politics: Governing in a Global Age

Familiarise yourself with the core institutional, cultural, and social and economic elements of British politics and government. With key landmark events such as BREXIT and the impact (and ensuing revelations) of COVID-19, amongst other things, the evolution of British politics continues to be a fascinating and crucial area of study.

Political Ideologies in Conflict

Study the conceptual and ideational basis of modern political ideology, including the classical ‘big three’ ideologies of Liberalism, Conservatism, and Socialism, and later, 20th century variants such as Ecologism, Religious Fundamentalism, and Populism. Explore the thought of key political theorists closely, whilst appreciating the enduring influence of their ideas for animating society today.

Media, Power and Politics

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.

Politics and International Relations in Practice

Begin to build your employability 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’.

Core modules

Politics and International Relations: Theory and Methods

Develop essential research skills applicable to the study of Politics and International Relations, whilst investigating the many possible theoretical frameworks necessary for structuring a viable research project. Methods range from designing questionnaires/surveys, analysing the content and discourses of public and private documents, and designing as well as conducting interviews and focus groups.

Political Theory in Focus

Critically explore the history of Western political thought and the enduring relevance of some of its most important concepts, such as liberty, justice, and equality. Apply the ideas of exciting thinkers such as Machiavelli, Mill, and Arendt creatively to contemporary case studies of your choosing, spanning current debates in Politics and International Relations to contemporary music, film, or box sets.

Working With Politics and International Relations

Continuing the momentum gained in the year one, PIR in Practice module, 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 future, high-skilled employment. Of particular significance here is the opportunity to undertake a 30-hour work-like experience with a relevant organisation of your choosing.

Optional modules

Modules with a Politics focus

The Politics of Identity

This module will develop your understanding of classical and contemporary theories of the 'self'. You’ll analyse the continued importance of identity in shaping both individual and collective subjectivity.

Environmental Politics

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. 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.

People, Policy and Power: Comparing Political Systems

During this module, you'll analyse the key concepts and processes relevant to comparative politics.

Global Political Marketing

Gain a comprehensive understanding of the organisation, actions, 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.

Modules with an International Relations focus

Global Political Economy

You’ll explore the development of the global political economy (GPE) as an area of study in International Relations and apply its theories and methods to analyse aspects of the contemporary global system. In order to do this, you’ll look at the historical development of the GPE as a critical response to traditional International Relations, and how critical or unorthodox theory within GPE has emerged. The module then uses these theories and methods to understand and explain contemporary actors, processes and issues in the global political economy.

Change and the World Order

Examine the nature of the contemporary international order and the historical and ongoing importance of international institutions for maintaining it. Emphasising the role of non-state actors such as NGOs and INGOs, the module focuses closely on the United Nations and its various, specialised agencies for helping to deal with a range of increasingly pressing issues associated closely with the Sustainable Development Goals.

International Security

Explore issues relating to Strategic and Security Studies – an increasingly important subdivision within the study of International Relations. These issues 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 issues relating to public and environmental health.

Foreign Language

Build on existing experience or begin the journey of learning a new language through NTU’s University Language Programme. After an initial assessment to determine the most appropriate level of study, this option allows you to develop both general and professionally relevant language skills to a range of proficiencies.

Global Politics of Pop Culture

Expand your political understanding beyond parliaments, parties and politicians, to the wider power of cultural representations and experiences. From clothes and music, to sport and shopping, you will reflect on the ways political, economic, social and cultural power can manifest in subtle and often innocent ways.

Post Soviet Geopolitics

With recent events in Ukraine serving as a timely reminder as to its ongoing importance for international politics, examine and analyse the historical, political, and economic pressures which continue to inform the post-Soviet region. Challenge yourself to evaluate the current geopolitical climate whilst exploring concrete possibilities for change.

The Global Politics of Postcolonialism

Critically consider the historical and ongoing legacies of European colonialism, unearthing its impact on the international state system, the global economy, international law, and the foundations of Western ideology in general. Discover a range of non-Western perspectives, helping you to not only see the world differently but inspire you to identify and challenge ongoing, historically inscribed injustices.

Core modules

Dissertation or Applied Dissertation

Bring together the expertise, interests and/or experience gained throughout your degree and, guided by a dedicated supervisor and timetabled workshops throughout, formulate, structure, and complete a 10,000-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.

Interpreting Contemporary Politics

Explore an exciting range of contemporary issues and debates, weaving together many of the disciplines and/or themes within Politics and International Relations which you would have been introduced to in years one and two. This might include debates surrounding distributive justice, the rise and predominance of conspiracy theories, the question of UK Parliamentary Reform, or growing concerns relating to Big Tech and Artificial Intelligence.

Optional modules

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.

American Politics and Government

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.

Politics of Everyday Life

Explore the nature of politics beyond the traditional, and seek to analyse the politicisation of issues such as nature, consumption, and the rise of new social movements.

The 'End of the West'? Challenges to Europe’s 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.

Feminist Theory

Delve into some of the main 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.

States, Nationalism and Identity

Explore the increasingly complex question of identity in international relations. This module asks how individuals and social groups develop a sense of who they are, how they relate to others, how this affects their sense of belonging to the state, nation or other collectivity, and ultimately, the enduring political significance of such forms of identification for shaping the world today.

Political Violence and Terrorism

Explore the increasingly complex question of identity in international relations. This module asks how individuals and social groups develop a sense of who they are, how they relate to others, how this affects their sense of belonging to the state, nation or other collectivity, and ultimately, the enduring political significance of such forms of identification for shaping the world today.

International Relations of the Middle East and North Africa

Take an in-depth look at the political economy of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) against the backdrop of the colonial and post-independence history of the region. 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.

Emerging Powers of Asia

Analyse and explore the international relations of Asia, both in terms of its individual member states and, collectively, in regional players such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Taking into account the role of both state and non-state actors you will consider a range of pressing, contemporary issues, which might include economic, environmental, and/or ethnic conflict, drugs and/or sex trafficking, and terrorism.

Foreign Language

Build on existing experience or begin the journey of learning a new language through NTU’s University Language Programme. After an initial assessment to determine the most appropriate level of study, this option allows you to develop both general and professionally relevant language skills to a range of proficiencies.

Negotiating in International Contexts

Learn and practice the art of negotiation and leadership through combining the academic study of decision-making with model simulation and gaming/role playing exercises. Engagement with the module provides the chance to take part in the annual, EUROSIM competition with teams from other national and international Universities. On this basis, whilst the content and topical focus will reflect real-life developments, the main focus of simulations will be the European Union.

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.

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

Student Profiles

Avina Khakh

Politics and International Relations

Overall, I enjoyed my time on placement and it helped me to gain confidence, improve my networking skills and time-management.

Emmanuella Taiwo

Politics and International Relations

My time at NTU has been great. While being here, I’ve been able to push myself and continuously grow both academically and personally.

Sylwia Kazimierczak

Politics and International Relations

From the variety of courses to choose from to the constant support throughout your time at university, NTU really is a great choice if you are looking to have fun and excel academically.

Qistina Binti Ab Ghani

Politics and International Relations

I am lucky to have made amazing friends and met amazing tutors over the course of my degree and I will definitely cherish them. It made my experience living and studying in foreign country even better.

Franco Fabregas

Public Policy

My experience as an NTU student for the past 3+ years has been amazing! Staff and services provided by NTU are always friendly and willing to help you however they can.

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How you’re taught

To provide you with a first-class learning experience and to guarantee you have every opportunity to make the most of your course, teaching and learning will employ a range of methods.

Primarily, the course will be delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, and workshops.

  • Lectures will introduce you to a specific topic within a particular module. Lectures are usually interactive, allowing opportunities for queries and/or questions either during or towards the end of the session. Ideally, these can then be fed into seminar discussions relating to the session in question.
  • Seminars will use a range of activities/methods, usually asking students to work collaboratively to focus on specific points raised in the corresponding lecture. Any course/module-specific skills – e.g., debating, presenting, formulating policy positions, etc. -   will likely be practised during these sessions, thus not only linking knowledge to practice but knowledge and practice to the requirements for assessments.
  • Workshops seek to combine the delivery of subject-specific knowledge with hands-on opportunities for active, collaborative learning

Personal tutorials

Central to the BA Politics and International Relations is its personal tutorial system, whereby 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 the BA Politics and International Relations 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 and International Relations 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.

Assessments are submitted online, via NOW, and in response to student feedback, you can expect to receive feedback on your work within 15 working days of submission.

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

Sahra Joharchi

Principal Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Dr Sahra Joharchi is a lecturer in International Relations, within the Department of Politics and International Relations at Nottingham Trent University. Her research interests focus on Iranian-Chinese relations and the

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.

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…

Dr Antonio Cerella

Senior Lecturer

Social and Political Studies

Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at NTU.

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.

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.

Eszter Simon

Senior Lecturer

Politics and International Relations

Eszter Simon is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations. Her main research interests are Hungarian foreign and domestic policy, trust in International Relations, the role of the Moscow-Washington hotline in

How you’re assessed

  • Year 1 coursework (50%) and written (50%)
  • Year 2 coursework (77%) and written (23%)
  • Year 3 coursework (83%) and written (17%)

Careers and employability

Your future

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

  • Communications and Events Officer
  • Marketing Executive
  • Graduate Development Officer
  • Data Analyst
  • Business Development Manager
  • Police Officer
  • European Recruitment Consultant

Your career development

Helping you explore your options and gain the skills, knowledge, experience, and confidence for future careers is central to the course. The BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations 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 here on the BA Politics and International Relations course – and NTU more generally – is central to the course, and you’ll continue to receive support after you leave.

Campus and facilities

As a Politics and International Relations 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. Please see our website or UCAS Course Search for more details.

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.

Placements

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.

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

Full-time

£15,600

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.

Scholarships

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:

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.