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How to apply

Our guide to applying for a postgraduate or professional course here at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) will take you through the process and answer any questions you might have.


Taught courses

Most courses we offer will specify minimum entry requirements, but we'll assess your suitability for the course based on the merits of your application. We may offer places on the basis of non-standard qualifications, or your industry or professional experience.

Whilst there is no official deadline, we encourage you to apply as early as possible - bearing in mind the start date shown on your course of interest. To apply for one of our taught courses, please go to our Applicant Portal.

If you have any questions that aren’t answered in this guide, please contact our Admissions team on +44 (0)115 8484200 who will be happy to help.

How to apply for a taught course:

  • Step 1: Register as a new applicant and create an account

    To get started, head to our Applicant Portal. Register yourself as a new applicant and create your user name and password . You don’t have to complete your application all at once – so keep your login details safe and log back in whenever you want.

  • Step 2: Fill out and submit your application

    Work your way through the application making sure you:

    • include as much relevant information as possible
    • upload evidence of the results you have achieved
    • write a comprehensive personal statement that highlights your skills and explains your motivation for applying for the course in question
    • stick to the 4,000 word character limit  – you can upload additional documents if you have more you need to say
    • provide the required reference(s) with your application.

    When you submit your application, you'll receive an acknowledgement of receipt from us.

    Reference guidelines

    You can submit your reference through the Applicant Portal, but make sure your referee:

    • types your reference on letter-headed paper
    • dates and signs the reference
    • clearly states their position and relationship to you.

    Alternatively, your referee can email your reference straight to us – but it must come from their official email address. This means that it must be sent from a school, college, university or work email address.

    It's your responsibility to request a reference from your referee and ensure that they, or you, submit it to us. We don't request references from referees on your behalf.

  • Step 3: Track the progress of your application

    As long as you’ve provided all the information we need, we’ll try and make a decision on your application within five to ten working days. However, this can take longer and you should allow at least three weeks  for a decision  .

    We’ll be updating you throughout this process though so make sure you add to your safe senders list and keep an eye on your emails. You can also track the progress of your application through the Applicant Portal.

    Some courses will require that you attend an interview, or you may have to submit a portfolio of work. We'll contact you and give you plenty of warning if you need to do either of these things.

  • Step 4: Check your offer

    If your offer is accepted, congratulations! You'll have received either a conditional offer or an unconditional offer from us. It's important that you check this carefully.

    • Conditional offer: This means you must fulfil certain criteria – such as achieving the required grades – before you can be accepted on to the course.
    • Unconditional offer: You have met all the entry criteria and can take your place on the course as long as you accept your offer within four weeks .

    If you've applied for more than one course you'll receive a separate decision for each course.

  • Step 5: Accept your offer within four weeks

    We look forward to welcoming you – but remember that accepting your offer does not commit you to joining the course. Instead you'll have reserved your place as long as you meet any conditions – however we hope you do decide to join us.

    Remember that competition for places is high, and if you don’t accept your offer within four weeks it may lapse. After eight weeks it will be automatically withdrawn.

  • Step 6: Meet the conditions of your offer (if you have any)

    Upload all the documents required to meet the conditions of your offer using the My Documents section of the Applicant Portal. Make sure you keep your original copies too as we may need to see these to fully complete your enrolment and welcome you to the University.

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Postgraduate law courses

If you want to apply for the full-time Legal Practice Course (LPC) or the full-time Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), you need to submit your application to the Central Applications Board.

Applications for Barristers Training Courses (PGDip BTC and LLM BTC) should be made online through NTU applications portal.

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Teacher training

For postgraduate primary, secondary and School Direct courses, applications should be made through UCAS Teacher Training (UTT).

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Online courses

To apply for our one of our Online MBA specialisations, Online MA in International Relations or Online MSc Construction Project Management speak to a member of our Online Admissions team on 0800 032 1180 (UK) or +44 (0)115 941 8419 (International). Alternatively find out more here.

Research courses

  • Step 1: Complete an application form

    If you’ve decided that you want to apply for a research degree, you first need to download an application form and notes to help you complete it.

    Fill in the form with all your personal details and information on your qualifications, employment and any research training or experience you have. You will also need to tell us your source of funding.

  • Step 2: Your research proposal

    MPhil or PhD

    Unless you're applying to the Schools of Science and Technology and Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, you'll need to produce a 1,000 – 2,000 word statement with your application. This statement must clearly describe:

    • the subject you wish to research
    • the question(s) you wish to investigate
    • why it interests you
    • how you propose to research it
    • how your proposed project relates to other work in the field
    • how you think your project might contribute to understanding of your subject.

    You also need to include an outline timetable and a bibliography.

    If you're applying to the Schools of Science and Technology or Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, you only need to submit a short statement – no more than one side of A4 – with your application. This statement must identify:

    • the research area or topic that you wish to study
    • identify a potential supervisor at NTU that you would like to work with – if you have one in mind.

    Final agreement on your research project will be reached before we make any offer of a place at NTU.

    Professional Doctorate

    You should include a short statement about your proposed project if you're applying for a Professional Doctorate. You should consider including information such as:

    • provisional title
    • the topic or area you want to investigate
    • how this subject is linked to your own professional practice
    • the research question(s) or problems you'll address
    • the methods and techniques you'll use to answer these
    • your previous experience of using these methods
    • a brief bibliography of any sources you've already used or identified as relevant
    • how your project might relate to existing discussion, debate, research or literature.

    Some of these requirements may vary slightly between courses, so check the requirements of your course carefully before you apply.

  • Step 3: Provide your references

    You'll need to provide us with the details of two people who are familiar with your academic development. These could be tutors who have taught you during your undergraduate or master’s degree – but not your proposed supervisor.

  • Step 4: Submit your application

    When you’re all finished, send your completed application to us by email – unless you are applying for the DBA. In which case, please contact the Doctoral School by email or call on +44 (0)115 848 8088 .

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NTU have been awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize for world-class research

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