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.
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. So if you don’t quite meet the entry requirements, don't necessarily be put off from applying.
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.
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 in one sitting – so keep your login details safe and log back in whenever you want.
Work your way through the application making sure you:
When you submit your application, you'll receive an acknowledgement of receipt from us.
You can submit your reference through the Applicant Portal, but make sure your referee:
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.
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 @ntu.ac.uk 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.
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.
If you've applied for more than one course you'll receive a separate decision for each course.
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.
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 handy too as we may need to see these to fully complete your enrolment and welcome you to the University.
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 the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) should be made online through the centralised system operated by BPTC providers.
For postgraduate primary, secondary and School Direct courses, applications should be made through UCAS Teacher Training (UTT).
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.
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.
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:
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:
Final agreement on your research project will be reached before we make any offer of a place at NTU.
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:
Some of these requirements may vary slightly between courses, so check the requirements of your course carefully before you apply.
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.
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 Graduate School by email or call on +44 (0)115 848 8088 .