Step-by-step guide to applying
To get started, head to our Applicant Portal. You can also follow the ‘How to Apply’ button on the course page.
Select ‘Not registered yet? Sign up here’ and create an account with a username and password.
You don’t have to complete your application all at once. Keep your login details safe so you can log back in whenever you want.
Work your way through the application form, making sure you:
- include as much relevant information as possible
- upload evidence of results (if you have them)
- write a comprehensive personal statement that highlights your skills and motivations for applying. Read our guide to writing your postgraduate personal statement.
- stick to the 4,000-word character limit. You can upload additional documents if you have more you need to say
- if required, upload reference(s) with your application. We don't request references from referees on your behalf. It is your responsibility to request one. Make sure the reference is typed, on letter-headed paper, dated and signed by the referee and states their position and relationship to you.
Alternatively, your referee can email your reference direct to email@example.com. It must come from their official email address (school, college, university or work).
When you submit your application, you’ll get an automated email. We’ll review your application and contact you by email when we’ve made a decision. If your application is successful, we’ll email you an offer. We’ll aim to make a decision on your application within 5-10 working days, however this can take longer, and you should allow at least three weeks for a decision.
We’ll update you throughout the process, 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 and update your details through the Applicant Portal.
Some courses will require an interview or submit a portfolio of work. We'll contact you if either of these are required.
If you want to apply for a different course, you’ll need to make a new application through the Applicant Portal – you can make up to 5 applications with no charge. Once you have a new offer, you can choose which one to accept or decline.
- Log in to the Applicant Portal to see the details of your offer, including any conditions.
- If you’ve applied for a Nottingham Institute of Education course (PGCE / School Direct), you’ll need to log in to the UCAS Hub to see the details of your offer, including any conditions.
- If you’ve applied for more than one course, you’ll receive a separate decision for each course.
- For conditional offers - you’ll be expected to meet the conditions to be accepted onto the course.
- If the course requires statutory checks (i.e., Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)) you’ll be contacted directly.
- For unconditional offers, you’ll have no further conditions to meet.
- Accept your offer on the Applicant Portal.
- You have approximately eight weeks to accept your offer. After this time it will expire.
- Offers can be reinstated, but courses fill up quickly and we can’t guarantee you a space on the course if your offer has expired.
- If you’ve applied for a Nottingham Institute of Education course (PGCE / School Direct), you can accept your offer on the UCAS Hub. These courses have different deadlines.
- Log in to the Applicant Portal and use the ‘My Documents’ section to upload documents (i.e., qualification transcripts or certificates) providing evidence that you’ve satisfied the conditions.
- You’ll need to present your original documents on arrival at NTU to complete your enrolment.
Courses with different application methods
There are a few Masters and postgraduate courses that have different application processes, these include:
- Teacher-training courses including PGCEs and School Direct
- Law courses including LPC, SQE and PGDL
- Master of Architecture
- Research degrees including PhDs and Professional Doctorates
PGCE Primary, Secondary and School Direct teacher-training courses
You can apply for PGCE and School Direct courses at the Department for Education (DfE) through UCAS. Find out more and apply online at DfE.
Postgraduate law courses
Applications for the full-time LLM Legal Practice Course (LPC), Solicitors Qualifying Exams (SQE) and the full-time Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDL) are made directly to the Central Applications Board.
Research degrees and PhDs
For PhD, Professional Doctorates, Doctorates by Published, Established and Creative Works follow our step-by-step guide on how to apply.
At postgraduate level we provide Level 7 Masters apprenticeships in business, architecture, nursing and law. Visit our Apprenticeships page for further details and apply using the Applicant Portal.