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Why choose NTU for postgraduate study?

At NTU, you’ll be part of a vibrant community of over 8,000 postgraduate students from over 160 countries, developing the skills you need to change the world.

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10 reasons to study at NTU

There are many reasons to apply for a postgraduate qualification, but why should you choose to study with us? Here's ten reasons for picking NTU for your postgraduate degree.

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1. A postgraduate student experience like no other

Our unrivalled student experience, excellent graduate prospects and world-leading research contributed to NTU being named Modern University of the Year by The Times and The Sunday Times 'Good University Guide' 2023.

We’re proud to be recognised as one of the UK's most ambitious universities, having received several awards for teaching, research, sustainability and student experience in recent years. This includes:

  • QS 5-star rating for quality teaching, facilities and employability in 2022
  • being voted top for postgraduate student facilities and student support.

There really is no place like NTU.

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2. Learn from the experts

NTU’s teaching is ranked among the best in the UK. You’re taught by academics, researchers, and industry experts who are leaders in their field. With strong links to global industries and professional bodies, you can be assured that your postgraduate education and training is of the highest standard.

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3. Tailored careers support

Whether you are looking to launch your own business, progress in your company or take a new career direction, you can count on the professional, industry-tailored support of our Employability and Careers team. We'll even support you after your studies for up to three years and can offer you a paid internship opportunity if you're not in employment or further study 12 months after graduating - that's a graduate promise like no other.

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4. Innovative learning in your field of study

In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, 86% of NTU’s research impact was assessed to be either world-leading or internationally excellent. This innovative world-leading research informs our courses. The most recent thinking and discoveries underpins our postgraduate curriculum.

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5.  Outstanding facilities and resources

You’ll benefit from our continuous investment in industry-standard specialist facilities. Innovative spaces inspire innovative thinking – that's why we've invested £450 million into our facilities and campuses in the last 10 years. In addition, we provide dedicated postgraduate and researcher facilities and resources including over 100 study spaces, bookable study rooms for group work and skills training.

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6. A vibrant postgraduate community

Our current students, Students' Union, and specialised support teams all work together to make NTU feel like home. We know our postgraduate learners will have different priorities, and NTSU has both a Postgraduate Society and a Mature, Postgraduate and Non-Traditional Students’ Network as well as a postgraduate rep to represent the views and needs of students.

Meet your postgraduate community

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7. Personalised financial support

NTU students can access comprehensive funding including bursaries, studentships, and university, school, and department-level scholarships, plus a 20% discount for current NTU students and recent alumni.

We also have some unique student benefits and free services designed to enhance your student experience.

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8. Specialised postgraduate support

We know that studying as a postgraduate is a different learning experience and comes with its own challenges. Through our award-winning professional services teams, we provide support on anything – from financial management and childcare, to support with physical, mental health and learning difficulties.

There's tailored advice for International students too, plus we’ve developed a range of services, resources, and programmes specifically for mature learners.

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9. Study in a great student city

Nottingham’s the cultural, financial, social and sporting capital of the region – a truly fantastic city, with one of the UK’s lowest living costs. Well-located and a lower cost of living, it’s the perfect place to live and learn.

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10. Dedicated postgraduate accommodation

We know that as a postgraduate or mature student, your living requirements are different to our undergraduate students. That’s why our residences have flats that are specifically allocated for postgraduate or mature students, as well as studios and on-campus shared houses.