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Postgraduate studies

ether you are a recent graduate or completed your studies with us more years ago than you care to remember, we would be delighted to welcome you back onto one of our many postgraduate programmes.  

We hope that your Nottingham qualification has served you well so far, but there is no denying that postgraduate study could provide you with a number of additional benefits. You could improve your employability and salary or even change your career completely. Alternatively, knowing our reputation for research excellence, you could re-join us to work on a pioneering research project. Or, of course, you could simply study a subject for the sheer love of it.

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There are plenty of reasons to return and resume your studies with us. You are already familiar with the first-class learning, leisure and recreational facilities at each of our award-winning campuses – all of which have benefited from substantial investment in recent years. You also know the advantages of living in Nottingham – a city that continues to grow and develop its leisure, cultural and sporting facilities.

So, why not visit the postgraduate studies
website and take a look at the wide range of full- and part-time, taught and research based postgraduate pathways on offer: from PGDips to PhDs and from taught Masters to Professional Doctorates?
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Returning as a postgraduate student, you will be able to visit familiar haunts and have access to all of the University’s learning, leisure, cultural and recreational facilities that you got to know so well the first time round. However, depending on when you last visited us, be prepared for a few surprises.

Improvements have been made to the learning and research facilities across all Schools over the past few years. So, whatever your subject area, you are bound to see changes and, we think you’ll agree, improvements across the board. For example:  

    • The Sutton Bonington Campus is now home to the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science
    • To complement its accommodation in the Lakeside Arts Centre, the School of Music now has a purpose-built rehearsal hall
    • Archaeology has expanded its bioarchaeology and archaeomaterials laboratory facilities
    • The School of American and Canadian Studies is now home to a ‘virtual’ film-making laboratory
    • Biomedical Sciences has undergone an impressive programme of development, including human physiology and ex vivo pharmacology laboratories 

The libraries have also undergone extensive refurbishment – you might not recognise them! The introduction of Learning Hubs which combine multimedia technology with traditional information resources, and support flexible learning, including group work, have really changed the way students study at:

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    •  Hallward Library
    • George Green Library
    • Greenfield Medical Library
    • James Cameron-Gifford Library
Postgraduate support services

Ideally, we’d like to think that your further studies with us would be relatively stress-free. However, support services for both home and international postgraduate students are firmly in place, just in case. The Student Services Centre, which you might remember as the old lecture theatre on the ground floor of the Portland Building, is a one stop-shop for financial, academic, disability support, registry services, tuition fees and other essential services. You would, of course, also be entitled to make use of the support facilities around campus, some of which you may have visited before, including: 
    • Academic Support
    • The Centre for Career Development
    • International Office
    • Disability Liaison
    • Diversity Counselling
    • Childcare
    • Cripps Dental Centre
    • University Health Centre

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If returning to study at Nottingham requires a move, let us put your mind at ease; all new postgraduate students are guaranteed University-arranged accommodation for one year.

The Graduate School

If your experience of the University is at undergraduate level, you might not be aware of The Graduate School
, housed in the Trent Building.  

As a postgraduate, you will receive automatic membership of the Graduate School, entitling you to take full advantage of its training programmes in research and transferable skills as well as the careers workshops and recruitment events designed to help you achieve your long-term goals.  

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It is also an ideal place to meet friends and colleagues over a coffee, do some work between classes or appointments, catch up on email, or just relax. And, after a long day’s study, the School’s social events provide a good way to unwind and enjoy a healthy work-life balance.Pale green horizontal line

The Careers and Employability Service



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The Careers and Employability Service has a lot to offer our postgraduates. Along with the University’s Graduate School, the Centre provides: 

    • Workshops and seminars in career management
    • Aptitude test training
    • Employer-led skills workshops
    • A careers adviser who works exclusively with research students 
Enhance your skills

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As you know, the University is very keen for its students to realise their potential. That’s why so many postgraduate courses offer training, in line with the standards set out by Research Councils in the UK, in key areas such as: 

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Study and industrial opportunities in the UK and overseas

Some of our postgraduate programmes facilitate overseas study and, if you haven’t already done so, you might have the chance to spend part of your course at our campuses in China and Malaysia. Our extensive links with other universities and global organisations also provide an exciting array of worldwide learning opportunities. 

We offer a number of Graduate School Travel Prizes, as well as Universitas 21 Research Scholarship Prizes, to support you in your travels.  

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If overseas travel does not appeal, there are plenty of development opportunities available closer to home in the form of UK-based industrial placements, facilitated by our close links with local, national and international companies and organisations.  

For more information about the postgraduate opportunities on offer, please visit

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Enhance your career and stimulate your salary

Postgraduates tend to fare better than undergraduates when entering the job market for the first time, and levels of unemployment are generally lower. Postgraduates usually earn more than undergraduates too, and returning to complete a postgraduate course could boost your current earning potential.

A study of taught Masters alumni who left the University in 2007 revealed that their average starting salary was around £22,500 with the highest salary that year starting at £120,000. PhD graduates, involved in the same study, had average annual incomes of £28,000 – 23 percent higher than for first degree graduates – with the highest salaries around £66,000.
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