Nottingham Trent University


Award-winning research

At Nottingham Trent University (NTU), our combination of academic excellence, focussed support and student experience makes us one of the universities of choice for postgraduate students across the world. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework assessment most of our research was considered as internationally excellent or world-leading. Our research students are an important part of our inclusive and vibrant research community. 

We deliver ground-breaking research that has a real impact on people’s lives, with major successes in fields such as Psychology, Biomedical Science and Business and Management Studies. Our thriving and supportive doctoral research culture creates strong relationships that enable discovery, drive innovation, and change the world. NTU is an award-winning, research-focused institution committed to developing the researchers of tomorrow, whilst tackling the global challenges of today.

Our impressive research to improve airport security detection of weapons and explosives in luggage, enable safer production of powdered infant formula, and combat food fraud, has earned Nottingham Trent University a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. This is the highest form of national recognition open to a UK academic or vocational institution. NTU

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How we work with you to make an impact

Our Doctoral School provides opportunities for PhD, MPhil and Professional Doctorate study. Both full and part-time research courses are available at NTU, giving you the chance to study in a way that fits in with your lifestyle. Order a postgraduate prospectus and take a look at the range of research opportunities we have on offer.

NTU Doctorate Plus Programme – Designed for MPhil/PhD students to support the key milestones in your research journey and empower you – in discussion with your supervisory team – to create an individualised package of chosen elective activities to support your career development as a researcher.

Studentships - As part of our commitment to research excellence, we offer a number of University-funded studentships each year. See our funding pages to explore the different options.

Facilities - Our students are equipped with a wide range of facilities and resources to help in their studies. Whether that’s our Boots Library with over 400 PCs available 24/7, or our Ballistics laboratory at our Clifton Campus, the latest equipment is available in our teaching spaces while constant investment in new technologies provides every opportunity for academic success.


Employability – Our research students are encouraged to take part in conferences, seminars, and external networks. These are an excellent opportunity for you to share your work, meet other researchers, and build a network of contacts. Our own research conferences and seminars offer you the opportunity to present and discuss your work among the NTU research community. We also offer personalised careers advice with a specialist consultant for postgraduate research students.


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Further your studies with NTU

Whether you are looking to further your knowledge in a chosen subject, improve your prospects or want to change careers, Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has the course for you. Our combination of academic excellence, focused support and student experience makes us one of the universities of choice for postgraduate students across the world.


We have nearly 200 taught postgraduate courses across our nine academic schools, including a variety of research degree options. Our range of taught, postgraduate courses are designed to develop in-depth knowledge in a specialist field of study. All foster skills that are valuable in a professional context, such as analysis, independent critical enquiry and effective communication. Many have been designed in consultation with our contacts in business, the public services and the professions to have direct practical applications in the workplace. Others are oriented more towards fostering research skills and furthering an academic career. You can order a Postgraduate prospectus to browse all of the courses we have on offer.

Our professional courses - in areas including Business, Law and Teacher Training - are aimed at enhancing your employment profile and enabling you to achieve higher, much earlier in your career. These courses are designed to meet the needs of industry, commerce and the professions and give you the skills, know-how and contacts that you need for success in the workplace.

In 2017, we were named as the UK’s Modern University of the Year (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide), whilst receiving a gold rating in the national Teaching Excellence Framework.

We have a range of funding possibilities on offer such as scholarships and bursaries. These have helped hundreds of students study at NTU and achieve their ambitions. Scholarships and bursaries are awarded to students on eligible courses who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies. You may be able to take advantage of our 25% Alumni Discount, which most current and recent NTU students are eligible for.

Have a look at the NTU website to find out more about the funding opportunities available for Postgraduate students at NTU.  


Why Study at NTU? 

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is one of the biggest and most popular universities in the UK offering a number of benefits for our postgraduate students.

We are flexible As well as full time courses, we have distance learning, block-release and part-time study options to enable you to combine further study with work or family commitments.

Strong links with companies worldwide This keeps our courses cutting edge in a rapidly changing world, as well as offering a range of placement opportunities ranging from a few weeks to a year in industry, all aimed at improving your employability.

Expert teaching Academic supervisors, tutors and lecturers are leading practitioners in their fields and engaged in world class consultancy and global research.

Plenty to get involved with We have over 110 societies to help make the most of your student experience; including everything from astronomy to volunteering and from fashion to cocktails.

Guaranteed accommodation All three of our campuses provide high-quality on-site accommodation in a range of furnished self-catering residences offering en-suite or shared bathroom facilities. We have accommodation, including purpose built studio accommodation, specifically for postgraduate students.

Personalised and specialist careers advice With a dedicated careers consultant for each school and a specialist consultant for postgraduate research students, there is great support for you throughout your time at NTU.

Many of our courses are designed to meet industry needs and standards, making them easy to translate to the working world. This is why approximately 97% of postgraduates from NTU are employed or continuing with their studies within 6 months of finishing their degrees*. (*DLHE Survey Postgraduate results 2016-17).

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