The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Introduction

The Faculty of Social Sciences at The University of Nottingham offers a diverse range of programmes across schools including economics; education; geography; law; politics and international relations; and sociology and social policy.

Reputation for excellence

Nottingham is a worldwide top 100 university, and a number of the faculty’s schools are in the top 50 for their subject area in the latest QS World University Rankings. We are also a truly global university, with campuses in China and Malaysia.

Students come from across the world to join our dynamic learning community where our teaching is underpinned by our world-leading research. In the latest Research Excellence Framework, Nottingham is ranked 8th in the UK on a measure of 'research power', and more than 97% of research at the university is recognised internationally. The faculty makes a valuable contribution to this with research that has wide-ranging impacts on society, the economy, health and welfare, culture, public policy and the environment.

Stunning location

The faculty’s schools are based on the University Park and Jubilee campuses in the heart of England. Covering 300-acres, University Park is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK, with a boating lake and rolling green hills. It is also only 10 minutes by bus from the vibrant Nottingham city centre, and well connected by a new tram network. Jubilee Campus has won numerous awards for its innovative, eco-friendly buildings, and its lakeside setting and contemporary sculptures make it an inspiring learning environment.

Dedicated support network

Our International Office is here to guide you before you arrive, and will also support you throughout your studies. They provide information and support on numerous issues including international qualifications, visas, finance, working regulations and adjusting to life in the UK.

Accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English, our Centre for English Language Education provides courses before and during your studies, to develop your language skills to the required level. We also have a Careers and Employability Service to offer careers advice, and a Student Services Centre that can assist you with any personal or academic issues you may have.

Real-world learning

All of the schools in the faculty have valuable links with industry, and all of our programmes equip you with the essential skills and specialist knowledge that you will need to achieve your professional goals. Nottingham was University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017, and you can be sure that you will graduate with a degree that is relevant to contemporary issues and aligns with the needs of employers around the world.



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The information listed on this website has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check the University’s website for any updates before you apply for the course by following www.nottingham.ac.uk/pgstudy or www.nottingham.ac.uk/ugstudy. Where there is a difference between the contents of this website and the University’s website, the contents of the University’s website take precedence.

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Programs

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Graduate Diploma

GDip Economics (Conversion)

Campus Full time 9 - 24 months September 2017 United Kingdom Nottingham

This conversion course offers a route into the MSc programme for those who did not specialise in economics at undergraduate level, but who have some background in economics or quantitative subjects. [+]

GDip Economics (Conversion) The GDip Economics (Conversion) can be tailored to suit the needs of students from a range of academic backgrounds with varying degrees of mathematical training. Over nine months, you will take lectures, tutorials and seminars in undergraduate economics modules, so that you are equipped with the knowledge and skills required to undertake postgraduate study. If you complete the course at the required level, you will be equipped with the necessary skills to progress onto any of the below MSc programmes in the following year, therefore obtaining a GDip and an MSc qualification in two years: Economics MSc Behavioural Economics MSc Economics and Development Economics MSc Economics and Econometrics MSc Economics and Financial Economics MSc Economics and International Economics MSc Economics of Monetary and Financial Policy MSc Economic Development and Policy Analysis MSc "I have enjoyed the course. While the diploma was challenging, it was not overwhelming, and has prepared me well for the masters. It has opened the door to being an economist which is what I set out to achieve. I would highly recommend the course to others who want a career as an economist." Euan Ritchie Key facts We are consistently placed in the world's top 50 economics departments and at 6th in the UK by the Tilburg University rankings We ranked 6th among the UK's economics departments for research power in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) Course details Students on this course undertake 120 credits of core and optional modules. These are mainly... [-]

Postgraduate Certificate

PGCEi Postgraduate Certificate in Education (International)

Campus Part time 1 year August 2018 United Kingdom Nottingham

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (International) (PGCEi) is a Level 7 qualification on the UK National Qualifications Framework. It is taught by part-time, distance learning and is a programme of professional enrichment for educators working in countries other than the UK. [+]

PGCEi Postgraduate Certificate in Education (International) The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (International) (PGCEi) is a Level 7 qualification on the UK National Qualifications Framework. It is taught by part-time, distance learning and is a programme of professional enrichment for educators working in countries other than the UK. The PGCEi is relevant to all curricula, subjects and phases. It focuses on the improvement of individual teaching practice through critical reflection and research on practice. It also enables you to compare teaching approaches in different countries and develop a global approach to education. The course comprises a face-to-face introductory event in your cohort location, where you will meet your Nottingham-based tutor as well as your fellow students. This is followed by online distance learning with individual tutor support. The general aim of the PGCEi is to improve practice by building new ideas and strategies which are tested out in your own classrooms. More specifically, the programme aims to improve teaching by: helping you to understand your own education system from an international perspective enabling you to become conversant with the basic assumptions, concepts, and principles of a range of learning theories and to evaluate their usefulness in specific educational situations promoting a deeper understanding of a range of teaching strategies developing expertise in practitioner research making appropriate use of professional and research literature Important note: The PGCEi is an academic qualification, not a teaching qualification, and therefore does not offer Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in the UK. Please visit the PGCEi website... [-]

PGCert International Student Advice and Support

Campus Part time 1 year November 2017 United Kingdom Nottingham

This course addresses the needs of a range of professionals who work or seek employment in educational settings where the recruitment and personal, academic and professional support of international students is core business. [+]

PGCert International Student Advice and Support Principally this programme will enable individuals working with international students (for example in student support services and international offices) in the independent sector (eg. English language schools, public schools), and in higher and further education to systematically develop, extend and deepen their knowledge of both theory and practice. In a pervasive climate of local, national and international change, such professionals require expertise in interpreting changing political, social and legal frameworks, alongside the cultural and psycho-social aspects of helping and advice work with a variety of international students. This programme will address the central issues facing international student advisors in their day-to-day working lives. The UK Council for International Students Affairs (UKCISA) has chosen The University of Nottingham's School of Education, with its expertise in counselling and international education, as their preferred institution to deliver this innovative qualification for professionals working in the sector. "We're delighted to be working with The University of Nottingham on this exciting new opportunity for enhancing the professional development of International Student Advisers and related staff. The role of the ISA has never been more crucial to the well-being of students and the international activity of their institution." Beatrice Merrick, Director of Services and Research, UKCISA Course details The course comprises four 15-credit core modules. Each module is delivered in a two and a half day intensive block totalling 15 hours (generally four hours on Friday, seven hours on Saturday and four hours on Sunday). You are also required to... [-]

PGCert Mentoring and Coaching Beginning Teachers

Campus Part time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom Nottingham

This course has been developed to meet the continuing professional development needs of school and college teachers who fulfil roles as the mentors to initial teacher education students and early career teachers. [+]

PGCert Mentoring and Coaching Beginning Teachers Across the diversity of routes into teaching, this programme addresses the specific development needs of staff who work with beginning teachers in primary or secondary schools. The course enables participants to gain knowledge and understanding of mentoring beginning teachers through a reflective examination of their own and others' mentoring practice. Through an exploration of a range of mentoring and coaching models, participants will develop their own professional mentoring skills and a personal theory of action for mentoring. The impact of the course goes far beyond the participating teacher; the development of their practice impacts on their beginning teachers' professional development and, ultimately, their classroom practice. Alongside this element of the programme which is rooted in practice, there will be a structured programme of taught sessions and activities designed to offer a theoretical perspective and critical reflections on how best mentoring practices can enhance the development of both the beginning teacher and the mentor. The programme will appeal to new and experienced mentors and coordinators in schools. The course aims to: promote your learning through the development of your knowledge, skills and understanding of mentoring practice with beginning teachers provide opportunities to develop critical reflective practice promote the critical understanding of research, evidence and practice in the broad field of mentoring beginning teachers support your capacity to design and conduct inquiries into your own and others' professional practice "The sessions have been inspirational! It is such a cherished opportunity to meet like-minded professionals who value... [-]

Summer courses

Presessional English for Academic Purposes - Built Environment

Campus Full time 5 weeks August 2018 United Kingdom Nottingham

Designed for students who are close to their English language requirement, this course has been developed with The University of Nottingham’s Department of Architecture and Built Environment. [+]

Presessional English for Academic Purposes - Built Environment The Presessional English for Academic Purposes - Built Environment programme is for students who are close to their English language requirement. It is taught jointly by the Centre of English Language Educaiton (CELE), which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English, and the Department of Architecture and Built Environment to give you the best preparation to join postgraduate and undergraduate degrees in architecture and built environment. "Students who took the Built Environment presessional programme are much more settled in comparison with students who arrive directly. Presessional students are familiar with the department's teaching methodology and approach and this helps them integrate very well into our teaching and learning system." Dr Amy Yue Tang, Lecturer in Architecture and Urban Design Joint offer Academic course requirements CELE presessional course requirements Overall 6.0, minimum 5.5 in each element 5 week subject specialist course; 5.5, minimum 5.5 Overall 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each element 5 week subject specialist course; 6.0, minimum 5.5 with 6.0 in writing Overall 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each element 10 week standard PEAP 4 course; 6.0, minimum 5.5 If you have an overall IELTS score of 5.5, but below the minimum of 5.5 in any element, you can still apply for a joint offer provided that: your CELE presessional course is no longer than 10 weeks you join your postgraduate course directly after the CELE presessional course you attend and pass all the CELE presessional course assessments you... [-]

Presessional English for Academic Purposes - Business and Management

Campus Full time 5 - 10 weeks July 2018 United Kingdom Nottingham

Designed for students who are close to their English language requirement, this course has been developed with Nottingham University Business School. [+]

Presessional English for Academic Purposes - Business and Management The Presessional English for Academic Purposes - Business and Management programme is for students who are close to their English language requirement. It has been designed by the Centre of English Language Education (CELE), which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English, and Nottingham University Business School to give you the best preparation to join postgraduate and undergraduate degrees in business and management. There are two courses: 10 weeks and five weeks. Joint offer If you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate degree, you may be eligible for a joint offer. With a joint offer: you only need one TIER 4 visa and CAS you take an English Language and Academic Skills presessional course and then go on to your postgraduate taught course you have a guaranteed place on your postgraduate taught course your progression to your postgraduate taught course is automatic, provided your attendance on the CELE presessional course is at least 80% and you complete all the coursework Entry requirements (IELTS) Academic course requirements CELE presessional course requirements Overall 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each element 5 week subject specialist course 6.0, minimum 5.5 with 6.0 in writing Overall 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each element 10 week subject specialist course 6.0, minimum 5.5 Overall 7.0, minimum 6.0 in each element 5 week subject specialist course 6.5, minimum 6.0 with 6.5 in reading and writing Overall 7.0, minimum 6.0 in each element 10 week subject specialist... [-]

Presessional English for Academic Purposes - Engineering

Campus Full time 5 weeks August 2018 United Kingdom Nottingham

Designed for students who are close to their English language requirement, this course has been developed with The University of Nottingham’s Faculty of Engineering. [+]

Presessional English for Academic Purposes - Engineering The Presessional English for Academic Purposes - Engineering programme is for students who are close to their English language requirement. It has been designed by the Centre of English Language Education (CELE), which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English, and the Faculty of Engineering to give you the best preparation to join postgraduate and undergraduate degrees in engineering. Joint offer If you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate degree, you may be eligible for a joint offer. This means: you only need one TIER 4 visa and CAS you take an English Language and Academic Skills presessional course and then go on to your postgraduate course you have a guaranteed place on your postgraduate course your progression to the postgraduate course is automatic, provided your attendance is 80% or above and you complete all the coursework Entry requirements (IELTS) Academic course requirements CELE presessional course requirements Overall 6.0, minimum 5.5 in each element 5 week subject specialist course; 5.5, minimum 5.5 Overall 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each element 5 week subject specialist course; 6.0, minimum 5.5 with 6.0 in writing Overall 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each element 10 week standard PEAP 4 course 6.0, minimum 5.5 If you have an overall IELTS score of 5.5, but below the minimum of 5.5 in any element, you can still apply for a joint offer provided that: your CELE presessional course is no longer than 10 weeks you join your... [-]

Presessional English for Academic Purposes - Law

Campus Full time 8 weeks July 2018 United Kingdom Nottingham

Designed for students who are close to their English language requirement, this course has been developed with The University of Nottingham’s School of Law. [+]

Presessional English for Academic Purposes - Law The Presessional English for Academic Purposes - Law programme is for students who are close to their English language requirement. It has been designed by the Centre of English Language Education (CELE), which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English, and the School of Law to give you the best preparation to join postgraduate programmes in law, particularly LLM courses. What you will learn Over the course of the eight weeks, the main aims of the bridging programme are to: develop and improve your English language and analytical skills prepare you for academic study introduce a critical and reflective approach to study introduce the skills of working collaboratively with others provide you with support and guidance What you will do You will be asked to do a series of tasks: Plan and write an academic assignment on a Law topic Use the Law library for study and research Write short essays Develop of language proficiency in core areas (grammar and general and subject-related vocabulary) Read and discuss academic articles in the field of Law Understand lectures and practice note-making Practice seminar discussion and presentation skills Improve time-management and independent study skills Take part in one-to-one tutorials with a personal tutor How you will be assessed At the end of the bridging programme you will be assessed to see if you are ready to move on to the School of Law. You will: research and write an essay related to... [-]

Contact
Location address
Faculty of Social Sciences
Law and Social Sciences Building
The University of Nottingham
University Park

Nottingham, England, NG7 2RD GB