The Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Nottingham offers a diverse range of courses across business, economics, education, geography, law, politics and international relations, and sociology and social policy.

Reputation for excellence

The University of Nottingham is a worldwide top 100 university and ranks in the top 50 for a number of social sciences subjects in the latest QS World University Rankings. A truly global institution, with campuses in China and Malaysia, Nottingham welcomes students from across the globe.

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

Inspirational location

Schools within the faculty are based in the heart of England, across University Park and Jubilee Campus. 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 only 10 minutes by bus from the vibrant Nottingham city centre, and well connected by a 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

The University guides you before you arrive and supports you throughout your studies. They provide information and guidance 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 in the UK, the Centre for English Language Education provides courses before and during your studies, to develop your language skills to the required level.

The Careers and Employability Service offers careers advice for life, and Student Services assist 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 our courses equip you with the essential skills and specialist knowledge that you will need to achieve your professional goals.

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Programs taught in:
  • English

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Graduate Diploma

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

This conversion course offers a route onto the MSc programme if you did not specialise in economics at undergraduate level, but have some background in economics or quant ... [+]

Overview

This course offers a route onto the MSc programme if you did not specialise in economics at undergraduate level, but have some background in economics or quantitative subjects.

Alternatively, the GDip also offers first degree graduates from other disciplines the opportunity to enhance their skillset and boost their career prospects, by adding an element of economics study to their CV.

It can be tailored to suit the needs of students from a range of academic backgrounds with varying degrees of mathematical training.

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.... [-]

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Full-time
9 months
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Postgraduate Certificate

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

This distance learning course provides professional enrichment for educators working outside the UK. ... [+]

Overview

This distance learning course provides professional enrichment for educators working outside the UK.

Cohorts are currently being recruited in the locations below:

China Colombia Czech Republic East Africa Ecuador Ghana India Malaysia Nigeria Peru Singapore Spain Thailand UAE UK Vietnam

For more information please visit the school site.

Course details

The PGCEi consists of four core 15-credit modules. The induction stage is an intensive block of study. All additional modules are taught via distance learning, allowing you to conduct practitioner inquiry in your own schools.

The recommended timescale for the course is approximately 12 months, but it can be completed in eight months.... [-]

United Kingdom Nottingham
August 2020
English
Part-time
1 year
Online
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University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

This course addresses the needs of a range of professionals who are looking to work or currently working in an educational setting with international students at the core ... [+]

Overview

This course addresses the needs of a range of professionals who are looking to work or currently working in an educational setting with international students at the core of its operation.

Principally this course will enable you to develop, extend and deepen your knowledge of theory and practice, whether you are working with international students in support services or international offices; in the independent sector in English language schools or public schools, or in higher/further education.

In a pervasive climate of local, national and international change, it is important to develop expertise in interpreting changing political, social and legal frameworks, alongside the cultural and psychosocial aspects of helping and advice work with a variety of international students. This course will address the central issues facing international student advisors in their day-to-day working lives.... [-]

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1 year
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University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

This course meets the continuing professional development needs of school/college teachers who act as the mentors to initial teacher education students and early career t ... [+]

Overview

This course meets the continuing professional development needs of school/college teachers who act as the mentors to other teachers.

This course enables you to gain knowledge and understanding of mentoring teachers through a reflective examination of your own practice as well as others'. Through an exploration of a range of mentoring and coaching models, you will develop your professional mentoring skills and a personal theory of action for mentoring.

The impact of this course goes far beyond the participating teacher; the development of their practice impacts on their mentee's professional development and, ultimately, their classroom practice.

Alongside this element of the course, which is rooted in practice, there is a structured programme of taught sessions and activities. These are designed to offer a theoretical perspective and critical reflections on how best mentoring practices can enhance the development of both the mentee and the mentor.... [-]

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Part-time
1 year
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Postgraduate Diploma

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

This programme provides critical reflection on public sector reforms, including evidence-based policy and practice. It supports creating greater capacity within the publi ... [+]

Overview

Professional doctorates are doctoral-level qualifications, equivalent to traditional PhDs. They are rigorous programmes of advanced applied study and research, specifically designed to meet the needs of practising professionals. They provide a framework for the integration of professional expertise and scholarly inquiry to explore specific areas of interest.

This programme provides critical reflection on public sector reforms, including evidence-based policy and practice. It supports creating greater capacity within the public and voluntary sectors to conduct, commission and evaluate research as a contribution to the achievement of public goals.

The School of Sociology and Social Policy undertakes cutting-edge local, national, international and cross-national research through its combination of staff that work within and across the disciplines of sociology, criminology, cultural studies, social and public policy and social work.... [-]

United Kingdom Nottingham
August 2020
English
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 6 years
Campus
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University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

This programme allows you to combine taught courses on public policy, public management and research methods, while carrying out a substantial piece of independent, docto ... [+]

Overview

This programme allows you to combine taught courses on public policy, public management and research methods, while carrying out a substantial piece of independent, doctoral-level research.

Professional doctorates are doctoral-level qualifications, equivalent to traditional PhDs. They are rigorous programmes of advanced applied study and research, specifically designed to meet the needs of practising professionals. They provide a framework for the integration of professional expertise and scholarly inquiry to explore specific areas of interest.

This programme provides critical reflection on public sector reforms, including evidence-based policy and practice. It supports creating greater capacity within the public and voluntary sectors to conduct, commission and evaluate research as a contribution to the achievement of public goals.... [-]

United Kingdom Nottingham
August 2020
English
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 6 years
Campus
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Summer courses

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

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

The Presessional English for Academic Purposes - Business and Management course is designed in collaboration with the Nottingham University Business School and prepares students going on to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes 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 Academic course requirements CELE presessional course requirements Overall 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each element ... [-]
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Full-time
5 - 10 weeks
Campus
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University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

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

The Presessional English for Academic Purposes - Engineering five week course is designed in collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering and prepares students going on to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes 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 Academic course requirements CELE presessional course requirements Overall 6.0, minimum 5.5 in each element ... [-]
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5 weeks
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University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Designed for students who are close to their English language requirement, this five-week course has been developed with the School of Law. ... [+]

Presessional English for Academic Purposes - Law

The Presessional English for Academic Purposes - Law course has been designed for students who are close to their English language requirement.

This 10-week programme has been designed in collaboration with the University of Nottingham's School of Law to prepare students going on to postgraduate programmes in Law, particularly LLM courses.

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 ... [-]
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10 weeks
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Achieve it with the Faculty of Social Sciences

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