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Pre-Doctorate course in Nottingham

If you’re interested in studying a doctoral degree at the University of Nottingham, you might be eligible to take a Pre-Doctorate course to help you prepare for doctoral-level study. The Pre-Doctorate, taught at the University of Nottingham International College, is designed to ensure you’re ready for an Engineering-related doctoral degree. You’re guaranteed an interview with the University’s highly-respected Faculty of Engineering if you successfully complete your course.

Guaranteed interview for a doctoral degree

with the University's Faculty of Engineering

Expert tutors

with years of experience

Stay in high-quality accommodation

with all the comforts of home

This pathway course will help you navigate the UK doctoral degree application and enrolment process. It will give you an idea of what to expect on a doctoral degree at the University of Nottingham, and what will be expected of you as a doctoral student. You’ll also get the chance to adjust to studying in the UK in a supportive environment, and can get used to British life and culture.

You will develop various transferable academic and research skills, helping you become an independent, self-directed learner. You’ll be supported throughout the programme to develop knowledge of the doctoral selection and research process, and to build a range of key skills to successfully apply to study a degree.

What content is covered on the course?

The Pre-Doctorate course consists of 3 main modules, all designed to help you transition into your intended doctoral degree. It is taught at the International College by expert tutors who knows the UK’s doctorate-level education system extremely well.

The Pre-Doctorate core modules are:

  • Research Proposal Design: develop a research topic, understand data collection methods and plan a viable proposal for your doctorate.
  • The Doctoral Candidate: explore the key skills required for doctoral study, learn what makes a successful application and consider your future career.
  • Academic Skills and Communication: become familiar with key terminology, develop your written and spoken critical thinking and understand your subject specialism.

Course details

English requirement: minimum IELTS 6.0 in all skills or for a 1-term course, or minimum IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in any skill for courses with extra preparatory English. We can accept alternatives to UKVI IELTS — visit this page for more details.

Academic requirement: 1st or high 2.1 (or international equivalent) in a relevant Engineering-related subject at undergraduate level, or pass or above in a relevant Engineering-related subject at postgraduate level

Course length: 1, 2 or 3 terms of 12 weeks each (depending on your English language level)

Tuition fees: 1 term from £5,400; 2 terms from £8,250; 3 terms from £10,445. Fees are for the 2021–22 academic year. Please contact us for more information.

When applying for this course, you should bear in mind that your proposed research area should match one of the Faculty of Engineering’s priority areas. You can find out more on the Faculty’s web page.

When you pass your Pre-Doctorate course at the required level, with good attendance, you are guaranteed an interview at the University of Nottingham to begin a doctoral degree.

Find out more about the University

More information about applying for the Pre-Doctorate

University of Nottingham International College

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