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Structure of our degrees


Undergraduate study

Many countries have a different education system from that of the UK. Here at UNNC, students can study a three year programme or a four year programme inclusive of a preliminary year. It is designed for academically able students whose English level or school qualifications do not prepare them for direct entry to the Nottingham three-year degree programmes. Direct entry into the second year of an undergraduate degree is possible for those whose school qualifications are equivalent to A level, IB or similar.

Postgraduate study

At postgraduate level our masters courses are offered as one-year or two year degrees. Our two year programme includes an academic English preparatory year, designed for students whose English levels do not meet the entry requirements for our one-year programme.

Modular system and assessment

The University operates a modular degree structure which means students can usually tailor their studies to match their own interests through their choice of modules within the degree course. Modules are self-contained blocks of study, each of which is based on a particular subject area and assessed separately.

There are two semesters in each academic year, each consisting of a block of 12 teaching weeks followed by an examination period. After progression to the qualifying year, undergraduates usually take modules equivalent to 60 credits per semester. Certain modules are compulsory; others can be selected from a range of optional modules.

Most modules are examined by a mixture of coursework and written examination. Towards the end of the programme, students have the opportunity to engage in independent, in-depth research activity in the form of a final-year dissertation in lieu of some taught programme components.

Your teaching staff

Academic staff at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China are selected on the basis of their excellence in teaching and research. While some staff come straight from The University of Nottingham, UK, others are appointed in open international competition. We apply the same high standards that we require of staff appointed to work in The University of Nottingham, UK. In addition, there is a regular flow of staff from The University of Nottingham, UK, coming to The University of Nottingham Ningbo China for shorter periods in order to deliver specialist teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and to conduct their research. The University currently has academics from 45 different nationalities.