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As a student at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), you will have the opportunity to join a vibrant and diverse community of learners. Located in the heart of the city, NTU is home to over 27,000 students from more than 100 different countries. This diversity creates a unique and enriching learning environment where you will have the chance to interact with and learn from people with a wide range of backgrounds, cultures, and viewpoints. One of the standout features of NTU is its focus on practical, hands-on learning. The university's courses are designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their chosen careers, and many courses include opportunities for work placements, internships, and other hands-on experiences. This practical approach to education can give NTU students a distinct advantage in the job market and help them stand out to potential employers. In addition to its strong academic programs, NTU also offers a wide range of extracurricular activities and clubs for students to get involved in. These activities provide a great opportunity to meet new people, pursue your interests, and have fun outside of the classroom. Whether you are interested in sports, the arts, volunteering, or any other activity, there is likely to be a club or society at NTU that meets your needs.
One of the best expectations about studying MSc Finance in the UK is the opportunity to learn from highly qualified and experienced professors. The UK is home to some of the world's top universities, and the faculty at these institutions are often leaders in their field. As a student in the MSc Finance program, you can expect to receive a top-quality education from professors who are passionate about their subject and committed to helping you succeed. Another positive expectation of studying MSc Finance in the UK is the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience. Many MSc Finance programs in the UK offer internships, work placements, and other opportunities for students to apply their knowledge in a real-world setting. This type of practical experience can be invaluable for your future career, as it helps to build your skills and knowledge and gives you a chance to make connections in the finance industry. One potential downside to studying MSc Finance in the UK is the cost. UK universities can be expensive, especially for international students who may need to pay higher tuition fees. However, there are often financial aid options available, such as scholarships and loans, to help cover the cost of tuition and living expenses. Overall, studying MSc Finance in the UK offers many benefits, including the opportunity to learn from highly qualified professors, gain practical experience, and make connections in the finance industry. While the cost of tuition and living expenses may be a concern, there are often financial aid options available to help offset these costs.
I think more space is needed for students to study as library gets filled up very quick same with the other buildings. However, the student life is very good and the location is good as everything is super close within a 5 to 10 minute walk from uni to clubs to the town centre. Lecturers are supportive as well and students friendly.
The library is open 24/7 and they have facilities there to meet people to help you with literature and writing skills as well as workshops for this and help with careers choices
There are many facilities available and it caters for everyone, whether you want a quite space in the library or to relax and play some sport or just have a coffee break, this uni offers it all. The location of the uni is quite good, there’s a lot of new things to experience especially if you’re not from this area, I just suggest not living to far away from the uni as that can cause minor complications. Nottingham Trent University constantly advertise where you can go for student support and even the lecturers and tutors have been great when supporting me and you can talk about anything that you need help with, mentally, emotionally or physically. City campus can be a little overwhelming as there are lots of buildings and rooms but you soon get used to it and you then start to really appreciate the layout and feel of the campus. After using the facilities at the uni to study or to be active you might feel like relaxing and having fun away from the uni. With the friends you make in classes (especially group work ones) or any sports or societies that you join, there’s many places in the city centre you can go. There’s cute places for cocktails and drinks, many pubs so you can have fun and watch football or play pub golf, karaoke bars, nightclubs for you to dance away your troubles and more tame places like a huge range of restaurants and shops or even cafés. So many places to go and meet new people and to try new things even if it’s a little out of your comfort zone. I haven’t spent a lot of time with the student union but I do know that they offer a lot of advice with whatever you need, whether is housing or uni etc. The students union building offers a range or sports activities and a café, so you can go have fun or sit and chat with people, or even use it as a nice place to work. The student union often hosts pub/ club nights for you to go and make new friends or for you to go to have fun if you don’t fancy going into the city centre. Overall, I have struggled with uni but so does everyone, it’s a big step up from what you’re used to but Nottingham Trent University do what they can to help students feel welcome and to help them achieve the best they can and I have thoroughly enjoyed studying here.
My course offers a lot of interesting content, there is just a lot to take in. Each year there are new modules so you get to learn different and fascinating things which is great when you really care about the course you’re taking. I don’t know too much about work placements and internships because I am not doing one but I know friends that are and I know that they have found something good thanks to this uni. There are many facilities for every subject whether it’s a studio workshop for architecture or a computer room for your statistic module, this university caters to every subject and their needs. The lecturers are good and so is the teaching quality. However, sometimes a few people struggle to comprehend what is being said as a few lecturers may talk a little fast so you have to try and keep up and make sure you’re listening. The only issue I personally had as well as a few others in my year was how difficult it was learning online but that was because lockdown still had restrictions in place and this was in no way the university’s fault as they were trying to protect us. Nottingham Trent University constantly tell us in our courses what careers we can potentially get with our degree and they also timetable employability lectures to help with this so that we are all made aware of our choices. Within your first year you have weekly tutorials where you can speak to your tutor about anything and they provide tips to help you with university whether it’s academic or social. Second year the tutorials are reduced to every two weeks but that doesn’t mean you can’t speak to your tutor whenever you need to. My year 1 tutor was very helpful and he instantly noticed that I was going through a lot and he referred me to someone who could help and I’m very grateful for that.
The location was great, it was only about a 10 minute walk to the city campus which was where I was studying. There was a few shops like Tesco nearby so you could walk to get food or a takeaway if you fancied it. If you walked a bit further there was a retail park which was quite good and there was even a gym you could go to. However, there were a few places not too far from this where it was deemed as a little unsafe but I personally did not have any problems when living in these halls. Furthering on with safety, these halls had a big green metal door at the entrance which you had to have a fob to get into so no random people could enter unless you let them. Additionally even if the door was open during the day, you’d have reception sitting directly across from it so they would know who’s entering and leaving which helped people feel safer. I absolutely loved my room. Personally out of all three places I’ve lived in I think it’s my favourite. Yes it wasn’t the biggest but it had everything I needed, a window, a 3/4 bed, a wardrobe and a desk but I just loved the layout and that you can make it your own when you decorate it with lights and pictures. I was allocated a room with the best people next door, my flatmates were so lovely that I still live with most of them now and I am in constant contact with the rest. My first year living space was great and I am very thankful to Nottingham Square for a good experience. My kitchen was a really good size and there was enough space for us to socialise and play games and cook. Additionally, despite being restricted in public because of lockdown, by having a protected courtyard within these halls, we were able to become good friends with a lot of people in the accommodation and that is something that I never thought would happen and now thanks to that I have some of the best memories I’ve ever had. The wifi was great, much better than I get now I’m in a new place, it took me a little while to figure out how to connect my console to it but the information pack explains it all and it was really fast. The value for money was even better. For students that cannot afford expensive places like me, these halls were only £110 a week with bills included and I had no issues there at all. Heating worked, hot water worked, wifi was great, and so was everything else, I really enjoyed living there. The management was good, they let you know about important things such as flat inspections. They tried to get you involved by doing quizzes and competitions. They were overall just lovely, especially one lady that I saw the most, she was just so helpful and really cared about things and was just so easy to chat to. They also collect all your parcels and keep them safe so you don’t have to worry about them not arriving and they would email you to let you know that you have received one. I am very happy that I chose Nottingham Square and that is where I have made my bestest friends.
My time at NTU has been nothing short of fantastic in all aspects. From the course, the university life, the employability support, the facilities, etc., everything mentioned has made my time at NTU unforgettable. The best part about NTU, in my personal opinion, is the forward-thinking nature of the university in terms of employability and future careers. There is huge emphasis on the importance of placement schemes, work experience, graduate programmes and there is fantastic support systems in place to ensure students receive the best possible assistance when looking for work experience and/or future employment.
Overall, the course I'm studying at NTU is very good, with a great mixture of real-world relevance and, of course, academic theory. I think it is highly important to maintain a level of relevancy in relation to the real world when it comes to what you are taught as it helps to maintain engagement throughout the course.
Byron Residence is known for being one of the best student halls in Nottingham, and it certainly lived up to its reputation during my stay! Right in the city centre, it couldn't be in a better location, with easy access to the Business School and the Student's Union. The rooms are very practical, with en suites, plenty of storage, and a safe, secure, automatically locking door. The kitchen was very large and spacious, allowing for plenty of people to be in there at any one time. Overall, I would highly recommend Byron to any new NTU students.
I love how close everything is on city campus, there are amazing links to the university and everyone is really friendly. The university really helps to get you connections and really wants you to thrive. It would be good if there were more opportunity's to link with different courses
The course really help with getting you a work placement and that's what sets it apart from other course. The lecturers in final year are great and always willing to help. I feel I have learned alot about careers and where I want to go moving forward. Your final grade all depends on final year and it would be nice to have a percentage that was taken from second year.
I loved gill street south. It was such a fun halls where you can meet lots of people. It was soo close to uni which was great. Thankfully I had an unconditional so could sign up to the halls early but unfortunately some people are not in the same position so I think they are released to early.
This is my second University, but first one abroad and absolutely love it! There’s loads of pros about studying here from the night life, the student events each week to the 24/7 library, and student support. Being international I thought it was going to be difficult but with the support, check-in emails and the global room I’ve met lots of people who are in the same boat and have so many new friends now from all around the world and I feel as though I have all the support I need (a major factor for me!). I’m on the city campus which is an awesome location and always something happening. At this current moment I have no suggestions of improvement as it’s been an amazing experience and one I wouldn’t change - a reflection on fun adventures but definitely how great NTU is.
This course has an intensive 5 days in a classroom and then 4 weeks spare to research and complete the assessment given for that module. Personally, I really like this structure. It allows for full focus on the assessment and each module entirely. The classroom style is great for discussions, questions, involvement and solo/group work. Through this you really get to know the other students and make friends that will probably be going into similar career fields (great for later life). There is no opportunity for work placements, etc. during the course, however, the employment team visits and explains the opportunities available and are a great resource to use in everything they have to offer and can help with careers. The tutors are select you and are there for your use when needed. The course so far has been mostly focused on UK policing (however, I have only completed the first two modules) and hopefully will expand more on international law. There have been guest speakers in each module which has been a great aspect of the modules to discuss their work and opportunities. My undergrad was in agriculture, so it’s not a Masters that needs to have a similar undergrad (although it may help), there is lots of support from lecturers and fellow students through the coursework to allow you to obtain a good understanding. Overall, the course so far has been great and if it’s an area you are interested in, it’s probably the right one for you.
Student environment is positive Most lecturers seem like they really care Could push you more to explore careers
Interesting modules Not much career prospects
The city campus where I am based is in the perfect location. It has the feeling of a campus uni whilst being in the city centre. The students union is quite active and runs a lot of events. It’s starting to think about sustainability as well with new sustainability roles in the department which is really good.
The course is well structured but I don’t feel like I have learned a lot from it. The lecturers are good and get you thinking but theirs is a lack of communication between departments leading to conflicts. The careers department doesn’t really help that much. They did help a little bit with placements but not enough and I had to find my own placement.
Really nice accommodation 5 mins away from uni. Rooms are big with lots of storage, the en-suite is very useful especially for first years.
The staff at the university are very helpful and make understanding the course easy. If there is something that you are unsure of most staff will happily provide feedback and go through any additional information. There is a lot of support available regardless of the issue. The university is in the heart of Nottingham and everything is within close proximity making it a great student city. In terms of employability the university has many industry contacts which provide guest lecturers and enhance employability. Only improvements are to modernise certain buildings within city campus.
Lots of industry contacts which helps boost employability and career fairs are particularly useful. Information/ content taught is very interesting and useful for future careers. Certain modules are not organised well which is causing some difficulty within coursework. Wider range of future careers could be spoken about rather than the just surveying.
Regarding the course, lecturers are enthusiastic about what they teach and always try to relate what they are teaching you to real life scenarios. A lot will come down to what you make of it but the facilities are definitely there to ensure you the possibility to do well. The worst aspect I have come across is the lack of connections it has with placement opportunities within Sports Science. Regarding the campuses, City campus is great as it's super close and the buildings are all really nice. Clifton is also great and they're always improving on it, however, the location lets it down and can be a hassle to get to. The nightlife in Nottingham is great and it's got something for everyone, and the uni has plenty of societies to join. Compared to other universities the sporting facilities aren't the best but they're still good enough and make the experience of being part of a team enjoyable.
Lecturers are enthusiastic and the majority of content on the course is interesting and applied to real life. The online videos are useful but less inspiring and usually need a lot more motivation in order to do them. Lecturers are quite open and are always willing to offer their advice or speak to you about careers and how your work is going.