University of Derby
Celebrating the past, focusing on the future
“What makes our university stand out is a clear vision to offer a good value UK education that is more personal, relevant, and business-focused. We’re also passionately committed to improving what we do every day, and are open to fresh ideas and new ways of doing things. As an institution we must always move forward.”
Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor
The University of Derby has its origins in various educational institutions across Derbyshire, dating back to 1851. We gained university status in 1992 and celebrated 20 years in 2012.
We offer a variety of flexible study options, allowing you to follow your course full time, part time or online.
In order to meet new visa requirements, as well as having the overall IELTS grade indicated above, you must have an IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent) in all areas (speaking, listening, reading, writing).
If you are considering the fast-track option, we strongly recommend an IELTS equivalent of 5.0 or above.
In order to meet new visa requirements, as well as having the overall IELTS grade (or equivalent) indicated above, you must have an IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) in all areas(speaking, listening, reading, writing).
*In order to meet new visa requirements, as well as having the overall IELTS grade (or equivalent) indicated above, you must have an IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) in all areas(speaking, listening, reading, writing).
Our course fees reflect the real cost of providing a high quality student experience.
These courses are mainly delivered in a lecture theatre and do not involve any specialist facilities or equipment.
These courses involve additional activities, fieldtrips, equipment, materials or specialist facilities.
These courses are science based and regulated
If you pay your fees in full by enrolment you will receive a £500 discount on all courses except the International Foundation Programme – as long as the full postgraduate or undergraduate fees are paid.
English university tuition fees are charged at different rates that depend on a number of factors, which are determined by Government guidelines.
There is usually one rate for UK and EU students, and a higher rate for international students.
The tuition fees that you will pay depend on you fulfilling certain criteria. We assess everyone individually during the application process, and will let you know the amount you need to pay for your course.
To start your online application you will need to create an account (you will only need to do this once). You will then receive a confirmation email with your username and passwordand the link to begin your application.
Apply for a University of Derby Corporate programme.
You can access your account at any time, so you can complete your application at a time and place convenient to you. Simply log in to your account using your username and password to:
The University of Derby prides itself on offering a more supportive learning environment, with greater personal attention given to students than in other UK universities. Delivering a rewarding learning experience with the personal touch forms the core of what we do at Derby. That’s why over 85% of our classes have fewer than 30 students in them, and you have access to your personal tutor whenever you need it. We also believe in listening to our students so they are represented on all of the senior management committees.
We are dedicated to providing teaching that is informed by our research, and focused on delivering real world, experiential learning. This is why Derby moved up 24 places in The Guardian University Guide 2013 published by The Guardian newspaper. Our teaching is outstanding in several areas, and our ambition is to continue on this upward trend.
Our graduates are contributing at the highest levels in their chosen professions. You will find Derby graduates everywhere: from the BBC’s Frozen Planet to the Natural History Museum; from Clothes Show Live to MIG bank; from re-inventing the wheelchair to leading corporate sustainability at the London Olympics.
We are nationally recognised for excellence in engaging with employers and business and continue our work to make sure we are integrated fully with the vision of the city and the county so that we can play our part in maintaining and growing their prosperity.
We have strong relations with the non-business community and are national award winners for our work, particularly with the Congolese community which has grown from very small beginnings to an international profile.
Our focus on the future improves the student experience through continual investment in the University’s facilities. Just one example of this is the £1.4 million refurbishment of the Harpur Hill sports facility at our Buxton Campus in 2012. We also create jobs and support the local economy, spending an average of £15 million locally and our direct employment of around 1,600 people creates an additional 1,642 jobs.
In August 2012 Leek College became part of the University of Derby. Only 13 miles from our Buxton College, Leek is also a rural college and has a curriculum that complements Buxton’s, so we are excited about the synergies that we can achieve during 2012 and beyond.
In terms of both financial and environmental sustainability we are in our best position ever, but we will not be complacent. We will continue to refine our performance in both areas.
We are, and will continue to be, a key partner in the cultural life of Derby and the region through our sponsorship of the Format photography festival, BBC Big Screen and the Buxton Festival, among many others. Having also secured the future of Derby Theatre, we are well placed to add new dynamic elements to the cultural calendar in the years ahead.
We are a major force in developing sport and fitness across our region; through our work with Derby County, Stockport County and Buxton Town football clubs as well as our scholarships for talented athletes, county cricket players and the Nottingham Panthers ice hockey team. This year, Team Derby has made a huge leap forward with the opening of a brand new gym, massive expansion of its community activities and the support of three times Olympian Donna Kellogg. We plan to do even more in 2012 of course.