University of Derby

Overview

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.

Why choose University of Derby?
Study options

We offer a variety of flexible study options, allowing you to follow your course full time, part time or online.

  • Undergraduate courses
  • Postgraduate courses
  • Online distance learning
  • Part time study
English language requirements
If you’re applying for our International Foundation Programme you will need:
  • IELTS: 4.5
  • Pearson Test of Academic English: 36
  • Integrated Skills in English (ISE) certificate

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.

Normally, if you’re applying for an undergraduate course, you will need at least:
  • IELTS: 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all areas).
  • Pearson Test of Academic English: 51
  • Cambridge Advanced Certificate: Pass
  • London Tests of English: we accept level 4 for undergraduate courses
  • International GCE O Level English Language: Grade C
  • International GCSE English or English as a Second Language: Grade C.

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).

If you’re applying for an postgraduate course, you will need at least:
  • IELTS: 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all areas).
  • Pearson Test of Academic English: 51
  • Cambridge Advanced Certificate: Pass
  • London Tests of English: we accept level 5 for postgraduate courses
  • International GCE O Level English Language: Grade C
  • International GCSE English or English as a Second Language: Grade C.

*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).

Fees
International Course fees 2015/16

Our course fees reflect the real cost of providing a high quality student experience.

Classroom based courses

These courses are mainly delivered in a lecture theatre and do not involve any specialist facilities or equipment.

  • Undergraduate: £10,900 per year
  • Postgraduate: £11,440 per year
Resource intensive courses

These courses involve additional activities, fieldtrips, equipment, materials or specialist facilities.

  • Undergraduate: £11,190 per year
  • Postgraduate: £11,760 per year
Occupational therapy courses

These courses are science based and regulated

  • Undergraduate: £11,725 per year
  • Postgraduate: £15,970 per year

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.

Our tuition fees for international students

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.

How to apply
Apply directly to the University using our online system

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.

Already created an account?

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:

  • start a new application
  • continue with a current application
  • view your submitted applications and details.
Manage your account
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  • Change your password
Before you begin your application make sure you have:
  • Any research you’ve done about the course you’re applying for, eg course code, duration, mode of study.
  • Your academic history, including previous institutions that you have attended and qualifications, grades and dates.
  • Your employment history, you will have to fill in details of your current and previous employment, including:
    • the name of your employer,
    • the relevant dates,
    • a brief description of your role.
  • A short personal statement saying why you want to apply for the course.
  • A reference – You will need to complete the reference tab in your application and provide a reference email address.  You can also upload a reference using the upload documents facility.
  • If you are applying as an international applicant and are using an agent please provide the agent number.
EDUCATION WITH THE PERSONAL TOUCH

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.

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 TEACHING AND LEARNING

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.

GRADUATE SUCCESS

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.

ENGAGING WITH EMPLOYERS

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.

BUILDING COMMUNITY RELATIONS

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.

INVESTING IN OUR FACILITIES AND OUR REGION

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.

NEW OPPORTUNITIES

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.

SUSTAINABILITY

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.

PARTNERSHIPS

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.

SPORT

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.

ACADEMICS ARTS, DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
  • School of Art and Design
  • School of Humanities
  • School of Technology
BUSINESS, COMPUTING AND LAW
  • School of Computing and Maths
  • Derby Business School
  • School of Law and Criminology
EDUCATION, HEALTH AND SCIENCES
  • Education and Social Science
  • Health and Social Care
  • Science
UNIVERSITY OF DERBY BUXTON
  • School of Sport Performance and Outdoor Leadership (undergraduate and postgraduate study)
  • School of Hotel, Resort and Spa Management (undergraduate and postgraduate study)
  • Buxton and Leek College (further education, aged 16+)

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