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University of Derby

United Kingdom
Overview

Overview

Located in the heart of England, the University of Derby offers high-quality, applied learning at all levels, from undergraduate to masters-level study and research degrees.

With a strong reputation for providing excellent teaching and a wealth of support for students, the university has invested more than GBP 200 million in its facilities in the last ten years.

The university's Derby campus is spread over several sites, all close to each other, student accommodation and the city centre.

The university is ranked in the top 11 for its postgraduate taught experience according to the 2021 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey. It has also been placed in the top ten for international student experience by the International Student Barometer 2018 (Global Benchmark Group).

The city is renowned as a centre for innovation, with global companies such as Rolls-Royce, Toyota and Bombardier based there. Its central location means that it is easily accessible by rail and road. Derby is welcoming and friendly and has Purple Flag status, which recognises the city as a safe, diverse and enjoyable place for evening entertainment.

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What's new

What's new

Virtual open days

Prospective students can explore the campus digitally through its Virtual Open Day. It features virtual tours of teaching facilities and the university's award-winning accommodation, and the opportunity to get advice from current Derby students.

New Business School

The university is excited to announce plans for its new Business School, due to open in September 2024. This will be based in Derby city centre and will welcome 6,000 students by 2030. Through a combination of teaching and research, it will continue the university's focus on leading business innovation.

Student stories

Marcus Chan, from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia came to the University of Derby to study Business Management (International Business). He was a little nervous upon arrival, nearly 6,500 miles from home. However, the university's student services really helped him settle in, providing airport transfers, accommodation facilities and access to amenities. Marcus soon made friends within the vibrant and diverse student community, saying: ''You'll definitely enjoy your student life here. You will make new friends through the university societies and events. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity I have never regretted.'' His top tips for prospective international students? Be calm and confident, and be sure to pack some warm, comfortable clothes.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

The university has a strong reputation for the quality of its teaching. Many of its academic staff are practising professionals who combine academic knowledge with a wealth of industry experience. Many have taught and worked overseas and are able to communicate effectively with students from all international backgrounds.

Teaching is also informed by research, with a focus on projects that are leading to positive economic, medical, social, cultural and economic change.

University of Derby students speak highly of the teaching at the university.

Nta Ita, an LLM Commercial Law graduate from Nigeria, says that ''the course fits my aspirations, and the lecturers are friendly and have given lots of support''.

Huyen Le, who came from Vietnam to study an MA in Careers Education and Coaching, has found that ''the lecturers are passionate and have a deep knowledge of their subject''.

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Scholarships & funding

The University of Derby has a range of scholarships, bursaries and discounts available to international students. These offer a reduction in fees during the first year of study. Some scholarships are automatically awarded to eligible students, and some require an application form, after an offer of placement has been received.

Scholarships open to international students include:

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship: For international students who demonstrate excellent academic results and extracurricular achievements. This scholarship covers the cost of a full year of undergraduate or postgraduate tuition fees.

International Excellent Student Scholarship: A GBP 5,000 scholarship awarded to international students with academic results exceeding entry requirements and demonstrable extracurricular achievements.

International Merit Scholarship: A scholarship of GBP 1,500 that is available to high achieving students from one of the following regions: South East Asia (Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore), China (including Hong Kong), South Asia (India, Pakistan), Africa (Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe), Europe (Norway, Switzerland).

Postgraduate Taught Scholarship: A scholarship of GBP 2,000 for eligible international students on a full-time postgraduate course, awarded automatically on enrolment.

There are also a number of sports scholarships open to international students. Full details about scholarships, including terms and conditions are available online.

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Facilities

Facilities

The University of Derby has several sites in the city with outstanding facilities to ensure students gain the practical skills and experience employers are looking for.

Over the last 10 years, the university has invested GBP 200 million in its facilities. These include:

  • Financial Markets Lab – the university's dedicated trading room offers students direct use of financial data – including Bloomberg market data – information and analytics, so they can experience what it's like to work on a real trading floor.
  • Replica Crown Court – for Law students to gain experience in a courtroom setting.
  • STEM Centre – provides the latest computer studios and specialist facilities for engineering, technology and computing students.
  • Engineering workshops – including motorsport, mechanical, manufacturing engineering, wood, metal and craft workshops so students can get hands-on experience.
  • Crime Scene House – students can explore the dynamic world of forensic science using seven replica domestic and commercial scenes, a blood spatter room and fully panoramic CCTV and audio.
  • Creative spaces – facilities all students have access to, including TV Studio and Green Room, Digital Design Hub, Media Loan Hub and Print Studios.
  • Derby Theatre – The university owns and runs this pioneering theatre in the city centre. Students can experience what it's like to perform and work in a real theatre, alongside professionals on top-quality theatre performances.
  • NHS-Standard Mock Hospital Ward – This six-bed hospital ward offers a range of equipment to provide a lifelike taste of working in a modern hospital.
  • Sports Centre – The university's modern Sports Centre has a range of facilities for sports students as well as those who want to keep fit and active. They include a gym and fitness studios, sports hall, squash and badminton courts, climbing wall, treatment rooms and clinical teaching rooms for sport therapy.

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Student support

Student support

The University of Derby is proud to provide an excellent standard of Student Support, to ensure that all students have the advice and guidance needed to succeed in their studies. There are a range of services and resources, targeted at any issue which students may be experiencing, and the university's expert teams can provide practical help and advice with questions around finance and budgeting, study skills and living and working in the UK.

The university also provides a wealth of free and confidential support for students' health and wellbeing – this includes helping students juggle competing demands, taking care of mental health, supporting students with disabilities and specific learning differences, and advice for mature students and student parents.

Personal tutors provide advice and guidance as students progress through their studies, and additional study support is available, including English language tuition.

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Student safety

Student safety

The University of Derby considers the safety of its learning community as the highest priority. The university has invested in a wide range of services to ensure that all of its students and staff feel secure and protected, and able to focus on their studies with comfort and confidence. There is a dedicated security team providing a range of services 24 hours a day, seven days a week to ensure the safety of everyone across all campuses. These include:

  • Foot patrols of all the university's sites
  • Round-the-clock staffing at halls of residence
  • Advice to students on security issues
  • CCTV
  • Swipe-card access to all sites
  • Intercom entry system to halls of residence
  • Fire alarm testing

Additionally, the university website includes a hub of safety information and emergency procedures, as well as information about campus-wide initiatives and a directory of emergency service numbers which students can use if necessary.

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