De Montfort University
Welcome to De Montfort University
De Montfort University (DMU) is the most improved university in the UK. The university is proud to have leapt into the top 50 UK universities with the best employment rates and DMU recently climbed 32 places in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide to 54th position - the biggest rise of any university in the UK. DMU was rated as a highly creative university in the Which? University Student Survey 2014. Successful graduates have gone onto work at world-leading companies such as Warner Bros, HSBC, Nike, KPMG, BBC, Gucci, Abercrombie and Fitch, BMW, Levi’s, NASA, Disney, IBM and Adidas.
The university has also launched the sector-leading #DMUglobal programme, offering the majority of students a meaningful international experience during their studies. Recent returnees enjoyed amazing experiences in Brazil, China and The Gambia and DMU have committed £2 million to ensure that 11,000 of our students have an international experience over the next five years. Students will gain an international perspective invaluable in a fiercely competitive graduate marketplace.
Leicester is a diverse and vibrant place to live; a recent £3 billion regeneration has transformed the city into a lively hub of entertainment, shopping and culture. DMU’s buildings and accommodation are all within one central area and right next to the city centre - making everything you would expect from the 10th largest city in the country just a few minutes’ walk away from the campus.
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Courses and fees
There are a wide selection of undergraduate and postgraduate courses available at DMU. The university welcomes applications from a wide variety of backgrounds and, on average, requires between 260 and 320 UCAS points for admission to undergraduate degree courses.
Full-time and part-time study options are on offer to fit around your schedule, and many courses offer paid placements and international opportunities.
DMU currently holds 18 National Teaching Fellows, a prestigious higher education teaching award, which is the third highest number awarded to any university in the UK. On top of this, DMU has established strong links with leading national and international employers, such as the BBC, Caterpillar, Deloitte, HP and the NHS, to deliver an industry-relevant learning experience for their students. Many courses also offer work placements; more than 170 courses are professionally-accredited courses and more than 1,850 work placement opportunities are available.
Almost 60% of DMU’s research activities were judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent in the REF, the UK-wide initiative to assess the quality of research in UK universities.
The majority of case studies demonstrating the impact which our academics’ work has on real-life issues were rated either 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent). This is further evidence that DMU is a university committed to the public good.
There are four faculties which make up the university:
- Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities
- Faculty of Business and Law
- Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
- Faculty of Technology
The Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities offers courses covering subjects like English, history, architecture and fine art amongst others. The main bulk of study takes place at the Clephan Building and the faculty is also the only place in the world to specialise in courses related to lingerie, underwear and swimwear, plus is the only place in the UK to study footwear design.
The Faculty of Business and Law is based in the state-of-the-art Hugh Aston Building which includes a mock courtroom for law students. Subjects covered include accounting, human resources, politics and economics.
The largest of the faculties is Health and Life Sciences. It has a range of lab-based and classroom-based courses including those in counselling, criminology, nursing, midwifery, psychology, and forensic sciences.
The Faculty of Technology covers a wide range of courses including Animation Design, Computer Security, Film Studies, Game Art Design and many more. DMU has partnered with Deloitte to run a unique MSc in Cyber Security, training the next generation of professionals keeping Britain safe from cyber-attack.
DMU is a truly global university, with students from more than 130 countries and 155 quality international partnerships providing placement opportunities around the world.
DMU has also launched their sector-leading #DMUglobal programme, offering the majority of students a meaningful international experience during their studies. Recent returnees enjoyed amazing experiences in Brazil, China and The Gambia and we’ve committed £2 million to ensure that 11,000 of our students have an international experience over the next five years. DMU students will gain an international perspective invaluable in a fiercely competitive graduate marketplace.
In addition to this, opportunities to study in Europe are available via the Erasmus scheme.
Fees for the 2014/15 year are £9,000 per year for UK and EU undergraduate students. For international students the fees start at £11,250.
Standard masters degrees cost £6,500 for UK and EU students, or £11,700 for international students. This varies from course to course however, so be sure to check the university's website to see the fees specific to the course you're interested in.
De Montfort University has evolved steadily over the years and since 2000 it has had more than £260 million invested into it, including the addition of an £8 million sports centre and the £35 million Hugh Aston building.
The university has great transport links, with frequent buses stopping outside the campus and the main Leicester train station just a mile away. There's a varied mix of nightlife in town including the university's very own Student Union bar plus several large clubs including the O2 Academy. The Highcross shopping centre also features in town, plus DMU's campus is located in an area of Leicester that is steeped in history.
Library and study facilities
The Kimberlin Library is the main library building at DMU which holds more than half a million books, and is open 24 hours a day from Monday to Friday during term time. Online library access is available 24/7.
There is also a dedicated law library, as well as learning zones, which enables students to study individually or as a group; found in the state-of-the-art Hugh Aston Building, DMU is one of the few universities who have a dedicated law library in the UK.
DMU also has subject-specific laboratories, workshops and studios - providing students with industry-standard equipment and resources.
An anywhere facility called @ccess is in place at the university which allows students to use the library online, 24 hours a day wherever they are. In addition to this, a wireless network covers the entire campus and students can use computer facilities in any of the learning zones which contain computer workstations.
Among electronic resources and a wide range of books and journals, DMU’s libraries have over 500 computers with access to a variety of software. Printing can be carried out at any location on the campus. All faculties have their own dedicated computer facilities, with the facilities in the Faculty of Technology being right at the cutting-edge, featuring games design studios and a forensic computing lab.
DMU provides its students with advice on how to kick-start their careers from advising on how to construct a CV, how to prepare for an interview, and how to find jobs through the university's dedicated jobs website.
MyGateway offers you a single place to visit for all of our employability services. So whether you're planning your career, preparing a CV, looking for a summer or graduate job, booking a careers appointment, or just need answers to your careers questions, MyGateway is there for you.
There is also a Unitemps franchise on-campus offering temporary employment opportunities to current and former students. Frontrunners is a fantastic campus-based placement scheme allowing current students to apply for a variety of graduate level placements within DMU and to put what is learned in the lecture theatre, into practice in the workplace.Find out more about DMUs careers service.
There are a number of places to get food and drink on the campus. The Campus Centre foodcourt has a number of places to grab a quick snack or lunch and there are a range of pubs and food shops around the edge of the campus. There are also a number of cafés across campus; great places to catch up with your reading or chatting to friends. DMU has plans to build a brand new foodcourt as part of our £136 million campus redevelopment which will be complete in 2016.The university is right on the doorstep of the city centre meaning everything you would expect from the 10th largest city in the country is just a few minutes’ walk away. The Highcross shopping centre has a range of high street stores and designer boutiques, as well as a restaurant quarter and a new cinema.
De Montfort Students' Union (DSU) offers lots of activities for you to get involved in, giving you the opportunity to meet lots of new people and make the most of your time at university.
There are close to 100 sports clubs and societies for you to choose from; from rock music and gaming through to debating and a number of religious societies, where you can meet people who share your interests. You can also join the 2000 students who volunteered in the community last year, get a head-start in the media world with the award-winning newspaper The Demon, on Demon TV or Demon FM, or run for 30 student executive positions and have a real say in how DMU is run.
DMU recently increased the annual grant given to the DSU by 25 per cent, to a record-breaking £1.25 million.
DMU's £8 million sporting centre, the QEII, has state-of-the-art facilities including a 25-metre swimming pool, sauna, climbing wall, fitness-suite, dance studio and an eight-court sports hall.
A comprehensive programme of workout classes are also held at the centre and will cater for all users from beginners to advanced, providing a workout from head to toe. DMU offers personal programmes and fitness testing for dedicated gym users looking to achieve their goals; and beginners looking for a starting point.
Students also benefit from discounts on sports tickets thanks to DMU’s partnerships with all the city’s major sports teams including Premier League Leicester City Football Club, 10-times Rugby Union champions Leicester Tigers, and Leicestershire County Cricket Club.
Medical and welfare services
There is a surgery on campus offering a full NHS healthcare service for students and the local community. The surgery provides a comprehensive range of services and advice with access to regular clinics; a free health check is available for new patients. Visit the De Montfort Surgery website for more information. Visit their website for more information.
The Student Gateway contains all of DMU's student support services. Pop in and speak to professional staff who can offer information, advice and guidance on a wide range of topics such as:
- Money and welfare
- Jobs and careers
- Disability issues
- Counselling and personal support.
You can also book appointments online through the ‘MyGateway’ system. In addition to booking an appointment, just choose the ‘Ask a Question’ option in MyGateway and you will get a quick and effective response to your query.
There is a selection of financial aid options available to students, including the National Scholarship programme which is available to those from underprivileged backgrounds, plus the university's High Flyers Award which gives a discount to students who excel at their studies.
De Montfort University has more than 2,100 rooms available across eight halls of residence for new students. They are based either on-campus or within easy walking distance of the university.
All halls are self-catered and have shared kitchen facilties, laundry facilities and furnished bedrooms. They also have an internet connection and 24/7 security. In addition to this, some rooms have en suite facilities and common rooms, and there are also a limited selection of self-contained studio flats and deluxe rooms.
DMU aims to provide university-sourced accommodation for all new UK and international students who request it.
Bede Hall is located on the edge of the campus and has 228 rooms spread across three floors, grouped into flats of 10. It's conveniently located for the town centre, and a shop and conveniences are located right next door to the hall. For 2014/15 the rent costs £99 per week.
New Wharf Hall is also located on the edge of the campus and has 228 rooms spread across three floors, grouped into flats of 10. It's conveniently located for the town centre, and a few shops are located right next door to the hall. For 2014/15 the rent costs £99 per week.
For something a little more independent, Waterway Gardens consists of 15 modern six-bedroom houses which are located within walking distance of campus. Ideal for those on nursing courses, the houses consist of shared bathroom and kitchen facilities as well as large social spaces. For 2014/15 the rent costs £97 per week.
There are five additional halls which are managed by private providers: Filbert Village, The Grange, Liberty park, Newarke Point and Victoria Hall. Flats within these halls are smaller, with four to six rooms in each, and Victoria Hall offers en suite rooms as standard. These halls are ideal for students who want to pay a little more for all the mod-cons and more space. Prices vary from £83 per week for a basic room up to £152 per week for a studio flat at Newarke Point.
Recognised off-campus accommodation
There is a whole range of privately-rented accommodation on and near the campus, ranging from shared houses to modern hall-style rooms. The Students’ Union's lettings agency ‘Sulets’ provides a fee-free service for DMU students; they have easy-to-understand contracts and you can sign up for property alerts. Visit the Sulets website to find out more.
Visiting De Montfort University on an open day is an ideal way to discover more about the university and find out whether it's the right place for you. During the day you can take a tour of the campus facilities, speak to staff and students and find out more about what life is like on-campus.
There are several open days which take place throughout the year, as well as subject-specific days where the day is tailored to those who want to study on a specialised course. What's more, if you can't make one of the main open days, the university can arrange a tour of the campus at a time to suit you. The next open day takes place on:
- Saturday 19 September 2015
- Saturday 17 October 2015
- Saturday 14 November 2015
- Saturday 9 January 2016
Postgraduate Open Evenings
DMU regularly holds postgraduate open evenings where you can discuss your postgraduate taught course and research opportunities with academics and advisors. Book your place now and we will send you all of the relevant information prior to the event you have chosen.
The academic year is divided into three terms with the dates for the 2014/15 year as follows:
- Autumn term: 22 September - 12 December 2014
- Spring term: 5 January - 20 March 2015
- Summer term: 13 April - 12 June 2015
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