University of Derby
Welcome to University of Derby
You might find yourself smiling as you arrive in historic Derby: in 2014 it was named one of the three happiest cities in the UK. With its friendly, down-to-earth vibe, the University of Derby certainly lives up to the city’s reputation. Its focus on real-world learning and practical skills is also fitting, given that Derby was one of the birthplaces of the industrial revolution.
The university can trace its roots back to the establishment of the formidably named Derby Diocesan Institution for the Training of Schoolmistresses in 1851. After evolving in a college of higher education, it then gained university status in 1992 – one of the first colleges in the UK to do so. Today, the Derby campus makes up the city’s ‘university quarter’, and there are additional sites at Buxton and Chesterfield.
Individual tuition is available no matter what course you pick, which means there’s a genuine personal touch to studying at Derby. The real-world learning element – using clever reconstructions of working environments for teaching, particularly those found within specialist industries – also seems to pay off for many graduates. 96.9% are in employment or further study six months after finishing their course.
Notable alumni include the artist Paul Cummins MBE, famous for his installation of 888,246 ceramic poppies at the Tower of London, which commemorated those who died during the first world war.
Courses and fees
Both undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University of Derby are designed to be flexible, so you can study full-time, part-time or online. The courses cover traditional and vocational topics, and joint-honours degrees are available too. If you need further qualifications to be eligible for your chosen course, you can always join one of Derby’s specialist programmes, which should help get you up to speed.
There are seven colleges at the University of Derby:
- College of Arts
- College of Business
- College of Education
- College of Engineering and Technology
- College of Health and Social Care
- College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences
- College of Life and Natural Sciences
Entry requirements vary based on the course you want to study. Generally speaking, you’ll need to have the necessary amount of UCAS points and five GCSE subjects (including English and maths) at grade C or above, along with a compelling and enthusiastic personal statement.
If you don’t quite qualify (or you’ve taken a long break from studying) you may still be able to study your chosen course by completing an Access or Foundation course first. For more information email the admissions office at [email protected]
Entry requirements for international students differ slightly. You can find out more here.
Entry requirements (MA)
Again, entry requirements vary based on the course you want to study, but most of the time you’ll need an undergraduate degree or equivalent. For more information email the admissions office at [email protected]
The University want to be open and transparent with you about all aspects of your student life, so the course fees reflect the real cost of providing a high quality student experience. Classroom based courses cost £8,500 per year while resource intensive courses cost £9,000 per year.
Postgraduate tuition fees vary depending on the number of modules and type of course you study. However, you’ll get a 10% discount if your undergraduate degree was taken at Derby. You can find more detailed information on postgraduate fees on the University of Derby’s website.
International students generally pay slightly higher fees, though some courses cost the same regardless of whether you’re a UK/EU or international student. Fees for part-time students are automatically split into equal payments across the academic year.
Bursaries and scholarships
A number of merit-based partial scholarships of £1,000 are available for international students, and several individual scholarships for particular courses also become available throughout the year. Only those students who’ve received an offer from the university are eligible to apply for a scholarship.
Derby is working in partnership with the British Council to offer scholarships to Indian students as part of the GREAT campaign; the Indonesia-UK DIKTI Scholarship Programme allows lecturers and admin staff at DIKTI and Indonesian state universities to undertake postgraduate study at Derby; and the university is authorised to provide William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan aid via the United States Department of Education.
Loans are also available for online study, and if you’re planning to take a master’s degree in management, computing or law you can apply for an Excellence Bursary, which will save you £1,000 on fees.
The University of Derby has pumped more than £150 million into its facilities over the past few years, building industry-standard environments for real-world learning. These include a simulated hospital and radiography suite, professional standard kitchens and a fine dining restaurant, computer games suites and a 350-seat courtroom. International Spa Management students can also hone their skills in the university’s commercial spa and salon, and forensic science students are able to practise evidence collection and analysis inside a custom-built crime-scene house.
Library and study facilities
Derby has four libraries: two in central Derby and one on each of the Buxton and Chesterfield campuses. The library at Kedleston Road, Derby, is open seven days a week and includes lots of computers for student use. There are plenty of desks too, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a spot for settling down to some serious studying.
Every student is automatically registered as a member of the Students' Union. It’s both student-led and student-focused and the team are passionate about ensuring that your time at university is as enjoyable as possible. The SU has over 50 student societies, ranging from music and theatre, to politics and cakes and cocktails. There are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved or simply enjoy hanging out in the onsite Academy bar at our main Derby campus.
At Derby we’re serious about sport and we’re currently building a £10.8 million sports centre on our main campus. The sports centre will include a main hall, fitness gym and associated strength and conditioning area, studios, squash and badminton courts, an internal climbing wall, sprint track, changing rooms, treatment rooms and a cafe. The sports centre is due to be completed in summer 2015.
Welfare and financial aid
All Derby students benefit from one-to-one tutorials, so if you’re struggling a bit or feel unsure about a particular aspect of your course, your tutor should be able to help you get back on track. There’s also lots of support available at the Student Support Centres on the Derby and Buxton campuses. The staff can help you out with everything from parking permits to issues with your assignments, and you can drop by pretty much any time during working hours.
If your problem is more of a personal or financial nature, you can pay a visit to The Wellbeing Centre. It’s staffed by qualified nurses who’ll have come across pretty much everything that students tend to struggle with, so chances are they’ll be able to help. If you have any disability issues, the Wellbeing Centre should also be your first port of call.
Derby's careers and employment service helps students with job-hunting essentials such as CVs, applications and interviews. It can also provide you with details on any volunteer roles (good for your CV and the local community), as well as information on the Futures Award, which offers students extra recognition for their extra-curricular work. Alternatively the on-campus Student Employment Agency can help you find part-time work while studying.
In addition to the Wellbeing Centre, you’ll find a GP surgery and counselling centre on the Kedleston Road site. The surgery is located within Student Health Services, and works closely with student services to ensure the care provided is the right fit for students and causes minimal interference with their studies.Students based in Buxton or Chesterfield can access a list of recommended health services in the area on the university website.
The i-graduate International Student Barometer named Derby’s International Student Centre (ISC) as the best of its kind in 2012. Its staff and support network can help with culture shock, language challenges, visa and work issues and more. For example, the ISC can provide letters for banks or help with opening a bank account – pretty much everything involved with adapting to life in the UK, in fact.
Most first-year students live in the halls of residence. These are cheap, handy for socialising and within a few minutes’ walk of the campuses. However, the university can also help you find private accommodation through a specialist private housing scheme.
Halls of residence
There are eight halls of residence within walking distance of the Derby campus and city centre. All halls feature wi-fi and Freeview TV, a cleaning service, room contents insurance, security staff and CCTV. Accommodation is guaranteed in your first year if you apply before 15 January, and you can always tour the halls on an open day in order to get a feel for what to expect.
The Derby halls are:
- Sir Peter Hilton Court, which has 423 student rooms and is the largest of the halls. It’s a 10-minute walk from the city centre.
- Nunnery Court, which has 308 rooms and a Sainsbury’s supermarket nearby. It’s a little further into the city centre though – 25 minutes to be precise.
- Princess Alice Court, which has 364 student rooms and is also near to a Sainsbury’s. The city centre is a mere 10-minute walk away.
- Lonsdale Hall, which has 355 student rooms and is located just outside the University Quarter. It’s therefore a bit more of a trek into the city centre: 25 minutes or so.
- Laverstoke Court, which is generally reserved for students coming through Clearing and Adjustment.
- St Christopher's Court, which has 335 student rooms and is close to a Co-operative and Morrisons supermarket. It’s a 20-minute walk to the city centre, though Britannia Mill and Markeaton Street are within five-minutes of this hall.
- Peak Court, which has 247 student rooms and is close to Derby’s Cathedral Quarter. The city centre is only 10 minutes away on foot.
- Flamsteed Court, which is generally reserved for returning and postgraduate students.
There is one hall of residence in Buxton, High Peak Halls, which is a two-minute walk from the centre of town. You can find out more on the University of Derby website.
The University’s registered private housing scheme, Studentpad, can help you search for student houses, flats and lodging opportunities close to campus. Check out the Derby Studentpad website for more info.
The University of Derby offers open days to all prospective students (undergraduate, postgraduate, and even online) so you can get an idea of the learning style, atmosphere and local area.Undergraduate students can attend subject talks, learn about student life, talk to the academic staff and tour the university and halls. Postgrads, professional students and part-time students just need to register at the welcome desk for a one-to-one consultation. Online students can register for a virtual open day presented as an online webinar. Derby is roughly 90 minutes by train from London, 35 minutes from Birmingham and 97 minutes from Manchester. The Unibus service links all University of Derby sites, the main halls of residence, Derby city centre and Derby train station. Buxton station, meanwhile, is a five-minute walk from the Devonshire Campus. The closest airport to Derby is East Midlands, whereas the closest airport to Buxton is Manchester.
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