University Guide

The University of Derby

Admissions Department, University of Derby

Kedleston Road

Derby, DE22 1GB

Phone: + 44 (0) 1332 590500

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University Stats and Facts
Total Students22,213
Undergraduate Students14,672
Postgrad Students2,821
Part-time Students4,230
% International Students
% Mature Students
Male to Female Student ratio23:27
Student to Staff ratio18:1
Typical number of offers
Applicants per place
University Open Days

Open Days are a great way to get a taste of what student life is like. The University of Derby open day dates:


23rd November 2013

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At the University of Derby we offer education with the personal touch – all of our courses provide you with a personal tutor for one-on-one learning and support any time you need them.

Many of our courses are focused around real world learning, which means you could be learning in a working environment or have opportunities to work in industry as part of your course. This will further your chances to gain the job you want once you graduate.

We build our courses to suit you; this is why you can choose to study full time, part time, or online. Our courses can also be started in January as well as September, or even April (for online courses).

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To book onto our next open day, click here.

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Undergraduate introductory text

We have an exciting range of courses that you can study full time, part time or online.

There are so many reasons to choose Derby - you’ll make friends for life and get lots of opportunities to do the things you love. You'll improve your career prospects and learn and gain experience in the real world.

To explore our undergraduate student offering, click here.
Undergraduate Courses

Postgraduate introductory text

We have an exciting range of postgraduate courses that you can study full time, part time or online.
If you want to develop your career and professional development or are thinking about changing your direction, we have a wide range of courses that help you achieve your ambitions.
Expand your skills and progress your professional development without putting your career on hold.

To explore what our postgraduate courses can do for you, click here.
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We have a number of different locations around Derby and Buxton. For a helpful guide on finding each campus, click here.


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There is a rolling programme of updating content in accordance with the guidelines set out by the World Wide Web Consortium Web Accessibility Initiative (W3C WAI).

Key academic Dates

Open Days:
Saturday 23 November
Saturday 1 February
Saturday 15 March
Saturday 12 April
Saturday 7 June

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We offer a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research courses. All of our courses have flexible learning options that include part time, full time and online study.

International/Erasmus opportunities

There are a number of student exchange opportunities. If you are already studying at Derby and want to study at another institution inside Europe, you can become a part of the Erasmus programme.

If you want to apply for an Erasmus exchange, there must be an agreement between the University of Derby and the host University in the subject area you are currently studying.

We currently have agreements with various universities, to view them click here.


Arts, Design and Technology
The Art, Design and Technology faculty has an impressive team of experienced tutors that have worked within their respective industries. Courses benefit from visiting speakers that can offer a deeper insight into their professional fields.

The Degree Show allows our students to exhibit their hard work during their final year, and our degrees also incorporates live projects and work placements to maximise your potential to find work after graduation.

Education, Health and Sciences
The Education, Health and Science faculty covers a range of courses that are relevant to practice and industry, actively encouraging you to gain experience and work placements.

We’ve invested in and built specialist facilities for our education, health and science courses. In 2012 we refurbished our science laboratories to support your learning experience with specialist equipment.

Business, Computing and Law
The Business, Computing and Law department focuses its courses around practical experience with well-known companies including Rolls-Royce, JCB, Toyota, Boots, Norseman Holdings and Microsoft. This is because we know employers are looking for graduates with work experience, making sure you get the most out of your degree.

Studying business at Derby is all about making your experience the best it can be, making learning exciting as well as relevant and interesting.

University of Derby Buxton
At our Buxton campus we pride ourselves on the highest quality facilities which will give you the best real world learning experience possible. Buxton also has similar facilities to those in our Derby campus, as well as fabulous eateries and an onsite spa.

If your course is taught at the Buxton campus, you’ll benefit from being placed within the heart of the Peak District making Buxton the perfect place to study.

Fees and costs

For more information on our course fees, click here.


Each scholarship has an overall benefit of £3,000. You will receive £1,000 as a grant and £2,000 as a fee waiver.

To be eligible to apply for a scholarship you must have a household income of less than £25,000, plus at least one more of our scholarship criteria.

To find out more, click here.

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Library and Study Facilities

We provide access to library sources both print and online, information and technology and study space to support you in your studies. Help and advice is available throughout the year from our friendly and knowledgeable staff.

We are open over 65 hours per week, including evenings and weekends, in term time. To find out more information regarding our library services, click here.


Our IT facilities and support services are here to help you make the most out of your studies. We offer technical help, help using software, assistive software, and help with e-resources.


Team Derby is the focal point for the development and delivery of sport here at the University of Derby and provides students, staff and members of the public with a world of sporting opportunity, fitness and activity.

We take pride in nurturing talent both on and off the field, but value participation and getting involved just as much as we do trophies. We believe that sport has a place for everyone - and whilst we know that winning isn't everything, we believe that enjoyment is.

Our facilities are being developed to cater for students of all abilities, from students competing at national and regional level, to those who have only a fledging interest in recreational sport, health and exercise.

Our commitment is to develop both performance and participation, and provide opportunities that will enable you to be involved in and enjoy sport at whatever level you choose.


At our main Kedleston Road campus we have various shops and eateries to take your fancy. We have a newsagents called ‘Keddies’ where you can get all your pre-packed snacks, drinks and food. We also have a coffee shop called ‘Blends’ which is run by our Students’ Union, two cash machines and a range of places to get hot food.

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Medical Services

GP Practice
Our onsite GP practice is Park Medical Practice, commonly referred to as PMP. The practice is the same as any other NHS general practice except that it only offers its services to students of the University of Derby. For further information or to make an appointment contact 01332 747140

Sexual Health Clinics
These clinics are available for all students enrolled at the University this is provided by the onsite GP service. To make an appointment contact 01332 747140

Welfare Services

We recognise that coming to university is a major transition for most students. The pages and links on this website provide you with lots of information and guidance on how to prepare for university and how to make sure you get the most out of it once you are here.

Our Student Wellbeing website is designed to provide specific information to specific groups of students who may require more support and guidance.

Click here to visit our website now.

Student Union

The responsibility of our Students’ Union is to make life better for the students studying at the University of Derby. The Students’ Union isn’t part of the University, and the independence they have is key to their role. They are both student led and student focused.

The Students’ Union takes form in many areas of the University, including a newsagent, coffee shop and bar which is fully run by our students. Not to mention all the events that take place across the academic year.

Careers Service

Our Career Development Centre is here to help you find your perfect career, and give advice on how to get to where you want to be.

We encourage you to:

• Recognise the career options with your degree
• Learn about recent national employment trends from your subject area
• Explore graduate careers that you are interested in
• Understand yourself and your suitable career choices
• Find out what other sutdents do to improve their career prospects

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Main Halls/accommodation for 1st years

Most first year students live in halls because they're just a short walk away from our campuses, and they're a great way to make friends. They also offer you safe and good value accommodation with other students.

We’re committed to providing safe, affordable accommodation in our halls of residence but if you prefer, we can also help you to find private accommodation in the area.


You can apply for your room in halls as soon as you’ve got a firm offer from us. The earlier you apply, the better chance you have of getting the room you want.


The cost of your accommodation will depend on what sort of room you choose to live in:
• Standard room (All at Derby halls except Peak Court) - £89.32/week
• En suite/disabled (At Buxton and all Derby halls except Lonsdale Hall) - £106.47/week
• Standard plus (Lonsdale Hall) - £94.36/week
• En suite plus (Only at Sir Peter Hilton Court, Derby) - £112.49/week
• Large standard (Lonsdale Hall only) - £93.17/week
• Large standard plus (Lonsdale Hall) - £97.86/week


Our halls are comfortable, secure and convenient. They are made up of purpose built, self-contained flats and have excellent facilities including:
- A well equipped kitchen that you'll share with your flatmates
a shared bathroom or en suite facilities, depending on the hall you choose
- On-site 24 hour staff cover, security and CCTV
- A coin-operated laundry
- On-site car parking (at an extra cost)
- Fast and efficient broadband
- Freeview TV and radio through your PC
- Free bike storage.

You can apply for your room in halls as soon as you’ve got a firm offer from us. The earlier you apply, the better chance you have of getting the room you want.

Recognised off campus accommodation

If you’d prefer to rent a private property we can help you find the right place through our registered private housing scheme.

You can get our free shuttle bus between the three sites on our Derby Campus, and the Unibus service will take you between our halls, Campus, the city centre and the train station all for low cost fares.

Head over to our dedicated accommodation site for further information and to apply for your place.

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