University of Derby

About University of Derby

The University of Derby is a public university founded in 1851 in the town of Dieby. It used to be called the Derby College of Art and Technology or simply the Derby College. It originally was established as the Derby Diocesan Institution, a teacher training institution. In 1992 h it has gaine university status .

The university is known worldwide for its excellent teaching and has therefore been awarded the prestigious gold rating in the Framework for Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes and a top 30 UK Universities in the Guardian University Guide 2020

In all areas of studies the university houses around 34,000 students, with more than 1,700 international students from 100 countries both undergraduate and postgraduate.

Derby also ranked top in the 2018 International Student Barometer rankings within the UK Modern Universities group for the formal welcome given to students arriving from overseas at the University, and first among the UK Modern Universities group for multi-cultural learning and support for faith.

University of Derby Campus


The main campus of the University is in Derby City. The largest and most important campus on Kedleston Road in Allestree, north west of Derby, serves as the headquarters of the University. It is just next to the A38 and opposite the park of Markeaton. Derby Campus houses most university courses.

Derby Campus offers a variety of facilities such as computer laboratories, two development suites for computer games, general practice surgery, conference facilities, multi-functional lecture theatres, venues for art and culture, concert venues, studios for recording, sports and fitness centres, outdoor swimming pools, student union bars and center for multi-faith.

Buxton Campus

The Buxton Campus is located in the heart of the city, in the historical Devonshire Dome. The Buxton Campus is the home of professional and management specialist courses.

Buxton Campus facilities include an internationally recognized and award-winning business day spa run by students graduating in Spa and Wellness Management, a fine dining restaurant run by students graduating in Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management, hair and beauty salon, dome floor space events, outdoor leadership center, and engineering facilities for motor vehicles.


Campus  is situated near Chesterfield town centre. 

The Chesterfield site is a Health and Social Care Centre of Excellence.

It provides some of the best nursing education facilities in the UK. These include: a state-of - the-art Clinical Skills Suite, a six-bed mock ward NHS standard, an Immersive Interactive Simulation Suite that provides 360 ° projections of a range of work environments.

Facilities in Campus

  • Forensic training house 
  • Replica court rooms 
  • Bloomberg financial markets lab 
  • Derby theatre 
  • NHS Standard Mock Hospital Ward 
  • Sports Centre 
  •  Gym, 
  • Climbing Wall
  • 3G pitches, 
  • physiology laboratory, 
  • strength and conditioning suite, 
  • biomechanics and performance suite, 

University of Derby Location Specialities 

  • The University of Derby is located in the heart of England.
  • Derby city is centrally located in UK. London is approximately 125 miles south while Manchester lies 90 miles north.
  • Derby City is the UK's Innovation Centre, known for its strong ties with reputable industries such as Rolls-Royce, Toyota and Bombardier.
  • It is one of the safest towns, with affordable housing. It is also easily accessible by rail, road and air. The city offers an ideal quiet and relaxed lifestyle with great opportunities to really experience British culture for international students.

University of Derby Accommodation 

  • There are nine residence halls located in Derby. En-suite rooms or shared bathrooms are available to choose from and all have shared communal areas with table tennis, pool and TV. The rent is all-inclusive, and you get free WiFi, Freeview TV, CCTV, weekly cleaning and free insurance content.
  • The halls are situated on the Uni free bus route, near the city center and campuses.
  • Students are guaranteed to be placed in halls when applying for accommodation before the specified deadline, and have made their firm choice for the university.
  • At the 2018 National Student Housing Survey Awards, the residential hall University of Derby won the Best Customer Service Award. They were also shortlisted for Best Booking Experience and Best Environmental Management, and were given an international accommodation quality mark.

University of Derby Ranking

  • #801-1000 University Ranking - THE (Times Higher Education) 2021
  • #99 University Ranking (UK) - The Complete University Guide 2021
  • #56 University Rankings - The Guardian 2021

University of Derby Course Rankings

University of Derby Business Courses Ranks

  • #401-500 PG Business and Economics - THE (Times Higher Education) 2021
  • #50 Accounting & Finance Ranking - The Complete University Guide 2021
  • #74 Business & Management Studies (UK) - The Complete University Guide 2021
  • #70 Accounting & Finance Rankings - The Guardian 2021
  • #16 Business, Management & Marketing - The Guardian 2021

University of Derby Engineering Courses Ranks

  • #47 Civil Engineering Ranking - The Complete University Guide 2021
  • #45 Electrical & Electronic Engineering - The Complete University Guide 2021
  • #60 Mechanical Engineering Ranking - The Complete University Guide 2021
  • #43 Civil Engineering - The Guardian 2021
  • #54 Mechanical Engineering - The Guardian 2021
  • #32 Electronic & Electrical Engineering - The Guardian 2021

University of Derby Computers Courses Ranks

  • #71 Computer Science - The Complete University Guide 2021

Teaching Quality

In 2017, the University of Derby was recognized as an excellent teaching at every level in the Teaching Excellence Framework and awarded gold rating.

At Derby, teachers have extensive industry experience, and more than 85 percent of classes have less than 30 students, ensuring your professors have more time and one-to - one assistance.

Student Teacher Ratio ( Number of students per staff)


University of Derby also have a greater staff to student ratio than most other universities.

University of Derby Academic Divisions

  • College of Business, Law and Social Sciences
  • College of Arts, Humanities and Education
  • College of Engineering and Technology
  • College of Health and Social Care
  • College of Life and Natural Sciences

 Study Options Available 

  • Business & economics
  • Arts & humanities
  • Engineering & technology
  • Clinical, pre-clinical & health
  • Life sciences
  • Computer science
  • Physical sciences
  • Social sciences
  • Psychology
  • Law
  • Education

 Why University of Derby?

  • Top 30in the Guardian University Guide 2020
  • Goldin the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework
  • £200minvested in facilities in the past 10 years
  • Best university facilities in the country,
  • Opportunities for industry experience and practical, 
  • Hands-on learning. 

How to Reach University of Derby? Or Travel

  • The city of Derby has extensive transport connections to the rest of the country.
  • Derby Midland, main station, is served via express trains (one hour 40 minutes) to London, to the north-east and south-western areas.
  • Buxton is less than an hour by train from Manchester.
  • East Midlands Airport is 15 miles from Derby city centre.
  • Unibus, a free bus service for students, is also running at the university. That Links between all the sites of the University of Derby, the major residential areas, the city center in Derby and the Markeaton Park.

University of Derby Tuition Fees

Courses Duration Tuition Fees
Engineering (3 Courses) 3 year GBP 14045
Science (4 Courses) 3 year GBP 14045
Arts (1 Courses) 3 year GBP 14045
Law (1 Courses) 3 year GBP 14045
Media Films (2 Courses) 3 year GBP 14045
Hospitality & Tourism (1 Courses) 3 year GBP 14045
Information Technology (IT) (1 Courses) 3 year GBP 14045
Management (5 Courses) 1 Year - 3 Year GBP 14045 - GBP 14700

University of Derby Application Process

Applicants from all over the world are welcomed to apply and be a part of the University of Derby. Students can apply to full-time, part-time or online programs.

How to Apply?

The process for admission to the University of Derby is discussed below:

Application Portal: University Application/ UCAS application/ Representative in home country

Application Fee: UCAS application fee – 20 GBP for a single course, 25 GBP for multiple courses

Application Deadline: UCAS application users – January 15

Admission Requirements: The following documents must be provided during the application process:

  • A complete application form
  • Officially evaluated institutional transcripts
  • Scanned copy of the valid passport
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • English language proficiency scores

English language requirements

The minimum English language requirements for admission to the University are as follows:

Exam Minimum Requirements
IELTS (Indicator) 6.0
PTE 52
Cambridge English Scale B2

University of Derby Scholarships / Financial Aid

  • University of Derby offers a number of financial aid opportunities for international students studying in the U.K.
  • International students are not eligible for federal grants and loans.
  • Students do not have to submit any separate application to apply for financial aid.
  • The following scholarships are offered to international students:
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship: It is a merit-based scholarship, offered to students with excellent academic performance in the course of their program and extracurricular activity.
    • Scope of award: 1 year’s tuition fee is covered;
  • Excellent International Student Scholarship: It is a merit-based scholarship, offered to students with excellent academic performance in the course of their program and extracurricular activity.
    • Scope of Award: 5000 GBP;
  • Leadership Scholarship: Valid for MBA students only, this is provided to students demonstrating high leadership skills and academic results.
    • Scope of Award: 5,000 GBP;
  • Tourism and Hospitality International Excellence Scholarship: It is a merit-based scholarship, offered to students with excellent academic performance in the course of their program and extracurricular activity.
    • Scope of Award: 3,000 GBP;
  • Postgraduate (PGT) Scholarship: It is applied to international postgraduate taught program applicants automatically if they are not considered for any other international scholarship.
    • Scope of Award: 2,000 GBP;
  • International undergraduate and graduate applicants are also eligible for an early bird discount of 500 GBP if they pay full tuition fees at the time of enrollment.
  • Master’s alumni discount worth 500 GBP is also applicable for postgraduate international students who have completed a degree from the University of Derby.

Famous Aluminis

  • Graham Joyce (British Fiction Author)
  • Paul Cummins (Artist)
  • Lucy Spraggan (Lyricist and Singer)
  • Devon Eugene Malcolm (Former Cricketer)
  • Khumbo Hasting Kachali (Malawian Politician)
  • Idris Khan (British Photographer and Artist)
  • David Imms (Painter and Artist).

University of Derby English Language Requirements:


  • IELTS – 6.0 or equivalent, with no modules less than 5.5.
  • TOEFL – 80 overall and a minimum of 17 in Writing and Listening, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking.
  • PTE – 50 overall and a minimum of 42 in all components.


  • IELTS – 6.5 or equivalent, with no modules less than 6.0.
  • TOEFL – 88 overall and a minimum of 17 in Writing and Listening, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking.
  • PTE – 61 overall and a minimum of 51 in all components.

The Requirements may Defer for some Programs.

For Course Specific English Language Requirements, Click HERE.


University of Derby will now accept the following alternative English Language Proficiency tests for most courses (where available) due to the Lockdown on account of the Ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic.

1. TOEFL online

2. IELTS Indicator

The Requirements are as follows:

  • For courses requiring IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each skill will accept a TOEFL Online score of 80 (with minimum levels of Listening: 17, Speaking: 20, Reading: 18 and Writing: 17).
  • For courses requiring IELTS 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in each skill will accept a TOEFL Online score of 88 (with minimum levels of Listening: 17, Speaking: 20, Reading: 18 and Writing: 17).

University Of Derby Highlights

University Type Public
Establishment Year 1992
Location Derby, England
Campus Setting Urban
No. of campuses 3
Mode of Program Full-time, part-time, online
Student-faculty ratio 15:1
Mode of Application UCAS/ University Application/ via Representative
Employment Rate 96%
Work-study Not available
Financial Aid Scholarships, tuition discount

University of Derby Average Tuition Fees And Other Expenses

It is prudent for students to be aware of the estimated expenditure associated with studying in the UK.

An estimated cost of attendance for international students interested in studying at the University of Derby has been given below:

Particulars Estimated Costs
Tuition Fee for Undergraduate programs 14,045 GBP per year
Tuition Fee for Occupational Therapy 14,700 GBP per year
Tuition Fee for MBA program 19,800 GBP per year
Tuition Fee for M. Sc. program 14,700 GBP per year
Tuition Fee for M.A. program 13,500 GBP per year
Room Charges 110-145 GBP per week
Meal Charges 40 GBP per week
Miscellaneous Expenses 40 GBP per week

Know more about Studying in UK

Tuition Fees in UK (1st Year Average) MS: £17276 | MBA: £17276 | BE/Btech: £16632 | BBA: £15130 | BSc: £16632 | MFin: £19000 | MA: £15560 | MIM: £18241 | MEM: £16950 | MArch: £14271 | BHM: £12662 | MIS: £15344 | MEng: £12876 | MBBS: £28865| MPharm: £15452
Average Accomodation & Food Costs in UK £850 to £1,050 a month
Entrance Exams in UK TOEFL: 88 | IELTS: 6.5 | PTE: 59 | GMAT: 590
Work and Study in UK Permitted for 20 hours/week with a valid study permit.
Post Study Work Permit in UK 2 Year after graduation depending on the course.
Cost of Student Visa in UK £348
Student Visa in UK Your nationality, duration of your stay and purpose of your stay are the three essential factors for UK visa. For Non-EU students UK visa is mandatory.
Intakes in UK There are mainly two intakes in UK: January/February & September/October.
Top Job Sectors in UK IT Engineering, Product Design, Mobile Development, Designers, Logistics, etc.
Economy in UK Growth Rate: 1.3% (2018) 1.4% (2019) 1.4% (2020e), 6th Largest Economy in the World by Nominal

Average Tuition Fee Per Year


£ 14,045


£ 14,700

Costs per year

Overall cost of living

£ 7,028

Campus accommodation

£ 4,845

Please note that fees will vary. Always check the exact cost of the program and bear in mind likely additional expenses.

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