University of Derby

  • 24875 Students
  • Public University
Derby, United Kingdom
The University of Derby has provided education to UK and international students for over 150 years and currently attracts around 22,500 students. We have three main campuses in Derbyshire; two in Derby and our University of Derby Buxton campus.

About University of Derby

The University of Derby has provided education to UK and international students for over 150 years and currently attracts around 22,500 students. We have three main campuses in Derbyshire; two in Derby and our University of Derby Buxton campus.
We currently have around 1,000 international students on campus with many more studying around the world through our institutional links in Asia, Africa, Scandinavia and Europe, and with increasing interest in our on-line courses, we are truly a global university.

Academic strengths

We offer more than 230 undergraduate degree programmes and more than 50 specialist taught postgraduate degree programmes on campus. We also offer a well-established range of programmes delivered entirely online, so that you can fit study time around your other commitments.

Our expertise is in the subjects of Business, Computing, Law, Education, Health, Social Sciences, Arts, Design, Technology, Hospitality, Tourism, Spa and Sports Management and we also offer flexible degrees to enable you to study different subjects in major/minor combinations.


The University's learning centre on the Kedleston Road campus, provides library and IT facilities and contains around 300 workstations. It gives you access to the internet and to a range of.

Computing facilities are provided at all sites in open access computer laboratories and the learning centres. Specialist computing resources are available for individual programmes, for example for graphic design and computing students, and all university campuses are fully networked.

Our new undergraduate accommodation has on-site 24 hour staff cover, security, CCTV and communal facilities and is within walking distance of campuses. All rooms have access to internet, network and voice facilities.

We'll help and support you all the way

We know that student life can be challenging. We also know that if you're prepared for your student life you're more likely to succeed academically.

If you require additional help for any reason, we will work with you before you arrive to make sure you have the support you need.

Supporting your wellbeing

There is a clear link between your wellbeing and academic success. To give
you the best chance of succeeding, we provide a wide range of face to face, telephone and online support.

The Student Wellbeing Service provides support to all our students on any issue, and we also provide a confidential counselling service.

You can also get independent advice and guidance from The Source in the Students' Union.

And you'll always be welcome in our Chaplaincy - our chaplains and faith advisers can give you personal and confidential support about any issue - it doesn't have to be faith related.

Supporting your health

We will do all we can to help you to look after your health while you're here.

Our nurses provide confidential consultations on a whole range of health issues including diet, sexual health, injuries, minor illness and managing the impact of serious illness.

There is also a doctors' surgery on campus in Derby and three practices close to our Devonshire Campus in Buxton.

Supporting your mental health

Our Mental Health team offers support to anyone with a mental illness or who is concerned about their mental health. We are keen to work with you as soon as we can (even before you've started) to make sure you have the support you need.

You can also find advice on our website about how to look after your mental health while you're studying and how to get support should you need it.

Supporting disabled students

We work closely with our disabled students. We'd encourage you to talk to us about the support you need as soon as you're thinking about coming to university. We offer advice and guidance at one to one appointments, drop in sessions and by telephone and email.

Disabled students can also come along to our Get Ahead programme at the beginning of term. It will give you the best possible start to your student life.

Supporting care leavers

If you're fostered or a care leaver or have had experience of living in care, support and guidance is available, from the moment you apply right through to graduation, from our team of care leaver mentors.

Supporting students with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder

If you have an Autistic Spectrum Disorder you have the opportunity to receive tailored, individual support. This includes regular meetings with a support worker, an event to help you to settle into University before term starts, and a regular chance to meet up with other students with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

Supporting your family

Lots of our students have caring responsibilities. We can provide you with information and guidance about how to get additional support, available funding, childcare and local schools.

Supporting your finances

We offer financial guidance and help with budgeting. For those in financial difficulty we can also help you to apply for additional funding.

Supporting your faith

Our chaplains and faith advisers represent our diverse and multicultural community. They work across both our campuses, organising talks and discussion groups, Fairtrade lunches, social justice campaigns and days out. And they're always there if you need to talk to someone, about
anything at all.

Student life at University of Derby

Exciting times in Derby

There are lots of exciting new developments in Derby.

Westfield shopping centre has more than 1 million square feet of shopping heaven with over 190 shops and Eat Central with 800 seats and mouth watering tastes from around the world.

You can also enjoy a break from shopping by visiting the luxury 12-screen cinema, which takes part in the Orange Wednesdays 2 for 1 offer.

The QUAD is a new arts centre for showcasing visual arts, film and media.

If you enjoy performing arts and street entertainment, Derby Feste is an event you won't want to miss. It's an annual three day event showcasing spectacular outdoor performances from around the world.


You'll find plenty of shopping opportunities in the city, from individual shops and designer boutiques along the cobbled streets of the Cathedral Quarter, to big names like Primark on our high street and over 190 shops in Westfield Derby like H&M and Topshop.

Going out

The Students' Union organises some great student nights - the best ones are our Graduation and May balls, featuring great acts like: Sugababes, The Wombats, Noisettes, Girls Aloud, Hed Kandi, Judge Jules and Zane Lowe.

The official Derby student nights for this year are:

  • Mondays - Eclectic at NoNo8
  • Wednesdays - Mukky Duck at Walkabout
  • Fridays - Kabooku Shake at Revolution

They also run our plush Students' Union bar, The Academy

In the city centre there's a good range of bars for all music tastes, and plenty of live music venues. Revolution is a popular nightclub for students - it has cheap drink offers and various themed nights.

There's a good variety of places to eat with different types of food on offer, including:

  • Italian
  • Indian
  • Chinese
  • Japanese and
  • Thai.

There are well known names like Pizza Express, Nando's and Zizzi as well as ones unique to Derby. Of course there are also lots of take away places - perfect for that 2am kebab after your night out!


Our Students' Union bar (Academy) in Derby is a great place to have a drink and meet your friends. It's fantastic value and a safe environment for you to enjoy yourself.

We have three main balls each year. And we've had some major acts including Fun Lovin' Criminals, Editors, Colin Murray, Edith Bowman, Mylo, Sugababes, The Saturdays, Zane Lowe and We Are Scientists.

Clubs and societies

Getting involved in our clubs and societies is a great way to socialise and meet new friends. We run over 40 clubs and societies.

Master's Programmes at University of Derby

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Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at University of Derby!

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS we offer you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

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