De Montfort University

2015 League Table Ranking 71
2015 Overall Score 610
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Entry Standards 310 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 18.1 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 2.32 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 980 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.02 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 375 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 52.4 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 87.3 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 66.5 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 44.5 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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Open days

  • De Montfort University (DMU) holds open days throughout the year to give you, your friends and family a taste of life at university. Book your place online now.
  • If you can't make an open day, DMU offers campus tours throughout the year.


  • DMU traces its roots back to the Leicester School of Art, which was established in 1869. The University takes its name from Simon De Montfort, Earl of Leicester, who is widely credited with establishing the first Parliament in 1265.
  • More recently DMU was the first stop on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK.
  • Today, DMU's courses offer a diverse portfolio of subjects that are relevant to industry and are based on a foundation of innovation and creativity.

Location and Transport

  • The M1, A1, M69 and M6 give easy access to the north and south, as well as the rest of the Midlands and Wales. There is a network of routes for cyclists and good bus and train links to the rest of the country.
  • Leicester is just over an hour away from London St Pancras, and the Eurostar hub, meaning Paris is only four hours away by train. East Midlands Airport is 30 minutes away with regular flights to destinations across Europe.
  • Leicester has had an astounding £3 billion of recent investment, transforming the city centre into a hub of entertainment, shopping and culture.
  • Curve is an iconic £59 million performing arts centre, hosting touring shows and West End-sized productions.
  • The £350 million Highcross shopping centre has become one of the premier destinations for shoppers in the Midlands, with a huge range of shops, a new restaurant quarter and Leicester's first city centre multiplex cinema.
  • Leicester caters for just about every culinary taste with food and drink from around the world. Cuisines range from Mexican and Italian to sushi and tapas, whilst restaurants include family-run eateries, well known chains and smaller, more intimate venues that are full of atmosphere. It is also well known as one of the best places in Britain to get a curry.

Entry Standards

  • UCAS points required for DMU's undergraduate degrees range from 260–320 points, depending on the course. Some courses require specific grades in related subjects.
  • DMU welcomes applicants from a wide range of backgrounds and accepts a range prior qualifications and experience.

Student Mix

  • Male to female – 1.3 females for every male student.
  • Student to staff – 18:1.
  • International students – 8.7%
  • Total students – over 20,000, with undergraduate students making up around 17,000.

Course Flexibility

  • Full-time and part-time study options are available.
  • Many courses offer a paid placement year or an Erasmus European study exchange.

Teaching Standards

  • Dance, Human Resource Management and Footwear Design courses at DMU have been rated the first in the country according to the Likert scoring system. The scores also show that DMU’s Games and Music Technology, Economics, Business Studies and English degrees all come in the top 10.
  • DMU has been awarded 16 National Teaching Fellowships since the scheme started in 2000, the second highest number in the country.
  • Our average intake tariff is now BBB at A-level (or equivalent), with around 15% of our students achieving ABB or better.
  • DMU is a research-active university that makes a vital impact in all faculties. From blood-spot testing and the artificial pancreas through creative writing and design to sustainable energy, robotics and computer security and international relations, all our courses are informed and updated by our research to ensure state-of-the-art teaching.
  • We are investing in the next generation of research-active lecturers to improve our students’ learning experience by appointing 30 new teaching staff from the start of 2014.

Research Standards

  • Nearly half of DMU's research was rated as 'internationally excellent' or 'world-leading' by the government's last Research Assessment Exercise in 2008.
  • Times Higher Education recently produced a report on how the UK Research Councils are funding academic research in the UK. DMU was ranked 33rd in the UK by success rate.
  • In 2013 the EU announced their flagship Human Brain Project (HBP) – a 1 Billion Euros investment over 10 years to build a virtual brain. DMU’s Professor Bernd Stahl is leading the work package which is looking at the ethical issues presented by the project. The project seeks to understand the human brain, to gain fundamental insights into what it means to be human, develop new treatments for brain diseases and build revolutionary new Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) based on the merger of ICT and biology.
  • DMU has recently announced 30 new academic positions and a rolling programme of research fellowships (specifically targeted at world-leading young researchers).

Academic Strengths

  • Most recently DMU announced a new ground-breaking initiative, #DMUglobal which aims to provide the majority of students with an international experience during their studies.
  • Our life changing research into blood spot analysis is helping the treatment of sick newborn babies and was shortlisted for The Times Higher Education Awards 2012.
  • A team of experts from DMU will be part of major new project to assess the impact of electric vehicle recharging on local electricity networks.
  • DMU will contribute to a new £2.9 million Enterprise Research Centre that will develop understanding of the factors affecting business investment performance and growth.

Student Facilities

  • DMU’s Kimberlin library holds more than half a million publications and is open 24 hours a day from Sunday to Friday, and 9am until 8pm on Saturdays during term time.
  • The library’s services can be accessed 24 hours a day through the @ccess anywhere online service.
  • Learning Zones have been designed to create space for group and individual work. They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD.
  • Cutting edge facilities including subject specific laboratories, workshops and studios provide students with all of the industry standard equipment and resources needed to learn valuable skills.

Disability Services

  • DMU came eighth in the UK in a survey carried out by Trailblazers into accessibility for disabled students.
  • DMU has a comprehensive support system that will help you throughout your time at university, see the student support section of our website for more information.

Students' Union

  • De Montfort Students' Union (DSU) is based in the Campus Centre building and is the social hub of the university, offering bars, club nights and much more.
  • The DSU media society consists of Demon TV, the award-winning Demon FM Radio station and student newspaper The Demon, that students can get involved in.
  • There are around 100 different clubs and societies from rock music and gaming through to debating and a number of religious societies.


  • The university has opened a new £8 million leisure centre, which includes a swimming pool, poolside sauna, climbing wall, an eight-court sports hall, state-of-the-art gym and studios for a variety of fitness classes.
  • Students can get involved with the DSU sports clubs, ranging from rowing and martial arts, to the football and rugby teams, who play their annual Varsity matches against Leicester University at the Leicester Tigers and Leicester City stadiums.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • DMU's new £8 million leisure centre was completed in July 2012 and provides students, staff and members of the public with state-of-the-start facilities including a 25-metre six-lane swimming pool, poolside sauna, climbing wall, eight-court sports hall, fitness suite, free weights area, dance studio, café.
  • £90m plans to continue transformation of DMU campus were unveiled in December 2012.
  • The biggest development will be to the Fletcher building which will provide students of the Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities with new state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities, as well as improved catering facilities for all students which will be moved from our Campus Centre.
  • Plans to create a 'green lung' in the heart of the campus are also moving ahead. Some of the former Gateway College buildings will be removed and the centre of the campus around Mill Lane will be landscaped to create an impressive outdoor social space for students, staff and members of the public to enjoy.
  • Following the opening of the new leisure centre, the old John Sandford building (the previous leisure centre) will also be developed to create a multi-functional space which will house exhibition and conference facilities, as well as being available for selected sports such as squash and badminton. As part of this expansion the university is exploring opportunities for additional off-campus sports facilities.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Many students have part-time jobs and usually work around 12 hours per week during term time.
  • DMU has launched Unitemps on campus which offers temporary employment opportunities to current and former students.
  • Leicester has many part-time opportunities, from bar, restaurant and shop work, to office work.
  • DMU employs more than 100 students each year to work as student ambassadors, helping with campus tours, open days and many other activities across the university.
  • DMU also has its own placement scheme, Frontrunners, which offers students the chance to apply for a placement within the university itself.

Notable Alumni

  • Charles Dance OBE, Actor in Game of Thrones
  • Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards, International Ski Jumper
  • Louis de Bernières, Novelist
  • David Shrigley, Artist
  • Ken Shuttleworth, Architect
  • Lewis Moody MBE, International Rugby Player
  • Sir Peter Soulsby, Politician and Leicester City's mayor
  • Akram Khan MBE, Dancer and Choreographer
  • Geoff Rowe, Founder and Director of the Leicester Comedy Festival
  • Geordan Murphy, Rugby Player
  • Andy Reed, MP for Loughborough

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  • De Montfort University
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UCAS Code D26

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