De Montfort University
- Undergraduate Students
- Postgraduate Students
- International Students
- DMU is a dynamic institution with a long and vibrant history of improving people’s lives through education.
- Originally founded as the Leicester School of Art in 1870, the university has evolved through many incarnations including the Leicester Colleges of Art and Technology and Leicester Polytechnic.
- 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 in 2012.
- Today, DMU offers a diverse portfolio of courses that are specially designed to provide industry-relevant skills and are based on a foundation of innovation and creativity.
Location and Transport
- The table-topping exploits of the Leicester City football team have put the city, which is in the heart of England, firmly on the worldwide map. Leicester has excellent transport links – it is about an hour away from London St Pancras and the Eurostar hub, meaning Paris is only four hours away by train, while East Midlands Airport is 30 minutes away with regular flights to destinations across Europe.
- The M1, A1, M69 and M6 give easy access to the north and south, as well as the rest of the Midlands and Wales, while there is a network of routes for cyclists and good bus and train links to the rest of the country.
- Leicester has recently benefited from £3 billion of investment, transforming the city into a hub of entertainment, shopping and culture. The Curve theatre is an iconic £59-million performing arts centre, hosting touring shows and West End-sized productions, while the discovery of Richard III’s remains beneath a city council car park and his reinterment in Leicester Cathedral made headlines around the world.
- The £350-million Highcross centre has become one of the premier destinations for shoppers in the Midlands, with a huge range of shops, a new restaurant quarter and the city centre's first 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, while 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.
- When driving to DMU use postcode LE2 7DP, but please note there is no parking on campus, apart from Saturday open days. Public car parks are clearly signposted in the city centre.
- Visit the 'how to find us' page our website for detailed directions and maps.
- 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 diverse range of backgrounds and accepts a wide range of prior qualifications and experience
The 19,650 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:
Level of study
- Undergraduate 82%
- Postgraduate 18%
Mode of study
- Full Time 78%
- Part Time 22%
- UK 86%
- EU 3%
- Other 11%
- Male 45%
- Female 55%
- Full-time and part-time study options are available.
- Many courses offer a paid placement year or an Erasmus European study exchange.
- DMU has excelled in the National Teaching Fellow awards – the most prestigious awards for excellence in higher education – receiving 18 since the scheme began in 2000, the third highest number awarded to any university in the UK.
- Industry giants Airbus Group, Deloitte, BT and Rolls-Royce are lending their skills and experience to help train a new generation of elite cyber security students at DMU, while our partnership with the world’s largest technology company, Hewlett Packard, is helping to give our students experience of working in global business.
- Channel 4 has teamed up with DMU's Media School to create a new Investigative Journalism MA.
- DMU is a research-active university that makes a vital impact across all its faculties. From blood-spot testing and the artificial pancreas through to robotics and international relations, all of our courses are informed and updated by our research to ensure state-of-the-art teaching. DMU investigations into the 'healthiest' cooking oils were also featured on BBC's Trust Me, I'm a Doctor.
- The majority of DMU’s research activities were judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent in the REF, the UK-wide initiative to assess the quality of research in universities.
- The majority of case studies demonstrating the impact which our academics’ work has on real-life issues were rated either 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent).
- DMU Professor Joan Taylor’s artificial pancreas project, which won a Channel 5 Gadget Show Live British Inventor of the Year award, could save the NHS billions of pounds and change the lives of people with diabetes around the world.
- Dr Parvez Haris, head of DMU’s Biomedical Environmental Health Group, is at the forefront of a research project into arsenic levels in rice, which could have life-changing implications for three billion people around the globe.
- DMU’s Professor Bernd Stahl is leading work looking at the ethical issues presented by the EU's flagship Human Brain Project – a €1-billion investment over 10 years to build a virtual brain
- For more information visit the research pages on our website.
- DMU’s innovative Square Mile programme – part of #DMUlocal and gives student volunteers and academics the opportunity to run projects that bring about change for the public good.
- More than 2,600 DMU students enjoyed an international experience with our sector-leading #DMUglobal programme in its first full academic year, in the process visiting more than 40 countries with 77 opportunities.
- DMU is one of only three universities in the UK to be named a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence by the European Commission. This accolade was given in recognition of its research and teaching in the field of EU studies and will see DMU establish the De Montfort Centre for European Governance.
- DMU is changing lives across the world through its award-winning low carbon research, such as the OASYS project which provides solar power for thousands of villagers in remote parts of South Asia – the scheme won the International Green Gown Award 2015 for Community Innovation.
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- The main Kimberlin Library is at the heart of the student learning experience, both as a physical resource and virtual online service that is accessible anywhere on the internet. During term time it is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving you access to more than half a million print publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals.
- Eduroam wi-fi is available across the whole DMU campus. There are also 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites.
- DMU's Learning Zones are flexible spaces which are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own. They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players.
- 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.
- DMU is committed to supporting students with disabilities, aiming to provide a campus that is accessible to all.
- We work with applicants and students with a wide range of physical and sensory disabilities, medical conditions and specific learning differences. We also provide help for students to manage the effect of their disability on their studies. This includes working to access appropriate funding and embedded support.
- DMU has a comprehensive support system that will help you throughout your time at university. See the disability support section of our website for more information.
- De Montfort Students' Union (DSU) is based in the Campus Centre and is the social hub of the university, offering bars, club nights and much more.
- The DSU's award-winning Demon Media runs the Demon FM student radio station, which broadcasts live to the city around the year, the Demon student magazine and Demon TV, an online channel covering everything from Varsity to live music.
- The DSU offers more than 140 registered sports clubs and societies which have around 4,500 members.
- Pop into the DSU shop for all your university essentials or get your PC or laptop serviced at the DSU tech shop; SULETS is the DSU's accommodation agency while its Welfare and Education Centre offers confidential advice and guidance on a range of subjects.
- Work is planned for the Campus Centre to create a new state-of-the-art home for DSU, making it even more visible, offering even more breakout space and giving even better access to its key services.
Availability of Part-Time Work
- Unitemps, DMU's on-campus recruitment agency, offers temporary employment opportunities at the university to current and former students.
- 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's paid Frontrunner internships offer on-the-job training and are a meaningful way to improve your graduate employability.
- DMU Graduate Champions offers recent graduates the chance to take up a paid, six-week long internship with a leading UK business to enhance their CV and help them stand out from the crowd in a furiously competitive jobs market.
- Leicester has many part-time opportunities, from bar, restaurant and shop work, to office work.
- Our Careers and Employability service provides free support, advice and guidance for as long as you need it.
- As a member of the DMU community you are entitled to access a lifetime of careers support from the university.
- You can book a consultation with the Careers and Employability team, attend jobs events and use our online portal for as long as you wish.
Recent/Prospective New Builds
- Our current £136m campus transformation is creating the modern, inspiring environment our students deserve.
- The centrepiece will be the impressive Art and Design Centre, with sector-leading teaching facilities that will help DMU to be one of the foremost providers of creative higher education in the UK.
- Our extensive plans will also see work being done to add extra break-out areas for students, to open up the riverside on the campus and to significantly improve outdoor sports facilities for the benefit of all.
- The Venue@DMU is a £5.4m total transformation, both inside and out, of the former John Sandford Sports Centre, in Western Boulevard, next to the university’s QEII Leisure Centre. The stunning events centre has a full range of high-tech audio and visual equipment, which was used to great effect to give new students an impressive welcome to DMU at their matriculation ceremonies, helped the first class of 2016 enjoy their fantastic new-look graduation celebrations on campus and made the historic day when we welcomed Baroness Doreen Lawrence as our new Chancellor even more memorable.
- Charles Dance OBE, actor.
- 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.
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