University of Derby

2015 League Table Ranking 87
2015 Overall Score 580
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Entry Standards 299 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 16.8 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 1.96 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,033 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 4.13 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 301 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 55.1 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 83.1 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 60.2 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 42.0 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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Location and Transport

  • The main University campus is situated around one mile from Derby City Centre and is made up of three main sites – Kedleston Road, Britannia Mill and Markeaton Street – at which the vast majority of students are based
  • Kedleston Road is the main hub, where facilities include a careers advice centre, bar, coffee shops, convenience store, Blackwell’s Bookshop and gym.
  • The University’s other campus is in Buxton, approximately 45 minutes across the Peak District and within one hour of Manchester and Sheffield. This is home to our sports coaching, outdoor leadership, and hotel, resort and spa management students.
  • The City of Derby is a high-tech city and home to global names such as Rolls Royce, Toyota and Bombardier. The region is bucking national economic trends, with significant inward investment and growth which sees employees benefit from the highest annual salaries in the UK outside of London.
  • Recognised as the safest city in the region, Derby provides a breadth of activities and facilities all within each reach of the University. The City Centre boasts a Westfield Shopping Centre, cinema, arts centre, theatre (owned by the University) and dance arts venue, along with a raft of boutique shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs. The City is also investing heavily in its sports provision, with a Velodrome and Olympic-sized swimming pool due to open in 2015.
  • Within easy reach is the Peak District and larger cities including Nottingham and Sheffield. London can be reached by train in around 90 minutes.
  • Buxton is a beautiful, small and friendly spa town, with lots of character, on the edge of the Peak District National Park. The campus and halls of residence are centrally located, giving easy access to the range of shops, pubs and facilities situated in the town.

Entry Standards

  • UCAS points for Derby’s BA/BSc (Hons) degrees range from 220 to 300 points. In 2013 our applicants had an average of 299 UCAS points. 
  • Entry requirements for all subject areas are listed on the University’s website.

Student Mix

The 16185 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of Study
Mode of Study
Full Time
Part Time
Student Gender

Course Flexibility

  • We offer a wide-ranging portfolio of undergraduate degrees, along with apprenticeships, foundation degrees and postgraduate courses.
  • We encourage our students to take up work experience and placement opportunities, indeed it is a compulsory element on a number of courses in line with our ambition to provide students with the practical skills and experience they need to succeed in their chosen career path.
  • A particular strength is our Joint Honours Programme which allows students to combine their passions and study two subjects as one degree.
  • Through University of Derby Online we have an expanding portfolio of online programmes, which allow you to study wherever and whenever you like including: psychology (which is the only online psychology degree accredited by the British Psychological Society), education, ergonomics and an online MBA.
  • The vast majority of our courses are also available to study part time allowing you to balance your studies with work or family commitments. 
  • In many of our undergraduate courses we offer a variety of optional modules to tailor your degree to your interests, enabling you to shape your learning to suit you and your career aspirations.

Teaching Standards

  • We are committed to delivering a high quality learning experience for all our students, built on an approach designed to enable them to maximise their potential.
  • This approach is reflected in National Student Survey results. For example, 11 programmes achieved a 100% overall satisfaction score, with a further 35 scoring 90% or more.
  • This is underpinned through Accreditations granted by relevant national federations and associations in the majority of our courses.
  • The University’s most recent audit by the Quality Assurance Agency confirmed that the quality of Derby’s provision is excellent.
  • We are committed to ensuring curricula are kept relevant and up-to-date ensuring programmes best meet the needs of future employers.

Research Standards

  • Since 2008 we have more than doubled our staff numbers entered to the national Research Excellence Framework.
  • Our Centre for Supply Chain Management is recognised for its research expertise in the areas of radio-frequency identification (RFID) applications, systematic innovation, lean & agile manufacturing, quality management, responsive & reconfigurable manufacturing/supply chain, green/sustainable supply chain, cost & system optimisation, system modelling & simulation, and multi-agent systems.
  • 2014 will see the launch of our new flagship research building for the Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering (IISE). This will be home to a range of cutting-edge facilities to support advanced manufacturing and innovation research. New courses and engineering modules are being developed to introduce practical innovation into the teaching curriculum to the benefit of future students.
  • Many of our courses are underpinned by research. For example, in Biological and Forensic Sciences strong research underpins our teaching. Research activity within the Biological Sciences Research Group was judged as being of international significance in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.
  • Our psychology teaching team and PhD students play a key part in the Centre for Psychological Research. This is a very active centre, with a dynamic range of annual seminars that are open to all. 
  • Our Centre for Educational Research innovatively explores a range of settings in education and professional practice. The International Centre for Careers and Guidance within this centre looks closely at career development and employability.
  • Other areas of research expertise include aspects of American Studies, Art and Design, Built Environment, Creative Technologies, Electronic and Software Systems, History, Biological Sciences, Business, career guidance, Comparative Law, Computer Science, Cultural Studies, Earth Systems, Education, Psychology, and Religion or Belief. 

Academic Strengths

  • We embed a work relevant ethos at the heart of our approach designed to ensure our learners leave Derby with a qualification as well as the practical skills and experience valued by employers. This is evident in not only what we teach, but how we teach it with a strong emphasis on real-world learning be it through our onsite facilities or placement/work experience opportunities.
  • This approach has resulted in 96.1% of our graduates moving on to work or further study within six months of graduation (HESA, 2013) – putting Derby in the top ten in England.
  • We are increasingly aligning our priorities and strengths with the business, economic and social needs of the city and region. This will see us further build on our recognised areas of strength in education and health, and continue the growth of our reputation in engineering.

Student Facilities

  • Learning spaces – over £5 million has been invested in creating learning spaces fitted out with the latest technology. Students also benefit from access to over 1,100 computer workstations, with specialist labs for engineering, music technology and games programming students.
  • Real-world facilities – the University has invested heavily in creating teaching facilities which enable students to learn in a real-world environment. The examples are numerous, and include: full NHS standard clinical skills suite; law court; Derby Theatre; spa; bistro; kitchens; sports science laboratory; psychology laboratory; industry-standard recording studio; media suite; Oaklands Manor Outdoor Centre; computer games laboratory.
  • Library – the University has three libraries with a collection of over 330,000 books and 43,000 journals.
  • Accommodation – all student rooms are wired for internet access, free broadband, free internal phone calls and TV channels with options to upgrade.
  • Employability Hub – opened in Autumn 2013, our Employability Hub gives students the chance to meet with employers from a variety of job sectors, attend motivational talks from guest speakers and attend business master classes. 
  • Learning Theatre – referenced above, our LearningTheatre has been awarded the Times Higher Educational Award for Excellence and Innovation of the Arts. Derby Theatre, based in the centre of the city, is owned and run by the University of Derby. With the support of Arts Council England, we have developed the new and unique Learning Theatre where we can showcase the latest touring theatrical and musical productions and provide an exceptional professional environment for our students studying on a number of our courses including: Theatre Arts, Technical Theatre, Production Design, Writing for Performance, and Sound Light and Live Event Technology. The Theatre also provides an excellent professional venue for our celebrated annual fashion and music degree shows.
  • This is all part of over £100-million investment in student facilities over the past ten years.

Disability Services

  • We have an excellent reputation for supporting disabled students and other specific learning needs.
  • To support preparation and arrival at University, we run Get Ahead for any student who declares a disability on their UCAS or application form. Students benefit from workshops, social events and other practical support for starting university. Find more information at Student Wellbeing on our website, or speak to a student adviser on 01332 593000 (Derby) and 01332 594414 (Buxton).

Students' Union

  • University of Derby Students’ Union (UDSU) is an independent registered charity which provides advice and representation to all students across sites, on areas including academic issues, financial advice and student wellbeing.
  • There is a wide range of regular activities available with over 40 sports clubs and over 50 societies, not to mention student media with d:oneradio station and dusted magazine.
  • If you want to experience the social life in Derby, UDSU organise a fortnight of freshers’ events including family-friendly activities as well as the twice weekly student club nights in the city centre.
  • UDSU runs the Academy Bar & Kitchen (designed by Derby Architectural Venue Design students), Blends Coffee Shop and several retail outlets across the University, providing students with places to eat, drink and shop on site. All the profits go back to supporting the work the Students’ Union does.
  • You can also get involved in student leadership, volunteering or fundraising for charity… there’s something for everyone!


  • Team Derby is the focal point for all sport at the University and complements the Athletic Union to provide all our students with a variety of opportunities to play sport both competitively and recreationally.
  • The University has risen 48 places from 104thto 56thposition in the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) league. Derby was awarded Most Improved University in BUCS in 2012 and has had recent notable successes in American Football, Basketball and Futsal.
  • Over £4 million has been spent at our Buxton and Derby campuses on sports facilities, including new fitness suites, performance labs, floodlit all weather facilities at Derby and a refurbished sports hall and new Top Rope and Lead climbing wall at Buxton. Planning permission has been granted for a new £10-million Sports Centre at the University’s main Kedleston Road campus which will open in 2015.
  • Our Men’s Football 1st team play their BUCS matches at Derby County Football Club’s training centre.
  • In 2012 Team Derby launched its first Performance Sport Programme, supporting talented student athletes with up to £2,000 to help with course fees, accommodation, and competition expenses and provide specialist support services such as physiotherapy, strength and conditioning support, and performance monitoring.
  • The University is a primary funder of the Derbyshire Institute of Sport (DiS). The DiS shares a performance hub at the University for talented young athletes to train and develop.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Planning permission has been granted for a new £10 million Sports Centre at the University’s main Kedleston Road campus which will open in 2015.
  • £5-million investment in innovative social learning, technology enabled spaces for group and individual learning.
  • The official opening of Britannia Mill took place in November 2012 after the completion of a five year, £6-million project, which transformed the 1912-built textile mill into a future-proof contemporary learning space for hundreds of students.
  • In 2012, £350,000 was invested in new industry-standard recording studios and editing suites for students at the Markeaton Street site.
  • In April 2012, the University purchased Oaklands Manor, a 58-acre outdoor pursuits centre in the heart of the Peak District, providing a new study space for hundreds of University of Derby Buxton and Buxton College students.
  • 2014 will see the launch of our new flagship research building for the Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering (IISE). The sensitively refurbished building will be home to a range of cutting-edge facilities to support  advanced manufacturing and innovation research.  New courses and engineering modules are being developed to introduce practical innovation into the teaching curriculum to the benefit future

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Careers & Employment Service offer recruitment services to all students to support them in securing work experience to enhance their CVs and career prospects. 
  • The University employs students in a variety of roles across our campuses and also works with local employers to advertise term-time employment and internships for holiday periods. Our Student Employment Agency will also help you find part-time work and the majority of our students have a part-time job.

Notable Alumni

  • Ritesh Anand – MSc in Strategic Management – founder of Invictus Capital in Zimbabwe, an integrated financial services company with a primary focus on Africa.
  • Karn Bianco – BSc (Hons) Computer Games Programming – listed in the sixth annual '30 under 30' list compiled by the influential Develop magazine.
  • Steve Brown – HND in Business and Finance and Postgraduate Certificate of Management Studies – MD and owner of Euro-Projects Recruitment.
  • Adam Buss – BA (Hons) Film and Theatre – CEO at Derby’s QUAD Arts Centre.
  • Paul Cummins – BSA (Hons) Craft – internationally acclaimed artist whose work has been displayed at Chatsworth House, London Olympic Park and the Tower of London.
  • Dawn Foote – BA (Hons) Photography – Managing Director and owner of Katapult, a Midlands-based brand communication agency.
  • Richard Gerver – BA (Hons) Theatre Arts – inspirational speaker on education, business and the third sector, with an international reputation..
  • Edward Hogan – BA (Hons) Creative Writing and English – critically acclaimed, award-winning author.
  • Kathryn Jeffs – BSc Biological Imaging – BBC Natural History Producer, including the Frozen Planet series.
  • Khumbo Kachali – MSc in Strategic Management –Vice-President of Malawi.
  • Fazane Malik – BA (Hons) Fashion Studies – runs own fashion label awarded Midlands Independent Designer of the Year 2013.
  • Giles Price – BA (Hons) Photographic Studies – shortlisted for prestigious Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013.
  • Lorna Steel – BSc (Hons) Biology – Curator of Palaeontology at the Natural History Museum.


For further information

  • +44 (0)1332 590500
  • University of Derby
    Kedleston Road
    DE22 1GB
UCAS Code D39

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