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University of Derby

2016 League Table Ranking 94
2016 Overall Score 540
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Entry Standards 288 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 15.4 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 2.07 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,143 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 4.12 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 357 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 54.0 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 83.7 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 62.7 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 46.5 Help
Green Score
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  • We’re a modern, forward-thinking institution that gained university status in 1992.
  • Our reputation for providing quality education dates back to 1851 when we opened as a teacher training college.

Location and Transport

  • Central – we’re located in the heart of England and are easily accessible by road, rail or air. It takes around 90 minutes to reach London or Manchester by train, while Birmingham is only 35 minutes away.
  • Close to the city – the main campus at Derby is made up of three sites based at Kedleston Road, Britannia Mill and Markeaton Street. Our main campus is located around one mile from the city centre and our regular bus service means you can get into Derby in less than 10 minutes.
  • Peak District – located in the stunning Peak District, our Buxton campus is just one hour away from Manchester. We are also currently expanding our presence in Chesterfield, which is only a short distance from Sheffield.
  • Thriving city and region – Derby is a high-tech city that is home to global companies such as Rolls-Royce, Toyota and Bombardier. We’re one of the fastest growing cities in the UK and our workers enjoy the highest average salaries in the country outside London. The city boasts excellent shopping and leisure facilities, including a new velodrome.

Entry Standards

  • UCAS points for Derby’s BA/BSc (Hons) degrees range from 220 to 300 points. Our average UCAS entry tariff for 2013–14 was 288, with 36% of students entering with 320+ points.
  • Find out more about our entry requirements for all subject areas.

A-Level and GCSE Requirements

  • Entry requirements vary depending on which course you would like to study.
  • Read our general entry criteria.

Student Mix

The 16,185 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Gain work experience – we embed a work-ready ethos in our courses and encourage students to take advantage of work experience opportunities. Many of our courses have compulsory placement schemes designed to equip students with practical skills for the workplace.
  • Personalise your course – our Joint Honours programme allows you to tailor your degree and strengthen your job prospects by combining two subjects in one degree. 
  • Choose the right course for you – we offer a wide-ranging portfolio of undergraduate degrees, along with apprenticeships, foundation degrees and postgraduate courses.
  • Flexible online learning – online courses enable you to fit your studies around your lifestyle. Study a range of courses whenever and wherever you choose. 
  • Part-time – the vast majority of our courses are also available to study part-time.
  • Study topics that interest you – many of our courses offer a variety of optional modules which allow you to pursue your interests and tailor your course to your career aspirations.

Teaching Standards

  • Employable – 96.7% of Derby graduates are employed or in further study within six months of finishing their course (HESA, 2014), placing us in the Top 10 universities in the UK for student employability.
  • Satisfied students – in the 2014 National Student Survey (NSS) our students had an overall satisfaction rating of 86%. Seven courses achieved a 100% overall satisfaction score and a further 22 scored 90% or higher.
  • Independent recognition – we received an 'Outstanding' rating from Ofsted for our BEd course, making us one of the UK leading institutions for Education.

Research Standards

  • Leading research – three quarters of our research was deemed to be at least 'internationally significant' by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. 5.4% of our research was judged to be ‘world-leading’ and 24.5% 'internationally excellent'.
  • Making a difference – from cutting the cost of cancer treatments to pioneering the latest technology in cloud computing, our research makes a real difference in the modern world.
  • Supporting local business – the Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering (IISE) is our new multi-million pound engineering and advanced manufacturing research centre, which supports local industry and enables students to gain real-world research and development experience.
  • Wide expertise –our six academic research centres cover disciplines such as education, psychology, religion and technology. We also have a number of specialised research groups across the University.

Academic Strengths

  • Work-ready ethos – all our courses are designed with the workplace in mind, so you can be confident you are gaining the skills and experience that employers really value. We place a strong emphasis on real-world learning through work placements and significant investment in our own onsite facilities such as courtrooms, a forensic crime scene house and theatre.
  • Impact – 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

  • Accommodation – all student rooms are wired for internet access, free broadband, free internal phone calls and TV channels with options to upgrade.
  • Campus facilities – students at our Kedleston Road campus have access to the Academy bar, book shop, cafés and food outlets, cash machines, hairdresser, social spaces and Student Union shop.
  • Employability hub – careers information, advice and guidance is available on our Derby and Buxton campuses. Students are also given the opportunity to meet with employers from a range of job sectors, attend talks from guest speakers and attend business master classes.
  • Health – our Health Practitioners provide confidential consultations on a whole range of health and mental health issues. We also offer a confidential counselling service.
  • Libraries – we have four libraries with a collection of over 330,000 books and 43,000 journals. The main library at Kedleston Road is open seven days a week and provides access to library resources, computers and study space.
  • Real-world learning – many of our learning facilities are designed to provide students with work-ready skills and experience. Our facilities include a simulated hospital and working radiography suite, commercial spa and salon, 350-person capacity courtroom, 58-acre outdoor pursuits centre, industry-standard recording studio and Derby Theatre. We’ve invested over £150m in our facilities in the past ten years and many of our learning spaces are fitted with the latest technology. Students also benefit from access to over 1,100 computer workstations, with specialist labs for engineering, music technology and computer games programming courses.

Disability Services

  • Personalised support – our dedicated Student Wellbeing Team work with students who have a declared disability to develop a personalised plan of support.
  • We also run a two-day event called Get Ahead before the start of each academic year, where you will benefit from an individual support package for starting your course, early enrolment, key information and tours, and events to help you settle in.
  • Have your say – all Colleges have a Disability Co-ordinator and the Students’ Union elects a Disabled Students’ Officer to represent your interests in the University.
  • Read more about our Student Wellbeing Team and the services they offer.

Students' Union

  • Here for you – every student is automatically registered as a member of the Students’ Union (UDSU).
  • Run by students for students, the UDSU team is passionate about making your time at university as enjoyable as possible.
  • Societies – there are over 50 student societies that you can get involved with, including social clubs and religious groups.


  • Serious about sport – at Derby we’re serious about sport, as highlighted by investment in a new £10.8 million sports centre which will open at our main Derby campus in summer 2015.
  • Team Derby – Team Derby is the focal point for all sport at the University and complements the Athletic Union to provide all our students with opportunities to play sport competitively or just for fun. Bursaries and scholarships  may be available for eligible athletes.
  • BUCS – we’re currently ranked 59th in the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) league and were awarded the 'Most Improved University' prize in 2012.
  • Athletic Union – the Athletic Union supports over 40 sports clubs including team and individual sports competing in the British Universities & Colleges Sports Leagues (BUCS).
  • Developing talent – 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.
  • Professional sports – Derby is a founder member of the National Badminton League (NBL) and our squad brings together Olympic medallists and rising stars under the direction of former World No. 4, Donna Kellogg MBE.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • We’ve invested over £150 million in our facilities in the last ten years to ensure you have the best learning, teaching and student experience.
  • A brand new £10.8-million sports centre is due to open in summer 2015 at our Derby campus.
  • A new £12-million centre for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects will be built at the Markeaton Street site and will open in 2016.
  • In January 2015, we opened a new £410,000 crime scene house adjacent to our main campus.
  • Refurbishment of 34 classrooms in the last year, as part of a five-year improvement programme.
  • Continuous programme of refurbishing student accommodation.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Student Employment Agency provides you with the opportunity to take on temporary or part time paid work while studying.

Careers Guidance

  • Our dedicated Careers and Employment Service offers help with CVs, applications and interviews, with further support available for setting up your own business.
  • We proactively encourage our students to gain work experience during their studies, be it through placements, internships or volunteering opportunities, all of which can be sourced through our Student Employment Agency.

Notable Alumni

  • Adam Buss – BA (Hons) Film and Theatre CEO at Derby’s QUAD Arts Centre.
  • Paul Cummins MBE BSA (Hons) Craft Internationally acclaimed artist whose work has been displayed at Chatsworth House, London Olympic Park and most recently at 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 Former Vice-President of Malawi.
  • 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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