De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) is is dedicated to helping students achieve the life, career and great experiences they want. The university is proud to be ranked Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017, and has a great record for helping students find highly skilled work or further study. Students benefit from unforgettable international experiences, as well as great facilities in a 21st-century university with dramatic buildings, beautiful green spaces, and great places to socialise.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


In or close to the centre of a town


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: D26

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 82%
  • Postgraduate 18%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 85%
  • Part Time 15%

Where students come from

  • UK 84%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 13%

Student gender

  • Male 45%
  • Female 55%

Student Services and Facilities


  • DMU offers excellent libraries with learning zones, study areas and meeting rooms – students can find the information they need, conduct research, get support or simply find a quiet place to study.
  • DMU library and learning services provide access to more than 500,000 print publications, thousands of e-books and e-journals, a huge range of DVDs, plus a host of research databases which can be  accessed remotely.
  • The main Kimberlin Library is open 24/7 and hosts a dedicated postgraduate study room.

Student jobs

  • DMU students can earn while they learn with jobs advertised through Unitemps, a campus-based and university-run recruitment agency. It offers paid work both inside the university and in the Leicester area, ranging from part-time work for a couple of hours a week, to full-time positions for a short period.
  • DMU employs students to work as student ambassadors, helping with campus tours, open days and many other activities across the university.

Careers advice

  • A dedicated Careers and Employability Team offer one-to-one and group coaching sessions to both students and graduates. All students and graduates automatically get access to the online career portal MyGateway, making it easy to browse thousands of graduate-level jobs and training schemes in the UK and overseas, as well as placements, internships and part-time jobs.
  • Students can get guidance and support from industry mentors, submit careers queries online 24/7, book a place at employer events and careers fairs, or consult a Careers Success Guide for relevant tips. There is also cultural preparation for placements overseas, working in partnership with #DMUglobal.
  • DMU offers professional work experience in different departments of the university, giving students the opportunity to work alongside DMU staff and gain professional skills to complement their course. These vary from media and finance roles to supporting academics with research projects.

Health services

  • The De Montfort Surgery is the official NHS GP health centre for the university, providing medical care for students. 
  • Student Welfare staff can give advice on counselling and coaching, disability and mental health support, international support, and pastoral support for students of all faiths and none. They also provide advice on health issues including around alcohol use and stopping smoking.
  • The university recognises the importance of a healthy mind and body, making sport accessible and providing a counselling team for confidential support.

Counselling services

Disability support

  • The Disability Advice and Support team sets out to make the experience of disabled students a great one, in keeping with the university's core values of diversity and inclusivity. The university's Universal Design for Learning is sector-leading and builds upon its pledge to offer an equal, fair and inclusive approach to learning, curriculum delivery, materials, assessments and policy.
  • Initiatives include a Disability Enhancement Programme to increase the independence of disabled students, and the DMU Replay policy, which ensures that lectures are recorded so all students, including those with different learning needs and styles, can review the lectures in their own time.
  • Quiet-themed accommodation helps autistic students and those with mental health conditions; and new assistive software has been introduced, along with study materials in accessible formats.

Other services and facilities

  • There’s a Student Advice Centre with info on coursework hand-in and collection, IT issues, contacting lecturers and also sharing your concerns confidentially.
  • A dedicated student support team has advice on essay writing, good English, researching work, time management and exams; and the libraries have enquiry points and expert staff who run drop-in sessions, workshops and one-to-one sessions. 

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union officer team is made up of 12 current or former DMU students, representing the student voice.
  • It is one of only ten institutions across Leicestershire to be recognised with the prestigious Investing Volunteers Quality Standard, supporting more than 4,500 student members across societies, sports clubs and the course representative system.
  • The SU has saved students over £174k during the last academic year, from student finance appeals to returned housing deposits, with help provided by the Advice Quality Standard-recognised Advice team.


  • DMU's origins lie in the founding of the Leicester School of Art in 1870, later becoming Leicester Polytechnic. 
  • In 1992 it officially became De Montfort University, beginning decades of development. The £136 million transformation of the DMU campus includes the landmark Vijay Patel building, along with other distinctive buildings and the historic 12th-century Great Hall of Leicester Castle, restored to its former glory to become the Leicester Business School.

Fascinating Fact

  • De Montfort University has a logo sometimes mistaken for a griffin: originating from the City of Leicester coat of arms it actually shows a lion with a cinquefoil (a French word meaning ‘five leaves’) embedded in its mane.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Charles Dance OBE – actor.
  • Keeley Donovan – BBC Look North's weather presenter.
  • 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.
  • Mark Craig – critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker.
  • Geoff Rowe – founder and director of the Leicester Comedy Festival.


De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH