• Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.16 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.07 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    0.19 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    59.1 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend 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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  • Good Honours 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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    66.1 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

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

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    81.8 / 100.0


  • Our roots can be traced back over 150 years to 1851, when we opened as a teacher training college.
  • The college evolved over the years and through a series of mergers the Derbyshire College of Higher Education was established in 1983.
  • University status was awarded in 1992, since when the University of Derby has grown significantly and built a reputation for delivering academic quality underpinned by practical education.

Location and Transport

  • The UK’s most central city – London and Manchester are around 90 minutes away and Birmingham is 35 minutes away by train. The nearby East Midlands Airport gives Derby a global reach.
  • City centre – The main Derby campus is made up of three sites based at Kedleston Road, Britannia Mill and Markeaton Street. It’s located around one mile from the city centre and our regular bus service means you can get there in under 10 minutes. It now also has a presence in the city centre through the relocation of the School of Law to One Friar Gate Square in September 2015.
  • Additional campuses – Situated in the heart of the Peak District, our Buxton campus is just one hour away from Manchester. We’re also expanding our campus in Chesterfield, a short distance from Sheffield, with a refurbished Grade II listed centre opening in autumn 2016.
  • Thriving city and region – Renowned for technology and innovation, Derby is a thriving multicultural city and home to a wide range of industries with many global companies based here including Rolls-Royce, Toyota and Bombardier. It’s an exciting place to learn and experience university life, providing you with many opportunities to gain real-world experience through placements and internships. There are fantastic shops, a strong sports, arts and culture scene and lively nightlife, with the Peak District National Park nearby for beautiful walks and exhilarating outdoor activities.

Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements vary depending on which course you would like to study.
  • Our general entry criteria can be found online.
  • The UCAS points for our courses starting in 2017 range from 48 to 120 points under the new UCAS tariff points system. Our average UCAS entry tariff for 2014–15 was 306, with 35% of students entering with 320+ points (under the old UCAS tariff points system).

Student Mix

The 15,935 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 83%
  • Postgraduate 17%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 68%
  • Part Time 32%


  • UK 92%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 4%

Student gender

  • Male 45%
  • Female 55%

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 placement schemes designed to equip students with practical skills for the workplace.
  • Joint Honours – Our Joint Honours programme allows you to study two subjects instead of one, which can help keep your career options open.
  • 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 – University of Derby Online Learning is one of the leading providers of online courses in the country, offering a range of UG and PG courses, along with MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).
  • Part-time – Many courses are also available to study part-time, allowing you to fit your studies around your other commitments.
  • Study topics that interest you – Many courses offer optional modules that allow you to pursue your interests and tailor your course to your career aspirations.
  • If you have the potential and ambition to study for a full degree but don’t meet our entry requirements, you can start your degree at foundation level. From day one you’ll get all the benefits of being a University of Derby student, plus extra support to help build your knowledge, skills and confidence.

Teaching Standards

  • With our reputation for industry-relevant degree programmes, we offer you unparalleled opportunities to gain professional work experience alongside your studies. That’s why we’re the number one university in the East Midlands for graduate employment with 96.9% of graduates in work or further study six months after completing their degree (HESA 2015, universities with a graduating class over 2,000).
  • You will be taught by passionate, industry-experienced lecturers, many of whom have long-standing relationships with leading employers.
  • We have a greater staff-to-student ratio than most other universities, which means you’ll get more dedicated time with your lecturers in seminars and on work projects.
  • Ofsted has ranked our teacher training provision as ‘Outstanding’, making us one of the leading institutions for Education in the country.
Overall, 88% of our students are satisfied with their course according to the latest student survey (NSS 2015). Eight courses received a 100% satisfaction rating from students:
  • Graphic Design
  • Fashion Studies
  • Professional Culinary Arts
  • Tourism Management
  • Child and Youth Studies,
  • Events Management,
  • Diagnostic Radiography
  • Geography

Research Standards

  • Three-quarters of our research was judged 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’.
  • From cutting the cost of cancer treatments to pioneering the latest technology in cloud computing, our research makes a positive difference to the modern world.
  • We support innovation in local businesses and offer real-world learning experiences for students through our new multi-million pound Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering (IISE) research centre.
  • 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

  • Proud to be recognised as the number one university for graduate employment in the East Midlands, with 96.9% of our graduates in work or further study six months after completing their degree (HESA 2015).
  • We have a reputation for providing industry-relevant degree programmes with unparalleled opportunities to gain professional work experience alongside your studies.

Undergraduate Courses

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Mode of study:

Student Facilities

  • Accommodation – All student rooms benefit from free Wi-Fi, Freeview TV channels and a free weekly cleaning service.
  • 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 Students’ 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 take part in 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, replica 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

  • 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.
  • 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 online.

Students' Union

  • 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.
  • There are over 60 student societies spread across six categories: academic, active and performance, charity and campaigns, interest, religious and cultural, and those based in Buxton and Chesterfield.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Student Employment Agency advertises temporary or part-time paid work that students can apply for.

Careers Guidance

  • Our Careers and Employment Service offers support to students throughout their course and up to three years after graduation. They offer one-to-one appointments with career advisers, career planning, CV tailoring and help with interview preparation.
  • The Futures Award is run by the Careers and Employment Service, and provides official recognition for your volunteering, employer mentoring, work experience, curriculum activity, Students’ Union involvement and more.
  • They can also help with studying professional qualifications, securing work placements or starting your own business.
  • Each year we run a Graduate Recruitment, Internship and Placement (GRIP) Careers Fair, which is open to all students and recent graduates. The GRIP fair gives attendees a chance to meet local and national employers. Companies such as Boots, Rolls-Royce, East Midlands Trains and HMRC exhibited at the fair in 2015.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

We’ve spent £27m in the last year on improving our infrastructure and teaching facilities. This is part of a broader £150m investment programme over the past 10 years. Here are just some of the improvements we’ve made recently:

  • A new home for the Department of Law and Criminology, which includes a replica court room, modern teaching facilities and a specialist law library.
  • New £10.8m sports centre at our main Kedleston Road site.
  • Ongoing programme of refurbishing lecture theatres and classrooms.
  • A new hall of residence near the city centre, Cathedral Court, will open in September 2016. Plans have also been approved for another new hall of residence next to the Derby Law School.
  • We’re building a new £12.5m centre for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects at our Markeaton Street site in Derby, which will be open by 2017.
  • We’re restoring a Grade II listed building in Chesterfield that will provide modern facilities for nursing, engineering and computing courses when it opens in autumn 2016.
  • New specialist facilities for our fashion and textile courses are being developed on Chandos Pole Street in Derby. The £3m redevelopment will include open plan studio spaces, industrial textiles equipment, tutorial spaces, breakout areas, CAD facilities and technical offices.

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.

Further Details

Address University of Derby
Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB
UCAS Code D39