• Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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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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    4.14 / 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 high-quality 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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    63.6 / 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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    67.0 / 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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    82.2 / 100.0

The University of Derby ranks in the top 5 universities in the East Midlands for Student Satisfaction, Student-Staff Ratio, and Academic Services Spend (Complete University Guide 2018). The university has invested £150 million in facilities over the past 10 years. Ranked in the top 20 nationally for Teaching Quality, it is firmly established as one of the fastest growing universities in the UK.

Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements vary depending on the course; please refer to the university website for details.
  • The UCAS points for core undergraduate provision courses starting in 2018 range from 96 to 128 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).

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.

Teaching Methods

  • With industry-relevant degree programmes, you’ll have great opportunities to gain professional work experience alongside your studies.
  • You will be taught by passionate, industry-experienced lecturers, many of whom have long-standing relationships with leading employers.
  • The university has a greater staff-to-student ratio than most other universities, which means you’ll get more dedicated time with your lecturers.
  • Ofsted has ranked the teacher training provision as 'Outstanding', making Derby one of the leading institutions for Education in the country.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • Students can study abroad for 1 semester or a whole year, usually in the second year of study; options depend on the course of study but may include Belgium, Germany, Malta, Spain, Czech Republic, Italy, Norway and Greece and further afield.
  • Many courses have placement schemes designed to give students practical workplace experience.
  • A Joint Honours degree gives students the opportunity to study 2 subjects as 1 undergraduate degree, broadening skills and career prospects; while the Integrated Master’s programme combines 3 years of undergraduate study with 1 year of postgraduate study, so students graduate with a Master’s degree.
  • Study options include part-time, and flexible online learning for undergraduate and postgraduate courses; some courses offer optional modules allowing students to tailor their course to their career aspirations.
  • Apprenticeships are a great way of learning while you are in employment; allowing you to build up the theory needed to gain your qualification, develop the skills required to do the job and earn a salary at the same time. The university offers apprenticeships from levels 2 to 6 in areas such as engineering, management and nursing.
  • If students have the potential and ambition to study for a full degree but don’t meet university entry requirements, they can start their degree at foundation level, gaining extra support to help build their knowledge, skills and confidence.

Student Services and Facilities

  • Many of the university’s facilities aim to provide real-world learning, including a simulated hospital and working radiography suite, Bloomberg laboratory, Crime Scene house, replica courtroom, commercial spa, industry-standard recording studio and Derby Theatre; along with specialist laboratories for engineering, music technology and computer games programming courses.
  • Four libraries provide over 330,000 books and 43,000 journals. The main library at Kedleston Road is open 7 days a week and provides access to library resources, computers and study space. Across the university there are over 1,100 computer workstations.
  • Student wellbeing is supported through an on-site, dedicated GP service, and a psychological wellbeing service with counselling, specialising in therapy for academic anxiety. Individual support is offered to students who, due to personal circumstance, may have a greater level of need e.g. care leavers, carers, pregnancy, students who are transitioning.
  • The Student Money, Advice and Rights service provides advice and guidance on all aspects of student funding and money management and for students in financial hardship, provides support through the university Hardship Fund.

Disability Services

  • The Student Wellbeing Team works with students who have a declared disability or a Specific Learning Difference to support their preparation for starting university, and to develop a personalised plan of support.
  • A 2-day event called Get Ahead runs before the start of each academic year, where disabled students benefit from an individual support package for starting their course, key information, tours, and events to support their transition.
  • A 1-day early induction event prepares students with Specific Learning Differences to succeed at university.
  • All Colleges have a Disability Co-ordinator and the Students’ Union elects a Disabled Students’ Officer to represent student interests in the university.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Students' Union

  • Every student is automatically a member of the Students’ Union (UDSU) entitling them to access services and representation, including the independent Help + advice service.
  • Run by students for students, the UDSU team is passionate about making the time at university as enjoyable as possible. Students directly shape the Union through the Ideas Forum and representation networks which include 600 programme reps, part-time elected officers and Liberation Committees.
  • Over 60 student societies are spread across 6 categories: academic, active and performance, charity and campaigns, interest, religious and cultural, and those based in Buxton and Chesterfield. In addition, there over 40 Sports Clubs range from social sports to competitive and performance teams. Facilities at UDSU include shops at each campus, the student bar, The Academy, the coffee shop, Blends, and the new student venue, No67 Bridge Street.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Student Employment Agency advertises temporary or part-time paid work that students can apply for to fit around their studies.

Careers Guidance

  • The Careers and Employment Service offers career development programmes, advice and guidance, and support for developing skills through work experience and volunteering to all students throughout their course and up to 3 years after graduation.
  • The wide ranging service includes tailored 1-to-1 appointments with an expert careers team, career planning, workshops, extensive online resources, vacancies and more. The careers team also contribute to the delivery of employability education across the whole university.
  • The Futures Award provides students and graduates the opportunity to gain recognition for volunteering, involvement with the Students Union, work experience and more.
  • The Graduate Recruitment, Internship and Placement (GRIP) Fair is in its 4th year; last year over 60 employers including Boots, Rolls-Royce, Sainsbury’s, and the NHS had opportunities for students and graduates. Employer and volunteering fairs are a regular occurrence and are themed for disciplines.
  • In addition to prompting a wide variety of vacancies, the university works with local employers to create internships specifically for Derby students and graduates.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 82%
  • Postgraduate 18%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 69%
  • Part Time 31%

Where students come from

  • UK 92%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 4%

Student gender

  • Male 43%
  • Female 57%


  • The university's roots can be traced back over 160 years to 1851, when it 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 and since then the University of Derby has grown significantly and built a reputation for academic quality underpinned by practical education.

Notable Alumni

  • Adam Buss – CEO at Derby’s QUAD Arts Centre and Marketing Director of Format.
  • Paul Cummins MBE – internationally acclaimed artist whose work has been displayed at Chatsworth House, London Olympic Park and most recently at the Tower of London.
  • Dawn Foote – Managing Director and owner of Katapult, a Midlands-based brand communication agency.
  • Richard Gerver – inspirational speaker on education, business and the third sector, with an international reputation.
  • Edward Hogan – critically acclaimed, award-winning author.
  • Kathryn Jeffs – BBC Natural History Producer, including the Frozen Planet series.
  • Khumbo Kachali – former Vice-President of Malawi.
  • Lorna Steel – Curator of Palaeontology at the Natural History Museum.

Further Details

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