Why choose the University of Derby?
The University of Derby is an ambitious, innovative and modern university offering a real world learning experience which is of the highest standard. Studying with us enhances your career prospects, raises your professional status, broadens your global outlook and gives you a great sense of personal achievement.
The excellence of higher education in the UK is recognised worldwide. Tracing its origins back to 1851, the University of Derby builds on that outstanding tradition to offer you a distinctive learning experience and the high-level skills that will set you apart. International students rate us highly: we were the UK’s second most recommended modern university in the 2016 International Student Barometer (ISB).
We have been awarded ‘Gold’ – the top rating – in the UK’s first-ever Teaching Excellence Framework, placing us in the top 20% in the country. We are also proud to be named among the top 27 international institutions in the Global Teaching Excellence Awards and as a top 20 UK university for teaching quality in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.
A comprehensive course portfolio
Our wide-ranging portfolio delivers a choice of subjects which is among the most comprehensive in the UK and includes first-of-their-kind courses. You can study at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and even combine two subjects into one degree if you want the flexibility of a joint honours course. There are opportunities – before and during your studies – to improve your English language skills too.
Our focus: your employability
We put students on the path to their dream career: 81.1% of our international graduates secure jobs or further study within six months. (DELHE 2015). Your course will equip you with academic knowledge, practical experience and ‘soft’ skills, such as communication and leadership, which are sought by employers worldwide. We offer extensive careers advice for up to three years after you have graduated too.
Real world learning
Your course will be up to date, industry-relevant and engaging. We specialise in real world learning, which means you will benefit from our strong employer links, courses with professional accreditation and projects where you can apply theory to practice. There are opportunities for you to go on placements and internships so that you can gain vital insights into the world of work and add impact to your CV.
Our world-class learning environment makes Derby an inspiring place to study. We have invested £150 million in state-of-the-art facilities over the last ten years – so you will gain unrivalled hands-on experience, using industry-standard resources in authentic settings which replicate what you will encounter in your future career.
There is a friendly welcome awaiting you at Derby. Our dedicated International Student Centre was ranked number five in the world in the International Student Barometer. The team offers services, advice and social activities which will help you settle smoothly into life in the UK. You will discover secure, affordable accommodation in our excellent halls of residence too.
Centre of it all
In the heart of the UK, the University of Derby is easy to reach by road, rail and air. Our main campuses are based in the vibrant city of Derby and the Peak District spa town of Buxton. They are friendly, culturally diverse and safe places, with high standards of living and prices much cheaper than in bigger cities. Offering a great social life when you want it but a relaxed, calm atmosphere when you need to concentrate, they are the ideal setting to enjoy your university experience to the full.
Derby: UK capital for innovation
Since the days of the Industrial Revolution, Derby has inspired thinkers and makers who have changed the world. Today it is a leading hi-tech and cosmopolitan city, home to global names such as Rolls-Royce, Toyota and Bombardier. The workforce commands the UK’s highest average salaries outside London and the South-East.
City, town and countryside: best of all worlds
You are never at a loss for something to do in Derby or Buxton – with music, dining, cinema, theatre, festivals and sport of every kind. The nearby Peak District National Park offers stunning landscapes, impressive stately homes and exhilarating outdoor activities too.