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University of Derby

Top reasons to study here

  • Rated Gold in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF)
  • We were named University of the Year at the UK Social Mobility Awards 2020.
  • We have won the Guardian University Award 2020 for Social and Community Impact.

Master's Programmes



We are a University of first choice for students who want an aspirational environment where they can equip themselves for the career they choose.

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’ve invested £200 million over the past ten years in some of the best university facilities you’ll find in the UK.


We are proud of our researchers at the University of Derby. We use our research to inspire and inform our students and we often work with collaborators from partner institutions and with industry.

We publish our research so that everyone can share our knowledge and it is often applied to support the sectors that drive national economic growth, and to support effective policy-making and governance.

Our researchers have helped bring about more accurate predictions of climate change, a better quality of life for gynaecological cancer patients, impartial career guidance for young people in schools, some spectacular decorative architecture involving 3D printing techniques.


The Careers and Employment Service is proud to support all of our students on their journey towards their future career. No matter what course you’ve chosen or what your previous experience is, we will provide one to one, tailored support, with access to services and programmes to help you reach your career goal.


This support has helped 96% of our most recent graduates find work or be in further study six months after completing their course, with 76% in graduate-level roles, according to the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Student services

There are a range of services to help and advise students through their studies and time with the University, whether they're a new student or returning to their next stage of study. There are College Student Centres at Derby, Buxton and Chesterfield, these are the starting point for students for any questions about your academic progress. 

The Student Wellbeing centres are the place to go if students need help or advice about your health or wellbeing. College Student Centres are based close to the site where students are taught. Students are welcome to ask for information, advice and guidance at any of the centres.

Housing services

Derby's halls of residence are owned and run by the University so students can be sure of good quality accommodation - a real home from home. The University has award-winning halls that are the ideal place for students to live during their time at University and the good news is that there is the option to live in halls until the completion of a degree.

There is a wide choice of accommodation in Derby so whatever students are looking for, they are sure to find something that suits their needs. The University halls offer en suite and standard rooms, as well as single, double and studio accommodation close to the University sites and the city centre.

Library services

The University provides access to library resources (print and online), information technology and study space to support students in their studies. Help and advice is available throughout the year from friendly and knowledgeable staff. There are computers and printers available on every floor of the Library.


ICT services

There are computers available to students within the Library and laptops that can be borrowed. Students also have access to the Microsoft suite to support their university work. IT services are available to students that have any queries about this.

Medical services

The University of Derby has its own on-site GP surgery where students can register for the on-site doctor. This is located at Kedleston Road.

Student Life

Campus life

Derby sits in the centre of England and it is close to the M1 and M6 motorways, as well as being within easy reach of East Midlands Airport. By train, students can get to London in 90 minutes or to Birmingham in 35 minutes. The Derby Campus is home to the majority of our courses and it is made up of four sites.

Kedleston Road

Our Kedleston Road site is a hub of activity with regular markets and events and great options for food and drink, as well as being our main teaching location. Expect exceptional learning environments, including NHS-standard mock hospital wards, a multi-scene Forensic Training Facility and our Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab. 

Sports facilities

The University of Derby Sports Centre is open to students, staff and the wider community all year round. Students can join as a member from as little as £99 for the year, but many of the activities and facilities are also available on a pay-as-you-go basis. There is a superb fitness suite and a range of weekly classes on offer and social sport activities to enjoy, keeping students healthy and well. Other top quality facilities include: squash courts, double-sized sports hall, indoor climbing wall, external 3G pitches and two outdoor tennis courts.


Student clubs

Societies are a big part of university life, they provide students with the perfect opportunity to meet like-minded people develop a skill or a hobby or just try something new. At the University of Derby, there are over 60 societies on offer ranging from Academic, Active and Performance, Charity and Campaigns and Religious and Cultural. Union Societies are overseen by the Societies Council – a group of elected students that have specific areas to develop and improve in order to improve the social offering for all of our students at Derby.


Student Reviews

Exciting journey
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

It will be an exciting journey..I look forward to that journey.i have seen how the environment looks like ,it looks great..I hope I will be able to join them soon

University of Derby is fantastic
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this course. I only have good stuff to say about this University and its MSc in Health Psychology

University of Derby is great
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I have really enjoyed studying here. Was and is a great experience.

Derby, England, United Kingdom


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