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Overview
Overview

Overview

WUSCA Overview ranking The overall ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).
69th/126

Here at the University of Derby we believe anything is possible. With a broad range of courses at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate level, we can help you get your career off to a great start. We know how important it is to have the best teaching, and we’re proud to be rated Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework; but we also offer so much more, with some of the best university facilities in the country, guaranteed work experience for every full-time undergraduate student, and practical, hands-on learning to make your studies relevant to life after graduation. To help broaden your horizons, we offer a wide range of opportunities to study abroad, whatever your subject – a great way to experience a different culture, meet new people and add to your CV.

Open days

We’d love to welcome you to an Open Day. It’s the best way to see the University for yourself and ask all those questions you have about the course, the city, and the campuses. You can take a campus tour with current students, go to a talk about the subject you want to study, meet students and staff who can tell you what it’s like to study here, and take a tour of our accommodation. There’s advice on hand on applying, finance and studying abroad, as well as access courses, online study and other options.

Open Days take place throughout the year – for full details see our website.

Job Prospects
Job Prospects

Job Prospects

WUSCA Job Prospects ranking The Job Prospects ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).
54th/126

The University of Derby focus on a real world learning approach, working with employers to ensure courses are highly relevant and recognised by industry, with plenty of opportunities for work placements, and studying abroad. Derby has invested over £150 million in state-of-the-art modern facilities allowing students to put theory into practice.

Develop your skills, increase your knowledge and prepare for your career with our guaranteed work experience – a minimum of 30 hours for every full-time undergraduate student.

Whatever your subject, we’ll help you apply your studies and enhance your CV with skills that employers are looking for. There’s a variety of opportunities open to you, from volunteering for a charity to working with an employer on a project.

Students say:

“The uni does so so much to help with employability. There is a careers team which has hosted so many events which I have been to, including workshops, a Careers in Education conference, and I am even completing an award which will recognise my formal work experience.”

“The university is very hands on and has a variety of different employment opportunities from internships to courses like high fliers.”

“My course had career related modules and we were all encouraged to find summer placements”

Graduates in job/further study
Course and lecturers
Course and lecturers

Course and lecturers

WUSCA Course and lecturers ranking The Course and lecturers ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).
26th/126

The University of Derby is made up of five colleges, offering a wide range of undergraduate programmes. There is also the option to study two subjects as one Joint Honours undergraduate degree. The colleges are:

  • College of Business, Law and Social Science
  • College of Arts, Humanities and Education
  • College of Engineering and Technology
  • College of Health and Social Care
  • College of Life and Natural Sciences

At Derby the teaching staff have a wealth of industry experience and over 85% of classes have under 30 students, guaranteeing more dedicated time from your lecturers and one-to-one support. This is something that has been mentioned positively in many reviews, as students felt this intimate learning style helped them. They also praised the practical elements of many courses and the expertise of lecturers who were always available to help. 

Students say:

“The lecturers are informative, friendly and most of all are down to earth which I believe is key. The course is wonderfully eye opening and provides a healthy challenge.”

“You are encouraged to work by yourself and make your own design decisions, whilst being guided by an expert in the field. There's also a lot of equipment and free yarn which is good!”

“The course isn’t as big as some other unis, which means the lecturers really get to know each individuals which is nice.”

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Student union
Student union

Student union

WUSCA Student union ranking The Student union ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).
97th/126

Our active Union of Students organises a host of activities to help you get the most out of your time with us. Welcome Fortnight gives you not one but two weeks of fun as you settle in to University life.

Club nights and parties will soon have you making friends, while outdoor cinemas and open mic nights provide something a little more laid-back. Sport is on offer at competitive or social level, and societies cover a range of academic subjects, hobbies and other interests. The Union is also there to represent and support you throughout your time at the University.

Derby has a vibrant and compact city centre with plenty of places to eat and drink. There are cinemas, an arts centre, and a good choice of entertainments, from night clubs to escape rooms, trampolining centre, a Christmas ice rink, bowling and indoor golf. If you love to shop, the indoor Intu shopping centre has a good selection of high street shops, while the historic Cathedral Quarter has some more individual boutiques and specialist shops.

Buxton is a quieter town and a great base for outdoor pursuits, perfect if you love walking, climbing, cycling or canoeing. It’s also well-known for its art and cultural scene, with a popular summer arts festival among several events. There’s a good choice of shops, bars and restaurants, but it’s only a short journey to the bright lights of Manchester if you do want a big night out – so you can get the best of both worlds here.

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Accommodation
Accommodation

Accommodation

WUSCA Accommodation ranking The Accommodation ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).
94th/126

Derby has eight halls of residence and one in Buxton. There is a choice of en-suite rooms or shared bathrooms and all have shared communal areas with table tennis, pool and TV. The rent is all-inclusive and you get free WiFi, Freeview TV, CCTV, weekly cleaning service and free contents insurance. The halls are all on the Unibus route, close to the campuses and city centre.

  • Cathedral Court (opens September 2016)
  • St Christopher’s Court
  • Nunnery Court
  • Princess Alice Court
  • Sir Peter Hilton Court
  • Peak Court
  • Lonsdale Hall
  • Flamsteed Court - generally reserved for returning and postgraduate students.
  • High Peak Halls – Buxton

All rooms have a 42-week contract, except for rooms in Flamsteed Court, which lasts 44 weeks.

Students are happy with the quality and size of their rooms, and particularly applauded the staff for being helpful, friendly and quick to respond when issues arise.

The University of Derby's halls have been shortlisted in two categories at the 2017 National Student Housing Survey Awards. The categories are:

  • Best University Halls
  • Best Environmental Management

Visit our website to learn more about the variety of halls and room types we offer, along with private accommodation options  

Students say:

“I'm in Cathedral Court and I've had no problems, it's clean, modern and well run, all problems seem to be resolved quickly and there are always staff about.”

“Modern, all the necessary amenities and more such as double bed, power shower etc. Relatively close to the university and very close to the centre of town.”

“Clean, modern, too quiet, like a private multi room flat.”

Cost of living
Accommodation This is the average annual cost for a full time student at this uni.
Source: Hotcourses 2017

£5,562

per annum
Cost of living
Living costs This is the average annual cost of living for a student studying in the town where this uni is based.
Source: Hotcourses 2017

£10,816

per annum
Facilities
Facilities

Facilities

WUSCA Facilities ranking The Facilities ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).
22nd/126

Our main campus is in Derby, a hi-tech city with lots going on. The campus is spread across several sites, from our main one at Kedleston Road which also houses our Sports Centre and main library, to One Friar Gate Square, our specialist building for law and criminology courses. Markeaton Street is your base for arts, engineering and technology and boasts a new STEM Centre as well as a separate building dedicated to fashion and textiles. A short step from here is the beautifully restored Britannia Mill, where you can study fine art, dance, social work or creative expressive therapies.

All our sites provide study spaces and food outlets for your downtime between lectures. We’ve invested £200 million in our facilities over the past ten years which means you’ll be learning in hi-tech surroundings, including a mock hospital ward, multi-scene Forensic Training Facility and Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab, to name a few.

There’s free transport between sites in Derby, accommodation and the city centre, so it’s easy to get around.

Our Buxton Campus is a leading spa and wellness town on the edge of the Peak District, one of the UK’s busiest national parks. The town provides the perfect location for our hospitality, spa, culinary arts, events, tourism and outdoor courses. We’re based in the historic Devonshire Dome, equipped with everything you need to perfect your skills, including high-specification kitchen, restaurant and café and award-winning commercial day spa.

At Chesterfield you’ll find the old and new combining to create state-of-the art provision for nursing and health care courses. We’ve transformed the former Chesterfield Girls’ Grammar School into a modern, bright base for your studies. Among its facilities is a cutting-edge Immersive Interactive Simulation Suite, replicating real-life scenarios in a safe learning environment.

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City life
City life

City life

WUSCA City life ranking The City life ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).
105th/126

Whether you’re always on the go or like a more laid-back approach to life, you’ll find something for you in Derby. The compact city centre has a lively buzz, with a good mix of bars, clubs and restaurants including chains like Nando’s, Wagamama and TGI Fridays.

Shops range from standard high street stores in the modern Intu Centre, to one-off boutiques in the Cathedral Quarter. Escape the crowds in one of the city’s parks, where you’ll also find events taking place year-round, from Parkrun to fairs, outdoor cinema and a classical concert.

Sports fanatics can take their pick from county cricket to Championship football; while the velodrome at Derby Arena offers the chance to watch competitive track cycling or have a go yourself.

If walking or outdoor activities are your thing, the Peak District National Park is a short distance away, easily accessible by public transport.

Buxton

Picture-perfect with the glorious Peak District National Park as a backdrop, Buxton is steeped in history and attracts more than a million tourists every year.

You’ll have the best of both worlds here in Buxton – heritage buildings and beautiful countryside surround you, and the town is well-known for its arts scene. Sample the natural spring waters at St Ann’s Well and unwind in our very own Devonshire Spa. Adventure awaits in the nearby Peak District, or closer to home on the Go Ape high ropes course. And if you yearn for city lights, Manchester is about an hour away by train.

Cost of living
Cost of a pint This is the average cost of a pint.
Source: Hotcourses 2017

£2.00 - £3.00

per pint
Clubs and Societies
Clubs and Societies

Clubs and Societies

WUSCA Clubs and Societies ranking The Clubs and Societies ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).
94th/126

Students at Derby run a variety of societies from quidditch and theatre to cakes and cocktails. The societies fall into a range of categories – academic, active and performance, charity and campaigns, religious and cultural – so there’s plenty of opportunities to do something you enjoy or try something new. If you can’t find one you want to join, you can set one up yourself!

Students are happy with the range of societies available to them, and enjoy taking part in their events.

Students say:

“Wide range- good for socialising.”

“A wide variety of good societies and if it doesn't exist you can make it yourself”

“Brilliant! GO TEAM DERBY!”

Student support
Student support

Student support

WUSCA Student support ranking The Student support ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).
36th/126

We know that achieving success at University is affected as much by your wellbeing as it is by your academic ability. If you are happy and confident within yourself and your environment, then you will be far more able to achieve the success that you deserve.

We really want you to be successful and enjoy your time at University, and we are here to support you with anything that may impact on you, your academic performance or your experience as a student.Our support can help you with a whole range of things, from budgeting to exam anxiety, finding part-time work to juggling your life and meeting new friends to managing significant and serious problems.  Our range of support services, from student wellbeing, to our dedicated student centres, International student support, chaplain and faith advisors, and not forgetting our Union of Students, are all there to help.

Fees
Fees

Fees

UK Undergraduate Students Per Year: £9,250

International Undergraduate Students Per Year: £11,100 - £13,000 depending on the course.

Please check our website for further information relating to your course of choice.

Scholarships/ Bursaries
Scholarships/ Bursaries

Scholarships/ Bursaries

Buxton and Leek College Scholarship

Derby offer a bursary for students with a household income below £36,592 (2015 level). You could receive up to £1,000 to support your studies.

If you are a talented athlete or inspiring coach, you may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to support you in training and competing while you study. There are three tiers of support depending on your level of performance.

Please check our website for further information relating to funding and bursaries that are available to you.

Academic strengths
Academic strengths

Academic strengths

We're very proud to be rated Gold for teaching quality (TEF 2017) and our lecturers have a wealth of industry experience, with many still working part-time in their chosen field so their skills are up to date and reflect latest developments in their area.

Many of our expert teaching staff are actively involved in ground-breaking research, and we’ve invested in a new generation of Research Centres harnessing the latest thinking to support businesses, local authorities and industry both on our doorstep and around the world.

We also have a greater staff to student ratio than most other universities, guaranteeing you more dedicated time from your lecturers and the one-to-one support you need.

Visit our website to watch videos of our Expert Academics and read their blogs.

Entry requirements
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for the University of Derby vary depending on the course you are applying for. Derby accept a variety of qualifications and use the UCAS Tariff. Each course at Derby will have typical entry requirements, shown as UCAS Tariff points. You will also need to have GCSE Grade C in Maths and English. Some courses also have extra requirements such as DBS checks and skills tests. Please check their website for specific qualifications needed for a course.

UCAS TARIFF CALCULATOR

Key stats

WUSCA ranking The overall ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).

69th / 126

CUG ranking Source: Complete University Guide 2018

97th / 129

Undergraduate students Source: HESA, 2017 (note: only applies to undergraduate records)

13,375
HIGH

TEF score The Teaching Excellence Framework is how the standard of teaching at this institution is judged by an independent panel of experts. It's broken down into three levels; gold, silver and bronze, and looks at teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes.

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  • Full-timePart-time
    77%23%
  • School leaversMature students
    60%40%
  • UndergraduatePostgraduate
    82%18%
  • UKInternational
    93%7%
Student Reviews

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What's it like to study at this institution? Current students and alumni share their opinion…

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What do students think?

Overall Rating
4.0
Job Prospects
3.9
Course and Lecturers
4.0
Student Union
3.5
Accommodation
3.7
Uni Facilities
4.0
City Life
3.5
Clubs & Societies
3.6
Student Support
4.0
Giving back
3.4

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University Of Derby

Criminology BSc (Hons) 21 Feb 18

Tell us about your overall university experience

I cannot believe how quickly the time has gone! I have had depression and anxiety for years but I feel at home there and am looking to continue studies after graduation. Initially I was interested in the subject but didn’t really plan on a career change - now, I have found a subject I’m passionate

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University Of Derby

Law LLB (Hons) 21 Feb 18

Tell us about your overall university experience

I’ve been at university since 2014 when I started the foundation course I’m now in my final year. I would recommend university to any mature student thinking about reapplying and following those dreams they may have had to put on hold when they were younger. I found the university experience

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