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De Montfort University

UCAS Code: D26

Location: Leicester, Midlands Show on Map

Site: Two sites in city centre; many partner colleges

A modern university; a member of the University Alliance group of universities.

Student Population

Total Students:21,975
FE Students:1%


Total undergraduates:17,950
Full Time:85%
Mature on Entry:14%
UK Students:92%
State school entry:96%

Teaching Staff

923 full-time.

Broad study areas

Art & design, business & law, computer science & engineering, health & life sciences, humanities, technology.


Admission Information:UCAS tariff being used.
Points on Entry (Mean):246
Drop Out Rate:8%
Accommodation:Almost all first years housed who request it.


Founded:1969 as Leicester Poly, from a diverse range of specialist institutions founded in the mid-19th century; university status in 1992.
Site:Main campus in the city centre, plus Charles Frears campus a 10 minute drive away.
How to get there:Leicester easily accessed from across the UK by coach and rail (London just over an hour by train and linked to Europe through St Pancras International); City Campus is approximately 20 minutes’ walk from bus and train stations and close to the M1 (junction 21 and M69).

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Drop-in student services centres, counselling, funding, accommodation, student health services, chaplaincy and a legal information service.
Amenities:Bookshop, SU, health centre.
Sporting facilities:Good sporting facilities.
Accommodation:Most first years housed in modern accommodation, on or near campus. 3500 self-catering places (some ensuite), rents £91–£165 per week (most £100-£110 pw), contracts 38,42 or 43 weeks September–June. Most students live in privately-owned accommodation for 2+ years, rents £60–£100 pw plus bills.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:Main (Kimberlin) library open 24 hours/day in term time and can be accessed anytime online; also specialist law library and library at Charles Frears campus. Learning zone in Kimberlin library has space for group and individual work, workstations with power supplies for laptops, syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards, DVD and video facilities. Information provision, £87 pa spent for each student (FTE). Specialist collection: national art slide library.
Study abroad:Formal exchange links with European universities and colleges through Erasmus scheme, available to wide range of students.
Careers:Information, advice and placement service at each site. Good links with employers in textile, fashion, business and engineering industries.


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £6500–£8500 for academic year (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university.
Term-time work:University encourages term-time work, to a limit of 12 hours a week (45% believed to work). 100 students employed by university (eg as ambassadors on open days). Recruitment service (DMU Works)helps find jobs off campus.
Financial help:480 awards of £3000 in Year 1 (£1500 pa thereafter), open to English students with low family income (awarded first to those with no family income, then increasing the income threshold until all 480 are awarded); bursaries of £1000 pa for all other students whose family income is up to £25k pa, and for care leavers. Scholarship of £1000−£2000 pa for those with high entry qualifications or achievement, some for mature students from access courses and international students. Special help is available for those with high costs eg childcare costs, health/disability costs or high travel/accommodation costs. Apply for help to student services.
University tuition fees:Home students pay £9000 pa for first degree courses (£6000 for foundation degrees). International students pay £10,250 (classroom-based), £10,750 pa (lab-based).


Academic features:

Focus is on creative, professional and innovative courses. Modular courses available in all disciplines. Range of first-year courses available at partner institutions around the country. Policy of encouraging mature students.

Awarding body:

De Montfort University

Main undergraduate awards:

BA, BSc, BEng, MPharm, LLB

Length of courses:

3 years; others 4 years (sandwich), 5-8 years (extended part-time).

Main subjects offered:

  • Accountancy
  • Advertising
  • Animation
  • Architectural Technology
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Arts Management
  • Audio
  • Audiology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Broadcasting
  • Business Studies
  • Community Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Technology
  • Computing
  • Contemporary Decorative Arts/Crafts
  • Creative/Performance Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Dance
  • Dental Technology
  • Drama
  • E-business
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Energy Engineering
  • Energy Studies
  • Engineering (General)
  • English
  • Fashion
  • Film Studies
  • Finance
  • Footwear
  • Forensic Science
  • Furniture Design
  • Glass
  • Graphic Design
  • Health
  • History
  • Human Communication
  • Human Resource Management
  • Human Rights
  • Humanities
  • Illustration
  • Industrial Design
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Interactive Games Production
  • Interactive Multimedia
  • Interior Design
  • International Business
  • International Development
  • International Relations
  • Internet Technology
  • Jewellery
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media Studies
  • Media Technology
  • Midwifery
  • Multimedia
  • Music Technology
  • Nursing
  • Painting
  • Performance Arts
  • Pharmacy
  • Photography
  • Product Design
  • Production Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Retail Management
  • Sculpture
  • Silversmithing
  • Social Work
  • Software Engineering
  • Speech Therapy
  • Textile Technology
  • Textiles
  • Theatre Studies
  • Three-Dimensional Design
  • Video
  • Web Development/Design
  • Youth & Community Work

Student view

Tom Williams (Media and Drama), Union Vice President for Media and Communications


What's it like as a place to live?

Leicester is a diverse and friendly city. The campus is on the outskirts of the city centre, so all the attractions, bars and restaurants are within a 10 minute walk.

How's the student accommodation?

DMU is renowned for good quality accommodation. The halls of residence are all close to the campus and priced fairly. The Students' Union has a lettings agency, with rooms starting at £55 for a single in a shared house, up to £140 for a penthouse studio apartment on the top floor of one of Leicester's tallest buildings.

What's the student population like?

The city is one of the most multicultural in the country and is a popular place for people of all backgrounds; this manifests itself in the form of a diverse student body. The Students' Union will provide expert support to all students.

How do students and locals get on?

The University is keen on promoting a good relationship with the locals. This is visible through the SquareMile scheme, which invests in an area around the campus and opens the University resources to the residents.


What's it like as a place to study?

DMU specialises in the creative industries and has some world-leading courses. Our footwear design course is the only one of its kind on the planet and the fashion courses work regularly with household names, such as Vivienne Westwood, Armani and Tommy Hilfiger. The University invests heavily in equipment, an example of which is the £4m media suite that is used by the student/community radio station, run by students for the community.

What are the teaching staff like?

We have second most recoginsed teaching fellows in the UK, with many of the teaching staff world renowned in their areas of expertise. The majority of the staff are friendly and understand that each individual student needs different things to get the best out of their time at University, and will always go the extra mile to ensure these needs are met.


What are student societies like?

There are over 30 sports teams and 100 societies, ranging from the pirate society, to rugby, so there should be something for everyone. As well as this, we have the usual religious and political societies. If a student feels there isn't a society they want to join, then they, along with three like minded people, can set their own one up, which the Students' Union will support financially.

What's a typical night out?

Pre-drinks at a friends, then to a few bars, Polar Bear and Soar Point are good, and on to the SU. There are two Union nights a week, which are very cheap, as well as a pound night most evenings somewhere in the City Centre.

... And how much does it cost?

A usual night out costs about £20, including drinks, tickets and a Maryland (anyone in Leicester will know what it means!) after.

How can you get home safely?

With the city centre so close, most things are in walking distance through well lit and busy areas. If a student doesn't feel safe walking home, however, a taxi from town to the University halls will cost about £3.50.


Is it an expensive place to live?

Most students will have a time during their degree where money is a bit tighter than they would like, however, Leicester tends to be a little cheaper than other places, with many student-friendly outlets providing a good deal. As well as this, the Students' Union provides services with the student budget in mind, such as a computer repair centre and a shop selling stationary.

Average price of a pint?

About £2.40.

And the price of a takeaway?

Pizza - £6, Chinese - £8, Indian - £10.

What's the part-time work situation?

DMU places emphasis on employability, with the Frontrunners scheme: about 500 Students' are given the chance to apply and work in graduate level part-time jobs while they study. These are paid at a living wage rate (currently £7.20 per hour), so they provide a good top-up to the students' finances. As well as this, the Students' Union employ's student staff members to work in most of our departments, with about 40 people employed in total. As previously mentioned, DMU is on the edge of the city centre, so students at the University can take advantage of any of the part-time positions within the city. We also have UniTemps, an on-site recruitment agency, which will help students' and graduates to find employment while studying, or after they've finished.


What's the best feature about the place?

The people; they are friendly, accommodating and fun to be around.

And the worst?

Lack of parking: not a problem if you don't drive, but it is annoying if you do!

And to sum it all up?

Coming to De Montfort University was the best decision I made. Everyone here is friendly, the Vice Chancellor (unlike most) is accessible and a Twitter fanatic, meaning there is a direct link to him. The University understands the needs of the modern student, and strives to ensure every student gets the best out of their time here.

Past Students

Charles Dance (actor), Gary Lineker (footballer), Sarah Wooliscroft (Arsenal ladies football), Stephen Bates (England kayak), Sam Cook (England women’s rugby).

More info?

Call the students’ union on 0116 2555576, or visit www.demontfortstudents.com



De Montfort University
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0116 255 1551



Student enquiries:

Enquiry centre (tel 08459 45 46 47).



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