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Derby University

UCAS Code: D39

Location: East Midlands Show on Map

Site: Three campuses at Derby, Buxton and Chesterfield

A modern university; a member of the million+ group of universities.

Student Population

Total Students:18,495
FE Students:0%


Total undergraduates:15,540
Full Time:68%
Mature on Entry:30%
UK Students:93%
State school entry:98%

Teaching Staff

407 full-time, 174 part-time.

Broad study areas

Art & design; humanities; technology; media; business & management; computing; law & criminology; education; health sciences; social care; therapeutic practice; science; sport; events management; hospitality & culinary arts; spa management & hairdressing; travel & tourism.


Admission Information:Normally 2+ A-levels or equivalent required but range of qualifications accepted. UCAS tariff used for offers.
Points on Entry (Mean):240
Drop Out Rate:8%
Accommodation:Guaranteed for all first years who apply by end July.


Founded:1851 as a teacher training college, becoming Derbyshire College of HE in 1983; university status in 1992.
Site:Derby Campus consists of Kedleston Road, Markeaton Street and Britannia Mill sites; separate campuses at Buxton and Chesterfield.
How to get there:Good road and rail links to Derby and Buxton. Subsidised Unibuses between Derby city centre, halls of residence and Derby Campus, and between Derby and Buxton; free shuttle bus links Derby sites.

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Support from support and advisory service, hall managers, university nurses, chaplaincy, student counsellors.
Amenities:SU shop, student employment agency, hairdressers, bar, bookshop at Derby Campus; SU shop, bistro and restaurant at Buxton.
Sporting facilities:Derby has gym, fitness centre, sports hall, dance studio, all-weather pitch, tennis courts and grass sports pitches (for rugby, football, hockey). Buxton has a sports hall and outside climbing wall. Sports clubs at both campuses.
Accommodation:Place in halls guaranteed for all first years who apply by end July. 2600 self-catering places, £73.50−£102 per week, 42-week contract. Most students live in privately-owned accommodation for 2 years, rents £40−£90 pw.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:Libraries at both campuses; 300,000 volumes, 1400 periodicals, 16,000 electronic periodicals, 10,000 e-books; 1140 study places. Information provision, £77 pa spent for each student (FTE). Internet access from all workstations; access to university network and internet 24/7 from rooms in halls.
Other learning resources:Multimedia and graphics centre.
Study abroad:Opportunities for students to spend period abroad. Formal exchange links with some EU universities and colleges.
Careers:Career development centre.


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £6750 for academic year (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university.
Term-time work:Student employment agency helps find work on and off campus.
Financial help:300 scholarships of £3000 in Year 1 (£1000 bursary, £2000 fee reduction), open to students resident in England whose family income is up to £25k pa, weighted towards those who are disabled, are care leavers, have high tariff points on entry or who live in a low-participation neighbourhood. Also access and hardship funds (awards made of £100−£3500).
University tuition fees:Home students pay £6995 pa for classroom-based first degree courses (eg accountancy), £7495 pa for lab/studio-based (eg fine art, biological sciences), or £7995 pa for some specialist courses (eg theatre arts). International students pay £9250 pa (non-lab based courses), £9500 (lab/studio-based); fees fixed for whole course. 


Academic features:

Joint Honours scheme involves about 50 subjects. Range of entry qualifications accepted.

Awarding body:

University of Derby

Main undergraduate awards:

FdA, FdSc, FdEng, BA, LLB, BEd, BSc, BEng.

Length of courses:

3 years; 4 years (sandwich); 2 years (foundation degrees). Part-time options available.

Main subjects offered:

  • Accountancy
  • Acting
  • Advertising
  • American Studies
  • Animation
  • Architectural Design
  • Architectural Technology
  • Art
  • Art Therapy
  • Audio
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Biology
  • Broadcasting
  • Building Studies
  • Building Technology
  • Business Administration
  • Business Economics
  • Business Studies
  • Catering
  • Childhood Studies
  • Choreography
  • Civil Engineering
  • Community Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Technology
  • Computing
  • Construction
  • Counselling
  • Countryside Management
  • Creative/Performance Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Dance
  • Development Studies
  • Drama
  • Drama Therapy
  • Drama Training
  • Earth Sciences
  • Education
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Electronics
  • English
  • Events Management
  • Exhibition Design
  • Fashion
  • Film Studies
  • Finance
  • Financial Services
  • Forensic Science
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Graphic Design
  • Health
  • History
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Humanities
  • Illustration
  • Information Technology
  • Interactive Games Production
  • Interactive Multimedia
  • International Business
  • International Development
  • International Relations
  • Internet Technology
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Management
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media Studies
  • Media Technology
  • Motor Sport Engineering
  • Movement Studies
  • Multimedia
  • Music
  • Music Technology
  • Music Therapy
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Performance Arts
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Popular Music
  • Product Design
  • Production Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations
  • Radiography
  • Recreation Studies
  • Social Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Sports Sciences
  • Sports Studies
  • Stage Management
  • Teacher Training
  • Textiles
  • Theatre Studies
  • Third World Studies
  • Tourism
  • TV Studies
  • Video
  • Visual Arts
  • Youth & Community Work
  • Zoology

Student view

Caleb Jackson (BA Applied Youth work and Community Studies), Student Union President


What’s it like as a place to live? Derby has come a long way since I’ve been here; there have been many recent developments in the city centre. The most recognisable is the new Westfield centre for all your shopping needs and eating pleasures! As part of this luxurious complex there is a Showcase Deluxe cinema which will provide you with a riveting film experience. Derby has many heritage sites such as the Derby Cathedral and artistic buildings which highlight modern art such as The Quad, not forgetting many bars and clubs for those who like to party. Derby is diverse with people from all over the world and is a friendly city! We also have a Buxton campus which is in a historic town with plenty to do. Buxton boasts about its theatre culture and traditional pubs but has a vibrant nightlife just enough to keep you ticking over. It is also the place where you are most likely to have snow at Christmas as it is the highest point in the country! All in all Buxton is a friendly place full of English culture!

How’s the student accommodation? There are five halls of residence which are all to a good standard, the majority will be shared facilities with your own rooms. If you apply early then you may want to choose the ensuite rooms which are more private. All halls are within walking distances from the main campus and at Derby we encourage people to get on foot, cycle and catch the university bus. You will have residential assistants on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and they will be there to assist you with any problems or issues that you may have while staying in halls. Halls in Derby usually result in your making some pretty close friends − some even for life!

What’s the student population like? There is a great balance of different types of people at Derby without a doubt, you just need to walk through the atrium at Kedleston road and you will witness this. Derby has students from all over the world, local students and from all different types of backgrounds. The atmosphere in Derby and Buxton are both welcoming to all students and there are plenty of different communities that you can join as part of your experience.

How do students and locals get on? Recently there has been a lot of work done in the community and we celebrate the work we do as we believe that, as an institution and Union, we lead on this agenda compared to other universities. Student are spread out throughout both Derby and Buxton being well integrated into the local communities  as the J20 advert says ‘its metter to bix things up’ and that is really what we do. The local residents are welcoming of students as long as students are respectful to their neighbours in the generic form eg noise pollution. 


What’s it like as a place to study? There has been major development work at each site: the newly-built Markeaton campus opened a couple of years ago, which cost £25m and is part of the Arts, Design and Technology faculty. Other campuses have had further developments, specifically the library which boasts an up-to-date, state-of-the-art facilities. On the other hand there is plenty of support for study skills and this is accessible by booking an appointment and seeing a study advisor or downloading the study skills material online through the university website. There are courses available for most students, with courses like computer games leading the nation. Best thing to do is check out or order the University prospectus as Derby believes in widening participation, therefore offers more niche courses on top of the usuals (such as law).

What are the teaching staff like? Staff at Derby are very much engaged with their students on the majority scale, many personal tutors are engaged in research as well, which adds to students development. As a whole there is a similar teaching culture and ethos which is evident from student feedback.


What are student societies like? This year there has been a sudden increase in societies, all of them vibrant and very proactive. They range from those based on religion, like the Christian Union, to those which are specific and rare like the railway society. A full range of societies can be found on our website www.udsu.co.uk; each and every society has its own members and maybe when you come down you would like to join one. If there is a society that does not exist but you would like to set one up then we can help you do that through the students union.

What’s a typical night out? In Derby and Buxton there are a range of nights out which are organised through the students union or more famously through sports teams (who like to put on a spectacular show for other students). In Derby and Buxton they cater for everyone in terms of genre and even location. A typical night out would consist of a pre-bar or several pre-bars with guest list entrance into one of our major clubs which can hold up to 2000 people. The nights out are very safe and there are usually taxis outside of the venues to take you straight to your doorstep. There are even free bottles of water given out after a night out. The town is pretty student friendly on the weekends too so either way you’re going to have a good time.

And how much does it cost? On average a night out would be about £2−£3

How can you get home safely? After a night out there are several taxi ranks located around the town which are ready to pick you up and take you home. Best thing to do is always go with people you live with. All taxis will be licensed; there has never been a problem with unlicensed taxis picking people up.


Is it an expensive place to live? To be completely honest, if you are good with your money you will breeze through your academic life never skint. It’s mainly all about planning and Derby is cheap enough to support a good budget. There are many places that do students discounts plus through the union there are many places that give further discounts too. Watch out for the majority of them at the fresher’s fair which takes place at the start of the year.

Average price of a pint? Is a cheap £2 but in some places £1.50

And the price of a takeaway? Round about £3.80 for a good portion depending on where you go

What’s the part-time work situation? The job market in Derby is definitely one you can bank on but it is definitely about getting in there early because there are colleges here too (and many of their students apply for jobs too). Even through the recession Derby still can offer its students many jobs and, alongside this, the Union and University boast that when it comes to employment students should come first − unless it is a job where an amassed amount of experience is needed. There is a careers centre which can be accessed physically or online for students to get jobs. Both the Union and University also offer voluntary opportunities to help students enhance their CVs, as well as gain experience in their relative field.


What’s the best feature about the place? As an ex-sports member at the university, it would have to be the new all-purpose 3G pitch with floodlights accompanied by a tennis court with floodlights! Also the frequency of buses and the new union quarter, not forgetting the new multi faith centre!

And the worst? The food options  and cost at different campuses.

And to sum it all up? Derby is a place where you will make friends, become part of many different communities, self develop and finish knowing that you can take on the world and anything it throws at you.

Past Students

Barry Evans (rugby, Leicester/England), Berni Yates (fashion designer), Greg Tucker (accountant), Ryan Cook (graphic designer), Alisdair Mackie (high-roller).

More info?

Contact the SU on 01332 591507 or visit the website www.udsu.co.uk. 



University of Derby
Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB


01332 590500





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