University of Derby

The University of Derby – focused on real world learning

The University of Derby is an ambitious, innovative and modern university focused on real world learning.   With our reputation for industry-relevant degree programmes we offer you unparalleled opportunities to gain professional work experience alongside your studies. It is this commitment to real world learning that will set you apart in the employment market.

Our main aim is to provide our students with a top class international experience and help them to develop their skills to ensure they succeed in their careers.  The University of Derby was ranked 2nd most recommended UK Modern University in the International Student Barometer 2016* and 81.1% of our international graduates are in a graduate job or in further study after completing their degree**

The University of Derby was ranked number 5 for International Student Centre Support in the world in the International Student Barometer* and a top 20 university for teaching quality (Times & Sunday Times League Table 2017).

Inspirational facilities for inspirational learning

Our commitment to real world learning means that we are continually investing in some of the best university facilities you will find in the UK. Our unique state of the art facilities include engineering labs and photographic and music recording studios; industry standard kitchens and a fine dining restaurant; insectary, glass house and observation rooms; computer games suites; a commercial spa; a law court and forensic house.

This is part of a £150 million investment in new facilities in the last ten years, including an NHS-standard hospital ward with clinical skills and radiography suites and most recently a £10.8 million sports centre incorporating a fitness gym, studios, squash and badminton courts, an internal climbing wall, sprint track, treatment rooms and café.

Students have the opportunity to work in these unique environments to ensure they get the hands-on practical skills and experience employers are looking for.

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Centre of it all

Derby is the UK’s most central city so it is at the heart of the transport network too. This means it’s a thriving multicultural city renowned for technology and innovation. It’s why many global companies are based here, such as Rolls-Royce, Toyota and Bombardier. It’s an exciting place to learn and experience university life, providing you with many opportunities to gain real world experience through placements and internships. There’s a lively night life with plenty of bars, clubs, restaurants and live music venues for those that want it, and the Peak District National Park is close by offering inspiring countryside and exhilarating outdoor activities.

Personal learning experience

Students are taught by passionate, industry-experienced lecturers who have long-standing relationships with leading employers. They will inspire and support student goals and offer a personal learning experience with one to one support. That’s why we’ve been recognised by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 as being in the Top 20 in the country for Teaching Quality.

We have a greater staff to student ratio than most other universities, which means students will get more dedicated time with their lecturers in seminars and on work projects. It’s this approach that sees our students go on to take roles with leading national and international employers, such as the BBC, Lego, and Elemis.

Create your future with the University of Derby

*ISB Results 2016

**DELHE 2015