We are a University of first choice for students who want a caring, aspirational environment where they can equip themselves for the career they choose. Our significant investment in world class facilities is building on our reputation for student-focused real world learning, in an increasingly competitive sector.

Top reasons to study here

  • The University of Derby is the number one university in the UK's East Midlands for graduate employment.
  • With industry-relevant degree programmes we offer students unparalleled opportunities to gain professional work experience alongside their studies.
  • With £150 million invested in our facilities over the past five years we want to ensure that you have access to some of the UK’s best learning environments.

Short Courses

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Based at one of our three campuses in Derby, Buxton and Chesterfield, students can study for a foundation, undergraduate, postgraduate or research course across a wide range of subjects including Nursing, Teacher Training and Hospitality.


University of Derby Research is distinctive and we are proud of our researchers. Our research is often applied to support the sectors that drive national economic growth, to improve the lives of people locally, nationally and internationally and to support effective policy making and governance. We often work with collaborators from partner institutions and with industry. We publish our research so that everyone can share our knowledge. Our researchers support the creation of further knowledge through their work with our postgraduate research student community. And we use our research to inspire, inform and generate impact for our students.


Our culture of real world learning means we work with employers to make sure your time here will give you the best possible start to your career. This includes:

  • Degrees recognised by industry
  • Work placements and study abroad
  • Opportunities to turn theory into practice.

With millions of pounds invested in state-of-the-art facilities designed to enable you to put into practice theories and techniques you have learned, we ensure that you leave the University of Derby as one of the most employable graduates in the East Midlands.

University Ranking

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Student services

  • At the International Student Centre (ISC) we're very pleased to welcome back returning students to Derby as well as welcoming new students. All the team are here to support you during your time at the University. We can help you with your issues or concerns in many areas including British culture, immigration, your student visa, finance, working and adapting to life in the UK, and personal and welfare problems.
  • Buxton Student Centre
  • Derby Student Centres
  • Student Wellbeing Centre

Housing services

  • Halls of residence
  • University-approved private accommodation

Library services

The university provides access to library resources (print and online), information technology and study space to support you in your studies. Help and advice is available throughout the year from our friendly and knowledgeable staff.

ICT services

Taking an online course gives you freedom to study your course, your way. Busy professionals and parents can fit the course around work and family life, while international students can gain a highly-regarded UK degree without having to leave their own country.

Student Life

Campus life

  • The majority of our courses are based at our Derby Campus, including Biology, Business Studies, Computer Science, English, Fine Art, Geography and Zoology.
  • The University of Derby Buxton Campus provides unparalleled opportunities for real world learning in Events, Hospitality, Tourism and Spa. Our award-winning University campus provides students with unrivalled access to tutorial expertise and world class facilities.
  • Currently home to our nationally recognised Adult Nursing degrees and Mentoring in Practice modules, the new Chesterfield Campus will also offer world class university facilities for Health and Social Care students.

Sports facilities

Our £10.8 million Sports Centre opened in September 2015, boasting state-of-the-art facilities including a 70 station fitness suite, an 8 badminton court sports hall, spacious fitness and cycling studios, climbing wall, squash courts plus a 3-lane indoor sprint track and sand pit.

Student clubs

The University of Derby Union of Students is a registered charity led by students, for students. Every single one of you makes up the Union, and you’re automatically a member when you start your studies. Although we often work together, we’re completely separate from the University, and whether you’re after activities, representation, volunteering opportunities, employability, help & advice or just an ice-cold post-lecture pint, we’ll be here for you throughout your studies.

Derby, England, United Kingdom