University of Derby

University of Derby              

The University of Derby is a Top 50 University located in the heart of England, offering a broad range of courses at the foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Get your career off to a great start with real-world learning, focussing on practical skills. Our courses are excellent, with:

  • Seven subject areas ranked Top 10 (Guardian University Guide 2023)
  • 12 subjects ranked Top 10 for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2023)
  • Six courses ranked 1st for overall satisfaction (National Student Survey 2022)

Derby’s expert academic staff have a wealth of industry experience and teach in world-class facilities. Thanks to our industry links, there are lots of opportunities for work placements or internships, helping you to broaden your horizons and boost your employability. Not to mention, 95% of students are in employment or further study after graduating from Derby (HESA graduate outcomes 19/20).

Derby is renowned as a centre of innovation, home to global companies including Rolls-Royce, Toyota and Bombardier.

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University of Derby is in the Top 10 Countries to Study Abroad Top 10 Europe rankings 2023 Top 10 Global rankings 2023 Top 10 Europe rankings 2022 Top 10 Global rankings 2022 badge

Awards & Accreditations

7 Subject Areas ranked top 10

Guardian University Guide (2023)

12 Subjects Ranked Top 10 for Student Satisfaction

Complete University Guide (2023)

Six Courses Ranked 1st for Overall Satisfaction

National Student Survey (2022)

95% of Students in Employment or Further STudy after Graduation

HESA Graduate Outcomes (2019-2020)

Winners of Best University Housing and Best Moving in Experience

Global Student Living Awards UK & Ireland (2022)


The University of Derby campus consists of four different sites:

  • Kedleston Road (which is the largest and where you will find the main library)
  • Markeaton Street (art and design studios)
  • Britannia Mill (dance and fine art)
  • One Friar Gate Square (law, criminology and social studies)

A new Derby Business School is set to open in 2024/2025, in the city centre. The Business School will be a modern hub for students and local start-up companies, and will contain world-class equipment including a virtual reality suite, stock trading room and creative labs. All sites are close to each other, the city centre and accommodation. There’s also a bus that runs between the sites and the centre of Derby.

Student lifestyle

The University of Derby welcomes more than 2,000 international students from over 100 countries and is a friendly, welcoming environment. The city itself is a diverse, safe place for students, and has a Purple Flag status meaning students can enjoy a safe, affordable and varied city life. Derby is a compact city, offering both fun and excitement, and peace and quiet. University sites, accommodation, and the city centre are all located close to each other – either within walking distance or a short bus ride away.


Students can feel at home in the University of Derby’s award-winning halls of residence. As winners of Best University Housing and Best Moving in Experience (Global Student Living Awards UK & Ireland 2022), Derby’s halls offer fantastic choices and a great support team. Security is a top priority, with 24/7 staffing and a secure entry system for safety.

Halls are a great way to make friends as the accommodation team organises free events such as day trips and social events to help you meet people. All bills, including gas, electricity, and water bills are included in your fixed-price rent so you don’t have to worry about unexpected charges, helping you to budget. You also will receive a free welcome pack with kitchen and bedroom essentials when you arrive.


Average rating 5

Based on 3 reviews.

Barbora H

When I came to Derby and saw the campus I thought it was awesome. It was very modern and I was amazed by the facilities, the vibe and the feel of the community.

Sam C

At Derby, you are supported by your Personal Academic Tutor and lecturers, who are pushing you to help you achieve but who also appreciate that you are under pressure. Communication from them is clear and easy to access.


I am looking forward to teaming up with you to my outmost level to make my dreams come true as a young South African dreamer of being an actress


University of Derby

Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB Derby

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