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Studying at University of Derby
The University of Derby is a modern UK university located in the East Midlands. Renowned for the outstanding quality of our teaching and our industry-relevant degree programmes we offer unparalleled opportunities to gain professional work experience alongside your studies, first-rate facilities and flexible access to any support and guidance you need.
Designed with input from employers and industry bodies, you can be sure your undergraduate qualification will match sought-after workplace skills. Opportunities to apply for placements and internships where you'll grow your industry contacts will further enhance your academic studies.
Students can study foundation or undergraduate courses across a wide range of subjects.
The University of Derby is rated Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF is a new scheme developed by the Department for Education in England for recognising excellent teaching.
Our teaching staff can offer you the perfect combination of academic excellence and industry experience. You can be sure that you are receiving teaching that is up to date and relevant to today's job market.
Our modern Derby Campus offers up-to-the-minute facilities at several sites, all within easy reach of each other and the compact and vibrant city centre. The majority of our courses are based in Derby.
Our Buxton Campus occupies an enviable position in the beautiful Grade II* listed Devonshire Dome. Our hospitality, events, spa management, tourism and outdoor programmes are based in Buxton – a beautiful and vibrant tourist spa town, surrounded by the Peak District National Park.
Our Chesterfield Campus is dedicated to nursing programmes and offers a range of health and social care courses. Chesterfield is the largest town in Derbyshire and is about a 30 minute drive to Derby.
Across our campuses, we've invested £200 million over the last ten years in some of the most up-to-date facilities you'll find anywhere. Our industry-standard facilities include a fantastic new sports centre, forensic house, spa, courtrooms and a NHS-standard hospital ward.
Come and visit
If you'd like to find out more about the University and our courses, visit us at one of our Open Events.
Undergraduate dates for 2018 are:
- Saturday 24 February (Derby & Buxton)
- Wednesday 28 February (Chesterfield)
- Friday 8 June (Derby only)
- Saturday 9 June (Derby & Buxton)
- Saturday 16 June (Chesterfield)
- Saturday 14 July (Derby only)
University of Derby Online Learning
Our vocational online distance learning courses are particularly suited to busy, working professionals. Many of our degree courses are accredited by a professional body, so you can be sure that course content is relevant, and your qualification will be recognised and valued by your industry.
So if you need a university degree or professional qualification to progress in your chosen career, but don’t want to commit to full-time or on-campus study, we’re ready to help you achieve your goals.
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I had a problem in my personal life and all members of the uni I had approached were so supportive! My personal tutor is a god send! Rebekah Marangon is amazing at her job, she has always supported me, encouraged me and always pushed me to reach my potential, couldn’t praise her enough.
Studied 3d animation course, the first year was worth nothing and felt completely unnecessary and unplanned. In the first year we had 4 different tutors, none of which were the course leader. I stuck around and hoped year 2 would be better. Nope! In true first semester one tutor pretty much never showed up leading for her sessions to be merged with the film and TV students doing the exact same as we did in the first year! The actual 3d animation part was hopeless! Get taught for 45 minutes then a lone work project to do 90% of it at home using Google to guide you.... If I'd have known this I would've accepted Birmingham instead!
Decent university buildings and the majority of the lecturers are dedicated to their work, but the social side of the uni is terrible. Hardly any good societies, and not a lot of spaces around the uni buildings to socialise either.
A close friend of mine passed away and I needed time off to go home, when I returned I was diagnosed with severe depression. I went to speak to the heads of foundation and they told me to ‘get over it, everyone has lost people’. My friend died in a tragic accident and was missing for 2 days, this was reported on sky news and they were very aware of the situation. The same was said when I lost a family member from a long term illness 3 months later, I received a call from them on the day of his funeral asking for a copy of the Death cirtificate. The whole situation was handled very unprofessionally and lacked every ounce of empathy. When I failed my year due to all these issues I went to speak to them about my options and the fact that I was currently unable to return to my shared house due to risk of violence they told me to collect benefits and get a council house. I was shut down when I tried to make a complaint. The teaching is lacking, it’s all pre made powerpoints, nothing Else
Derby university isn’t the worst but I also can’t think of anything amazing that stands out. Shops on campus are useful, library is okay, there are never enough places to sit with your friends but if you want to sit alone you’ll find somewhere. Courses are well planned in terms of modules - modules themselves tend to be unorganised and dates/deadlines are a bit up in the air rather than having a set date, which is confusing. Lecturers themselves (on my course anyway) were nice and did their job but I wouldn’t say they went above or beyond.
The University of Derby is a really diverse institution, spread over various campuses in different locations in and around the city. It is accepting of all students, no matter who they are or where they come from and has a wide range of societies and clubs which help to celebrate this. Boasting a great Joint Honours scheme which allows students to combine two subjects into one degree that has hundreds of different combinations, Derby Uni also provides excellent academic support, and has degrees to suit each and every prospective student. The night-life is also really good, because it is a relatively small city, UoD students form a community network so on nights out you always see someone that you know, and everyone looks out for each other. Do not really have a bad thing to say about Derby, I have loved my time there and do not want it to be over!
The University of Derby is a modern, well equipped university which offers amazing surroundings and amazing teaching. I’m in the Law Campus (One Friar Gate) and the teaching staff are absolutely first rate. The technology is very advanced and they care about what the students think. I would highly recommend the University of Derby
Amazing teachers and tutors. Lecture halls big and plenty of classrooms. Library's modern and up to date and easy to use. Student halls cleaned regularly and hall support is good too. Lots to do and places to go as trips for cheap.
The university provides support to anyone who needs it and has a plethora of courses which are expanding every year at different stages from foundation to PhD. There are over 100 societies to choose from so have a look and you're sure to find something you like. If not you can set it up.
I’ve had many issues with lecturers, there’s no consistency, most of the clubs are ran poorly and so are many of the facilities. On campus most students aren’t informed of Edurom and Unifi doesn’t work so most are restricted to the cloud which has a three hour limit. In halls I’ve had WiFi speeds as low as 0.5mb/s. Other than that the facilities are clean and fit for purpose. A lot of investment has gone into the uni. Students are listened to some of the time and the students union opened up a 24 your revision centre/bar/coffee shop which is the best thing they’ve done
I'm doing a foundation year and I have really enjoyed the support from the careers services and going to the study skills area. I've become confident in myself when I look for work and when I complete uni work. The library is open till very late and it's helpful when assignments are due or you're revising for a test. The wifi is a live saver especially when you run out of data
The university is a great modern building and with amenities like Subway, Starbucks and Papa Jons - as well as the university’s own cafe Blends, the foodcourt, the shops and SU. There is everything you could possible need at university. The library has everything you could need and normally there are enough computers and space in there. The buses are mostly quite awful, either they turn up late or don’t turn up at all on many occasions - but sometimes they do surprise you and turn up on time which is great. Currently I’m studying the foundation access course, which could be improved, although I am glad to be at university, the teaching in some of my classes is as poor as the support system. Additionally there is a constant disregard for the enivornment and an absurd amount of paper is handed out daily, for which there is no need. Asides from the negatives, the university of Derby is a great place to be. I would definitely reccomend joining a society or sports club!
I had an awful experience at derby university, the course was nothing like what they promised on the open day, it lacked creativity, direction and consistency. Personal issues were also handled awfully and they made problems seem like the victims fault and only cared about the university’s reputation and not the wellbeing of their paying students.
The lecturers are brilliant and ensure you understand each module fully before moving on. I was afraid of university before coming to Derby as I thought I was going to be looked at as another student amongst the thousands or a number in the system but my experience has been better than brilliant and I couldn’t have chosen a better university for my course.
The University has a relaxed atmosphere and a homely feel. The lecturers are always friendly and supportive. It is a professional and modern university, with advanced technology and teaching, yet still remains comfortable and traditional.
Not to many facilities on campus, no student union bar event know the derby campus has two bars, literelaly not facilities, some sports clubs but once sports clubs move down to derby that's sports gone as well so there will be nothing to do in Buxton
The Kedleston Road and Britannia Mill Campus's has good facilities. However, the facilities would be better if Library is open for 24 hours a day. The computers in these library could also be better. Not many students use the student union as it is not a fun and enjoyable environment. The clubs and societies run under the student unions can be much cheaper. Wifi speeds can also be better.
This is not a university, this is table tennis game. Everybody is sending me to somebody else when I'm asking the questions. Lecturers are pretending they are happy to help but they don't actually care and it's also impossible to contact them. Unibus does not run as it should be. WiFi connection is not good as well. Societies do not communicate and they are expensive as well so I ended up doing sport somewhere else. I'm paying a lot of money for nothing and I did not get anything from my course. It seems like there are many possibilities, but the reality is different. Not everybody working at this university is actually working.
Such a good university, actually has time to invest in you doing things to further progress and develop your own personal profile. They want you to do the best you can and be employed at the end of your time with them
Good campus except that the lifts are quite packed and there are a lot of stairs, this is easily sorted once you learn when the rushes are and can avoid them. I haven't joined any societies, or used the student union however I know that there is help in careers services and my lecturers so far have been more than happy to talk to you about it. my course leader had a good half an hour chat with me about what I need to do and how to do it for my chosen profession
I hated this university not only are they slow in providing information but do not help at all! I am super devestated that this university has spent £9,000 of mine and I did not get anything out of this course absolutely disgusted and annoyed that my time and effort has gone to waste, I do not reccommend this university at all your better off going to BCU or UOB!
The uni itself is nice. It's small and has good facilities, i struggle with some of the lecturers however. Firstly they criticize you for not having tutorials yet they are hardly available. Secondly, they tell you not to use Wikipedia yet in one lecture the presentation the lecturer did, his information was copied and pasted straight from Wikipedia. Thirdly in one module they gave us an essay to write without actually teaching us what we were writing about, when i asked what we were to do i was told to use google and finally one lecturer gives wrong information, i checked my lecture notes after the lecture i found the information which i was given was incorrect.
The uni campus at Kedleston Road is fairly decent, with a good variety of eateries (Starbucks, Subway, the university kitchen, a cafe, and a bar), and also a small shop (Keddie's). The campus is very close together, and it's easy to get to everything. There's a good transport system called the Unibus that can get you round the city and to the uni for just £1 per journey (£10 for ten). It's also right next to Markeaton Park, if you and your friends fancy a change of scenery at lunchtime during the summer. Facilities are decent, with a good multi-floor library, student wellbeing service (very good!), and a uni doctors, among other things. The careers service is fairly good, apparently, as is the student's union (again, apparently, as I have used neither of these services). There are often careers fairs and such on in the main building, which can be useful and interesting, and the uni run a variety of events during term time.
Really good at teaching, but the SU isn't very attractive to people and students only really know about the events that they run in the uni and not much else. Derby is a really unknown place so students with lower grades usually come here, but in actuality the uni should have better students, it is because it isn't very renown and no one has heard of it, so the grade boundaries to get in are usually lower compared to other unis.
Printing is expensive. No interaction between campus's. So not aware of student union or societies. Not advertised really at markeaton or britannia mill. I am doing foundation in fashion. But it is not related to fashion at all. Its very broad. And is based on fine art. So doesn't really help you at all. The careers service is useless. They have no links to any companies. Just advise you to go on websites and help you make a ''plan'' all they offer is CV advice and how to use linkedin. Teachers on my course are late. But expect you to be on time. My course is just child's play and very boring. Never anything going on at markeaton or brit mill. Very boring dull place.
When i first came to Derby i didn't expect much but when i enrolled and was an actual student i realised how much hard work and money had been fed into the university seeing all the up to date technology and new facilities its a brilliant university and they hold some brilliant social events, one of my most recent favourites was the Fathers and Sons which was held and organised by the rugby team for all the sport societies.
Helpful staff at admissons and enrolment. Lecturers reply to emails quickly. Facilities are modern. Blends cafe is relaxing. Open days are informative. Student support and wellbeing services have helped me get back into study as a student parent.
Loving my time at the University of Derby! They have a lot of great facilities such as the Student Well-Being Center and the Careers Center :) And my course is amazing (Creative Expressive Therapies). They have a huge range of courses, and some wonderful spaces. If you're looking for a course in the arts or the therapeutic sector, then I recommend this uni, as it has been a great experience for me and I'm learning so much. Although, obviously you'll know for sure if you come for an open day, because different universities suit different personalities. Choose wisely! :)
Great university for facilities and clubs ! Campus is far from town and train station though. The uni bus is expensive, unreliable and doesn't run on a Friday night or a weekend (which makes it hard to travel to town/train station if you live near campus). The main atrium and library are great but wifi sucks
The food facilities on site are too expensive for students, and the subway always has a queue at least 20 minutes long so you can't get one in a lecture break. The car park is utter sh** and is ran by a load of incompetent people that target individuals by ticketing some and not others and also by picking and choosing who is let in when me the car park is allegedly 'full'. The lecturers are okay and some of the lecture theatres are, but a lot of them are uncomfortable to sit in for so long and you end up with a bad back.