University of Derby

Derby, England


The University of Derby (formerly Derby College of Art and Technology or simply Derby College) is a public university in the city of Derby, England. It traces its history back to the establishment of the Derby Diocesan Institution for the Training of Schoolmistresses in 1851 and gained university status in 1992 as one of the new universities.

The university provides over 300 study programmes at undergraduate level. Undergraduate programmes as well as short courses, foundation degrees and postgraduate degrees cover most academic disciplines and subdisciplines.

Currently the university is home to around 34,000 students in all areas of study.

The university’s main campus is sited on Kedleston Road, Allestree, in the north-west of Derby, close to the A38 and opposite Markeaton Park. It also has a campus in Buxton, Derbyshire, known as the Devonshire Campus, located within the grade II listed Devonshire Domebuilding which dominates the local landscape, and has a dome which is over 145 ft (44 m) in diameter, bigger than that of St Paul’s Cathedralin London. It was formally opened as a University Campus by Prince Charles in February 2006. A contemporary-styled building for Arts, Design and Technology students on Markeaton Street in Derby was formally opened in early November 2007 by Richard Branson. Courses are also run at the Britannia Mill site in Derby and at the St Helena’s Campus in Chesterfield, which was opened in October 2016. A campus also exists in Leek which is part of Buxton & Leek College (which is part of the University of Derby Group) This campus mainly runs Further Education courses, but also runs some degree programmes validated by the University of Derby.

89 in League Table Ranking of The Complete University Guide
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Gold rating
Type University Public
Year Founded 1992
Size Large
17,585 Students


3,4 years
Course Durations Available

TEF Rating

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students.

Courses Available

  • Accounting, Business, Management and Marketing
  • Architecture, Building, Planning and Design
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Engineering
  • Health Professions
  • Hospitality and Culinary
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Recreation, Sports and Fitness Studies
  • Veterinary, Agricultural and Food Sciences
  • Visual and Performing Arts


How to Apply?

Accepts UCAS
Other Applications Accepted Institution's own application

For International Students

6.0 Minimum IELTS Score
IELTS Requirement: Required
TOEFL, PTE, CAE Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of IELTS)
Deadlines and Important Dates
Deadline of application via UCAS for majority of undergraduate courses

Cost and Scholarships

£ 12,500
Average Tuition Fee
(For International Students)

Types of Scholarships Available



Derbyshire Bursary
Total Worth £1,000
Eligibility and Requirements Available to students who live in Derbyshire or attend an eligible school or college and apply for a full-time undergraduate course with us by the UCAS deadline
Available for International Students No
Application Deadline --
Buxton and Leek College Bursary
Total Worth £1,000
Eligibility and Requirements Available to students who have achieved a qualification from Buxton and Leek College in the last three years and are progressing to full-time undergraduate study, paying a tuition fee of £9,250 (in academic year 2019/20) at the University of Derby in Derby, Buxton or Chesterfield.
Available for International Students No
Application Deadline --
Excellent International Student Scholarships
Total Worth £5000
Eligibility and Requirements International Undergraduate Students
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline --