University of Derby

Rank 94
Location Derby, England
Established 1992
International Students 6.6%
Famous Courses Business, Law, Science, Engineering, Arts
International Fees £14,045-14,700
Key Information
Location Derby, England
Established 1992
Famous Courses Business, Law, Science, Engineering, Arts
International Fees £14,045-14,700


Located in the heart of England, the University of Derby has built on the region’s heritage of innovation to provide industry-relevant, expert teaching.

Derby’s academic strength is backed up by industry experience to ensure students are ready for a successful career. Many of its academic staff are practicing professionals who combine academic knowledge with a wealth of industry experience to ensure students gain the practical skills and experience employers are looking for. 

The University wants everyone to receive the high-quality education they deserve, regardless of age, background or location. They were named University of the Year at the UK Social Mobility Awards 2020 and Higher Education Institution of the Year at the 2020 NEON (National Education Opportunities Network) Awards.

The University is home to more than 1,700 international students from 100 countries studying at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. It is proud to be the UK's best modern university for multi-cultural learning and top 10 in the world for international student learning experience, (ISB 2018), and number 11 for postgraduate student experience (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2021). 

The city of Derby is a welcoming and safe place with lots going on for international students to really experience British culture.

University of Derby

Services for International Students

The University offers a range of support services, advice and social activities which will help you settle smoothly into life in the UK. Expert teams can provide practical help and advice with questions around finance and budgeting, study skills and living and working in the UK.

The University runs a pickup service from selected airports for new international starters, and this is followed up by an induction program which takes place in the week before term begins.

The university also provides a wealth of free and confidential support for students’ health and wellbeing – this includes helping students juggle competing demands, taking care of mental health, supporting students with disabilities and specific learning differences, and advice for mature students and student parents.

Personal tutors provide advice and guidance as students progress through their studies, and additional study support is available, including English language tuition.

Fees and Finance

All international students who are studying on campus will pay international student fees. All international undergraduate fees are £14,045 per year.

Postgraduate degrees are competitively priced, and all essential equipment and activities are included. The most up-to-date fees will be listed on the course page – search for your course and look for the section on fees.


The University of Derby has a range of scholarships and discounts available to international students. These offer a reduction in fees during the first year of study. Some scholarships are automatically awarded to eligible students; for others you will need to submit an application form once you have an offer to study at Derby.

Students must be applying for a full-time degree. Applications for postgraduate research, online studies, foundation and pre-sessional language programmes are not eligible for a discount or scholarship.

Scholarships open to international students include: 

  • Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship
  • International Excellent Student Scholarship
  • International Merit Scholarship
  • Postgraduate Taught Scholarship
  • GREAT Scholarship

There are also a number of sports scholarships open to international students. Full details about scholarships, including terms and conditions, are available here.


The University of Derby has been named UK's best modern university for multi-cultural learning and top 10 in the world for international student learning experience, (ISB 2018). The University is also number 11 for postgraduate student experience (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2021) and is ranked in the top 800 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022.

Notable achievements for the University across other subject areas include:

Computer Science and Informatics (74%), Social Work and Social Policy (71%), Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences (69%), Art and Design (66%) and Communication, Culture and Media Studies (58%) is ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

100% of the University’s research impact and significance in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences is classified as 4* (outstanding) and 3* (very considerable). 83% in Education is classified as 4* (outstanding) and 3* (very considerable).

A 3* research environment - assessed in terms of vitality, sustainability, and how this enables research - for areas including Allied Health Professionals, Business and Management Studies, Social Work and Social Policy, Education, Art and Design and Communication and Cultural Studies.


You will discover secure, affordable accommodation in the University of Derby’s excellent halls of residence where you will be provided with a free arrival pack, bed pack and kitchen pack as soon as you arrive. They include essential items of food, cutlery and bedding.

Derby's halls of residence are owned and run by the University so you can be sure of good quality accommodation - a real home from home. Award-winning halls are the ideal place for you to live during your time at University and the good news is that you can live in halls throughout your studies if you want to.

Most first year students live in halls. They're just a short walk from our campuses and a great place to make friends and settle into University life. Halls offer you safe, good-value accommodation in convenient locations with some added extras, like an awesome events programme and weekly cleaning service.

Derby guarantees a room in halls to all first year and overseas students who make the University of Derby their first choice and apply for accommodation by July each year.


In the heart of the UK, the University of Derby is easy to reach by road, rail and air. The main campus is based in the vibrant city of Derby, a friendly, culturally diverse and safe place, with high standards of living and prices much cheaper than in bigger cities. Offering a great social life when you want it but a relaxed, calm atmosphere when you need to concentrate, it’s the ideal setting to enjoy your university experience to the full.    

You are never at a loss for something to do in Derby – with music, dining, cinema, theatre, festivals and sport of every kind. The nearby Peak District National Park offers stunning landscapes, impressive stately homes and exhilarating outdoor activities too.

The nearest airport to the Derby campus is East Midlands Airport and is less than 20 minutes away. It’s also easy to get to by train and motorways, so a great location for exploring other UK cities.

The city is renowned as a centre for innovation, with global companies such as Rolls-Royce, Toyota and Bombardier based there. Its central location means that it is easily accessible by rail and road. The city is welcoming and friendly and has Purple Flag status – this recognises its safe, diverse and enjoyable evening entertainment. 

Find out more about living in Derby by clicking here.


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  • Paul Cummins – BSA (Hons) Craft – internationally acclaimed artist whose work has been displayed at Chatsworth House, London Olympic Park and the Tower of London.
  • Edward Hogan – BA (Hons) Creative Writing and English – critically acclaimed, award-winning author.
  • Khumbo Kachali – MSc in Strategic Management –Vice-President of Malawi.
  • Fazane Malik – BA (Hons) Fashion Studies – runs own fashion label awarded Midlands Independent Designer of the Year 2013.

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