The University of Derby is an ambitious, innovative and modern university offering a real world learning experience. They were awarded ‘Gold’ in the UK’s first-ever Teaching Excellence Framework, placing the university in the top 20% in the country. Derby is also in the top 30 in the Guardian League table.

Located in the heart of England, Derby builds on the region’s heritage of innovation to provide industry-relevant, expert teaching, from foundation and undergraduate degrees through to postgraduate study and research. Derby delivers a range of programmes across 6 Colleges:

  • Arts, Humanities & Education
  • Business, Law and Social Sciences
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Health & Social Care
  • Life & Natural Sciences  
  • Centre for Contemporary Hospitality & Tourism

Derby has invested £200 million in some of the best university facilities in the UK and with a reputation for industry-relevant degree programmes Derby offers students unparalleled opportunities to gain professional work experience alongside their studies. 

Derby is a leading hi-tech and cosmopolitan city, home to global names such as Rolls-Royce, Toyota and Bombardier. With courses built with employability in mind it’s no surprise that 96% of Derby graduates are employed or studying 6 months after graduation (HESA). Graduate employability increased by 10% to 74.1%



  • Top 10 in the Guardian University Guide 2020 for Business Management and Marketing programs
  • Top 5 in the Guardian University Guide 2020 for Hospitality and Tourism programs
  • Top 20 in the Guardian University Guide 2020 for Art, Education, Fashion & Textiles, Journalism, Publishing & Public Relations programs. 
  • Top 20 in the Guardian University Guide 2020 for Mechanical Engineering programs

Derby is a safe and welcoming small city located in the heart of the UK, just 90 minutes from London with good transport links to other larger cities and close to East Midlands airport.

Derby has an award-winning International Student Centre with a dedicated visa advisor, i-admissions team and  welfare officer to support students throughout their experience of studying abroad.

There is a range of scholarships and discounts available to international students - ask your Across the Pond advisor for details.

If you would like to find out more about studying at the University of Derby, please contact one of our Across the Pond Advisors.


Student population: 34,000

Number of international students: 1,700

City population: 250,000

Location: Derby, in the middle of England,  90 mins by train to London and Buxton, 1 hour by train from Manchester

Closest airports: East Midlands

Cost of Tuition: £14,045 per year (2020/21)

Accommodation cost: £110-£145 per week


The university offers scholarships to which all international students can apply. Contact your advisor for more information. If you do not yet have a personal student advisor, please get in touch with an Across the Pond Advisor or use the form on this page to request one.

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