University of Derby

United Kingdom

The University of Derby dates back to 1851 with the founding of the Derby Diocesan Institution for the Training of Schoolmistresses. After merging with other colleges, it had become the Derby Lonsdale College of Higher Education by 1977 and it gained university status in 1992. There are 19,000 students, including 1,700 international students from over 100 countries.

The university is in the top 800 globally according to the Times Higher Education rankings. It’s also in the top 100 UK universities in the Complete Universities Guide and guides from The Guardian and The Times/Sunday Times. Its campuses are in Derby, Buxton, Chesterfield and Leek.

What is the University of Derby acceptance rate for International Students?

The University of Derby acceptance rate is 80%.

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Student Life

There has been £150m of investment in the facilities at the University of Derby in recent years.

  • £10.8 million Sports Centre
  • Kedleston Road library
  • Union of Students' café and bar
  • Multi-faith centre
  • Digital Design Hub
  • Makerspace
  • Film and TV studios
  • Therapeutic Arts Dance Studio
  • 58 acre Outdoor Learning Space


Derby is centrally located within the UK, offering easy access to cities like Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and Birmingham. It’s also in the heart of the beautiful Peak District, meaning that there are lots of outdoor adventures to be had right on your doorstep.



96% of University of Derby graduates are in work or further study according to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey. The same survey found that 76% of recent graduates were in graduate-level roles. Careers consultants are available for 1-2-1 appointments to discuss potential career ideas while there are employer mentoring schemes and careers fairs to attend. The careers team supports students throughout their studies, with practical advice and guidance to find the right placements and work experience. These services are available for up to three years after graduation.


The University of Derby employability rate is 96%.

The University of Derby is ranked 1001-1200th in the QS World University Rankings, 48th in The Guardian University Guide and 601-800th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

The GREAT scholarship is in partnership with the British Council and the GREAT British Campaign. Recipients are offered financial support of £10,000 to eligible students from China, Ghana, India Nigeria, Pakistan and Thailand who are pursuing one year of postgraduate study at the University of Derby. 

Also available is the Commonwealth Shared scholarship. It offers full tuition fee and stipend for talented and motivated postgraduate students studying either Master of Public Health, MBA Global or MSc GeoEnergy from Commonwealth countries.

The Chevening scholarship is a fully-funded scholarship for postgraduate students. This includes tuition fees, accommodation and flights.

The University of Derby was ranked in the top 20 in the UK for teaching quality according to The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024.



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