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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There has been £150m of investment in the facilities at the University of Derby in recent years. This includes a Digital Design Hub, the Makerspace, Film and TV studios and a Therapeutic Arts Dance Studio as well as a 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.

Student Experience

The University of Derby ranked in the top 10 in the world for international student learning experience in the Global ISB Benchmark Group. It also ranked in the top 10 postgraduate student experience in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey.



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, 56th in The Guardian University Guide and 801-1000th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.


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