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Why choose Derby?

Located in the heart of England, we are the only university in Derby and Derbyshire. We offer industry-relevant, research-informed courses, expert teaching and strong industry links which create unrivalled career opportunities. We partner for impact, meaning that we are committed to creating a collaborative environment where graduate talent can flourish. 

As ‘an applied university of today and for tomorrow’ we are committed to providing you with the practical skills, knowledge and experiences to make you stand out from the crowd as a graduate. We have strong industry links with global brands including Rolls-Royce, Toyota, Alstom and the NHS and can offer fantastic work experience opportunities to all students.

We are awarded Gold in the prestigious Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2023, making us one of the top universities in the country recognised for outstanding student experience and student outcomes.

The University is proudly named Top 20 in the UK for overall student satisfaction in the Complete University Guide 2024 and Top 20 for teaching quality in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024. We are also ranked in the Top 10 for satisfaction with feedback in the Guardian University Guide 2024, and Top 20 for overall assessment and feedback in the National Student Survey 2023.

The University of Derby is continuously investing in its campus facilities and the overall student experience and in 2025, a brand-new Business School will open offering a modern hub for both students and start-up companies to learn, network and prosper. The build forms part of the University’s promise to support entrepreneurial growth and business connectivity in the city of Derby and is set to hold world-class equipment.

Whether you choose to study full-time or part-time, online or on campus at one of our Derby or Chesterfield sites, you will acquire the skills, knowledge, confidence and experience to make you stand out from the crowd.




The University of Derby believes in powering the next generation of thought leaders. This means that you don’t just gain the academic qualifications for a job, you acquire the skills, resilience, and experiences for a meaningful and impactful career 

Career experts are there to guide, support and advise. Whether you need help with placement applications, enhancing your CV or finding work experience, the University will be by your side every step of the way, making sure you’re on the path to success.

The outstanding Careers teams provide an accredited service and are proud to confirm that 96% of recent graduates are in work or further study, and 75% of recent graduates are in graduates-level roles*.

*Destinations of Leavers for Higher Education Survey


The University of Derby is spread across several teaching and learning sites, located in or near the city centre. Derby is a relatively small city which means that all sites are conveniently within walking distance from the halls of residence and the city centre. For those rainy days, you can hop on one of our handy Unibuses which will get you from A to B.

Our main site is at Kedleston Road and features an outstanding Sports Centre, a four-storey library, a Multi-faith Centre and the Union of Students. You’ll also find lots of popular eateries including Starbucks and Subway.

The University of Derby also has a site in Chesterfield which is recognised as a Centre of Excellence for Health and Social Care.


Adventure-seekers, sport-enthusiasts, theatre-buffs, nature-lovers, and foodies will all feel at home in Derby. It’s safe to say that for a small city – it certainly packs a punch.

Derby seamlessly blends the fast-paced city life with beautiful countryside, meaning if the hustle and bustle ever becomes too much, you’re never far away from a green and peaceful setting. The Peak District is just on the doorstep and promises fantastic weekend walking trips – the perfect way to unwind.

The city centre has a fantastic mix of mainstream restaurants and shops in the Intu Centre, and quaint cafes and boutiques in Cathedral Quarter. For the sport fans, Pride Park Stadium (home to Derby County Football Club – “The Rams”) sits just outside the centre next to the Derby Arena Velodrome. Derbyshire County Cricket Club is also located nearby.

Fantastic transport links makes Derby a convenient and connected base for your studies. Closely located near to the M1 and M6 motorways, students are always within reach of home or to fun weekend trips. Derby train station is situated on the main cross-country line, so travelling around the UK couldn’t be easier.

Expert Teaching

Here at Derby, you’ll be learning from the best. Our leading academics are committed to delivering an industry-relevant and research-informed curriculum, designed to stretch and challenge you, and help you unlock your potential. Within our first-class facilities, you’ll develop all the right knowledge and skills for the workplace of the future. We are consistently recognised for the high quality of our teaching, and we use our strong industry links to help you apply your learning through practical, relevant experiences.

Most of our academics are active researchers and are working on pioneering studies set to make a positive impact on lives, businesses and communities around the world. Join us at the heart of the issues that matter.  

University of Derby

University of Derby
Kedleston Road 
DE22 1GB

T: +44 (0)1332 590500

Centrally located, with great industry and employer links.