University of Derby


The University of Derby (formerly Derby College of Art and Technology or simply Derby College) is a public university in the city of Derby

Their roots can be traced back over 150 years to 1851, when they opened as a teacher training college.

The college evolved over the years and through a series of mergers the Derbyshire College of Higher Education was established in 1983.

University status was awarded in 1992, since when the University of Derby has grown significantly and built a reputation for delivering academic quality underpinned by practical education.

Currently the university is home to around 34,000 students in all areas of study.


The university is organised into three faculties:

Faculty of Business, Computing and Law

  • School of Computing and Mathematics;
  • School of Law and Criminology;
  • The Derby Business School;

Faculty of Arts, Design and Technology

  • School of Humanities:
  • School of Art and Design:
  • School of Technology.

Faculty of Education, Health and Sciences

  • School of Education;
  • School of Health;
  • School of Science;
  • School of Social Care and Therapeutic Practice;
  • School of Culture and Lifestyle.


Entry requirements vary depending on which course the students would like to study.

Their general entry criteria can be found online.

The UCAS points for their courses starting in 2017 range from 48 to 120 points under the new UCAS tariff points system. Their average UCAS entry tariff for 2014–15 was 306, with 35% of students entering with 320+ points (under the old UCAS tariff points system).


They are proud to be recognised as the number one university for graduate employment in the East Midlands, with 96.9% of their graduates in work or further study six months after completing their degree (HESA 2015).

They have a reputation for providing industry-relevant degree programmes with unparalleled opportunities to gain professional work experience alongside the students` studies.


The students will be taught by passionate, industry-experienced lecturers, many of whom have long-standing relationships with leading employers.

They have a greater staff-to-student ratio than most other universities, which means the student will get more dedicated time with their lecturers in seminars and on work projects.

Ofsted has ranked their teacher training provision as ‘Outstanding’, making them one of the leading institutions for Education in the country.


Their Careers and Employment Service offers support to students throughout their course and up to three years after graduation. They offer one-to-one appointments with career advisers, career planning, CV tailoring and help with interview preparation.

The Futures Award is run by the Careers and Employment Service, and provides official recognition for thier volunteering, employer mentoring, work experience, curriculum activity, Students’ Union involvement and more.

They can also help with studying professional qualifications, securing work placements or starting your own business.

Each year they run a Graduate Recruitment, Internship and Placement (GRIP) Careers Fair, which is open to all students and recent graduates. The GRIP fair gives attendees a chance to meet local and national employers. Companies such as Boots, Rolls-Royce, East Midlands Trains and HMRC exhibited at the fair in 2015.

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