The University of Derby is located in the heart of England surrounded by both city life and countryside. Derby’s central location makes it easy to reach by road, rail and air and it’s also the home to many world-leading and well-known companies.  

Welcoming more than 1,700 international students, the University of Derby offers high-quality, applied learning and has a strong reputation for excelling teaching quality.  

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 a variety of subjects: 

  • Business, Law and Social Sciences 
  • Science, Engineering & Technology 
  • Arts, Humanities & Education 
  • Psychology, Health & Social Care 
  • 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’s academic staff are practising professionals who combine academic knowledge with a wealth of industry experience.  

The campus is spread over several sites, all close to each other, student accommodation and the city centre.  


  • Number 1 UK Modern University for multicultural learning (ISB 2018)  
  • Top 10 for international student learning experience (ISB 2018)  
  • Number 11 for Postgraduate Student Experience (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2021)  
  • Top 800 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022  

Derby is compact, multicultural and welcoming, with both city life and countryside combined. There are lots of shops, restaurants and cafes, and entertainment and bars located on our campus’ doorstep. It’s also one of the most affordable cities in the UK with a low cost of living. The city is just 90 minutes from London with good transport links to other larger cities and close to East Midlands airport. 

Feel right at home in our award-winning accommodation. All bills are included, our halls are monitored 24/7 for round the clock safety, and they’re a great place to make friends. 

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: about 34,000

Number of international students: around 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

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