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University of Derby

At the University of Derby, we match your commitment to postgraduate study with our energy and enthusiasm to give you a clear strategy for achieving your professional goals.

Based at one of our three campuses in Derby, Buxton and Chesterfield, you can study for a postgraduate taught, professional or research degree in a wide range of subjects at a university consistently recognised for high teaching quality.

Derby, Buxton and Chesterfield are central, small and friendly with excellent connections. Big names like Toyota, Rolls-Royce and Bombardier have made Derby their home and we work closely with local business to develop relevant courses and support research.

Our courses are industry-relevant, our facilities are first class and we provide flexible access to all the support and guidance you need.

Your future, your ambition - our focus

Postgraduate study

Our teaching staff can offer you the perfect combination of academic excellence and industry experience. Lecturers include active and respected researchers and many who still practise in their field, so you can be sure that you are receiving teaching that is up to date and pertinent to today’s job market.

University of Derby is one of the most flexible institutions at which to undertake postgraduate study, we offer courses on-campus full-time or part-time, online and via distance learning.

Our postgraduate taught portfolio includes MA, MSc, MBA, LLM, PGCE and Postgraduate Diploma. You can undertake research at the MRes level, and we offer a range of routes to MPhil and PhD. We also offer a variety of professional postgraduate qualifications, accredited by industry chartered institutions.

Whether you want to top up your professional qualifications, change career or develop a more detailed and in-depth knowledge of the subject you love, we have flexible study options to suit you across many disciplines.


Our research has a strong foundation, with 74% of our research submitted to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) considered internationally significant.

To build on this, we are investing in a new generation of research centres and institutes that will enable us to address the challenges facing industry, business, the public sector and wider society. Research informs our teaching, encourages enterprise and supports businesses, local authorities and other bodies, while building our reputation, regionally, nationally and internationally.

We are proud that research conducted at the University of Derby is influencing real change across the world, such as affecting how the investigators of fraud, slavery and war crimes are trained.


We have invested £150 million in our facilities over the last ten years. In addition to all that you would expect at a university, such as a large library, study spaces and a modern sports centre, we offer state-of-the art on-campus facilities including

  • Healthcare immersive interactive simulation suite (one of only two UK universities)
  • 58-acre Outdoor Leadership Centre
  • Commercial Spa
  • Industry-standard kitchens
  • Crown courtroom
  • Police interview rooms (with two-way mirrors)
  • Diagnostic imaging suites (including the only UK university Fuji X-Ray & ultrasound suite)
  • Forensics crime scene house 
  • NHS-standard hospital ward
  • The historic Grade II* Devonshire Dome events venue
  • Print bureau
  • Physiology lab
  • Forensic labs
  • Biology labs
  • Geoscience labs

Our investment in facilities reflects our commitment to providing our students with a relevant and hands on education, and to equipping our researchers with the tools to succeed.

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