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Our culture of real world learning means we work with employers to make sure your time here will give you the best possible start to your career. This includes:

  • Degrees recognised by industry
  • Work placements and study abroad
  • Opportunities to turn theory into practice.

With millions of pounds invested in state-of-the-art facilities designed to enable you to put into practice theories and techniques you have learned, we ensure that you leave the University of Derby as one of the most employable graduates in the East Midlands.

Our expert academics have a wealth of industry experience, and with a greater staff to student ratio than most other universities you're guaranteed more dedicated time from your lecturers to help develop skills that employers are looking for.

Derby is a Top 10 city for creating jobs* and is ranked 2nd in the UK as the best place to make a living with an average monthly take-home salary of £2168.** We have successful graduates working at the BBC, Lego, Elemis, DCFC, Rolls-Royce, Network Rail and many other large organisations.

Exclusively for Derby students, our Annual Graduate Recruitment, Internship and Placement (GRIP) Fair, is your chance to meet more than 30 local employers looking for graduates. Placements are guaranteed on some courses and actively encouraged on others – so you’ll graduate with relevant work experience and contacts to give you the edge in your career.

Our Careers and Employment Service can offer and advice and support with:

  • Finding work placements
  • CV writing and preparing for interviews
  • Ongoing support for up to three years after you graduate.

At Derby we also have opportunities for students to work within the University, giving you the chance to earn some extra cash and boost your CV. 

Why choose Derby?

Facilities - This is our classroom
City - This is our classroom
Academics - This is our classroom

*The Centre for Cities Outlook, 2015    **Survey by