Student statistics - 2017/18

All figures on this page are taken from the 2017/18 academic year. The data is obtained from HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) - see for more information. Figures are rounded to the nearest 5.

Total number of students

The following figures relate to the UK based Higher Education students only.

Student breakdown

Student populationFull-timePart-timeAll students
Undergraduate 11,525 3,070 14,595
Postgraduate (research) 125 150 275
Postgraduate (taught) 1,245 2,370 3,615
Total 12,895 5,590 18,485

Student demographics


Age rangePercentage of students
Under 21 37%
21-24 24%
25-29 12%
30 and over 27%


GenderPercentage of students
Female 58%
Male 42%


AreaPercentage of students
East Midlands 47%
Rest of England 43%
Other Overseas 4%
Other European Union 5%
Wales 1%
Scotland 1%
Northern Ireland 0%


Student typePercentage of students
Students without a disability 85%
Students with a disability 15%


Ethnic groupPercentage of students*
White ethnicity 79%
Asian or Asian British 8%
Black or Black British 9%
Mixed ethnicity 4%

*Percentages exclude students whose ethnicity is not reported

Student satisfaction

86% of University of Derby students said they were satisfied or highly satisfied with their course (National Student Survey 2018).

Destinations of Leavers

96% of University of Derby graduates from full-time first degree courses in the 2016/17 academic year were employed or undertaking further study six months after graduation. This figure is obtained through the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.