Real world learning

Real world learning is what makes studying at Derby different to anywhere else

We work with organisations and employers to make sure your time here gives you the best possible start to your career.

Find out more about the organisations we work with

Our expert academics have a wealth of practical 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.

At Derby you not only learn about your subject area, but with such opportunities at your fingertips, we ensure you leave us as one of the most employable graduates in the East Midlands.

Internships and placements

Boost your career prospects with work experience - you’ll have a wealth of opportunity at your fingertips at Derby.


An internship is a short to medium term paid employment period for undergraduate students or graduates.


Placements are longer term paid work placements for undergraduate students who have completed two years of their degree. Generally they last around 12 months.

Helping you get ready for your internship or placement

Our Employability Advisors help you with writing your CV, finding placement and internship opportunities and interview preparation, through one to one appointments or drop-in sessions.

A variety of short, focused workshops including Commercial Awareness, Social Media and Benefits of Work Experience are also available to you.

Academic partners

We work with a network of partners across the globe who deliver our degrees in country. Our partners include:


Find out more about real world learning within the School of Law and Social Sciences.