College of Science and Engineering

Change-makers, future-shapers

We are the home of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths: the STEM skills that are essential to the UK’s Industrial Strategy. From digitisation to decarbonisation, we have an important role to play in shaping the future. And by studying, researching or collaborating with us, you can too.

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School of Computing and Engineering

We work on some of the most exciting developments in the world today, from future fuels and electrification to smart factories and automation. We are home to these subjects: Computing, Electronics, Mathematics and Engineering.

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School of Built and Natural Environment

We focus on creating lived-in landscapes that are better for people and the planet. We are home to subjects like: Biology & Zoology, Environmental Sustainability, Architecture, Civil Engineering & Construction Management, Extractives and Acoustics.

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School of Human Sciences

We improve the health and security of individuals and societies, through medical science, forensic science and sport and exercise science. Our work helps to detect and combat disease, promote physical health, enhance human performance, and prosecute criminals.

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Question. Understand. Change.

As scientists and engineers, we’re naturally curious about our world. By asking three key questions - how does it happen? why does it happen? what impact does it have? — we can investigate almost anything, including some of the biggest challenges we face today, such as:

Once we understand these issues better and what their impacts are, we can take action and call for change. We are in a position to help make the world greener, healthier, safer and more productive. If that inspires you, then we hope you'll join us - either as a student, staff member, researcher or collaborator.

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Student Showcase 2022

We're showcasing the work of some of our talented Science and Engineering students to celebrate their achievements over the 2021-22 academic year.

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Derby academics ranked among most cited scientists

Academics at the University of Derby have been ranked amongst the most highly-cited scientists in the world, according to research by Stanford University, with eight current members of staff from Derby in the top 4% of scientists.

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New Institute of Technology will lead the UK's Digital and Green Revolution

The University of Derby, Loughborough College, Loughborough University and the Derby College Group (DCG) will work together on the new Institute, which will create the highly advanced workforce needed to lead the digital revolution – otherwise known as Industry 4.0.

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Recognised for 'World-leading' research

The University of Derby is delivering world-leading and internationally excellent research in Education, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 results. The University submitted 27 Case Studies demonstrating how research has impacted business and society across its core subjects.

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Dr Chris Bussell

Dr Chris Bussell
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean, College of Science and Engineering

Chris's academic field is in human physiology, with particular focus on responses and adaptation to high performance and health outcomes arising through increased participation in physical activity.

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Be inspired by our Virtual Tour

Get a taste of what it’s like to come to the University of Derby and explore what’s on offer - wherever you are.

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