Coronavirus information for prospective students and applicants

We're looking forward to welcoming you in September. We understand this year has been different, which is why we have adapted to ensure your university experience at Derby doesn't have to be put on hold.

Starting in September

We're thrilled to let you know that we will welcome all our students onto campus from September 2021. You’ll have access to everything you need to thrive in your studies including face-to- face practical workshops, seminars and lectures. Most of our teaching will be face-to-face on campus with plenty of interactive and applied learning. Large teaching sessions will be delivered online and you'll have access to a range of expertly designed digital resources.

We really can’t wait to welcome everyone onto campus in September to experience everything that Derby has to offer in-person. We will need your help to ensure that everyone stays safe, here’s how you can play your part:

  • Before you travel to the University of Derby, carry out a test by ordering a free Lateral Flow Device test online or collect from your local pharmacy
  • Before coming onto campus, you should expect to take two Lateral Flow Device tests either using home test kits or at an on-site testing facility (3-4 days apart). If you have medical or other reasons that prevent you from engaging in Lateral Flow Device testing, please get in touch with us about alternatives.
  • Take a coronavirus test and get a negative result three days before you travel to the UK
  • Complete a passenger locator form online before you arrive in the UK
  • Pre-book and pay for a travel test package which will include COVID-19 tests to be taken on or before day two, and if you’re arriving from a country on the amber or red list, on or after day eight of quarantine
  • You must also check whether you need to complete a 10-day period of self-isolation or managed quarantine, this will depend on where you’re travelling from
  • Travel advice may change so please check the latest guidance before travelling. We’re here to help and so if you have any questions, just get in touch with us.


We strongly encourage all students to get both doses of the Covid-19 vaccination at the earliest opportunity, ideally before coming to University. This small simple action will save lives, reduce risks, and help ensure you don’t limit your opportunities to enjoy all aspects of university life.

Your teaching experience

Plans are well underway to get our spaces ready for your arrival so that you get the full campus experience. Facilities will be open, like our specialist study spaces, the gym, libraries, social learning spaces and food outlets to grab a bite to eat. To help you move around the city, our bus service will be available too. There’s so much to look forward to by coming to university, but it can be daunting. Our support services will be on campus ready for whenever you may need them.

Your social life

We understand that this year will be different, but we've been working with our Union of Students to ensure you can look forward to a bit more normality in September. We're committed to offering you more of an in-person Freshers with fantastic opportunities to meet new people and socialise, express yourself and your identity, join a vibrant student community, and fulfill your potential. Regardless of the situation, and whether you're after activities, representation, volunteering opportunities, employability, or advice, we'll be here for you throughout your studies. Information about Freshers week will be updated on the Derby Fresh page.

If you are an international student you can find all the up-to-date information about travel to the UK and self-isolation on our Guidance for International Applicant page.

"My university experience has been brilliant throughout the pandemic. The staff have stepped up and taken on new challenges incredibly well. Lecturers have given online support in their own time and the halls team have maintained a social events calendar." Devon Kirkland, MEng Motorsport Engineering student

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus entrance

Undergraduate Open Days

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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