School of Computing
and Engineering

The fields of computing, electronics, maths and engineering are critical to our society's progress. They are behind some of the most exciting developments in the world today, such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, the fight against cybercrime, clean energy, electric vehicles, and smart factories and automation.

Solving the world's problems

Engineers love to solve problems. From everyday issues, like how to monitor your energy consumption at home, to huge societal challenges, like how to transition to greener forms of energy. Of course, maths and science underpin engineering and now computing is playing an increasingly important role too. Advances in big data and the Internet of Things are helping to revolutionise manufacturing for instance. There are now 'smart factories' where almost all processes are automated and where sensors monitor the condition of machines in real-time.

Engineering, maths and computing are also vital to our quest as a society to live, work and travel more sustainably, and our School has ambitions to become leaders in this field. In the last ten years, we've invested heavily in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) facilities, including a £13m STEM centre. We want to be at the forefront of teaching and research around topics such as future fuels, electrification, smart factories and automation, hydrogen and green energy, as well as aerospace engineering. Our Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering will play a key role in this.

If you have a passion for technology, problem-solving, or a head for numbers, you can be part of these exciting developments by studying or working with our School. To find out more about our courses, explore the undergraduate and postgraduate sections below or read more about our research.

Moving forward with research

Our researchers are helping to advance our understanding in some important fields of engineering, computing, electronics and maths. These include big data, artificial intelligence, advanced composite materials and additive manufacturing, control and instrumentation, and hydrogen-powered green energy. These topics align with many of the UK Government's Sector Deals, which are part of its industrial strategy.

Here are some of our recent research highlights:

These research studies, which are often collaborations with industry, ensure we are always improving our knowledge and using our expertise to make a difference. They also provide cutting-edge case studies for our students as well as opportunities for guest lectures, student projects and company visits.

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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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Our Services

Here at the University of Derby, we're committed to using our research and knowledge, expertise and resources to inspire and develop the businesses of today and tomorrow.

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Professor Stephan Reiff-Marganiec
Head of School of Computing and Engineering

Professor Stephan Reiff-Marganiec is a Professor in Computer Science and the Head of Computing, a discipline in the College of Science and Engineering. 

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Our staff

Read more about the talented staff teaching and researching in this School.

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