WELCOME STUDENTS FROM AFRICA

Welcome to the University of Derby, an ambitious, modern university in the heart of the UK. We are proud to welcome more than 1,700 international students from 100 countries studying at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, supported by our award-winning International Student Centre. Find out more about our scholarships offer, our courses and how to apply to study with us.

Top 30UK university**The Guardian University Guide 2020
Goldrated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
Top10in the world for international student learning experience**Global ISB Benchmark Group 2018

The UK government has recently announced a new ‘graduate route’ that allows international students to work, or look for work, at any skill level for a period of two years after completing their courses in the UK. Find out more about the two-year post-study visa

A warm welcome

As a Gold-rated institution for our teaching and learning (Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework), we combine academic expertise with industry experience to ensure your learning is up to date and relevant to today's world.

We continuously invest in our cutting-edge facilities, so you'll be using the latest resources and equipment to support your studies, as well as experience realistic working environments so you'll be ready to impress your future employers and fulfil your ambitions. 

Our Derby English Language Centre can help you improve your language skills in an academic setting and progress through your degree programme, while academics and students work together to ensure we have a fully integrated student community.

Our friendly International Student Centre is rated the best of all UK universities (International Student Barometer 2018 UK Benchmark Group) and will help you settle in to student life when you arrive in the UK with airport pick-ups and a welcome programme to meet your fellow students.

Derby is the UK's most central city, with great rail links across the country and within easy reach of airports. A lively, multi-cultural city, Derby is home to major multi-national companies like Rolls Royce and Toyota. It's a welcoming and safe place with lots going on for international students to really experience British culture.

Law student Nta Nta

Improving my prospects

Lawyer Nta Nta from Nigeria knew a postgraduate degree would increase his knowledge in his chosen specialism and improve his career prospects. He is now studying for our Master of Laws (LLM) at Derby.

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Nigerian student Mercy O. Okorie

A home away from home

From the big cities of Nigeria to the community spirit of Derby. Find out how Mercy learned to navigate her new home, and how she's learning how to 'Be the Boss' through one of our initiatives.

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Scholarships for students from Africa

As a student from Africa, you could be eligible for one of our scholarships and discounts, offering a reduction in fees during your first year of study. We award scholarships based on your application to study; there is no separate form to complete. All applications from eligible students will be considered for a scholarship by our international admissions team. We will notify you of your scholarship when we make you an offer, and apply your discount to your remaining fees.

You must be applying for a full-time degree. Applications for postgraduate research, online studies, foundation and pre-sessional language programmes are not eligible for a discount or scholarship. 

Here is a list of our current scholarships:

We pay one full year’s tuition fees to a limited number of exceptional undergraduate and postgraduate international students.

You will need to achieve high academic results exceeding the entry criteria for the course and demonstrate exceptional achievements in extracurricular activity, either in your own time or through your employment in the last two years in your personal statement.

£5,000 scholarship to a limited number of eligible undergraduate and postgraduate international students who can demonstrate excellence in their application.

You will need to achieve high academic results exceeding the entry criteria for the course and demonstrate excellence in extracurricular activity, either in your own time or through your employment in the last two years in your personal statement.

£5,000 scholarship to a limited number of eligible postgraduate international students on the MBA course.

You will have evidence of high leadership skills in previous or current work experience and have achieved high academic results exceeding the entry criteria for the course.

£3,000 scholarship to a limited number of eligible undergraduate and postgraduate international students from the following countries who have demonstrated high achievement:

  • SE Asia (Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia)
  • China (including Hong Kong)
  • South Asia (India, Pakistan)
  • Africa

If you are from a country not listed above, you may still be awarded a scholarship at the discretion of the University.

You will need to achieve high academic results exceeding the entry criteria for the course and demonstrate a good understanding of your chosen subject area, previous experience in the field and clear aims and objectives for the future in your personal statement.

£3,000 scholarship to a limited number of eligible undergraduate and postgraduate international students for selected courses taught at the Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism.

You will need to achieve high academic results exceeding the entry criteria for the course and demonstrate excellence, knowledge and experience in your proposed field of study in your personal statement.

£2,000 scholarship for all eligible international students studying a postgraduate taught programme (PGT).

We offer a number of sports scholarships that are also available to international and EU students.

Find out more about our sports scholarships

Contact our representative

Chris Wyke

Christopher Wyke
Senior International Recruitment Officer

Contact Christopher if you want to know more about what it's like to live and study in Derby or have any questions about making an application.

Email
c.a.wyke@derby.ac.uk

Phone
+44 (0)7789 396850
Titobi, our national rep in Africa

Titobi Oshinyimika
National Representative

If you are in Nigeria, you can contact Titobi if you have any questions about making an application.

Email
t.oshinyimika@derby.ac.uk

Phone:
+234 (0) 810 9601 492

Address:
UKEAS
2A Louis Solomon Close
Off Ahmadu Bello Way,
Victoria Island Lagos,
Nigeria
Students at an Open Day

Chat to our students

Want to know more about what it's like to be an international student at the University of Derby? Chat to one of our online ambassadors to find out more about life at Derby.

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A student takes in the view at Thorpe Cloud, Derbyshire

Finding my space to grow

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Tuition fees

Below is a summary of our annual tuition fees in UK pounds before any scholarship or discount has been applied. 

Course levelSeptember 2020 / January 2021
Foundation £14,045
Undergraduate* £14,045
Postgraduate* £14,700
MBA £15,450
MBA Block Delivery £19,800
MSc GeoEnergy £19,950
DBA £27,800

* Some course fees may vary so please check the course webpage for details.

Student in class

Executive and Professional Education

Achieve your goals with our suite of flexible executive and professional education programmes, underpinned by expert teaching and inspired by the latest business and management thinking.

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General entry requirements

Click on your country below to find the entry requirements. You can also check the course page for any specific requirements.

International Foundation Year

West African Senior School Certificate Examination, NECO Senior School Certificate or General Certificate of Education Ordinary.

Students with five passes at grade C or above would usually be eligible for the IFY.

UKVI IELTS 4.5 with a minimum of 4.0 in all components (CEFR B1) is also required.

Undergraduate

Students with a minimum CGPA of 2.5 in the National Diploma can typically be considered for direct entrance onto Bachelor programmes.

Students with a minimum CGPA of 2.5 in the Ordinary National Diploma can typically be considered for direct entrance to the first year of Bachelor programmes.

Students with a minimum CGPA of 2.5 in the Higher National Diploma can typically be considered for direct entrance onto the final year of Bachelor programmes.

The West African GCE Advanced Levels are comparable in terms of grading and equivalence to UK A levels.

Postgraduate

Bachelor degrees from NARIC or government recognised institutions can normally be accepted for master’s studies.

A score of 60-70% or Second Class Honours (Upper Division) is considered comparable to a UK 2:1

A score of 50-59% or Second Class Honours (Lower Division) is considered comparable to a UK 2:2

English

Undergraduate

WAEC C6 – (Equivalent to IELTS 6.0)
WAEC C4 – (Equivalent to IELTS 6.5)
WAEC B3 - (Equivalent to IELTS 7.0)

Postgraduate

We accept WAEC C6 for an IELTS equivalent of 6.0 or 6.5 for PG plus 4 years study at University taught in English
For IELTS 7 or above an IELTS is required
If you do not meet the criteria above then you will require an Academic IELTS

 

International Foundation Year

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

Students with minimum grades of C in five subjects would usually be eligible for the International Foundation Year.

UKVI IELTS 4.5 with a minimum of 4.0 in all components (CEFR B1) is also required.

Undergraduate

Students with a minimum score of 60% in the University Diploma / Ordinary Diploma / Ordinary Technician Diploma can typically be considered for direct entrance to bachelor programmes.

Students who have successfully completed one year of a Kenyan degree programme can typically be considered for direct entrance to bachelor programmes.

Students with a minimum score of 60% in the Higher Diploma / Higher Technician Diploma can typically be considered for entrance to the final year of a Bachelor programme.

Postgraduate

We require a Bachelor degree from a NARIC or government recognised institution, a typical offer would be:

A score of 60% is considered comparable to a UK 2:1
A score of 50% is considered comparable to a UK 2:2

Degrees issued by private institutions must have national recognition from CHE. You can download the list of approved private degrees here.

English 

The following awards offer English language exemptions:

Undergaduate

KCSE with a grade C – (Equivalent to IELTS 6.0)
KCSE with a grade C – (Equivalent to IELTS 6.5)
KCSE with a grade B - (Equivalent to IELTS 7.0)

Postgraduate


Accept KCSE with a C for an IELTS equivalent of 6.0 or 6.5 for plus 3/4 years study at University taught in English
For IELTS 7 or above an IELTS is required

N.B. Some programmes will require IELTS with no exemptions.

 

International Foundation Year

West African Senior School Certificate Examination / General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level.

Student with five passes at Grade C in either of the above awards would usually be eligible for the International Foundation Year.

UKVI IELTS 4.5 with a minimum of 4.0 in all components (CEFR B1) is also required.

Undergraduate

Students with a minimum CGPA of 2.5 in the Ordinary National Diploma can typically be considered for entrance to the first year of Bachelor programmes.

Students with a minimum CGPA of 2.5 in the Higher National Diploma can typically be considered for entrance to the final year of Bachelor programmes.

The General Certificate of Education Advanced Levels is comparable in terms of grading and equivalence to UK A levels.

Postgraduate

We require a Bachelor degree from a NARIC or government recognised institution. The majority of universities use the UK grading system.

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology do not have a 3rd class descriptor.

English

Undergraduate

WASSCE C6 – (Equivalent to IELTS 6.0)
WASSCE C4 – (Equivalent to IELTS 6.5)
WASSCE B3 - (Equivalent to IELTS 7.0)

Postgraduate

We accept WASSCE C6 for an IELTS equivalent of 6.0 or 6.5 for PG plus 4 years study at University taught in English
For IELTS 7 or above an IELTS is required
If you do not meet the criteria above then you will require an Academic IELTS

English language testing for September 2020

In response to the current global pandemic, we will temporarily accept some alternatives to the standard IELTS test for most courses whilst the situation continues.

Find out more about English language testing for September 2020 entry

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Be inspired by our Virtual Open Days

Can't make it to campus? Take a tour wherever you are with our Virtual Open Days. See our first-class facilities, discover our courses and find out what it's like to be a University of Derby student.

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