WELCOME TO
STUDENTS
FROM
THE MIDDLE
EAST

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.

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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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Scholarships for students from the Middle East

As a student from the Middle East, 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. 

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 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

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.

General entry requirements

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

Foundation

  • Secondary School Certificate Shahadat Al-Thanawaya Al-Aama
  • Students with an overall score of 65% 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

  • Applicants with a Shahadat Al-Thanawaya Al-Aama will normally need to complete an International Foundation Year

Postgraduate

  • We require a  Bachelor degree from a NARIC or government recognised institution, a typical offer would be:
  • A score of 2.7-3.3/4.0 is considered comparable to a UK 2:1 A score of 2.0-2.6/4.0 is considered comparable to a UK 2:2

English

  • The English Language requirement is Academic IELTS or if your previous study was taught in English then a recent MOI from the institution of study is required

 

Foundation

  • General Secondary Education Certificate.
  • Students with a score of 75% 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 GPA of 2.3 in a (University Diploma) can typically be considered for direct entrance to Bachelor programmes
  • Students with a minimum GPA of 2.3 in an (Associate Degree) can typically be considered for entrance to the second year of a Bachelor degree

Postgraduate

  • Bachelor degree Bachelor degrees from NARIC or government recognised institutions can normally be accepted for master’s studies
  • A GPA of 3.3 is considered comparable to a UK 2:1 A GPA of 2.3 is considered comparable to a UK 2:2

English

  • The English Language requirement is Academic IELTS or if your previous study was taught in English then a recent MOI from the institution of study is required

Foundation

  • General Education Diploma
    Students holding the General Education Diploma with a score of 65% would usually be accepted
  • 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 65%, C+ or GPA of 2.3 in the (Diploma) can typically be considered for direct entrance to Bachelor programmes
  • Students with a minimum score of 65%, C+ or GPA of 2.3 in the (Higher / Advanced Diploma) can typically be considered for entrance to the final year of Bachelor programmes dependent upon module mapping

Postgraduate

  • Bachelor degree
    Bachelor degrees from NARIC or government recognised institutions can normally be accepted for master’s studies
  • A score of 3.0 is considered comparable to a UK 2:1 A score of 2.3 is considered comparable to a UK 2:2

English

  • The English Language requirement is Academic IELTS or if your previous study was taught in English then a recent MOI from the institution of study is required

Foundation

ال شهادة ال ثان وی ة ال عامة ل لمدارس ال م س ت ق لة – Senior School Certificate (Shahadat Al-Thanawaya Al-Aama)

  • Students with a grade C or Good (over 63%)
  • UKVI IELTS 4.5 with a minimum of 4.0 in all components (CEFR B1) is also required

Undergraduate

  • Students with a minimum GPA of 3.0/5 in the ال شهادة ال جام ع یة ال م تو سطة (Associate Degree) can typically be considered for entrance to the second year of Bachelor programmes.

Postgraduate

  • Bachelors degree

Foundation

شهادة ال ثان وی ة ال عامة – General Secondary Education Certificate

  • Students with an overall score of 70% in the General Secondary Education Certificate 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

دب لوم ال ك ل یات / ال م عاهد ال صح یة – Diploma from a Health College / Institute

دب لوم ال ك ل یات ال ت ق ن یة / ال م عاهد ال ف ن یة – Diploma from a Technical College / Vocational institute

  • Holders of the above awards with a minimum GPA of 3.0/5 are eligible for entrance onto a Bachelor programme

ال شهادة ال جام ع یة ال م تو سطة – Associate Degree

  • The Associate degree in Health Sciences with a minimum GPA 3.0/5 of will be considered for entrance to the second year of a Bachelor degree

ال شهادة ال جام ع یة ال م تو سطة ف ي ال ع لوم ال صح یة – Intermediate University Degree in Health Sciences

  • The Intermediate University degree in Health Sciences with a minimum GPA 3.0/5 of will be considered for entrance to the second year of a Bachelor degree

English

  • The English Language requirement is Academic IELTS or if your previous study was taught in English then a recent MOI from the institution of study is required

Postgraduate

  • Bachelors degree

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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