Welcome to the University of Derby, an ambitious modern university in the heart of the UK. We are proud to welcome more than 1700 international students from over 100 countries studying at both undergraduate and postgraduate level with award winning support services.

We have a growing Pakistani student community at the University of Derby and here you will find important information for Pakistani students on entry requirements, who to speak to and when and where you can meet our representatives in-country. You can also get in touch with our dedicated International Recruitment Officer for Pakistan.

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Gulzaib from Pakistan

Derby is an excellent institution that polishes skills and keeps student wellbeing a priority. With the best academic faculty on board, the University is a gem in the heart of the UK. I feel so fortunate to be a part of this great learning expedition.

Gulzaib Khanum
Current student from Pakistan

General entry requirements

Here you can find details of the general entry requirements if you are from Pakistan. If you have specific questions about your qualifications you can contact the international recruitment officer.

If you are studying and completing the A-levels or the International Baccalaureate (IB) from the International Schools within Pakistan, then you can begin from the first year of a Bachelor's degree. Please see individual course pages for entry requirements.

Credit transfer into the second or final year of a Bachelor's degree programme may also be possible.

Students must have completed a relevant Bachelor’s degree from a recognised University in Pakistan. This should be equivalent to at least a UK ‘Upper Second Class (2:1)’ or ‘Lower Second Class (2:2)’ degree.

Students who have a two or three-year Bachelor degree must also have a pass in a Master’s degree.

If you hold a Bachelors degree with honours (four-year BA, BBA, BSc, BEng) with a minimum GPA of 2.4/4.00 from a recognised Pakistani University you will be considered for entry to a Masters degree.

For postgraduate research degrees, PhD applicants are expected to have a masters as well as bachelors degree in the relevant subject areas. Most importantly applicants must submit a research proposal. You can find out more here.

We accept UKVI and Academic IELTS at the required score for your chosen course, as indicated on the course page. The test must be no older than two years old. We will not be accepting Medium of Instruction evidence for English language.

For more information and advice about entry requirements contact us.

Tuition fees

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

Course level 2022 / 2023 2023/2024
Foundation £14,045 £14,900
Undergraduate* £14,045 £14,900
Postgraduate* £14,700 £14,900
MBA £15,450 £16,500
MBA Block Delivery £19,800 £20,500
MSc GeoEnergy £19,950 £19,950
DBA £27,000 To be confirmed

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

Scholarships for students from Pakistan

As a student from Pakistan, you could be eligible for one of our scholarships and discounts, which can be used together to offer a reduction in fees during your first year of study. You can apply for our scholarships once you have an offer from us.

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. Terms and conditions apply.

Our scholarships

Here are our available scholarships for the September 2023 intake. You can apply for all four scholarships, but will only be awarded one if your application is successful. Successful scholarship applicants will be contacted via email to confirm their award.

In partnership with the British Council and the GREAT British Campaign, this scholarship programme offers financial support of £11,000 to eligible students pursuing one year postgraduate study at the University of Derby, as part of our September 2023 intake.

A separate application is required through an online form once you have received your offer. Applicants must be from one of the following eligible countries:

  • China
  • Ghana
  • Pakistan (2 scholarships available)
  • India
  • Nigeria
  • Malaysia
  • Thailand

The outcome of applications will be announced after 15 June 2023.

GREAT Scholarships full details

The Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship provides one full year’s tuition fees to a limited number of eligible undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Students 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.

You can only apply for this scholarship once you have an offer from us. The outcome of applications will be announced after 1 July 2023. Please read our terms and conditions for full details.


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

  • South East Asia (Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore)
  • China (including Hong Kong)
  • South Asia (India, Pakistan)
  • Africa (Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe)
  • Europe (Norway, Switzerland)

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 excellence in extracurricular activity, either in your own time or through your employment in the last two years in your personal statement.

You can only apply for this scholarship once you have an offer from us. This is an ongoing process and we will advise successful applicants throughout the year. Please read our terms and conditions for full details.

Full tuition fee and stipend for talented and motivated postgraduate students from Commonwealth countries:

  • Bangladesh
  • Cameroon
  • Eswatini
  • Gabon
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania
  • The Gambia
  • Togo
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Vanuatu
  • Zambia

Please note, the deadline for this scholarship has passed. The outcome of applications will be announced after 31 March 2023. More information can be found on the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship website

Shahid Hussain international officer

Shahid Hussain
International Officer

Contact Shahid 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.


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