WELCOME TO
STUDENTS FROM
SOUTH EAST ASIA

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, with award-winning support services. Find out more about our scholarships offer, our courses and how to apply to study with us.

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Postgraduate Digital Event

Our next Postgraduate Digital Event is on Thursday 4 November, 10.30am to 4pm UK time. At this online drop-in event you will be able to chat to our teaching staff and current postgraduate students.

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Scholarships for students from South East Asia

As a student from South East Asia, 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 some scholarships once you have an offer from us and others will be applied automatically if you are eligible.

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.

Here are our current scholarships for 2021/22:

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.

You can only apply for this scholarship once you have an offer from us. Please read our terms and conditions for full details.

£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.

You can only apply for this scholarship once you have an offer from us.

£1,500 scholarship to a limited number of eligible undergraduate and postgraduate international students from Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia who have demonstrated high achievement. If you are from a different country, 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.

You do not need to apply separately for this scholarship as it will be automatically applied if you are eligible.

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

You will automatically be awarded this discount unless you have been awarded the Vice-Chancellor Scholarship, the International Excellent Student Scholarship or a GREAT Scholarship.

*Postgraduate Scholarships are not available for students studying with the University of Derby Online Learning, this are only available to students studying on-campus. Read our terms and conditions.

Moving from Vietnam to the UK

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6,500 miles from home: my journey to university

International transfer student Marcus Chan offers some tips and advice on how to cope with moving away from home to go to university. He shares his insights on how it felt to come to Derby for the first time.

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Fairs and online events

We are taking part in virtual and in-person fairs and online events for students from South East Asia thinking of studying in the UK. 

Hands On Study Abroad Exhibition (hybrid event - stream available)

Book your place for the 30 October event

Please contact Sim (Madalin Simeria), our Senior International Officer, on M.Simeria@derby.ac.uk with any questions you have about what it's like to live and study in Derby.

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Sim (Madalin Simeria)
Senior International Officer

Contact Sim 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
M.Simeria@derby.ac.uk

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Discover Derby Uni

There are many ways for you to find out more about studying at Derby. Book your Open Day or Campus Tour, sign up for Derby on Demand, explore our Virtual Open Days, or watch our Open Day Live production and listen to interviews with our brilliant staff and students.

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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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Well on her way to an employable future

Beatrice Chang from Malaysia has discovered new friends and beautiful countryside whilst studying at our Buxton Campus.

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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 level2020 / 2021
Foundation £14,045
Undergraduate* £14,045
Postgraduate* £14,700
MBA £15,450
MBA Block Delivery £19,800
MSc GeoEnergy £19,950
DBA £27,000

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

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

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Passion for design and travel inspired Pantrat to come to Derby

Coming to the UK from Thailand, Pantrat Krupanyamat chose to study Interior Design here at Derby in order to be closer to the European countries he'd like to visit.

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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.

Foundation

  • Students with a minimum score of 7 in the SMA/MA (Certificate of Graduation from Academic/ Islamic School) will be considered for Foundation Programmes.
  • UKVI Academic IELTS 4.5 with a minimum of 4.0 in all components (CEFR B1) is also required

Undergraduate

  • Students with a minimum score of 31 points on the International Baccalaureate will typically be considered for entrance on to 1st year of undergraduate programmes.
  • Students with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the D1 can be considered for 1st year entrance on to Bachelor Programmes.
  • Students with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the D2 can be considered for 2nd year entrance to a Bachelor Degree in a similar discipline.
  • Students with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the D3 can be considered for 3rd year entrance to a Bachelor Degree in a similar discipline.

Postgraduate

  • Sarjana I or Diploma IV from a NARIC or government recognised institution - students with a GPA of 2.5 or 3.0 will be considered for entrance on to Master’s programmes.

English language

  • IELTS or a letter confirming that the student has been taught using English as a medium of instruction is required.
  • IB Higher Level English language with a score of 4 can be accepted in lieu of IELTS.
Foundation
  • Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia – Malaysia Certificate of Education. Scores of 6 or grade C would be eligible for our International Foundation Year.
Undergraduate
  • A minimum average of 65% or B5 in the Unified Examinations Certificate (UEC) can typically be considered for direct entrance to bachelors programmes.
  • Students with a minimum score of 31 points on the International Baccalaureate will typically be considered for entrance on to 1st year of undergraduate programmes.
  • Diplomas with a GPA of 2.5 will be considered on a case by case basis for advance standing onto bachelors programmes. Entry typically on to 2nd year of bachelors programmes however students can be accepted onto the final year at the programme leader’s discretion.
  • IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all components is also required*

*Some courses may require higher IELTS scores; please refer to the individual course requirements for further information.

Postgraduate
  • Bachelor’s degrees from institutions recognised by NARIC or degrees from private institutions registered within the MQR can normally be accepted for masters studies.
  • IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all components is also required*

*Some courses may require higher IELTS scores; please refer to the individual course requirements for further information.

English
  • The following qualifications grant exemption from standard English language requirements:
  • English Language 1119 taken as part of the SPM is an official General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level issued by the Examinations Syndicate, Ministry of Education Malaysia in collaboration with the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate with a minimum grade of C. Similarly to GCSEs this award has no expiry date
  • MUET examination Level 4 for undergraduate studies and Level 5 for postgraduate studies
  • Level 109 in the Malaysia Certified Intensive English Programme
  • Grades A-C in English taken as part of the UEC
  • IB Higher Level English language with a score of 4 can be accepted in lieu of IELTS.
  • Students who have completed English at Standard Level with a minimum grade of 6 would be exempt from standard English requirements.

 

Foundation
  • Singapore/Cambridge GCE O Level - Students with grades 1-6 (A1-C6) in each subject will be considered for entrance on to the International Foundation Year.
  • UKVI Academic IELTS 4.5 with a minimum of 4.0 in all components is also required
Undergraduate
  • Students who have taken the Intergrated Programme can typically be considered for entrance on to Bachelor programmes.
  • Students with a minimum score of 31 points on the International Baccalaureate will typically be considered for entrance on to 1st year of undergraduate programmes.
  • Students holding a Polytechnic Certificate from a recognised public institution with a minimum score of 2.0, grade C or 60% will be considered for entrance to Bachelor programmes.
  • A Polytechnic Advanced Diploma from a recognised public institution with a GPA of 2.0, grade of C or 60% will be considered for entrance onto the final year of a Bachelor programme.
  • Qualifications from private institutions registered with the Singapore Council for Private Education will be considered on a case by case basis.
Postgraduate
  • Students holding a degree from the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University, Singapore University of Technology & Design, Singapore Institute of Technology or SIM University will normally be accepted for entrance on to Master’s degrees. 
English language

The following qualifications grant exemption from Standard English language requirements:

  • O level Grade C6 or above in English language
  • A level Grade C6 or above in English language
  • Singapore Integrated Programme with grade C in English
  • Bachelor degrees – a letter confirming the medium of instruction will be accepted when a degree programme has been taught in English Language.
  • IB Higher Level English language with a score of 4 can be accepted in lieu of IELTS.
  • Students who have completed English at Standard Level with a minimum grade of 6 would be exempt from standard English requirements.
Undergraduate
  • Advanced Diplomas with a GPA of 2.3 are considered on a case-by-case basis for advance standing onto bachelors courses. Students can be accepted onto the second year of bachelors courses at the programme leader’s discretion
  • IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all components is also required*

*Some courses may require higher IELTS scores; please refer to the individual course requirements for further information.

Postgraduate
  • Students who have completed a degree with a minimum of four years from a NARIC or government recognised institution can normally be considered for admission onto a masters degree
  • IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all components is also required*

*Some courses may require higher IELTS scores; please refer to the individual course requirements for further information.

English

Pre-sessional English courses:

  • 5 Weeks = £1,440 (approx 59,449 Thai Baht)
  • 8 Weeks = £2,880 (approx 118,899 Thai Baht)
  • 12 Weeks = £4,320 (approx 178,349 Thai Baht)

Find out more about our pre-sessional English courses.

Some qualifications grant exemption from standard English language requirements.

For more information and advice about entry requirements contact us.

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English language test requirements for September 2021 entry

Are you concerned about being able to provide English language requirements? While the current situation continues, we will temporarily accept some alternatives to the standard IELTS test for most courses.

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