One Friar Gate Square

This distinctive building in Derby city centre is home to the School of Law and Social Sciences, incorporating Derby Law School and the International Centre of Excellence in Policing and Criminal Justice. Our law, criminology, policing, social and political science students are based here.

An iconic building in the heart of Derby’s vibrant city centre, One Friar Gate Square is the home of the Department of Law, Criminology and Social Sciences. With a dedicated teaching team that have vast amounts of experience in their taught subject area and modern learning facilities, this site is the perfect environment to excel in your studies. 

The site has its own cafe, learning spaces and specialist training facilities which include

Global perspectives

Global perspectives are an integral part of all our courses in the Department of Law, Criminology and Social Sciencesw. Recognising the importance of experiencing how other countries approach legal, justice and social issues, we offer each student the opportunity to go on international study trips which are included in course fees.


We have strong links with practice across the region including prisons, police forces law professions and non-governmental organisations which offers the opportunity to gain high quality work experience which will benefit our students on graduating.

Our students also have the chance to benefit from work experience which is built into their studies. Examples of previous work students have completed include live client briefs for local companies and organisations. 


The Unibus is a free bus service available to all students with a valid student ID card that runs all year round. It connects all University sites within Derby city and has stops which cover halls of residence, Derby city centre, Derby bus station and train station. 

One Friar Gate Square is a 10 minute walk to the city centre and only a 25 minute walk to the main Kedleston Road site. All halls of residence can easily be accessed by foot.

Police hat on a desk
Lecturer leading a lecture
Students practising in the Law Court
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