Starting your postgraduate studies this September

It’s nearly time for your postgraduate journey to begin and we’re looking forward to welcoming you. As you start to prepare for September, we know that you will have lots of questions about how and where you will be studying and how coronavirus measures will affect you.

When will I start?

The academic year will start as planned on Monday 21 September. Our Welcome and Induction programmes will introduce you to University life and help you to settle in. More information on this will be available on these pages in the coming weeks.

Teaching will begin for most courses on Monday 28 September. A small number of courses have different start dates – we will contact you separately if this applies to you.

Enrolment will be available from Monday 24 August. This year, enrolment will be fully online and details of how to enrol will be emailed to you once your university place is confirmed. We encourage you to enrol as soon as possible so that you have plenty of time to access your induction materials ahead of your course starting in September.

Your induction marks the beginning of your university journey. It provides essential information that will help you make the most of your university experience. Along with your programme induction you will work through a specific unit which contains important messages, welcoming you to the university and introducing you to key people and departments. Your induction will be available from welcome week and details of how to work through this information will be emailed to you once you have completed your online enrolment.

We know how important your timetable is as it will help you plan your life around your studies. We are working to get this ready for you, but are unable to finalise it until the number of students on each course is confirmed following A-level results day. Your personal timetable will be ready in early September, and we will share it with you as soon as we can.  

Where will I study?

We are shaping up our plans to welcome you onto campus from the start of the semester. Working to government guidelines, we are introducing social distancing measures across our campuses and halls of residence. From September we are currently planning for the following:

Please note that these plans could change, depending on how the Covid-19 situation develops, and subject to government guidelines.

Welcome to our safe learning environment

MBA student Clarence Clark takes you on a tour of our Kedleston Road buildings.

A tour of our campus to show the safe learning environment

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When can I move into halls?

If you are planning to move in at the start of term in September, you can do this from Thursday 17 – Sunday 20 September. To adhere to social distancing guidelines whilst moving in, you will be asked to reserve a time slot for your arrival. Time slots will be available from 14 August, and our Student Living team will be in contact with you directly via email to arrange this.

Our Student Living team are putting plans in place to ensure you can still experience the buzz of meeting your flat-mates and making new friends.

We will provide the best possible university accommodation experience, developing social bubbles within each flat and 24-hour support from our Student Living team. We are also offering flexible contracts so you can move in later if you want to.

Find out more about our Halls of Residence

Will I be able to socialise?

Our Union of Students is ranked in the WhatUni Top 25 in the UK, and the Union team have been working hard to make sure you have a great social experience when you start in September. If you want to get involved with Freshers Fortnight, there will be a wide range of on-campus and virtual activities from Saturday 19 to Sunday 27 September. Full details will be available from the 13 August on the Union website. Our shops, cafes and our sports centre will be open and ready for you to use - fully adapted as required for social distancing.

You will also have the opportunity to sign up to a range of sports and societies.

Find out more about our Union of Students

Our commitment to you

We want you to enjoy everything that being a student at Derby has to offer, including our outstanding facilities and great city. But above all we want you to be safe and well.

Across all of our sites we are making sure that you can have as much contact time with your lecturers, tutors and fellow students as we can arrange safely.

For full details on what this means if you are planning to live in halls, please visit our accommodation pages.

If you have any specific concerns about coming to campus or living in halls, we are happy to discuss these with you. Please get in touch. If you have additional needs and would like to discuss these with our Student Wellbeing team, please complete this form and we will get back to you as soon as we can. 

Tips and advice for you before university starts

We have put together the information below to help you prepare for September. It includes lots of useful advice from our current students about studying remotely, a link to join our postgraduate Facebook group and if you still need to get your finances in place, check out our fees and finance section.

Contact us

If you have any specific questions about your course, your application or the University in general, please get in touch. You can contact us using: