You already know that studying by online distance learning is incredibly convenient, but you may still have some questions.

Below are some of our most frequently asked questions which you may find helpful.

If you still require further help or have additional questions, then call us on +44 (0) 1332 594000 or complete our online enquiry form on the Contact us page.

Please refer to the individual entry requirements for your chosen online course. If you are still unsure whether you are eligible, we strongly advise you to submit an application with all your supporting documents and a detailed CV so we can make an assessment.

Your award will be from The University of Derby and will state the name of the course that you studied – e.g. BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies. There is no reference to the mode of study on your certificate.

Most of our courses are assessed by online coursework. There are some exceptions; some modules from the Health and Social Care and the Business and Management portfolio have online timed assessments. Psychology BSc (Hons) and Environmental Health MSc have a residential week on campus, which you will need to attend if you require a professionally accredited qualification. The residential week will form part of your assessment. The Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing MSc course is assessed through coursework with a range of methods such as design work, writing technical reports and exams.

Each 20 credit module is studied over a 10 week period (one trimester). We recommend that for each 20 credit module you allow 20 hours of study per week, or 200 hours in total across the trimester.

If you choose to study two modules per trimester then 40 hours of study per week is recommended.

The majority of our courses can be studied 100% online with no attendance at our Derby campus required.

Due to professional accreditation regulations, three of our online courses require you to attend campus. These are the BPS accredited Psychology BSc (Hons), the CIEH accredited Environmental Health MSc and the Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing MSc. These courses require a one week residential visit at our Kedleston Road campus in Derby, DE22 1GB. The residential weeks are a great way to meet academics and fellow students and have always proved to be very popular with our students. You only attend the residential week once throughout the whole course, they are not every trimester. If you do not wish to achieve an accredited degree or are unable to attend the residential week, you can still complete the course to achieve a non-accredited award in either BSc (Hons) Psychological Studies or MSc Environmental Health Studies.

All other courses do not require you to attend campus.

The maximum registration period for our online courses is the standard course length plus two years, so you must complete your studies within this time. If you are still unsure, please email us at onlineadmissions@derby.ac.uk.

There is no fee to apply for any of our online courses.

You will need to have a PC, Mac or laptop/ notebook, or your mobile device with an internet connection. At the very least you will need one of the following browsers:

  • Google Chrome
  • Internet Explorer
  • Firefox
  • Safari

You can undertake a compatibility test with our virtual learning environment provider at:

https://en-us.help.blackboard.com/Learn/Student/Getting_Started/Browser_Support/Browser_Checker

Our virtual learning environment is tested on a number of devices and operating systems. If you would like to find out more, please visit.

https://en-us.help.blackboard.com/Learn/Student/Getting_Started/Browser_Support#Tested_devices_and_operating_systems

Other software required:

  • PDF reader files (eg Adobe Acrobat Reader)
  • Microsoft Word (at least Word 2003)
  • Microsoft Excel (at least Excel 2003)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (at least PowerPoint 2003)

Some courses require additional software which you can download from the internet. And our BSc (Hons) Psychology requires a specialist statistical package (SPSS for Windows) which you can obtain from the University at no additional cost when you enrol on the statistics modules.

Before you begin your application make sure you have:

  • Your qualification details including grades and dates taken. You will have the opportunity to upload scanned copies of your qualification certificates/transcripts in the application. If you have no formal qualifications, you can also state this in your application to us. 
  • A scanned copy of your passport or other official photographic ID e.g. photo driving licence. This will help us verify your application to study with us. If you do not have any photo ID, we will accept a scanned copy of your birth certificate. International applicants must provide a copy of their passport for visa assessment purposes. 
  • Your work experience – this is optional for you to provide and could be in the form of a CV which you can upload into your application or you can provide the company names and addresses of your employers (maximum of 3). 
  • A personal statement showing your interest for the course/subject. This is a mandatory requirement and you will be able to upload it into your application. You may want to include your reasons for applying for the course, your experience in the field, how you feel you would benefit from studying and relevant information about your previous studies. You could also tell us about your non-academic experiences such as hobbies, interests, participation in any clubs, societies or voluntary work. 
  • A relevant reference for the course you have applied for. The reference should be in written format and supplied on company headed paper, signed and dated from either a manager, supervisor, tutor or teacher. If you need to supply two references, this usually means you need to provide one academic reference from any recent study and one employer reference.
  • If you are applying as an international applicant through an agent you will need to provide the agent number in the application. Your agent will have an 11 digit ID number from the University of Derby International Office. Please contact your agent to obtain this number.

Once you have enrolled and paid for your course, we will send you a username and password to access your online learning resources and reading lists.

Learning materials will be uploaded by your Senior Online Tutor at the start of term.

If you have all the documentation you need to upload to the application, it should take no more than an hour to complete.

Once you’ve submitted your application, you will immediately receive an email confirming that we have received it. You will typically receive a decision in approximately 5 working days. The decision process may take longer if we request further information from you or your application is referred to the academic for a decision.

If you don’t hear from us in 5 days, contact us at onlineadmissions@derby.ac.uk or phone us on +44 (0) 1332 59 4000.

The personal statement should no more than 4000 characters (approximately 500 words). You may want to include your reasons for applying for the course, your experience in the field, how you feel you would benefit from studying and relevant information about your previous studies. You could also tell us about your non-academic experiences such as hobbies, interests, participation in any clubs, societies or voluntary work.

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