Discounts and savings for online courses

If you are studying a programme worth 60 credits or more, we offer a number of discounts and savings.

Please note: We are unable to offer the discount if you are being sponsored by your employer and discounts cannot be considered the initial payment required for your study.

Pay your fees upfront in full and save

If you pay for all of your course fees up front when you enrol, you will benefit from a 5% discount as well as avoiding our annual fee reviews applied each September.

Please note: that the discount for paying your fees up front, either for the full programme or the academic year, will only be available to students enrolling for eligible online studies between August 2023 and July 2024 and will not be available for the September 2024 intake onwards.

Find out more about our payment plans.

Discount on postgraduate study for University of Derby Alumni

As long as you have completed an undergraduate degree or a top-up degree with the University of Derby you are eligible to receive a discount on your postgraduate studies. You can find out more on our alumni discount page.

NB: The Alumni discount applies to all University of Derby Online Learning postgraduate courses but does not apply to any professional programmes studied with the University of Derby on campus such as the Chartered Accountancy courses (CIMA)

If you are unsure whether or not you qualify for the Derby Alumni discount, please contact us for advice.


University of Derby students, including online learners, are eligible to apply for an NUS TOTUM card allowing you to access regular offers and exclusive discounts with well-known top brands.

Annual membership is just £12 and you can potentially save hundreds. There is no age limit and your course must have started before you apply.

Academic credits from previous study

If you have gained academic credits for previous study, you may be awarded credit exemptions towards your programme of study. Training courses and prior work experience can also be translated into credits towards your course. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and it means that the duration of your studies will be adjusted accordingly and you will receive a reduction in the fees.

Institute of Hospitality affiliate membership for hospitality students

We are able to offer free affiliate student membership of the Institute of Hospitality through their Educational Membership Scheme. If you enrol onto one of our accredited online hospitality courses, you will benefit from membership with the Institute for the duration of your studies.