This page provides tips and support for students enrolling onto online programmes. If you are studying an on campus programme, please contact your College Student Centre.
If your application for one of our online learning courses is successful, we will email you with an invitation to enrol. Enrolment for the online learning courses, happens around four to six weeks before the start of the term.
Enrolment for the online learning courses, is the process where you will select which modules you intend to study, accept the Terms and Conditions and make any required payments.
At this stage, you will have completed steps 1 and 2 of the application and enrolment process as shown below. You will now need to follow the remaining steps to complete your enrolment onto the programme.
The enrolment process
The steps below detail the stages and activities you will go through to submit your application and then continue through enrolment.
Please ensure you submit your application and enrolment in line with the deadlines, which are each detailed in the sections that follow.
1 - Submit your application
You will first need to submit an application for the programme you wish to study.
Please ensure you submit your application and provide all supporting documentation ahead of the application deadline.
2 - Receive your offer
Once your application has been processed and any queries are resolved, you will receive an offer (subject to meeting to entry requirements for the programme).
You must accept your offer in writing by replying to the offer email.
3 - Submit enrolment
Once you have accepted your offer, and the enrolment window opens, you will receive a password creation email and an 'Invitation to enrol' email and you will begin the enrolment process.
Please refer to the full guide below for additional support on creating a password and submitting your enrolment.
Please ensure you submit your enrolment ahead of the enrolment deadline.
Once you have submitted enrolment, you will be able to access your course and begin the induction activities. Please note: this may take 48 hours.
4 - Make a payment
Before your place on the programme can be confirmed, you will need to submit the required payment for your course or provide a sponsorship letter or evidence of Student Finance being in place.
5 - Enrolment checked
Once you have submitted your enrolment and made a payment, your enrolment will be checked and any queries will be raised with you.
You will need to ensure you respond to such queries ahead of the enrolment deadline.
6 - Enrolment confirmed
Once payment is received and enrolment verified your enrolment will be confirmed.
You will receive a confirmation email which will advise you of the next steps to start your studies.
All student tiles will now be available to you in UDo.
7 - Complete the induction
If you have not already, please ensure you complete your course induction by following the induction pathway as instructed in the confirmation email.
Enrolment dates and deadlines
Once you have received your invitation to enrol, you will need to ensure you submit your enrolment in time for your studies.
Our aim is to support all students to have the best possible opportunities to succeed and so our application and enrolment deadlines are in place to ensure you stand the best chance of doing so. To join the programme any later would be detrimental to your success and adversely impact your assessment outcomes. It is therefore vital that you take note of the dates below and ensure you submit your enrolment in time.
So it is best to complete your enrolment as soon as you are invited, but here are the final deadlines:
||15 August 2022
||21 September 2022
||26 September 2022
||9 December 2022
||12 December 2022
||25 January 2023
||30 January 2023
||14 April 2023
||10 April 2023
||24 May 2023
||30 May 2023
||11 August 2023
||14 August 2023
||20 September 2023
||25 September 2023
||1 December 2023
||18 December 2023
||24 January 2024
||29 January 2024
||5 April 2024
||15 April 2024
||23 May 2024
||28 May 2024
||2 August 2024
You must ensure you have completed the following by the enrolment deadline, this means:
- submitting your enrolment and made accurate module choices
- making the required payment - the payment must have cleared with the University of Derby and be received by the deadline detailed above
Please note that if you are applying for RPL, this can take up to 2 months and so if you do not have an existing RPL application before you commence enrolment, then you may need to defer to the next intake. Read more about the RPL process and associated deadlines.
How to enrol
New students Once your application is complete and the enrolment window is open, you will be sent two emails:
- An ‘Invitation to enrol’ email which will include your username and a link to enrolment portal
- Instructions on how to set up your university password
These will be sent to the personal email account that you provided when you applied.
You should set up your password before you try to enrol.
When you sign in, if this is the first time you are using your Uni account, you may be guided to set up your multifactor authentication (MFA) methods before you continue with your enrolment on the next screens. (If you need help with setting up your MFA, visit the IT Service Centre Knowledge Base).
Returning students will be sent 2 emails as follows:
- A study plan (this will be sent to both your personal email and Unimail)
- An invitation to enrol (this will be sent to your Unimail)
Returning students can use their existing password – or use the Password Manager reset facility if your current password isn't working.
Selecting your modules
During online enrolment process, you will be asked to select the modules you intend to study during the current academic year (September to August). It is useful for you to consider your module selection before you begin your online enrolment, this will enable you to select the correct modules from the options available.
Some programmes will have fixed study patterns and some programmes will contain optional module choices.
In addition, you will also need to consider whether you intend to study the standard rate (one module per trimester) or the accelerated rate (two modules per trimester), if that is an option available for your programme.
For the standard rate of study, the required study time is 20 hours per week.
If you opt to undertake the accelerated study, we recommend 40 hours of study per week.
Should you decide to study on the accelerated rate you must ensure that you have the capacity to fully engage with your studies and achieve the best grades and final award. You will need to balance approximately 40 hours of study per week alongside your professional and personal life and commitments.
It may be useful to consider studying one module at the standard rate of study before deciding whether to then increase to the accelerated rate of study.
Standard rate of study
If you intend to study one module per term, you will need to review the study pattern for your programme and identify either your fixed module or your choice from the optional modules available for the forthcoming trimester.
For example, for the Spring trimester, using the study pattern below, there is only one module option to choose from - Computing Technologies in Society. However, for Summer, you would need to choose one module from the Option B Module list. The module list will be included on the study pattern page for your programme.
Computing and Information Technologies, University Advanced Diploma - standard (1 year) with spring (January) start
||Computing Technologies in Society
|Option C Module*
|Option A Module*
Accelerated rate of study
Some programmes will have offer an accelerated rate of study, two modules per trimester.
If you intend to undertake the accelerated rate of study, you will need to follow the process outlined above, but identifying two modules per trimester as indicated in the accelerated study pattern for your programme – if one is available.
For example, for the Spring trimester, using the study pattern below, you would need to choose two modules from the Option B Module list.
For Summer, there is one module fixed option, Independent Study, and so you would choose this along with one module from the Option A Module list. The list of options is available on the study pattern for your programme.
Nursing Studies (Top-Up), BSc (Hons) - accelerated (1 year) with spring (January) start
||Option B Module*
Option B Module*
|Option C Module*
|Option A Module*
40 credits continued
Payment for your studies
To complete your enrolment, you will also need to make a payment or ensure you have a funding arrangement in place.
If you are paying for your own studies, it is important you consider the following:
- Payment needs to be received by the enrolment deadline. Deadlines are detailed at the top of this page
- If you are paying by bank transfer, please ensure you allow time for the payment to clear before the enrolment deadline
- If you are eligible for any discounts, you can deduct these amounts from the total to pay – this primarily relates to those who are paying for their full studies up front
- A discount cannot be taken as the first payment due for your studies
Please refer to the guidance on Paying for an online course.
If you are not self-funding your studies, please refer to the appropriate option below.
After you have enrolled
Once your enrolment is submitted and your funding is in place, the Enrolment Team will check your enrolment and follow up with you if there are any queries on your module selection or payment.
It is essential that you enrol by the deadline to ensure any queries can be clarified ahead of the start of term and so not cause any delays to you commencing your studies.
If there are no queries, your enrolment will be confirmed and you will receive an automated email to advise you of this. This email will include details of your next steps to start your studies.
Please note that it can take 48 hours from the point your enrolment is confirmed for this email to be sent to you and so you can also find online on our Preparing for your studies page.
Missed the deadline
We enrol students 3 times a year and so if you have missed an enrolment deadline then you may be able to carry your application and enrolment over to the next intake. We will be in touch with you to move your application over if this is suitable.
We will not allow enrolments to take place after the final enrolment deadline as this will limit the amount of time you have to study the module and so, ultimately, have a detrimental impact on your learning and your success.
It is therefore vital that you ensure you submit your enrolment, and ensure funding is in place, ahead of the enrolment deadlines if there is a particular intake you are intent on joining.
All queries for full time, on-campus study should be directed to the appropriate College Student Centre.
If you are a new student studying fully online, please contact:
If you are a returning student studying fully online, please contact