Applying for a Postgraduate Course

How to apply

You can apply for postgraduate study at the University of Derby in either taught courses or research and there are full-time and part-time options available.

A postgraduate course is usually undertaken after achieving your first university degree or if you have equivalent work experience. There are two types of postgraduate study:

  • Postgraduate taught (PGT)
  • Postgraduate research (PGR)

Postgraduate degrees usually start in September in any given year but some subjects will also offer alternative start months.

Postgraduate taught

PGT courses usually take one year full-time or two years part-time. They are delivered and assessed similarly to undergraduate degrees through a series of taught modules and may include independent research in a specialist area.

PGT study can lead to one of three qualifications:

  • Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip)
  • Masters degree (MA, MSc etc)

Postgraduate research

PGR represents a formal area of study that is recognised by the University. PGR study can vary in duration depending on the route you take. You can take masters degrees by research (MRes or MPhil), for which most (if not all) of the degree is by thesis and some may include an element of coursework.

Other common qualifications you can achieve through postgraduate research study are doctorates such as PhD (doctor of philosophy), EdD (doctor of education), DProf (doctor of professional practice) or doctor of health and social care practice.

Aquatic research facility, University of Derby
The Aquatic Research Facility

Guidance for UK/EU applicants

Here’s all you need to know about applying for postgraduate taught (PGT) or postgraduate research (PGR) study at the University of Derby if you are from the UK or the EU.

If you are from the UK or the EU and want to apply for postgraduate taught study at the University of Derby, you need to apply directly to the University.

To apply directly to the University of Derby, you need to:

  1. Register with My Derby
  2. Once you have registered, use our course search to find the course you want
  3. Then go to How To Apply and follow the links to apply directly to the University of Derby
  4. If you already have a My Derby account, you can log back in here

You can find further guidance on the application process here.

To apply for a place on a postgraduate research degree programme, you need to download and complete a form. Please send the Research Student Office:

  • A completed RD02 MPhil-PhD Application Form
  • Copies of degree certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (showing name, date of birth, etc)
  • A copy of your IELTS (International English Language Testing System) certificate (must be a recent qualification gained within the past 2 years)
  • Two signed academic references (standard RD03 Academic Reference Form can be used, or alternatively letters of reference can be provided).

All documents can be scanned and emailed. We cannot process an incomplete application; all forms listed above must be fully completed, and all supporting documentation must be present. For more details, go to our postgraduate research degrees page.

Engineering researchers working on the engine test bed
Engineering researchers working on the engine test bed

Guidance for international (non-EU) applicants

Here’s all you need to know about applying for postgraduate taught (PGT) or postgraduate research (PGR) study at the University of Derby if you are from outside the UK or EU. Our International Admissions Team can help you with any information or guidance.

If you are from outside the UK or EU, there are two ways to apply for PGT study at the University of Derby. You can apply directly to the University or you can apply through a country representative.

To apply directly to the University of Derby, you need to:

  1. Register with My Derby
  2. Once you have registered, use our course search to find the course you want
  3. Then go to How To Apply and follow the links to apply directly to the University of Derby
  4. If you already have a My Derby account, you can log back in here

You can find further guidance on the application process here.

To apply thought a country representative

You can get help with your University of Derby application from one of our overseas representatives. We have a network of representatives throughout the world who will also guide you in obtaining a visa and making travel arrangements. These agents will usually use our direct application process.

To apply for a place on a postgraduate research degree programme, you need to download and complete a form. Please send the Research Student Office:

  • A completed RD02 MPhil-PhD Application Form
  • Copies of degree certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (showing name, date of birth, etc)
  • A copy of your IELTS (International English Language Testing System) certificate (must be a recent qualification gained within the past 2 years)
  • Two signed academic references (standard RD03 Academic Reference Form can be used, or alternatively letters of reference can be provided).

All documents can be scanned and emailed. We cannot process an incomplete application; all forms listed above must be fully completed, and all supporting documentation must be present. For more details, go to our postgraduate research degrees page.

These are the international qualifications we accept for entry on to a postgraduate course. You can find the English language requirements that you will need for your chosen course on the course page.

Algeria

  • Diplôme d'Etat d'Ingénieur/d'Architecture
  • Maîtrise
  • Magister

Bangladesh

  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture or Engineering (from BUET)
  • Master of Engineering and Master of Science (Engineering)

Bahrain

  • Bachelors degree

Botswana

  • Masters degree

Burma

  • Technical Institute Diploma (three years)

Canada

  • Bachelors degree (Honours)/Baccalaureat de Type Honours
  • Diploma in Honours Standing

China

You will usually need a four year undergraduate degree from a recognised institution

Egypt

  • Bachelors degree (from a public or private university), or awarded by the American University in Cairo

Gaza Strip

  • Masters degree

Ghana

  • Bachelors degree

Hong Kong

  • You will usually need a bachelors degree (2.1) from a recognised institution

Iceland

  • Baccalaurreatus degree

India

  • Bachelor of Arts/Science (Honours/Special degree) when awarded from a central university or a recognised state university
  • Bachelor of Education (four year integrated programme)
  • Bachelor of Engineering/Technology (when awarded from an institute of national importance, centre of advanced study, an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) or the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore)

Iran

  • Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenashi)
  • Professional doctorate
  • University of Technology degree

Israel

  • Bachelors degree

Japan

  • Bachelors degree (Gakushi)

Jordan

  • Bachelors degree (with an overall score of 'Good' or above)

Kenya

  • Bachelors degree

Lebanon

  • Bachelors degree (from the American University of Beirut)
  • Diploma of Higher Studies/Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures
  • Masters degree/Maîtrise

Libya

  • Bachelors degree in Architecture, Engineering or Medicine (from a university)
  • Higher diploma
  • Masters degree

Macau

  • You will usually need a bachelors degree (2.1) from a recognised institution

Malawi

  • Masters degree

Malaysia

  • Bachelors degree

Morocco

  • Certificat d'Etudes Approfondies

Nepal

  • Masters degree

New Zealand

  • Bachelors (Honours) degree

Nigeria

  • Bachelors degree

Oman

  • Bachelors degree

Pakistan

  • Bachelor of Engineering/Science in Engineering
  • Masters degree (two year) in professional fields
  • Master of Philosophy degree

Qatar

  • Bachelors degree

Russian Federation

  • Specialist diploma (completed after 1991)
  • Magistr

Saudi Arabia

  • Bachelors degree

Singapore

  • Bachelors degree (from public universites)

South Africa

  • Bachelors (Honours) degree
  • Bachelors degree in Technology (BTech)

South Korea

  • Bachelors (Haksa) degree

Sri Lanka

  • Bachelors Special degree
  • Professional degree

Syria

  • Masters degree

Taiwan

  • Bachelors degree

Tanzania

  • Bachelors degree

Thailand

  • Masters degree

Tunisia

  • Maîtrise

Turkey

  • Lisans Diplomasi

Uganda

  • Bachelors degree

Ukraine

  • Dyplom Bakalavra (Bachelors degree from 2005)
  • Specialist diploma (from 1991)

United Arab Emirates

  • Bachelors degree

United States of America

  • Bachelors degree

West Bank

  • Masters degree

Yemen

  • Masters degree

Zambia

  • Masters degree

Zimbabwe

  • Bachelors degree
  • IELTS: 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all areas).
  • Pearson Test of Academic English: 60
  • Cambridge English Scale: B2
  • London Tests of English: we accept level 5 for postgraduate courses
  • International GCE O Level English Language: Grade C
  • International GCSE English or English as a Second Language: Grade C.

In order to meet new visa requirements, as well as having the overall IELTS grade (or equivalent) indicated above, you must have an IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) in all areas (speaking, listening, reading, writing).

*Some courses have higher English language entry requirements, please check the specific course details for more information.

Please note that if you need an IELTS test for UK visa applications, you can only take them at a UKVI approved IELTS test centre. More information

If you've studied in a country where English is the first language (such as the UK, the USA, Canada or Australia) you may not need a formal English language qualification: we will look at everyone's application individually.

More information on the Cambridge English Scale

If you don't think you have the correct requirements, let us check by contacting us.