Common questions about postgraduate study

Answering your questions

If you're considering postgraduate or professional study at the University of Derby, you may have questions. We've collected the most common queries together in one place to provide one easy source of answers.

How much does a postgraduate course cost?

Fees vary depending on the specific course and whether it is full-time, part-time, or online. Please use our postgraduate course search to check the relevant course page for exact fees.

What is the cost of living in Derby?

The approximate cost of living in Derby is £200-£250 per week, including student accommodation, food, clothing, socialising and entertaining.

When is the deadline for 2019 applications?

Enrolment is open until about two weeks before the course begins but we advise you to submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment in the event that a course is fully subscribed.

How do I apply for my course?

All applications must be made through the MyDerby Application Portal.

What information do I need to provide for my application?

You will need to upload the following items to the application portal during your application:

  • Certificates or transcripts detailing your qualifications
  • A scanned copy of your passport or other official photographic ID
  • Details of your work experience
  • A personal statement explaining your suitability for and interest in your chosen course
  • A referee’s statement on company headed paper

When will I receive my offer?

We aim to contact you with an update about the status of your offer within a week of receiving your application.

You may be eligible to apply for a postgraduate student loan to pay for your tuition fees and living costs. These loans don’t usually need to be paid back until you have graduated and are earning above a set threshold.

Masters Loans

Masters loans are available to UK or EU nationals with settled status who are under 60 and normally live in England. This loan can be used to pay for tuition fees or living costs while you are studying a part-time or full-time, taught or research-based postgraduate course at masters level eg MA, MSc, MBA, LLM, MRes, MPhil.

The current maximum available loan is £10,609 (2018/19 academic year).

Doctoral loans

Doctoral loans are available to UK or EU nationals with settled status who are under 60 and normally live in England. This loan can be used to pay for tuition fees or living costs while you are studying a part-time or full-time doctoral-level course eg PhD, EdD.

The current maximum available loan is £25,000 (2018/19 academic year).

Postgraduate alumni discount

If you have already completed a full undergraduate degree with us, you could be eligible for an alumni discount of up to 25% on your postgraduate course fees.

If you are studying part-time and normally live in the UK, our flexible payments also help to spread the cost out across the academic year. 

You may be eligible for a 25% discount if you graduated in 2018 or 2019, or a 10% discount if you graduated in 2017 or earlier.

Click here to find out more about our Alumni discounts.

Doctoral studentships

We regularly offer funded doctoral studentships. These opportunities commonly cover tuition fees to the UK home/EU level and provide a tax free stipend.

Disabled Students' Allowance

You can apply for a Disabled Students' Allowance if you live in England and have a disability that affects your ability to study.

Social work bursaries

The social work bursary can be used to help with study and living costs.

Teaching bursaries and scholarships

There are three types of funding available for teacher training. Depending on your circumstances, you could receive all three.

How much does a postgraduate course cost?

Fees vary depending on the specific course and whether it is full-time, part-time, or online. Please use our postgraduate course search to check the relevant course page for exact fees.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

You do not need to apply separately for an international scholarship. All applications to study from eligible students will be considered for a scholarship by our international admissions team. Any discounts will be applied when you pay your fees.

Can I combine multiple financial awards?

Yes. For example, you could potentially receive the International Postgraduate Scholarship, International Early Bird Discount and International Masters Alumni Discount, and combine all of them together for a total discount of £3,000.

What is the cost of living in Derby?

The approximate cost of living in Derby is £200-£250 per week, including student accommodation, food, clothing, socialising and entertaining.

What level of funding do I need to show I have access to?

You need to show that you have £1,015 for each month of your course, up to a maximum of nine months (£9,135), plus any remaining tuition fees.

When is the deadline for 2019 applications?

Enrolment is open until approximately two weeks before the course begins but we advise you to submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment in the event that a course is fully subscribed.

Do I need to apply through an agent?

If you are from India, Pakistan or Ghana, you must apply through an agent. Students from other countries do not have to apply though an agent but it is strongly recommended.

How do I find an agent that works with the University of Derby in my country?

For specific regional support, contact one of our International Recruitment Officers.

How do I apply for my course?

All applications must be made through the MyDerby Application Portal.

What information do I need to provide for my application?

You will need to upload the following items to the application portal during your application:

  • Certificates or transcripts detailing your qualifications
  • A scanned copy of your passport or other official photographic ID
  • Details of your work experience
  • A personal statement explaining your suitability for and interest in your chosen course
  • A referee’s statement, on company headed paper
  • If applying through an agent, the 11-digit ID number of your agent
  • Proof of proficiency in English - applicants from India will require UKVI IELTS

What level of English is required?

Requirements vary depending on the course. Please use our postgraduate course search to check the relevant course page for exact requirements.

When will I receive my offer?

We aim to contact you with an update about the status of your offer within a week of receiving your application.

You do not need to apply separately for an international scholarship. All applications to study from eligible students will be considered for a scholarship by our international admissions team. Any discounts will be applied when you pay your fees.

It is possible to combine multiple scholarships and discounts. For example, you could potentially receive the International Postgraduate Scholarship, International Early Bird Discount and International Masters Alumni Discount, and combine all of them together for a total discount of £3,000.

Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Available to all international applicants from outside the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA).
  • Criteria: Exceptional students who have demonstrated outstanding academic results.
  • Scholarship amount: 100% of tuition fees.

Excellent International Student Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Available to all international applicants from outside the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Criteria: Exceptional students who have demonstrated outstanding academic results
  • Scholarship amount: £5,000

Leadership Scholarship (MBA only)

  • Eligibility: Available to international MBA applications only, from outside the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Criteria: Exceptional students who have demonstrated outstanding academic results
  • Scholarship amount: £5,000

Regional High Achievers Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Available to exceptional students from South-East Asia, China, South Asia and Africa
  • Criteria: Exceptional students who have demonstrated outstanding academic results
  • Scholarship amount: £3,000

Tourism and Hospitality International Excellence Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Available to international applicants for courses taught at the Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism
  • Criteria: Exceptional students who have demonstrated outstanding academic results
  • Scholarship amount: £3,000

International Postgraduate Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Available to all international applicants from outside the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Criteria: Automatically awarded to all international applicants
  • Scholarship amount: £2,000

International Sports Scholarships

  • Eligibility: Available to all applicants
  • Criteria: Exceptional sports applicants
  • Scholarship amount: the amount awarded varies from £1,500-£6,000

We offer the following discounts for international students.

International Early Bird Discount

  • Eligibility: Available to all international applicants
  • Criteria: If you pay your tuition fees in full before enrolment, this discount will be automatically applied
  • Discount: £500

International Masters Alumni Discount

  • Eligibility: Available to all international applicants
  • Criteria: If you completed your undergraduate degree at the University of Derby, this discount will automatically be applied to your postgraduate tuition fees
  • Discount: £500