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 £250-£300 per week, including student accommodation, food, clothing, socialising and entertaining.

When is the deadline for 2021 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 if you normally live in England and are under 60. 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 £10,906 (2020/21 academic year).

Find out more about Masters loans

Doctoral loans

Doctoral loans are available 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 £25,700 (2020/21 academic year).

Find out more about Doctoral loans

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 2019/20 or 2020/21 and can be fully enrolled in a postgraduate programme by July 2022.  A 10% discount is available if you graduated before 2018/19, which is not in addition to the 25% discount. 

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. The support you receive depends on your individual needs, not on your income or savings. 

Social work bursaries

The social work bursary can be used to help with study and living costs. This is a National Health Service (NHS) bursary and certain conditions apply.

Find out more about the social work bursary

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. Find out more about our range of scholarships and discounts for international students and how to apply.

What is the cost of living in Derby?

The approximate cost of living in Derby is £250-£300 per week, including student accommodation, food, clothing, socialising and entertaining.

When is the deadline for 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 Pakistan or Ghana, you must apply through an agent. Students from other countries do not have to apply through an agent but it is strongly recommended.

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

We work with a network of agents in most countries around the world who can support you. To find your nearest recruitment agent visit our international team and agents page.

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.

We have a range of scholarships, bursaries, and discounts available to overseas students. You will need to apply from some of the scholarships, but all others are assessed for eligibility alongside your application.

If you are from an EU country, you may be eligible for the new EU Transition Bursary, which is for students who normally reside in the EU and start their studies at the University of Derby in the 2021/22 academic year. 

Find out more information about our scholarships and discounts

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