Flexible study options

Postgraduate study presents a world of opportunity for career and personal development. We offer a range of flexible study options to fit into your life.

Campus-based courses

For these courses, much of your learning will be based at one of our campuses (Derby, Buxton or Chesterfield), and may include traditional lectures, seminars, discussion groups, projects and more. We also use technology and media to bring you the most up-to-date learning resources.

Part-time study

Many of our postgraduate courses are available part-time for UK or EU students. This fits around other commitments, but extends the time taken to complete your degree. Attendance at week-time lectures is usually still required, but on fewer days than full-time students. A part-time postgraduate degree can take two to six years to complete.

Online courses

The University of Derby Online Learning is a leading UK provider of online learning, with nearly 15 years’ experience in flexible options for study.

With no fixed lectures or travel required, these courses make it easier to study alongside your career or other commitments.

Courses are structured, based around trimesters with assessment deadlines. You’ll engage with tutors and fellow students through online discussion boards, café forums, wikis, blogs, Skype and online live taught sessions. You’ll also get additional support and guidance from your personal online learner adviser.

Distance learning courses

Some courses are available by distance learning. This is also suitable for those who can’t commit to attending fixed lectures and can take a variety of forms. These can be worked through at a time and pace to suit you, within module timescales. You’ll be fully supported by tutors via phone and email.

EU and international students

Our International Student Centre will support you in your application to study a postgraduate course here in the UK. We will help you with letters for your visa and bank, as well as help you to settle in at Derby and make new friends.

There is a clear link between your wellbeing and academic success. To give you the best chance of succeeding, we provide a wide range of face-to-face, telephone and online support, when choosing the right study option for you.