Research at the University of Derby

At the University of Derby, we nurture and encourage research excellence across all our disciplines and all career stages. Our researchers are generating distinctive, world-leading and impactful research.

Research with impact

We are proud of our researchers at the University of Derby. We use our research to inspire and inform our students and we often work with collaborators from partner institutions and with industry.

We publish our research so that everyone can share our knowledge and it is often applied to support the sectors that drive national economic growth, and to support effective policy-making and governance.

Our researchers have helped bring about more accurate predictions of climate change, a better quality of life for gynaecological cancer patients, and impartial career guidance for young people in schools.

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Spotlight on research

Health psychology experts at the University of Derby have helped improve the treatment of pain – and quality of life – for patients with chronic medical conditions such as haemophilia and sickle cell disease.

Read more about our research into chronic painRead more about our research into chronic pain
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How to apply

Here's everything you need to know about how to join us for your postgraduate research degree.

How to apply for your research degreeHow to apply for your research degree

Our latest research news

University of Derby joins council and major employers in promoting vision for the city as a centre for fuel innovation

Research programme funded by the Economic and Social Research Council will involve studies in the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands.

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University working with industry partners to help meet the government's net zero carbon emissions target for the UK.

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Documentary of Los Angeles band Armored Saint created by University of Derby academic and students.

The £1.75 million Facility for Omics Research in Metabolism (FORM) will focus on the effect that foods, vitamins, supplements, and drugs have on the human body

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Research events

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public lecture

Entrepreneurs are held in high esteem by the general public and governments across the world. In this lecture we challenge whether this support is justified, establish the myths and truths of entrepreneurship, and ask a simple but important question: Does entrepreneurship pay?

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public lecture

Professor Paul Wood will talk about 3D printing and additive manufacturing research at the University of Derby's Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering; covering applications and fundamental research in the transport, infrastructure and medical sectors and the impact of this research on the beneficiaries.

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public lecture

In this lecture, Professor Carley Foster will discuss the role of retail in the community. Rather than viewing retail as simply a transaction between the buyer and seller, she will explore how retail experiences can be co-created so that the retailer can embed themselves within the community and protect themselves from turbulent trading conditions.

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public lecture

Professor Stephan Reiff-Marganiec discusses the great emergence of smart technology, the opportunity it provides to improve our daily lives, but also the human worries that are increasingly associated with it.

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public lecture

Professor Kate Moss will discuss her research on the hidden crisis of women’s homelessness and one of the major precipitators, domestic abuse.