Online Application Guide

Getting Started

Before you begin your application make sure you have:

Making an application

To make an application you will need to:

As part of the application process, you will be asked to create an account or log-in if you already have one. You will then be directed through a simple five-stage process to complete your application. This will include attaching the above documents as evidence to support your application. Failure to submit this may result in your application being withdrawn as we will be unable to assess it without these.

Look out for the "information symbol" next to some questions where we have provided some helpful information to assist you in completing your application. Please ensure you click on “Save and Continue” to ensure your data is saved at each stage.

Important Application and Enrolment deadlines

Our aim is to support all students to have the best possible opportunities to succeed and so our application and enrolment deadlines are in place to ensure you stand the best chance of doing so.

Joining the programme later may harm your chances of success on your course. It is therefore vital that you take note of the dates and ensure you accept your offer, submit all required documents to meet any outstanding conditions and where a 'Student Route Visa' is required you submit all of the required documents by the deadlines outlined.

Please note deadline dates vary by intake so please see the key dates for your intake.

Disabilities and learning differences

As part of your application, we ask that you inform us about any long-term health condition, disability, or specific learning difference. Your application will be handled in the same way irrespectively, but this information will help us assess any support needs you may have. The University will treat your information confidentially.

We have further explained some of the listed disabilities to help you select the most appropriate condition:

Care Leaver

If you have lived in care, either with foster carers or in a children’s home, we encourage you to tell us so that we can let you know of any additional support you could be entitled to. The University will treat your information confidentially.

Criminal Convictions / Cautions

The University of Derby seeks to admit the widest range of students who may benefit from our courses, seeing value in a broad range of talents, backgrounds, and opportunities. We are aware of our responsibility both to consider the needs of each applicant, ensuring you can receive the support you require and also protect and support the community within the university. 

If you are made an offer to study at the University of Derby and have an 'unspent' criminal conviction, you must provide us with details of the incident(s). You will be provided with further information about how you can do this within the offer letter that we send to you. Please note: we do not need to know this information unless we make you an offer.

Our policy page gives guidance on what determines a relevant 'unspent' criminal conviction/caution as well as information about how we manage your declarations. While some criminal convictions are 'spent' (forgotten) after a certain period according to the offence, other offences are never spent and these should be declared. For independent guidance, you can contact Unlock or Nacro so that you are not disclosing any information we do not need to know. 

Please note, courses that involve working with children or vulnerable adults are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 which means ‘spent’ rules normally do not apply. If you are offered a place for courses of this nature, in order for you to enrol you will be required to obtain University clearance following completion of an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate.

The University will treat your information confidentially.

Further information

Find out more about our policies and procedures for admissions.

Contact us

If you would like further information please contact the relevant Admissions Team.

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