Scholarships,
bursaries and
discounts for
international
students

Here you can find details of the scholarships, bursaries and discounts available to international students which can be used together to reduce your tuition fees. 

Scholarships and discounts

We have a range of scholarships, bursaries and discounts available to international students. You can apply for our scholarships once you have received an offer from us.

You must be applying for a full-time degree. Applications for postgraduate research, online studies, foundation and pre-sessional language programmes are not eligible for a discount or scholarship. 

Read our full terms and conditions

Our scholarships

Here are our available scholarships for the September 2024 intake. Successful scholarship applicants will be contacted via email to confirm their award.

As part of our commitment to our international student family, we are delighted to offer a range of prestigious tuition scholarships, for selected regions, on courses starting in September 2024 and January 2025.

The University of Derby is a TEF Gold institution, and it is important to us that we attract the brightest, most ambitious, and capable students. We want scholars who enhance our community of excellence and who will build their future here in the UK or will be a proud alumni representative of the University around the world. 

Subject to conditions outlined below, we can confirm that students from the countries listed will be eligible for the award of a Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship of £2,000, which will be deducted from their first-year tuition fee. This £2,000 scholarship is in addition to our existing Full Payment Discount whereby students who pay their annual tuition fee in full ahead of enrolment benefit from a £1,000 discount.* 

Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship (South Asia) 
Students from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal who successfully enrol on any programme at the University of Derby will qualify for a Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship worth £2,000.  

Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship (Africa) 
Students from Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Uganda, South Africa, Botswana or Cameroon who successfully enrol on any programme at the University of Derby will qualify for a Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship worth £2,000. 

Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship (South East Asia) 
Students from Brunei, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines or Vietnam who successfully enrol on any programme at the University of Derby will qualify for a Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship worth £2,000. 

Who can apply?

To be eligible students must be:

  • Domiciled in the countries detailed above and be an overseas fee payer.
  • Self-financing their tuition fees.
  • Entering a UK campus-based full-time taught postgraduate course or a full-time taught undergraduate course.
  • Starting in September 2024 or January 2025.
  • Studying at the University of Derby for the first time.

Students who qualify for the Vice-Chancellor’s scholarship will not be eligible for the International Alumni Discount or any other University financial awards (apart from the Full Payment Discount).

How students will receive their scholarship 

The Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship award will be automatically applied. It will be deducted from the fee amount outstanding, which should be paid in line with university guidance.  

Students who receive an award will still need to: 
•    Meet any academic conditions in their offer. 
•    Have paid their deposit of £8,000.
•    Have successfully completed their pre-CAS interview (if appropriate). 
•    Have been issued a CAS (if appropriate). 
•    Have completed enrolment. 

Students who pay the full international fee upfront, prior to enrolling, will receive an additional £1,000 fee discount. 

For students wanting to confirm their place and ensure they can satisfy immigration requirements (including their pre-CAS interview) in time to arrive in the country by the start of the course, we strongly recommend that the above steps are completed by 30 June 2024. Failure to meet this deadline may result in difficulty securing a visa. 

Need help?

For questions about Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship, please contact our Admissions office on askadmissions@derby.ac.uk  

*For further details on the £2,000 Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship and £1,000 Full Payment Discount please visit our Scholarships, Bursaries and Discounts webpage and note that Terms and Conditions apply

In partnership with the British Council and the GREAT British Campaign, this scholarship programme offers financial support of £10,000 to eligible students from the following countries pursuing one year of postgraduate study at the University of Derby, as part of our September 2024 intake.

A separate application is required through an online form once you have received your offer. Applicants must be from one of the following eligible countries:

Applications for this scholarship have now closed for September 2024 entry.

GREAT Scholarships full details

Full tuition fee and stipend for talented and motivated postgraduate students studying either Master of Public Health, MBA Global or MSc GeoEnergy from Commonwealth countries:

  • Bangladesh
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • Cameroon
  • Dominica
  • Eswatini
  • Fiji
  • Gabon
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • India
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mauritius
  • Montserrat
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and The Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania
  • The Gambia
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Vanuatu
  • Zambia

Applications for this scholarship have now closed for September 2024 entry. The outcome of applications will be announced after 31 March 2024. More information can be found on the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship website

The Chevening scholarship is a fully-funded scholarship for postgraduate students. This includes tuition fees, accommodation and flights. 

Eligible students will have passion, ideas, and influence to provide the solutions and leadership needed to create a better future. 

Please see the full list of eligible countries on the Chevening website.

A separate application is required through the Chevening website. Please refer to the Chevening website for the application timeline.

Applications for this scholarship have now closed for September 2024 entry.

Apply on the Chevening website

A student in a lecture theatre

Getting the Vice-Chancellor scholarship has helped me believe in myself and my achievements. I have become more confident and it is a big motivation to work even harder. I am very grateful and really blessed that I got this opportunity.

Mohika Shankar
Dance and Movement Studies and Psychology

Further discounts

We also offer the following discounts to international students in addition to any scholarships received. You do not need to apply separately for these discounts.

If you pay your annual tuition fee in full ahead of enrolment, you will benefit from a £1,000 discount. If full payment is received prior to issuing your CAS, we will adjust the remaining fees that you need to show your financial requirements accordingly. Terms and Conditions apply.

£500 discount to eligible postgraduate taught international students who have completed a bachelor or masters degree, on-campus, at the University of Derby.

Sports Scholarships

We also have a number of Sports Scholarships available for which international students can apply.

Find out more about our Sports Scholarships

Mohika's scholarship story

Mohika wanted to lift some of the financial burden of studying abroad, and so applied and was successful in achieving a scholarship at Derby. Here she talks about how grateful she was to receive it.

Mohika Shankar from Delhi

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Mohika Shankar

From Delhi to Derby: Mohika's story

Scholarship recipient Mohika Shankar discusses settling in as an international student and the impact of being awarded the Vice-Chancellor scholarship on her motivation to study.

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Sam's scholarship story

Sam's first-year fees were covered by the Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship, one of a range of scholarships, bursaries and discounts we offer to international students. Here, he shares his experience of receiving the award and what it meant to him.

Sam Chikowore from Zimbabwe with University of Derby Vice-Chancellor Dr Kathryn Mitchell

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Being an international student

Moving to the UK was a life-changing experience for Sam Chikowore, who was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s scholarship. Hear about his time as an international student in Derby.

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