Scholarships
and discounts
for international
students

Here you can find details of the scholarships and discounts available to international students which can be used together to reduce your tuition fees. Students from EU countries will be eligible for international scholarships from September 2021.

Scholarships and discounts

We have a range of scholarships and discounts available to international students. You will need to apply separately for the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship, the International Excellent Student Scholarship and the GREAT Scholarship, but all others are automatically assessed alongside your application. 

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. 

If you are from an EU country, you will be eligible for international scholarships if you are joining us from September 2021. If you have home fee status or have EU settled or pre-settled status in the UK, you are not eligible for international scholarships but you may be eligible for the Derby Achievement Scholarship

Read our full terms and conditions

Scholarships with separate application

You will need to apply separately for the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship, the International Excellent Student Scholarship and the GREAT Scholarship. You can apply for all three scholarships at the same time, but will only be awarded one if your application is successful. The deadline for applications is 1 July 2021 at 23:59 BST. Decisions on the Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship and GREAT Scholarships will be made after this date.

We pay one full year’s tuition fees to a limited number of exceptional undergraduate and postgraduate international students.

You will need to achieve high academic results exceeding the entry criteria for the course and demonstrate exceptional achievements in extracurricular activity, either in your own time or through your employment in the last two years in your personal statement.

You can only apply for this scholarship once you have an offer from us.

£5,000 scholarship to a limited number of eligible undergraduate and postgraduate international students from the following countries who can demonstrate excellence in their application.

  • South East Asia (Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore)
  • China (including Hong Kong)
  • South Asia (India, Pakistan)
  • Africa (Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe)
  • Europe (Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland)*

*Applicable from September  2021 onwards

If you are from a country not listed above, you may still be awarded a scholarship at the discretion of the University.

You will need to achieve high academic results exceeding the entry criteria for the course and demonstrate excellence in extracurricular activity, either in your own time or through your employment in the last two years in your personal statement.

In partnership with the British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign, the University of Derby is offering 10 scholarships worth £11,000 to international students applying for postgraduate courses. Additional terms as indicated by the British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign may apply.

This is an exciting opportunity for students to get financial support to pursue postgraduate study at the University of Derby.

Students must be from one of the following countries: China, Ghana, Kenya, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan or Thailand.

Find out more about GREAT scholarships

International Scholarships Application Form

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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

Scholarships assessed automatically (no application)

You do not need to apply separately for the following scholarships as they will be automatically applied if you are eligible.

£1,500 scholarship to a limited number of eligible undergraduate and postgraduate  international students from the following countries who have demonstrated high achievement:

  • South East Asia (Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore)
  • China (including Hong Kong)
  • South Asia (India, Pakistan)
  • Africa (Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe)
  • Europe (Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland)*

*Applicable from September 2021 onwards

If you are from a country not listed above, you may still be awarded a scholarship at the discretion of the University.

You will need to achieve high academic results exceeding the entry criteria for the course and demonstrate a good understanding of your chosen subject area, previous experience in the field and clear aims and objectives for the future in your personal statement.

£2,000 scholarship for all eligible international students starting a full-time undergraduate programme in January 2021. This discount will be awarded automatically upon enrolment if eligible and there is no application process.

£2,000 scholarship for all eligible international students studying a postgraduate taught programme (PGT).*

You will automatically be awarded this discount unless you have been awarded the Vice-Chancellor Scholarship, the International Excellent Student Scholarship or a GREAT Scholarship. 

*Postgraduate Scholarships are not available for students studying with the University of Derby Online Learning, this are only available to students studying on-campus.

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.

£500 discount to eligible undergraduate and postgraduate international students who pay the tuition fees in full by the time of enrolment.

£500 discount to eligible postgraduate taught international students who have completed a bachelor or masters degree 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

Contact us

You can contact us for information and support about scholarships and discounts.

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