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. 

On-campus courses starting in September 2022 are now closed to new applications from international students due to unprecedented demand. We have a number of courses starting in January 2023 which are open for applications. Applications for September 2023 will open in October. Please take a look at our useful information for international applicants. If you have any questions, please email

Scholarships and discounts

We have a range of scholarships, bursaries and discounts available to international students. You will need to apply separately for the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship and the International Excellent Student Scholarship, but all others are assessed for eligibility alongside your application. The £2,000 Postgraduate (PGT) Scholarship is awarded automatically to most (non-EU) overseas applicants, subject to eligibility. 

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

Find out more about scholarship criteria for your country

Scholarships with no application required

You do not need to apply separately for the following scholarships as they will be applied if you are eligible and your fees will be reduced accordingly. To check your eligibility, please read our terms and conditions.

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

You do not need to apply for this scholarship and your fees will be reduced if you are eligible. Our admissions team may contact you to confirm your eligibility.

Please read our terms and conditions for full details.

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

£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 (Norway, Switzerland)

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.

Scholarships with separate application

You will need to apply separately for the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship, International Excellent Student Scholarship and GREAT Scholarships. You can apply for all three scholarships, but will only be awarded one if your application is successful.

Applications for our September 2022 entry scholarships are now closed. September 2023 entry scholarships will be announced later in the year.

In partnership with the British Council and the GREAT British Campaign, this scholarship programme offers financial support of £11,000 to eligible students pursuing one year postgraduate study at the University of Derby.

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:

  • China
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Thailand.

GREAT Scholarships full details

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.

£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, 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

View Mohika's scholarship story video transcript

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 - here he shares his experience of receiving the award and what it meant to him.

Sam Chikowore from Zimbabwe

View Sam's scholarship story video transcript

A student who has been awarded the Vice-Chancellor's scholarship

Being an international student

Moving to the UK has been a life-changing experience for Sam Chikowore, who was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s scholarship. Read about his first few months as an international student at Derby.

Read Sam's blog about starting university and feeling welcomeRead Sam's blog about starting university and feeling welcome