WELCOME STUDENTS FROM AFRICA

You could be eligible for one of our scholarships and discounts, offering a reduction in fees during your first year of study. Explore our campuses with our Virtual Tour or search for your perfect course. Already know what you want to study? Apply online today.

Top 30UK university**The Guardian University Guide 2020
Goldrated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
Top10in the world for international student learning experience**Global ISB Benchmark Group 2018

A warm welcome

Welcome to the University of Derby. We’re an ambitious, modern university with two campuses in Derbyshire, central England. We’re also a much-loved second home to more than 1,700 international students from 100 countries studying at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Excellent teaching that really prepares you for a successful, fulfilling career: this is what we focus on. Our courses will develop your academic knowledge, practical experience and employability skills such as communication and leadership.

If you need support – either with your course or with life as an international student – we’ll make sure you get it. Our International Student Centre was rated the best of all UK universities that participated in the International Student Barometer 2018, which measures international students’ experience of higher education. 

Derby also came out on top in the International Student Barometer (ISB) 2018 rankings among the UK Modern Universities group for the formal welcome given to students arriving at the University from overseas, and first among the UK Modern Universities group for multi-cultural learning and faith support.

The Purple Flag awarded city of Derby is a small, welcoming and safe place with lots going on for international students to really experience British culture.

Outline of the United Kingdom with Derby pinpointed on the map

Meet us in your country

We attend a number of recruitment events in Africa throughout the year. Click on your country to find further details:

Studyworld UKEAS International Education Fair

Date: 8 October 2019
Venue: Kempinski Gold Coast City Hotel, Ministries, PMB 66, Gamel Abdul Nasser Ave, Accra, Ghana
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Representative: Christopher Wyke, Senior International Officer
Contact details: +44 (0)7789 396850 or c.a.wyke@derby.ac.uk

UK University Schools Tour

Date: 14 September 2019
Time: 09:00 - 14:00
Venue: Serena Hotel, Processional Way, Nairobi City, Kenya
Representative: Christopher Wyke
Contact: Call or WhatsApp +44 (0)7789 396850 or email c.a.wyke@derby.ac.uk

 

Date: 17 September 2019
Time: 09:00 - 14:30 (UG) and 16:00 - 18:30 (PG)
Venue: Sarova Whitesands Hotel, Mombassa, Kenya
Representative: Christopher Wyke
Contact: Call or WhatsApp +44 (0)7789 396850 or email c.a.wyke@derby.ac.uk

 

Studyworld UKEAS International Education Fair - Abuja

Date: 10 October 2019
Venue: Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, Ladi Kwali Street,  Abuja, Nigeria
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Representative: Christopher Wyke, Senior International Recruitment Officer
Contact details: +44 (0)7789 396850 or c.a.wyke@derby.ac.uk

Studyworld UKEAS International Education Fair - Lagos

Date: 12 October 2019
Venue: Lagos Continental Hotel, Plot 52 Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Representative: Christopher Wyke, Senior International Recruitment Officer
Contact details: +44 (0)7789 396850 or c.a.wyke@derby.ac.uk

You can also contact Titobi Oshinyimika, our in country representative on +234 810 9601 492 or t.oshinyimika@derby.ac.uk 

Please contact Christopher Wyke, our Senior International Recruitment Officer on +44 (0)7789 396850 or c.a.wyke@derby.ac.uk

Please contact Christopher Wyke, our Senior International Recruitment Officer on +44 (0)7789 396850 or c.a.wyke@derby.ac.uk

Scholarships for students from Africa

As a student from Africa, you could be eligible for one of our scholarships and discounts, offering a reduction in fees during your first year of study. We award scholarships based on your application to study; there is no separate form to complete. All applications from eligible students will be considered for a scholarship by our international admissions team. We will notify you of your scholarship when we make you an offer, and apply your discount to your remaining fees.

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. 

Here is a list of our current scholarships:

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.

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

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.

£5,000 scholarship to a limited number of eligible postgraduate international students on the MBA course.

You will have evidence of high leadership skills in previous or current work experience and have achieved high academic results exceeding the entry criteria for the course.

£3,000 scholarship to a limited number of eligible undergraduate and postgraduate international students from the following countries who have demonstrated high achievement:

  • SE Asia (Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia)
  • China (including Hong Kong)
  • South Asia (India, Pakistan)
  • Africa

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.

£3,000 scholarship to a limited number of eligible undergraduate and postgraduate international students for selected courses taught at the Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism based at our Buxton Campus.

You will need to achieve high academic results exceeding the entry criteria for the course and demonstrate excellence, knowledge and experience in your proposed field of study in your personal statement.

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

We offer a number of sports scholarships that are also available to international and EU students.

Find out more 

We also offer the following discounts to international students:

Early Bird Discount

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

Masters Alumni Discount

£500 discount to eligible postgraduate taught international students who have completed a bachelor degree at the University of Derby.

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.

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Tuition fees

Below is a summary of our annual tuition fees, before any scholarship or discount has been applied. They are shown in UK pounds and the rough equivalent in Kenyan shillings, Nigerian naira and Ghanian cedi – please be aware that exchange rates vary.

Course level£UKKenyan shillingNigerian nairaGhanian cedi
Undergraduate £13,250 1,766,572 6,383,649 88,450
Postgraduate £14,250 1,899,899 6,865,434 95,126
Occupational Therapy undergraduate £14,250 1,899,899 6,865,434 95,126
Occupational Therapy postgraduate £17,250 2,299,877 8,310,788 115,152
MBA £15,000 1,869,630 6,709,530 100,132
Two students walking in the Catherdral Quater

Student cost of living in Derby

Derby is one of the most affordable cities in the UK, making it the perfect city for students to live and study.

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General entry requirements

Click on your country below to find the entry requirements. You can also check the course page for any specific requirements.

International Foundation Year

West African Senior School Certificate Examination, NECO Senior School Certificate or General Certificate of Education Ordinary.

Students with five passes at grade C or above would usually be eligible for the IFY.

UKVI IELTS 4.5 with a minimum of 4.0 in all components (CEFR B1) is also required.

Undergraduate

Students with a minimum CGPA of 2.5 in the National Diploma can typically be considered for direct entrance onto Bachelor programmes.

Students with a minimum CGPA of 2.5 in the Ordinary National Diploma can typically be considered for direct entrance to the first year of Bachelor programmes.

Students with a minimum CGPA of 2.5 in the Higher National Diploma can typically be considered for direct entrance onto the final year of Bachelor programmes.

The West African GCE Advanced Levels are comparable in terms of grading and equivalence to UK A levels.

Postgraduate

Bachelor degrees from NARIC or government recognised institutions can normally be accepted for master’s studies.

A score of 60-70% or Second Class Honours (Upper Division) is considered comparable to a UK 2:1

A score of 50-59% or Second Class Honours (Lower Division) is considered comparable to a UK 2:2

English

The following qualifications offer English exemption:

  • English with a grade of C6 in the WASSC or GCSE O level
  • MOI letter for Bachelor and Master Degrees or Diplomas etc.

Intenational Foundation Year

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

Students with minimum grades of C in five subjects would usually be eligible for the International Foundation Year.

UKVI IELTS 4.5 with a minimum of 4.0 in all components (CEFR B1) is also required.

Undergraduate

Students with a minimum score of 60% in the University Diploma / Ordinary Diploma / Ordinary Technician Diploma can typically be considered for direct entrance to Bachelor programmes.

Students with a minimum score of 60% in the Higher Diploma / Higher Technician Diploma can typically be considered for entrance to the final year of a Bachelor programme.

Postgraduate

We require a Bachelor degree from a NARIC or government recognised institution, a typical offer would be:

A score of 60% is considered comparable to a UK 2:1
A score of 50% is considered comparable to a UK 2:2

Degrees issued by private institutions must have national recognition from CHE. You can the list of approved private degrees here

English 

The following awards offer English language exemptions:

Students with a grade C or above in English language in the KCSE are exempt from English requirements.

 

International Foundation Year

West African Senior School Certificate Examination / General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level.

Student with five passes at Grade C in either of the above awards would usually be eligible for the International Foundation Year.

UKVI IELTS 4.5 with a minimum of 4.0 in all components (CEFR B1) is also required.

Undergraduate

Students with a minimum CGPA of 2.5 in the Ordinary National Diploma can typically be considered for entrance to the first year of Bachelor programmes.

Students with a minimum CGPA of 2.5 in the Higher National Diploma can typically be considered for entrance to the final year of Bachelor programmes.

The General Certificate of Education Advanced Levels is comparable in terms of grading and equivalence to UK A levels.

Postgraduate

We require a Bachelor degree from a NARIC or government recognised institution. The majority of universities use the UK grading system.

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology do not have a 3rd class descriptor.

English

The following qualifications offer English exemption:

English with a grade of C6 in the WASSC or GCSE O level

MOI letter for Bachelor and Master Degrees or Diplomas etc.

Law student Nta Nta

Improving my prospects

Lawyer Nta Nta knew a postgraduate degree would increase his knowledge in his chosen specialism and improve his career prospects. He is now studying for our Master of Laws (LLM) at Derby.

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Contact our representative

If you want to know more about what it's like to live and study in Derby or have any questions about making an application, you can contact Christopher Wyke, our Senior International Recruitment Officer for Africa on +44 (0)7789 396850 or email c.a.wyke@derby.ac.uk.

If you are a student in Nigeria, you can contact Titobi Oshinyimika, our in country representative on +234 810 9601 492 or t.oshinyimika@derby.ac.uk