Applying for an undergraduate course

How to apply

You can apply for full-time and part-time courses or online undergraduate study at the University of Derby whether you are from the UK or the EU or are an international student from outside the EU.

You can go to our online application guide to find out what information you need to complete your University of Derby application.

An undergraduate course is a first university degree qualification and will usually have a prefix of BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons), known as bachelors degrees. Full-time undergraduate degree courses at the University of Derby usually take three years, with part-time courses taking six years.

Full-time undergraduate degree courses at the University of Derby usually take three years, with part-time courses taking six years.

If you study for degrees with industrial placement (sometimes known as sandwich degrees) or degrees with a foundation year, these take four years for full-time students.

You could also study for an integrated masters, which is an undergraduate course with a built-in year of postgraduate-level study, giving you a masters qualification on graduation. A full-time integrated masters takes four years.

Other courses you can apply for here are HNDs or foundation degrees, which take two years full-time. You could then convert these to full degree by taking a top-up degree course which takes one year full-time – totalling three years full-time altogether.

Undergraduate degrees usually start in September in any given year but some subjects will also offer alternative start months such as January or March.

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Guidance for UK/EU applicants

Here’s all you need to know about applying for a full-time or part-time undergraduate course at the University of Derby if you are from the UK or the EU.

If you are from the UK or the EU and want to apply for an undergraduate full-time degree course at the University of Derby, there are two ways to do this.

You can apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, known as UCAS - or you can apply directly to the University of Derby if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

To apply through UCAS, you need to:

  1. Register with UCAS
  2. Login and complete your details
  3. Choose your course and select the University of Derby by using the institution code D39
  4. Write a personal statement
  5. Get a reference
  6. Pay the application fee
  7. Submit your UCAS application

To apply directly to the University of Derby, you need to:

  1. Register with My Derby
  2. Once you have registered, use our course search to find the course you wish to apply for
  3. Then go to How To Apply and follow the links to apply directly to the University of Derby
  4. If you already have a My Derby account, you can log back in here

If you want to apply for a part-time undergraduate degree, you need to:

  1. Register with My Derby
  2. Once you have registered, use our course search to find the course you wish to apply for
  3. Then go to How To Apply and follow the links to apply directly to the University of Derby
  4. If you already have a My Derby account, you can log back in here
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Guidance for international (non-EU) applicants

If you are from outside the UK or EU, our International Admissions Team can help you with any information or guidance.

There are four ways to apply, as follows:

  1. Register with My Derby
  2. Once you have registered, use our course search to find the course you wish to apply for
  3. Then go to How To Apply and follow the links to apply directly to the University of Derby
  4. If you already have a My Derby account, you can log back in here

The Common Application is an undergraduate college admission application process.

  1. Create your account on the Common Application
  2. Add University of Derby to your list
  3. Understand our entry requirements
  4. Gather your general application Information
  5. Start your application

You can apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, known as UCAS, an independent charity which helps to organise applications to UK universities and colleges.

To apply through UCAS, you need to:

  1. Register with UCAS
  2. Login and complete your details
  3. Choose your course and select the University of Derby by using the institution code D39
  4. Write a personal statement
  5. Get a reference
  6. Pay the application fee
  7. Submit your UCAS application

You can get help with your University of Derby application from one of our overseas representatives. We have a network of representatives throughout the world who will also guide you in obtaining a visa and making travel arrangements. These agents will usually use our direct application process.

Applying for an online course

You can also study online at the University of Derby, fitting the course around your work and family life. International students can gain a highly regarded UK degree without having to leave their own country.

  1. Register with My Derby
  2. Once you have registered, use our course search to find the course you wish to apply for
  3. Then go to How To Apply and follow the links to apply directly to the University of Derby
  4. If you already have a My Derby account, you can log back in here

Visit our main University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL) website for more information on our diverse selection of online courses, including free online courses (also known as MOOCs – massive open online courses).

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Undergraduate Prospectus

Our undergraduate prospectus provides you with the perfect introduction to life as a student here at the University of Derby.

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