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If you're interested in finding out more about how to apply for university, we're here to help. We have advice and tips to help guide you as you complete your university application.

If your sights are still set on coming to university this year, we’re here to help. We know that these are uncertain times, but we are here with advice and tips to help you complete your university application and look forward to your future at Derby.

Following the latest government announcements regarding school closures and exam cancellations, we want to reassure you about how we will be assessing applications.

Our commitment to 2021 applicants

Get ready to apply

Many of our courses are now accepting applications for September 2021. You can check the status on UCAS or with us. Then you can submit your application using UCAS Apply – you have until 30 June to do this.

Remember that the earlier you can complete your application, the more chance you have of getting onto the course you want. But take your time to make sure your application, particularly your personal statement, is as good as it can be. Don’t be tempted to rush it.

You can apply directly if you are only applying to Derby, planning to study part-time or are an international student. Alternatively, international students may wish to apply via an overseas representative.

Check out the video below where Student Admissions Advisor Denisa Lupulescu talks you through the five steps you need to take to complete your application:

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View how to complete your UCAS application video transcript

Applied but not holding any offers?

You can apply via UCAS Extra. This service is open from 25 February until 4 July 2021. You can access this if you have already used up all your five choices and have not secured an offer.

UCAS Extra allows you to add one extra choice at a time – you can find out more about how it works and whether you’re eligible:

Find out more about UCAS Extra 

Picking a course

It's important to make sure you pick the right course for you. One of our students, Emily, shares her top tips when deciding if a course is right for you. You can also to find out what it's really like to study your chosen course at Derby. 

Depending what you choose to study, there could be extra requirements when you apply through UCAS. For instance, if you are applying for our Art and Design courses, you will be asked to prepare a portfolio of your work, so it's good to bear this in mind before you apply. 

Your personal statement

We know writing a personal statement can seem new and unfamiliar. So we talked to our current students who were previously in the same position, to help us with this handy guide. 

Not only do we have advice for you on how to put together your personal statement, we have also created a personal statement writer that actually helps you build it. This is a simple form with a series of questions to prompt you into thinking about what you should include. When you have finished, we will email your draft personal statement to you.

You can also hear some top tips from our Assistant Registrar, Gurjit Nijjar, about what to include in your personal statement:

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View Writing your personal statement video transcript

Your questions, answered

When completing your university application, there’s lots to think about. Amy, from our Schools and Colleges team answers some frequently asked questions.

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View How to apply via UCAS video transcript

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Why choose Derby?

Our focus on employability, state-of-the-art facilities, expert teaching and vibrant city are just some of the benefits of choosing to study at the University of Derby.

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Creating opportunities for all

We have been named University of the Year at the UK Social Mobility Awards 2020 and Higher Education Institution of the Year at the National Education Opportunities Network Awards 2020. We want everyone to receive the high-quality education they deserve, regardless of age, background or location.

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Student living

If you're planning to move away from home to study, our award-wining halls of residence offer choice and value, great facilities and all you need to settle in quickly to student life.

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Get to know us 

We know that picking your top five universities can be tough, so we've created lots of different ways for you to find out more about us. 

Sign up for Derby on Demand, take an online tour of our campuses with our Virtual Open Days, watch our unique Open Day Live production to listen to interviews with our brilliant staff and students and chat directly to our students on UniBuddy.

Get in touch 

At every step of the way, we will do everything we can to help you. You can email us or call us on +44 (0)1332 591044.