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With exciting developments such as sustainable buildings, clean energy, electric and automatic transport, engineering will give you the ability to be innovative, creative, flexible and at the forefront of future developments.

An innovative city

Derby is one of the cities where the industrial revolution was born. This innovation has stayed in the area as it's home to a collection of expert engineering companies like Rolls-Royce, Alstom and Toyota. Our connections to the industry are evident in our placement opportunities, industry visits and research.

The DUST project focuses on the transition of Derby's urban landscape towards a more environmentally sustainable future. The three-year project will lay the groundwork for the long-term development of Derby city and surrounding areas, addressing issues of climate change, human and natural habitat management, sustainable mobility and transport, and integrated connectivity that enhances the lived experience of the citizens of Derby.

In 2022, Rolls-Royce Submarines Ltd launched its Nuclear Skills Academy which was developed with partners including the University of Derby. The Academy is the first of its kind and aims to sustain nuclear capability within the UK’s submarines programme by creating a dedicated pipeline of talent at the start of their careers.

A new £13m East Midlands Institute of Technology (EM-IoT) is set to launch in 2024. The Institute - a collaboration between the University and Derby College Group, Loughborough University and Loughborough College - will create a highly advanced workforce needed to lead the digital revolution, otherwise known as Industry 4.0. Working with employers such as Rolls-Royce, National Grid ESO, Fujitsu and Bloc Digital, the Institute will be offering programmes from T-Levels through to postgraduate degrees, with the aim of making graduates part of a net zero carbon workforce.

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Why study at Derby?

What our Engineering graduates do

Our extensive range of courses teamed with expert teaching and professionally recognised qualifications will give you the stepping stone to a successful career.

Our graduates have started careers in:

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My time at University has exposed me to new opportunities and environments, such as access to advanced research and technology facilities, hands-on experience in my chosen subject, and the chance to enhance and develop my creativity, initiative and persona.

Maria Beatriz Trad
BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering student
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Celebrating women in engineering

In Issue 17 of the University of Derby magazine, we hear from women in the industry: their experiences of working in engineering, what could be done to tackle gender stereotypes, and why International Women in Engineering Day is so important.

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Undergraduate Open Days

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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Student stories

Our students and graduates are people just like you. And they are making an impact in our region and around the world by using their knowledge and skills to drive innovation and change. You can be part of that story. Let our students and graduates tell you theirs.

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