Going to university is a real investment in your future. You’ll have two main costs to consider – tuition fees and living costs.
Most students will be able to apply for loans to help pay for these. Depending on where you live and your circumstances, grants, bursaries and scholarships might also be available.
Here’s our detailed guide to what studying at Derby costs and the help that’s available to pay for it. It can be complex, so if you need help making sense of anything, get in touch with us.
Tuition fees are the money you pay for your course. Find out what your fees might be:
Full-time UK students
If you start your course in September 2023 or January 2024, you will pay £9,250 per year. If you’re studying an accelerated degree course, this could be more. These fees are regulated by the UK government and may change each year in line with government policy.
You will pay for each module you plan to study in the coming year. Module costs vary depending on the course - check the fees and finance section of the course page. If you’re paying for yourself, you can spread the cost by making four equal payments each year.
Students from outside the UK who are studying on campus will pay international student fees. The international fees for undergraduate courses starting in September 2023 are £14,900 per year, however exceptions may apply. You can find information on international tuition fees on our course pages.
You may also be eligible for our scholarships and discounts, which offer a reduction in fees during your first year of study. You can apply for some scholarships once you have an offer from us; others will be automatically awarded if you are eligible.
Discounts are not available for online studies, foundation and pre-sessional language programmes. Please see our terms and conditions.
What do tuition fees include?
Your tuition fees pay for your teaching, plus:
- All mandatory study trips
- Access to core textbooks through our library
- Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks for students who will need to work with children or vulnerable people as part of their course
- Some courses include relevant ‘extras’ such as uniforms, specialist kit or equipment, books, and print credits. Check with your course leader (listed on each course page)
We have produced a breakdown of how your fees are spent for full-time undergraduate students.
Placement funding and fees
Students on a year in industry will pay tuition fees at a reduced rate if you are undertaking credit bearing modules. There is no charge for non-credit bearing modules.
If you take a year in industry as part of your course, either in the UK or overseas, you may still be entitled to some statutory support while you are away from the University, providing that it is a recognised element of your course. For more information, please visit the Gov.uk website.
You’ll need to budget for your living costs too. These will include:
- Accommodation - current halls of residence prices range from £115-157 per week. View a list of halls fees
- Food - around £40 per week
- Clothing, socialising and entertainment - around £40 per week
Loans and grants
To pay for your tuition fees and living costs, you may be able to take out a student loan. Loans need to be paid back but not usually until you have graduated and are earning a good salary. Sometimes, grants are also available - it depends on the country you live in and other factors. These don’t need to be paid back.
Find out what funding is available to you:
Full-time students from England
If you are a UK national or have 'settled status' and normally live in England, you will be able to take out a loan to pay for all of your tuition fees. You’ll also be able to take out a loan to help pay for your living costs. If you study in Derby, the maximum you'll currently get for living costs for the 2023/2024 academic year is:
- £9,978 if you live away from home
- £8,400 if you live at home with your parents or guardians
You need to pay these loans back but not until you have graduated and your salary is over the threshold. Read more about loans for full-time students
Part-time or online students from England
As a part-time student, you can currently apply for a tuition fee loan of up to £6,935 per year if you are a UK national or have 'settled status' and normally live in England. You can apply for a tuition fee loan as long as you will complete at least 25% of the credits needed for a full-time course. This percentage is known as course intensity and, if you’re not sure what your course intensity is, check with your course leader (listed on the course page).
If you are studying on campus, you can also apply for a loan for living costs. The amount you get depends on your household income, where you live while studying and your course intensity. Find out more about loans for part-time study.
Students from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland
If you are a UK national or have 'settled status' and normally live in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, you should be eligible for loans, and possibly grants, to fund your studies. Check these websites for the latest information:
EU students must have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme to get student finance. Depending on how long you have been living in the UK, you may also be entitled to a loan for living costs. Find out more about loans for EU students
You may also be eligible for our international scholarships and discounts, which offer a reduction in fees during your first year of study. You can apply for some scholarships once you have an offer from us; others will be automatically awarded if you are eligible.
Nursing and Allied Health Funding
By studying an undergraduate or postgraduate pre-registration programme you could be eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,250 from Student Finance. The loan will support your studies and enable you to start a rewarding career in healthcare.
All new and continuing nursing and allied health students on pre-registration courses may also be eligible to receive a grant of at least £5,000 per year that is not means-tested and will not have to be repaid as part of the NHS Learning Support Funding.
An additional payment of up to £3,000 per academic year will be available to eligible students. Eligibility will include the following:
- £1,000 towards childcare costs
- £1,000 if studying in a region that is struggling to recruit
- £1,000 if studying a shortage specialism
Among others, the shortage specialisms have been confirmed to include:
- Mental health nursing
- Learning disability nursing
- Diagnostic radiography
In addition to this non-repayable grant, you are also able to access a maintenance loan of up to £9,978 per year to support your studies, giving you access to over £17,000 per year of funding.
Applying for funding
UK students planning to start in September can apply for funding from February. The deadline is in May each year - May 2023 for a September 2023 start, for example. Applying by the deadline guarantees that your funding will be available when you start your course.
You don't need a confirmed place on a course to apply for funding, but you will need to make sure that the details of your course and institution are correct on your funding application at the time you enrol.
If you have missed the deadline or haven't applied to university yet, it's not too late. You can still apply for funding up to nine months after your course starts - but bear in mind that applying late may mean your funding isn't in place for September.
Find out more about applying at gov.uk.
Bursaries and scholarships
You may be eligible for one of our bursaries or scholarships, which provide a small contribution towards the costs of studying with us. These can range from £100 to £5,000 and you usually have to meet certain criteria to get these. Scholarships and bursaries are available for both UK, EU and international students.
Learn more about scholarships and bursaries
Here’s what you need to know if you are paying your own tuition fees and not applying for a student loan.
Full-time UK students
You won’t need to pay a deposit or make any payments until you have completed your enrolment.
Your payment is usually taken in five instalments on the 1st of each month. This varies, depending on when you start:
March 2023 start: payment dates are May, June, July, August and September
September 2023 start: payment dates are November, December, January, February and March
January 2024 start: payment dates are March, April, May, June and July
March 2024 start: payment dates are May, June, July, August and September
We usually require you to pay 20% of the full tuition cost in each of these instalments. If you prefer, you can pay all of your instalments in one go before the first instalment is due.
Part-time UK students
If you are a part-time undergraduate student paying your own tuition fees and are not applying for a student loan, you will be required to pay 25% of any autumn/through modules fees before completing enrolment.
A further 25% payment is required for any autumn/through modules on the 1st of each month in November 2021, January 2022 and March 2022.
For any spring/through January modules* a 25% payment is expected on 4 February 2022, 1 March 2022, 1 May 2022 and 1 July 2022.
For summer/through summer modules*, a 25% payment is expected on 20 May 2022, 1 June 2022, 1 August 2022 and 1 October 2022.
Through modules are those that continue throughout the academic year, rather than taking one semester to complete.
*Students starting in the spring and summer are required to pay 25% of module costs before completing enrolment.
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