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University of Derby

Derby | East Midlands

Town Rural

Ucas code: D39

At Derby we provide you with education with the personal touch. We're a friendly, down-to-earth uni based in the Midlands. At Derby, you'll have to work just as hard to get your degree as at other universities, but we like to do things a bit differently. We believe in being approachable and caring, offering our students plenty of support and treating people as individuals.
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What students say about this university

Dialog 987 comments (274 students)
    • Accommodation

      Lonsdale Halls is the worst as it is the most noisy and furthest away from any campus. You should choose a hall that is closer...

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      2013, 1st year, Civil Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified

      Accommodation

      Lonsdale Halls is the worst as it is the most noisy and furthest away from any campus. You should choose a hall that is closer to the university to make life easier.

      2013, 1st year, Civil Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Political scene

      There are many societies to be a part of concerning politics, but there is also a chance to be a part of the SU parliament and...

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      2014, 2nd year, Zoology Not Elsewhere Classified

      Political scene

      There are many societies to be a part of concerning politics, but there is also a chance to be a part of the SU parliament and the AU parliament. There are campaigns and elections every year and it is always an exciting time.

      2014, 2nd year, Zoology Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Academic Experience

      The history course at Derby University truly is excellent. I doubly appreciate as I had a bad experience at another university,...

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      2013, 3rd year, Modern History

      Academic Experience

      The history course at Derby University truly is excellent. I doubly appreciate as I had a bad experience at another university, but at the time I thought that was how universities were. I had to be persuaded to join Derby, but I cannot explain how glad I am that I did. In many ways the worse thing about the course is that you don't get a lot of 'teaching' time, but in several ways this is also a blessing. In my final year I had 8 hours per week (but for most years it is 12) which didn't seem like much. Despite this, the tutors are always available for tutorials and are so helpful - I cannot stress this enough. Do not let the relatively low amount of hours in uni put you off this course! The course is amazing if you like modern history. There is a mixture of European, British and worldwide history and it does cover different time periods, but nothing really focuses in any great depth before the 1600s. My favourite module was called 'Behind closed doors' which is about gender in Britain in the 17th to 19th century and was so interesting, even to those who didn't think it would be. Public history is another good module where you give a conference to the public on a topic of your choice (although it must be based around a general theme - I did mine in 2012 so it was on London). The other modules I studied included the Victorians, the first and second World Wars, Romanticism and Revolution, Historical Methods and sources, Research Project, Fascism, A Land Fit For Heroes (1918-1939) and of course the Independent Study which is nowhere near as bad as you might imagine. This course has NO exams but instead does essays, seminars and presentations which I enjoyed. This course really builds your confidence and requires you to interact at your own pace and in a way in which you are comfortable. I also cannot praise the tutors enough. They really would do anything to help you improve your work and insure that you get the most out of your uni experience. I can really recommend the pub quizzes too! In sum this course, I believe, is one of the best history courses in England which encourages a diverse range of people (background, ages, interests etc.) to do their best!

      2013, 3rd year, Modern History

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    • Nightlife

      Lola Lo's is very popular and it's the club I go to the most as it plays up-to-date and house music, on thurdays it's their...

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      2016, 1st year, Architectural Technology

      Nightlife

      Lola Lo's is very popular and it's the club I go to the most as it plays up-to-date and house music, on thurdays it's their student night. There has been a range of activities during the earlier part of the evening when open, they have done sumo wrestling, win money and different themes such as Mexican. These serve quite cheap drinks especially when you can get a free card that gives you some good deals on jagerbombs etc.

      2016, 1st year, Architectural Technology

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    • The upside

      the amount of free time and how much more you get to socialise and the friends you'll meet

      2016, 1st year, Painting

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    • The upside

      Lecturers are knowledgable, experienced and go out of their way to help.

      2012, 3rd year, Nursing

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How students describe this university

We asked more than 11,000 undergraduates to say how far they would describe their uni as having the following characteristics. We carry out this analysis where we have scores from at least 30 students. You can also see whether these ratings are high, medium or low compared to other universities.

Diverse local nightlife

55%

MED

Political

48%

MED

Sporty

71%

MED

Creative

60%

MED

Varied union activities

62%

MED

Vital stats

Sources: NSS, DLHE & HESA
% of graduates in work or further study 97% HIGH
Average graduate salary £18.3k MED
Student score 80% MED

Overall student satisfaction

86%

of students are very or quite satisfied with this university

Number of students

16,300

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

82%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

31%

of students are part-time

Male / Female

57%

of students are female

Young / Mature

25%

of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

8%

of students here are from outside the UK

Student union satisfaction

64%

of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union

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