University of Derby

Introduction

Welcome to the University of Derby

Positioned in the centre of the UK within easy reach of London,Derby has lots to offer. The Peak District, famous for its scenery and outdoor activities, features in many films and TV programmes, and the city of Derby is the heart of discovery, creativity and engineering. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK with over £1 billion invested over the past five years. Derby is the birthplace of engineering and the University has long associations with international companies such as Rolls-Royce, Toyota and Bombardier who provide valuable work projects, placements, and internships for our students.

The University of Derby has one of the highest employability rates for any UK university with over 97% of our graduates progressing to further study or employment.

Over 85% of our classes have fewer than 30 students, and you have access to a personal tutor whenever you need it. We regularly consult with our students to understand their needs and requirements and students are represented on all of the senior management committees.

Creative learning

Most of our courses are based at Markeaton Street, a contemporary, attractive and creative environment. We offer a range of vocational courses that are refreshed, relevant to the needs of industry and with strong educational integrity. We are in the unique position of owning a professional theatre (based in the centre of Derby). As well as providing excellent learning facilities for many of our courses it also provides an exclusive space to hold our end of year degree shows for students to showcase their work.

Our courses in art, design, theatre, music, photography, film production, fashion, engineering and technology, computing and maths are designed to challenge and stimulate, to bring out the best in you, and to ensure that you leave us with excellent skills, a thorough understanding of your subject area and a recognised qualification ready to progress your career.

You'll be taught by tutors who are all experienced industry professionals with a passion for their subject which our students find infectious. You'll benefit from visiting speakers from a range of backgrounds offering a unique insight into their fields of expertise.

Support for international students

The University of Derby is one of the few universities to offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses starting in January for international students. This is ideal if you do not want to wait until September to start your course.

The University’s International Student Centre has been voted "The best in the country" by international students studying in the UK. They offer help with visas and immigration, English language skills, welfare, as well as helping you to settle in the UK and make new friends whilst you're here.

We look forward to meeting you soon.

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Master

MDes Animation

Campus Full time Part time 4 - 8 years August 2016 United Kingdom Derby + 1 more

This course incorporates undergraduate and postgraduate study, enabling you to be committed from the early stages as a deep thinker, risk taker and innovative practitioner in animation. [+]

MDes AnimationThis course incorporates undergraduate and postgraduate study, enabling you to be committed from the early stages as a deep thinker, risk taker and innovative practitioner in animation. You'll study the same modules as BA (Hons) Animation students until halfway through stage three, when you will move on to study at masters level.You'll explore sequential and interactive image making, 2D and 3D animation, narrative, timing, creative storytelling, character design, the web, scripting, sound, and the historical and contemporary context of your work. You will gain professional knowledge and skills in the creative application of digital software for animation, experimenting with state of the art equipment and resources that are constantly updated.During your final year you'll produce in depth, challenging and original creative ideas through a final major project. You will consider the ethical impact of your practice and individuality as a designer, by questioning and challenging what the subject can be and pushing boundaries.We're also a member of the Association of Illustrators (AOI) and D&AD (Design and Art Direction).Why choose this course?... [-]


MDes Graphic Design

Campus Full time Part time 4 - 8 years August 2016 United Kingdom Derby + 1 more

This four year course integrates undergraduate and postgraduate study, enabling you to be committed from the early stages as a deep thinker, risk taker and innovative practitioner in graphic design. [+]

MDes Graphic DesignThis four year course integrates undergraduate and postgraduate study, enabling you to be committed from the early stages as a deep thinker, risk taker and innovative practitioner in graphic design. You'll study the same modules as BA (Hons) Graphic Design students until January of your third year, when you will move on to study at masters level for the final 18 months.You will explore exciting and rapidly evolving areas of graphic design, including the latest developments in design, publishing, branding, advertising, the internet, screen based and moving images and contemporary practice in graphic design. We will encourage you to consider the ethical impact of your practice and individuality as a designer, by questioning and challenging what the subject can be and pushing the boundaries. You will produce in depth, challenging and original creative ideas through your graphic design projects.Why choose this course?... [-]


MSc

Master in Civil Engineering and Construction Management (MSc)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years August 2016 United Kingdom Derby + 1 more

You'll develop transferable skills of scholarly writing, research, critical thinking, independent learning, communication, technical and problem solving, enabling you... [+]

Master in Civil Engineering and Construction Management (MSc)

 

You'll develop transferable skills of scholarly writing, research, critical thinking, independent learning, communication, technical and problem solving, enabling you to engage with continued professional development and further advanced study in the disciplines of civil engineering and construction management.You'll study modules of keen interest to both civil engineering and construction professionals, including flood risk engineering management, sustainable development, and environmental performance management. The combination of core and optional modules enables you to tailor your studies to address topics important in successfully achieving and maintaining sustainable built environments, whether they are significant property developments or infrastructure projects including highways and railways.... [-]


Master in Construction Project Management (MSc)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years August 2016 United Kingdom Derby + 1 more

Throughout the course you will be encouraged to develop and cultivate your knowledge of modern construction management principles and relate them directly... [+]

Master in Construction Project Management (MSc)

 

Throughout the course you will be encouraged to develop and cultivate your knowledge of modern construction management principles and relate them directly to your current and/or future professional employment roles within the industry. The course develops and builds on traditional management skills and disciplines and places them in their historical context. In this way you will see how methodologies have been changed and adapted as sustainable construction projects have grown increasingly complex.The combination of core and optional modules enables the construction and facilities managers to tailor their studies to address topics important in successfully achieving and maintaining sustainable built environments, whether they be significant property developments or private finance initiative projects including hospital, airports facilities and office development.... [-]


Master in Control and Instrumentation (MSc)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years August 2016 United Kingdom Derby + 1 more

You'll specialise in control and instrumentation, and develop the skills and knowledge you'll need to apply for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) when... [+]

Master in Control and Instrumentation (MSc)

 

You'll specialise in control and instrumentation, and develop the skills and knowledge you'll need to apply for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) when you graduate.Chartered Engineers use a range of fundamental scientific principles to:

research, develop and apply new technologies develop and promote advanced designs and design methods introduce new and more efficient production techniques initiate marketing and construction concepts pioneer new engineering services and management methods.

This course is flexible, so you'll have lots of choice in the specialist subject modules you take and the ways you learn. So you'll study some modules through lectures and tutorials, some online and others in your workplace. You'll study both on your own and as part of a group. And your project work will give you experience of working in teams.If your undergraduate degree is not accredited by the Engineering Council as part of their requirements for the CEng, or you're unsure about studying a postgraduate course, you can do the Preparatory Programme - Preparing for Postgraduate Study in Arts, Design and Technology (Engineering) - before you start the MSc.... [-]


Master in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (MSc)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years August 2016 United Kingdom Derby + 1 more

You'll specialise in mechanical and manufacturing engineering, and develop the skills and knowledge you'll need to apply for registration as a Chartered Engineer... [+]

Master in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (MSc)

 

You'll specialise in mechanical and manufacturing engineering, and develop the skills and knowledge you'll need to apply for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) when you graduate.Chartered Engineers use a range of fundamental scientific principles to:

Research, develop and apply new technologies Develop and promote advanced designs and design methods Introduce new and more efficient production techniques Initiate marketing and construction concepts Pioneer new engineering services and management methods.

This course is flexible, so you'll have lots of choice in the specialist subject modules you take and the ways you learn. You'll study some modules through lectures and tutorials, some online and others in your workplace. You'll study both on your own and as part of a group. And your project work will give you experience of working in teams.Our Industrial Advisory Panel is drawn from the companies that we have links with, which means we can keep up to date with the current developments in the industry and pass them on to you in our teaching.If your undergraduate degree is not accredited by the Engineering Council as part of their requirements for the CEng, or you're unsure about studying a postgraduate course, you can do the Preparatory Programme - Preparing for Postgraduate Study in Arts, Design and Technology (Engineering) - before you start the MSc.... [-]


Master in Sustainable Architecture and Healthy Buildings (MSc)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years August 2016 United Kingdom Derby + 1 more

The programme has been designed as a contemporary sustainable architectural course with an innovative blend of established scientific theories and... [+]

Master in Sustainable Architecture and Healthy Buildings (MSc)

 

The programme has been designed as a contemporary sustainable architectural course with an innovative blend of established scientific theories and design principles in relation to the healthy buildings and environments, aiming to raise your awareness and practicing principles.You'll build on your knowledge and skills, consider the environmental impact of design decisions and research how to undertake holistic sustainable design analysis integrated within the building information modelling environment.You'll critically analyse current sustainable architecture and low energy design principles and technologies, government legislation, codes for sustainable design and other professional, industrial and commerce drivers. You'll also research issues that could adversely affect the health of the building users, in a people centered, proactive and preventive way.Sustainability is not just about the environment so you will research its relationship with aspects of a broader contextual framework, such as socio-cultural, economic, good governance and advancements in the scientific and technological research.Innovative techniques will be used to assess designs and work including the latest use of technology and research into 3D modelling.... [-]


Master in Sustainable Design and Innovation (MSc)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years August 2016 United Kingdom Derby + 1 more

During this course you'll develop your interest in the sustainable design of manufactured products or built environments. You'll consider sustainability with regard... [+]

Master in Sustainable Design and Innovation (MSc)

 

Our society has been reckless in its use of resources, but we've begun to realise that we can't continue to exploit our planet indefinitely. However, we're reluctant to give up the fruits of our industrial progress; our appetite for the latest products and developments remains unabated; and consumerism has become a way of life in the industrialised world and is aspired to by almost everyone else.As it's unlikely that demand for manufactured products will fall, the responsibility falls on the designer to develop the most environmentally sound alternatives. To do this designers will have to apply innovative techniques to the process of developing new products, perhaps even questioning the need for those that are particularly damaging and proposing alternative ways of solving the problems they address.During this course you'll develop your interest in the sustainable design of manufactured products or built environments. You'll consider sustainability with regard to the design, development, production or construction, operation, use and disposal of the products of our society. And you'll find out about the latest thinking in environmentally friendly design, alternative technologies and the development of innovative solutions to design problems.Sustainability is not just about the environment, so you'll look at the relationship between design and the societies and cultures in which it operates, taking into consideration how these entities affect and are affected by the decisions made in the development of new products and buildings, as well as their environmental impact.This course has been developed for designers from diverse disciplines and aims to encourage dialogue between different fields of design, so that you can share your ideas and strategies and explore the future of sustainable design in a dynamic and inspirational environment.... [-]


MA

Master in Film and Photography (MA)

Campus Full time Part time 17 - 34 months August 2016 United Kingdom Derby + 1 more

Our course will help you to become versatile and creative in the application of knowledge and practice within the subject area of still and moving image. The course... [+]

Master in Film and Photography (MA)

 

The University is a member of D&AD (Design and Art Direction association) and within undergraduate courses is a member of the Association of Photographers(AOP), The British Institute of Professional Photography and MAGNUM Photographer's agency. Our course will help you to become versatile and creative in the application of knowledge and practice within the subject area of still and moving image. The course integrates theory and practice across lens-based media, dissolving the traditional boundaries between still and moving image to encourage both original thinking and individuality within a lively, challenging community.Our academic team comes from a wide range of backgrounds with expertise in analogue photography and digital imaging, filmmaking and scriptwriting, fine art (painting and installation), history and theory. Staff are research-active, and the combination of their skills and experience will ensure an interdisciplinary approach to study, while supporting an integrated and informed student practice.Throughout the course, you'll develop, and reflect upon, your practice with each stage building on the previous one. You will engage with the temporal and spatial significance of photography and film, and be supported through lectures, seminars, group workshops and tutorials. Our media store offers both digital and analogue equipment to the highest specifications, encouraging you to develop a wide range of skills, and enabling you to determine your own critical and creative practice.Derby has a vibrant culture, with the multimedia centre QUAD, which hosts the successful International Photography Festival, Format, and you'll be encouraged to build contacts with other museums and galleries, relevant to your practice.... [-]


Master in Fine Art (MA)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years August 2016 United Kingdom Derby + 1 more

The MA Fine Art is a professionally taught programme delivered through seminars, tutorials, peer reviews and guest lectures. You will be taught in a studio... [+]

Master in Fine Art (MA)

 

The MA Fine Art is a professionally taught programme delivered through seminars, tutorials, peer reviews and guest lectures. You will be taught in a studio environment that facilitates and encourages rigorous creative enquiry. All of our work areas such as our workshops and studios are well resourced. You will be taught by a group of highly trained, professional, research active staff that have a diversity of conceptual approaches and skills. And as part of the programme you will go on study visits to regional and national museums and galleries.While on the MA Fine Art programme you will have the opportunity to study at the University of Porto.Contemporary Fine Art practice embraces a wide and diverse spectrum of activity. The staff base reflects this broad range and we have expertise in the areas: Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Film and Video, Installation based work, Environmental Art, Public Art, Performance, Text based work and Artists Books, Curatorship and Exhibition Organisation. The staff team also have expertise in the areas of Critical Theory, Art History, the Philosophy of Art, Art Criticism and Journalism. All members of staff are practicing artists, writers or theorists and are members of Research Groups with in the School. The team have amongst them, a Reader in Fine Art and a Reader in the History and Theory of Art. Several members have experience of PhD supervision. Several are currently in post as External Examiners at other UK Art & Design Institutions. Many have been successful in bidding for Research Funding and recent projects have enabled the continuation of personal projects as well as projects which feed back in to the curriculum and enhance the student experience.... [-]


Master in Music Production (MA)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years August 2016 United Kingdom Derby + 1 more

During this challenging course you'll develop the academic knowledge and practical skills you'll need to take advantage of current and future opportunities... [+]

Master in Music Production (MA)

 

During this challenging course you'll develop the academic knowledge and practical skills you'll need to take advantage of current and future opportunities in the music and media production industry sectors.Music and sound production are integral to the creative industries sector both in the UK and internationally and are at the forefront of a diverse range of commercial, educational and research developments. Representing a significant area of commercial innovation and creative practice, the growth of new media platforms provides exciting employment opportunities and requires up to date approaches to the development of appropriate professional expertise.Professional judgement, technical and creative ability, and appropriate knowledge and understanding are key to success in the music and media sector. Increasingly characterised by sophisticated technical systems and close integration with a range of media, music production encompasses a number of distinct specialisms and provides a dynamic field of postgraduate research activity.You will study both as an individual and as part of a group, to give you experience of working within multidimensional teams and managing leadership roles.... [-]


Master in Visual Communication (MA)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years August 2016 United Kingdom Derby + 1 more

This is a studio practice based course that enables you to extend your potential at postgraduate level as an innovative practitioner in graphic design... [+]

Master in Visual Communication (MA)

 

This is a studio practice based course that enables you to extend your potential at postgraduate level as an innovative practitioner in graphic design, illustration or animation.You will explore the exciting and rapidly evolving area of visual communication, which includes the latest developments in graphic design, illustration, publishing, web design, branding, advertising identity, the internet, screen based and moving image and contemporary practice in communication arts.Rethink, refine and develop your visual thinking and explore new directions.You will complete an in depth, challenging and original creative project during this course, which will give you an individual and advantageous view of the creative freelance and entrepreneurial world. You will have the freedom to explore an individual personal direction in your work.You'll also look at the demands and longer term strategic developments of the professional creative industries and your place within it. We encourage and develop emerging creative enterprise through Banks Mill Studios, where you can find workspace and business support.... [-]


Master of Fashion and Textiles (MA)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Derby + 1 more

Derbyshire has a strong heritage in the fashion and textiles industries, with world-renowned companies such as Paul Smith, John Smedley and Aristoc on our... [+]

Master of Fashion and Textiles (MA)

 

Derbyshire has a strong heritage in the fashion and textiles industries, with world-renowned companies such as Paul Smith, John Smedley and Aristoc on our doorstep. This inspirational backdrop will underpin your studies on this postgraduate course, which is one of only a few programmes in England with the option of combined study across fashion and textiles.The course will build on your skills, and will develop your potential to position yourself within the professional spectrum of design for fashion, textiles or related product areas such as knitwear, performance sportswear, or smart textiles for apparel and other uses.You'll be studying in a vibrant learning environment where you'll have the opportunity to work alongside designers from a wide range of disciplines throughout the faculty. Not only will you acquire professional design skills, but you'll also develop your enterprise and creativity, and you will feel empowered with the ability to challenge industry with production-ready innovation.... [-]