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Transform your future at the University of Derby

Transform your future at the University of Derby

At the University of Derby, excellent research is at the heart of what we do. It informs our learning and teaching through influencing our curriculum, helps to improve the lives of those within our communities, and positively impacts the wider society both nationally and internationally. We also understand the importance of sharing our research knowledge so it can be applied to support the sectors that drive national economic growth and support effective policy-making and governance.

Our research centres and groups showcase the wide range of research areas that the University of Derby are involved in. Each centre and group are led by our most experienced researchers and provide you with a stimulating environment in which to work. Our research community and environment is fully inclusive and we place high levels of importance on training and the development of researchers. The Researcher Development Programme supports our staff and PGR students through research and knowledge exchange skills development, areas of this include engagement, influence and impact, research governance and organisation, and personal effectiveness.

Our research is pushing boundaries in how we understand creative arts, nursing practices, chronic pain, DNA, education and so much more. We are at the forefront of discoveries, and we are changing the way we see things for the better.

Studying options

  • PhD and PhD by published works
  • Full-time and part-time MPhil/PHD degrees
  • Online learning opportunities for some of our research degrees
  • Studentships
  • Professional doctorates

Exceptional facilities and location

With a strong community feel, our campus is bright and modern and consists of several specialist sites, including our vibrant hub at Kedleston Road. This is also home to our Sports Centre, main Library and social spaces. Wherever you are based for your studies, you will find the latest technology and industry-standard equipment at your fingertips.

Located in the heart of England, Derby has great transport links with the rest of the UK. This central position means that the city has a long-standing reputation for innovation and industry. We have strong connections with a range of regional employers to support your studies through applied learning, guest lectures and other opportunities.

Visit us

Join us at one of our open events to find out more about research and studying with us. You can talk to the team, understand more about life as a researcher and explore the campus.

Virtual Tours

Get in touch

If you have an enquiries before you apply for your research degree or after you have submitted your application, please contact the Admissions Team:

T: +44 (0)1332 591167

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