Derby became a university with degree awarding powers in 1992. It has campuses in Derby, Buxton and Chesterfield, that serve a UK-based student population of around 16,000. More than one quarter of the students are aged over 30, and the total student body is predominantly from the UK.
The university is structured around five colleges, that cover more than 300 programmes of study. These colleges are:
- Arts, Humanities and Education
- Business, Law and Social Sciences
- Engineering and Technology
- Health and Social Care
- Life and Natural Sciences
Derby also offers a number of part-time options for study, allowing students to be flexible. This includes evening or online working. It established ‘University of Derby Online Learning’ (UDOL) in 2001, and offers a number of courses through this including professional qualifications. Courses include Dementia Care University Advanced Diploma, Psychology and an MBA in Global Finance.
There has been an investment programme in the university, with a £10.8 million sports centre opened in 2015, and a total of £150 million invested over the past ten years. The Times and Sunday Times University League for 2017 ranked Derby in the top 20 for teaching quality.