Our course materials are designed specifically so that you can study for a UK degree anywhere in the world.  All you need is a computer and access to the internet. So there’s no need to come to the UK to attend lectures to complete your course. And you can obtain a credible British degree without ever leaving home.

Quality assured online UK degrees

Our online courses are also subject to the same intense validation process which scrutinises all proposed courses, to ensure they match up to the high standard of courses that we offer at the University of Derby. Our validation processes are in place to ensure that our courses have the same level of academic rigour as any course you would study across the UK.

All of our online qualifications are worth the same in terms of their credit value as an on-campus degree. Your award will be from The University of Derby and will state the name of the course that you studied – e.g. BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies. There is no reference to the mode of study on your certificate; it is only referred to on the transcript. We advise students to check before enrolling if their qualifications will be accepted in their country.

As with all Higher Education Institutions in the UK, we are required to adhere to Quality Assurance processes that are set out by the UK government. The University of Derby is also subject to reviews from the Higher Education Review at regular intervals. Please read the University of Derby’s official statement which confirms the quality and standards of our online qualifications and their comparability with campus based qualifications.

British degrees, taught in English

We teach all of our online degrees and courses in English. If English is not your first language, you will need a good level of both written and spoken English.  See English Language Requirements for more details.

If you have a minimum of IELTS level 4.5 you can study our Certificate of Credit in English for Academic Purposes which we will accept as evidence that you are able to perform at a suitable level of IELTS 6.0.  We will also accept the Certificate of Credit as evidence that you can perform at GCSE level.

Graduate in the UK

When you have successfully completed your course, we’ll invite you to attend the University of Derby graduation ceremony in the UK. 

You don’t have to attend but this is a great opportunity to meet your programme leader, online tutors and fellow students, perhaps for the first time. You may require a holiday visa, depending where you are travelling from to visit the UK. 


You can study our online courses from any location around the world.  There is no need for you to attend the University campus in the UK for any extensive period of time. So you won’t need a visa to achieve your British degree and our online courses do not constitute rightful cause for visa entitlement, or visa extension.