Over the years we’ve discovered that there are some things every student wants to know. If you can’t find the answer you need here or elsewhere on our website, just contact us and we’ll be happy to help. Your questions will help us to improve the information we provide on your website to help potential students like you.

If you are studying an online course, you can apply for exemptions from modules based on study you've completed at other institutions – see credits for prior learning. 

Some courses have automatic exemptions based on specific qualifications, for example: MBA Global, Accounting and Finance BA (Hons) Top-Up degree. You should check your individual online course page for details of automatic exemptions.

If you wish to apply for RPL you will be required to complete an RPL form and return this with evidence of your experience.

For more information about RPL and how to apply please visit our credits for prior learning webpage.

Our ELCAS number is 1276

The majority of our courses can be studied 100% online with no attendance at our Derby campus required.

Due to professional accreditation regulations, three of our online courses require you to attend campus. These are the BPS accredited Psychology BSc (Hons), the CIEH accredited Environmental Health MSc and the Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing MSc. These courses require a one week residential visit at our Kedleston Road campus in Derby, DE22 1GB. The residential weeks are a great way to meet academics and fellow students and have always proved to be very popular with our students. You only attend the residential week once throughout the whole course, they are not every trimester. If you do not wish to achieve an accredited degree or are unable to attend the residential week, you can still complete the course to achieve a non-accredited award in either BSc (Hons) Psychological Studies or MSc Environmental Health Studies.

All other courses do not require you to attend campus.

You must declare during registration if you are registered for an award with another academic institution. Please see section D2.2 and D2.3 of our Academic Regulations for more information.

Our online courses can be studied from anywhere in the world.

You will need to have a PC, Mac or laptop/ notebook, or your mobile device with an internet connection. At the very least you will need one of the following browsers:

  • Google Chrome
  • Internet Explorer
  • Firefox
  • Safari

You can also undertake a browser compatibility test with our virtual learning environment provider.

Our virtual learning environment is tested on a number of devices and operating systems. If you would like to find out more, please visit our supplier’s site.

Other software required:

  • PDF reader files (eg Adobe Acrobat Reader)
  • Microsoft Word (at least Word 2003)
  • Microsoft Excel (at least Excel 2003)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (at least PowerPoint 2003)

We are aware that within some regions of the world the IT infrastructure will not allow access to certain types or sources of media. We make every effort to ensure all our programs and their content are accessible to our students around the globe so no student is at a disadvantage. If you are unsure whether this may affect you then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

All of our academic staff have studied to a high level in their area of expertise, and many also hold higher education teaching qualifications. Several have previously taught on-campus at the University of Derby, and some still teach at other institutions in addition to their duties as academics on our courses. Many also engage in research. Where appropriate, our academics hold membership of recognised professional bodies, such as the Institute of Hospitality, British Psychological Society and the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists. The University of Derby has also been rated as Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in 2017.

You can find more Information about our academics and their professional experience on our website.

You can check the course length on the online course page.

Most of our online courses have a standard and maximum length. Our courses are flexible in terms of length of study. If you require more information please email us at onlineadmissions@derby.ac.uk.

Once you have enrolled and paid for your course, we will send you a username and password to access your online learning resources and reading lists.

Learning materials will be uploaded by your Senior Online Tutor at the start of term.

You will need to have a PC, Mac or laptop/ notebook, or your mobile device with an internet connection. At the very least you will need one of the following browsers:

  • Google Chrome
  • Internet Explorer
  • Firefox
  • Safari

You can undertake a compatibility test with our virtual learning environment provider at:

https://en-us.help.blackboard.com/Learn/Student/Getting_Started/Browser_Support/Browser_Checker

Our virtual learning environment is tested on a number of devices and operating systems. If you would like to find out more, please visit.

https://en-us.help.blackboard.com/Learn/Student/Getting_Started/Browser_Support#Tested_devices_and_operating_systems

Other software required:

  • PDF reader files (eg Adobe Acrobat Reader)
  • Microsoft Word (at least Word 2003)
  • Microsoft Excel (at least Excel 2003)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (at least PowerPoint 2003)

Some courses require additional software which you can download from the internet. And our BSc (Hons) Psychology requires a specialist statistical package (SPSS for Windows) which you can obtain from the University at no additional cost when you enrol on the statistics modules.

We are aware that within some regions of the world the IT infrastructure will not allow access to certain types or sources of media. We make every effort to ensure all our programs and their content are accessible to our students around the globe so no student is at a disadvantage. If you are unsure whether this may affect you then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

The maximum registration period for our online courses is the standard course length plus two years, so you must complete your studies within this time. If you are still unsure, please email us at onlineadmissions@derby.ac.uk.

Each 20 credit module is studied over a 10 week period (one trimester).

The standard rate of study is one 20 credit module per trimester and the minimum recommended number of hours of study is 20 hours a week.

Many of our programmes do offer the flexibility of being studied at an accelerated rate of two 20 credit modules per trimester with the minimum recommended number of hours of study of 40 hours a week.

We recommend however that in your first trimester of study with us that you study at a standard rate of one 20 credit module. This will enable you to get used to the online learning environment and study demands. We would also recommend that if you have a full-time job that you study at the standard rate of study.

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