University of Derby Online Learning is the thriving distance learning division of the University of Derby.
The University of Derby is a modern university that provides teaching that is informed by research and is focused on delivering real-world, experiential learning.
Teaching quality and student experience are at the heart of everything that we do. Rated Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017, a Top 30 UK University in The Guardian University Guide 2019 and a Top 20 University for teaching quality in The Times’ Good University Guide, our academic strength is backed up by practical experience to ensure our students are ready for a successful career.
Our aim is to inspire people to achieve more in their professional and personal lives and realise their academic ambitions by offering a more flexible study option through online learning.
While studying with us you will engage with your course materials, your tutor and fellow students through the virtual learning environment and your student portal. Through our distinctive approach to online learning design, we are dedicated to ensuring that your study experience is rich and engaging, with highly current study materials and opportunities for you to engage with your fellow students to share knowledge, experience and best practice. Our approach is designed to enrich your learning and understanding and will help you in your assignment and assessments.
Online learning is a unique way to further your skills and qualifications. With a busy life to juggle, home, work, family, friends and of course ‘you time’, it can be difficult fitting in a weekly visit to a local university. Studying online allows you to manage your studies around your commitments.
A wide choice of part-time, online courses to suit your busy lifestyle
You can choose from our wide range of career-focused courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Subject areas include:
- Accounting and Finance
- Business and Management
- Computing and IT
- Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy / Psychotherapy
- Engineering / Construction
- History and Heritage
- Environmental Sciences
- Hospitality Management
- Nursing, Health and Social care
We provide a structured online learning environment with assessment deadlines based around trimesters. As a part-time, online student you will study one module per term and have three, 10 week terms per academic year.
You will typically need to dedicate 20 hours per week to study. In some cases there is the option to study at an accelerated pace of 2 modules per term and 40 hours per week, thereby completing the programme in a quicker timeframe.
For many of our courses, you can choose to start in January, May or September. For our list of start dates and application deadlines please visit our website here.
Industry-led, accredited degree courses
The University of Derby Online Learning holds the UK’s most accredited online education portfolio. Our close relationship with industry-specific professional bodies and employers means that you can be confident that our courses will support your professional progress.
Our courses are accredited by a range of professional bodies including:
- The British Psychological Society (BPS)
- The Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
- The Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
- The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH)
- The Institute of Hospitality (IoH)
To find the accredited course you are looking for please visit our website.
Join our live webinars, wherever you are in the world
Our live webinars are free, online sessions led by the team at University of Derby Online Learning. They cover a range of areas from online learning at Derby to course-specific sessions. You will have the opportunity to view an engaging presentation and ask any questions that you may have first-hand.
Don’t worry if you are not able to attend a live webinar, simply register and we will send you the recording of the webinar for you to listen to at your leisure. To register for our forthcoming webinars visit our website here.
CPD short courses for your professional development
In order to remain effective in the workplace and to build your future career prospects it is important to maintain and enhance your knowledge throughout your working life.
All of our short and free courses are approved by the CPD Standards Office. This ensures our professional development CPD short courses meet CPD requirements and are developed to allow you to enrich your professional prospects and personal life. We offer a selection of stimulating non-credit bearing courses that are either self-guided or tutor-led and you will be awarded an e-certificate upon completing the courses. Our upcoming professional development opportunities include the following:
CPD short courses
Our CPD certified short courses are designed to help you build competence, confidence and credibility in your chosen field; ultimately helping you to build your professional future, today. They include:
- Adult Education: How to Teach Online
- An Introduction to Emotional Resilience
- Autism Spectrum: Directions for Parents and Carers
- Autism Spectrum: Directions for Educational Professionals
- BIM: An Introduction to Project Collaboration
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health
- Diabetes Type 2: Supporting Self-Management
- Radiographic Image Analysis of the Appendicular Skeleton
- Training and Development in the Hospitality Industry
- Understanding Maths Anxiety
Our free online courses allow you to further your knowledge and understanding of the topics that matter to you most. Our free courses include:
- Bridging the Dementia Divide
- Depression: A Compassionate View
- Understanding Autism, Asperger’s & ADHD
For our full range of CPD short courses and free courses please visit our webpage here.
Your study experience at Derby
At University of Derby Online Learning we are dedicated to ensuring your chosen course is academically rewarding, with real-world applications that prepares you for professional attainment once you graduate.
Once you have enrolled onto your chosen programme you will have access to a modern online learning environment which will connect you to a wealth of stimulating digital course resources, whilst allowing you to network with both expert academics and your fellow students from around the globe.
We offer a variety of engaging online learning tools - which you can view any time by mobile, tablet or computer - so you can study 24/7 and in a way that suits you. The virtual learning environment has various learning aids for you to explore including: lively discussion boards and forums, easily-navigated course materials, videos, activities and assessment information. It also provides a useful virtual space for you to work on group projects.
You will be guided through your course by our expert team of academics, who have developed our courses to ensure they are academically rigorous as well as relevant to the modern workplace. Our academic team combine their active research, cutting-edge industry experience and their online teaching expertise to bring your course materials to life; providing a course that is truly current and engaging. They are dedicated to providing timely feedback to help you navigate your course successfully and supporting you to fulfil your academic potential.
You can find out more about our academics’ cutting edge research on our website. To ensure you have all the help you need, our academics are available by email, through your virtual learning environment, on Skype, through live sessions and at the end of the phone.
University student services at your fingertips
University of Derby Online Learning is a university of open doors. We aspire for all of our students to have the guidance, support and resources they need to succeed in every step of their student journey. As a Derby online student you will have access to a wealth of student services that are in place to help you when you need it.
As an online student, you will have access to our extensive e-library and resource centre, which is available to you 24/7 as an online student. Here you can access the digital texts and e-journals on your reading list at any time, as well as a range of online databases. Our team of librarians are readily available should you need help in navigating the e-library system. You also have the option to join one of the library’s live webinars on topics such as study skills or using the virtual library enquiry desk.
Our Wellbeing Team are available by phone or email to offer support and guidance for anything that may have an impact on you, your academic performance or your experience as a student. The team offers support on a variety of issuessuch as disabilities, mental health, finance and welfare.
You will also have the opportunity to utilise the full breath of our student services and digital materials, such as:
- Study Skills Advisory Scheme
- Skills Diagnostic Self-assessment Tool
- Career and Employability Service
- IT Service Centre
- The Union of Students
Click on the links above to explore our range of student services.
Dedicated pastoral support
When you study an online qualification with us you will receive regular guidance from our team of Online Learner Advisors. Our advisors can provide advice on non-academic issues such as the enrolment process, your course modules, dealing with exceptional circumstances, assignment deadlines and advice on fees and funding. If you have a question and you’re not sure which department to enquire at, our advisors will be delighted to point you in the right direction.
Affordable fees and payment plans
To make your studies more affordable, we offer a choice of payment plans allowing you to spread the cost over monthly payments or to benefit from a discount should you pay upfront.
Student loans are now available for part-time students. You may be eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan to help pay for your tuition fees. If you are a University of Derby Alumni you can also take advantage of our 10% alumni loyalty discount.
For more information on the payment plans, discounts, scholarships and funding options available to you, please visit our website here.
Join a global online community of students and broaden your horizons
Online learning at Derby allows you to become a part of a vibrant and diverse community of professionals from several exciting professional backgrounds. Our students represent a range of diverse experiences and join us from countries all around the world; from Australia to Zimbabwe.
As a University of Derby Online Learning student you will have the unique opportunity to join a whole new international network of like-minded people in a broad range of roles, enabling you to exchange ideas and knowledge, share best practice and, of course, forge professional and personal relationships with ambitious learners from all across the globe. You can read some of our inspiring student stories here.
Contact us today, and change tomorrow