University of Derby Online Learning

About us

The University of Derby has been awarded Gold status in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), placing us in the top 20% of all UK universities for consistently outstanding teaching and learning outcomes for our students. 

The University of Derby Online Learning is the thriving online learning division of the University of Derby and has been offering part-time, online learning courses for 17 years to a students from all over the world. 

As one of the UK’s leading Universities for online learning, we are dedicated to providing structured and supported qualifications that can be completed by part-time, online learning.

Learn from the best

At University of Derby Online Learning, our academic team is heavily invested in research across a huge variety of disciplines. They have extensive research backgrounds and relationships with professional industry organisations and many engage in cross-disciplinary collaborations to break new ground in research.




Why choose us

Our courses are specially designed for online learning, letting you choose the best time and place to study via your computer or mobile device – all you need is an internet connection.

Learning materials are presented in an engaging way, encouraging interactivity and collaboration throughout the course. Our students enjoy the flexibility which enables them to study alongside their career or other commitments, without the need to attend traditional university fixed lectures that are held on campus.

How does it work?

Once enrolled, you’ll have access to the online Student Portal which is your learning hub and gateway to your virtual learning environment.

Our academic teams are highly qualified experts in their respective fields and specialists in online learning. They will ensure you have a valuable and enriching learning experience. You'll have the opportunity to engage with your tutors and fellow students from around the world, through online discussion boards, cafe forums, wikis, blogs, Skype and online live taught sessions.

Support throughout your studies

We recognise that students need a range of support whilst developing new skills and knowledge. We also believe that the online experience should be as closely aligned to the campus experience as possible. We developed the ‘virtual campus’ experience implementing processes such as an online orientation, formative assessment and feedback opportunities and individualised learning to develop employability aptitudes such as social responsibility, integrity and awareness.

As an online learner with Derby, you'll also benefit from the support and guidance provided by your personal online learner advisor who will remain a key contact for you throughout your course for any non-academic assistance. Our specially designed course materials, knowledgeable, responsive tutors and friendly support team combine to ensure a relevant, engaging and well-supported learning experience.

Reasons to study online with us

  • Structured, supported and stimulating learning from expert academics
  • Participative learning through online discussion forums, virtual workplace and email
  • Learning materials easily accessible at any time of day or night via the internet
  • Access to extensive e-library and virtual campus facilities
  • Affordable fees and flexible payment plans
  • Choice of start dates - most courses start in September, January or May
  • Achieve an internationally recognised British university qualification


Courses specifically for CPD

We also offer a range of professional development courses, ideal for CPD.  These courses can be accessed entirely online too, giving you the flexibility to fit around your work commitments and include an E-certificate of Completion and digital badges for all units you complete. 


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