Being inspired is like lighting a fire in your mind…The spark comes from a connection with an idea, a person, a place, an event. You have to stoke it with your own hard work and imagination, and examples of others’ courage, ingenuity and success.
As an integral city set just 90 minutes from the buzzing UK capital, Derby is a beating heart for innovators and thought leaders. Voted the region’s third-best place to live, Derby encompasses a warm and friendly vibe and a busy commercial hub; from the high street names at the trendy Intu Shopping Centre or specialist boutique retailers in the ambient Cathedral Quarter, Derby has it all.

The city plays host to plenty of real ale pubs, lively clubs, cinemas and theatres to keep off-duty professionals, locals and students alike active and entertained. If you love music, Derby has lots to offer, from impressive live venues to outdoor events, like the Download and Y Not Festivals. And for sports fans, the city has its very own velodrome – Derby Arena – and a proud sporting tradition with the iPro Football Stadium, home of Derby County Football Club, and Derbyshire county cricket ground.

Also renowned for its roots at the heart of technological innovation, Derby is a vibrant, thriving, multicultural city, home to a broad range of industries. From Rolls-Royce to Bombardier, to Toyota and beyond, the city is home to some of the world’s most successful companies, making it an exciting place to live, learn and experience university life – especially if your ultimate dream is to become a respected business professional.

University of Derby is ranked within the Top 10 UK universities for teaching quality by the Times Good University Guide 2016, and with a whopping £150 million being invested in its facilities over the past decade, the university has everything in place to propel students to the top of their game. As a reputed provider of professional business education, the College of Business at University of Derby prides itself on its ability to take theory clean off the page, and place students at the heart of global business action.

“In and around this city, there’s a living history of thinking, making and communicating that has influenced the world,” notes the college itself.

“The College of Business is part of all of this: connected and committed to the city, and driven by all it’s achieved. We know we’re a key component of a globally-respected region. We know the responsibility of serving its needs, continuing its success and furthering its name,” the college concludes, citing a commitment that seeps into every facet of its business education.

Derby gives students from every background and continent the chance to hone their business prowess with its comprehensive undergraduate, professional and postgraduate courses. As a university that firmly believes that the higher you’ll climb, the further you’ll see, it consistently performs above the sector average in all areas of the Postgraduate Taught Survey (PTES), with 95 percent of postgraduate students agreeing that staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching.


Derby’s MBA programme has been specifically designed to tend to the needs of 21st century business, presenting an engaging, forward-thinking programme that can be specially tailored to each student’s career aspirations.

“Having passed on going to university when I left school and opting to go straight into employment, I wanted to prove to myself that I could academically back up what I had learned over the years,” says Nicola Downes, a former Derby MBA student, currently working as Head of Customer Service and Logistics for a respected UK company.

“I also wanted to progress within the company and I felt that an MBA could help. At first, the thought of writing assignments really concerned me. However after the first semester I felt so much more comfortable with the process and I met some great friends who were really supportive,” Nicola concludes. “The MBA at Derby gives you a good understanding of all business areas and encourages a more strategic and critical outlook.”


This Masters programme allows students to become an integral part of a diverse international cohort, enhancing their comprehension of cultural diversity and international business awareness.

Derby’s MSc in International Business allows students to nurture a deep knowledge and understanding of global business practices, giving you the chance to study applied analysis in economics, strategy, law, finance, marketing and human resources.


This programme is both challenging and intellectually provocative, providing students with a stimulating blend of technical and strategic learning.

In addition to enhancing your financial knowledge and expertise to an impressive professional level, you’ll also develop core skills such as critical thinking, communication, effective teamwork, leading, reflecting, managing and organising, making you employable in virtually any sector, and on a global scale.

As a globally-reputed provider of international business education, Derby excels in fostering an enterprising spirit. You’ll leave equipped with the skills you need to spot, exploit and maximise business and personal opportunities, with an ingrained global mind-set that’s vital as an agile business professional in the modern world.

This is exactly why the University of Derby will always set your learning in a cutting-edge, global context.

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