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Here you can find details of the scholarships, bursaries and discounts available to international students which can be used together to reduce your tuition fees. 

Scholarships and discounts

We have a range of scholarships, bursaries and discounts available to international students. You can apply for our scholarships once you have received an offer from us.

You must be applying for a full-time degree. Applications for postgraduate research, online studies, foundation and pre-sessional language programmes are not eligible for a discount or scholarship. 

Read our full terms and conditions

Our scholarships

Here are our available scholarships for the September 2024 intake. Successful scholarship applicants will be contacted via email to confirm their award.

In partnership with the British Council and the GREAT British Campaign, this scholarship programme offers financial support of £10,000 to eligible students from the following countries pursuing one year of postgraduate study at the University of Derby, as part of our September 2024 intake.

A separate application is required through an online form once you have received your offer. Applicants must be from one of the following eligible countries:

The deadline to apply for this scholarship is 31 May 2024.

GREAT Scholarships full details

Full tuition fee and stipend for talented and motivated postgraduate students studying either Master of Public Health, MBA Global or MSc GeoEnergy from Commonwealth countries:

  • Bangladesh
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • Cameroon
  • Dominica
  • Eswatini
  • Fiji
  • Gabon
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • India
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mauritius
  • Montserrat
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and The Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania
  • The Gambia
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Vanuatu
  • Zambia

The deadline for this scholarship is 14 December 2023 at 4pm (GMT). The outcome of applications will be announced after 31 March 2024. More information can be found on the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship website

The Chevening scholarship is a fully-funded scholarship for postgraduate students. This includes tuition fees, accommodation and flights. 

Eligible students will have passion, ideas, and influence to provide the solutions and leadership needed to create a better future. 

Please see the full list of eligible countries on the Chevening website.

A separate application is required through the Chevening website. Please refer to the Chevening website for the application timeline.

The deadline to apply for this scholarship is Tuesday 7 November 2023.

Apply on the Chevening website

A student in a lecture theatre

Getting the Vice-Chancellor scholarship has helped me believe in myself and my achievements. I have become more confident and it is a big motivation to work even harder. I am very grateful and really blessed that I got this opportunity.

Mohika Shankar
Dance and Movement Studies and Psychology

Further discounts

We also offer the following discounts to international students in addition to any scholarships received. You do not need to apply separately for these discounts.

£500 discount to eligible undergraduate and postgraduate international students who pay the tuition fees in full by the time of enrolment. This means you should pay £500 less towards your tuition fees.

£500 discount to eligible postgraduate taught international students who have completed a bachelor or masters degree, on-campus, at the University of Derby.

Sports Scholarships

We also have a number of Sports Scholarships available for which international students can apply.

Find out more about our Sports Scholarships

Mohika's scholarship story

Mohika wanted to lift some of the financial burden of studying abroad, and so applied and was successful in achieving a scholarship at Derby. Here she talks about how grateful she was to receive it.

Mohika Shankar from Delhi

View Mohika's scholarship story video transcript

Mohika Shankar

From Delhi to Derby: Mohika's story

Scholarship recipient Mohika Shankar discusses settling in as an international student and the impact of being awarded the Vice-Chancellor scholarship on her motivation to study.

Read more about Mohika's storyRead more about Mohika's story

Sam's scholarship story

Sam's first-year fees were covered by the Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship, one of a range of scholarships, bursaries and discounts we offer to international students. Here, he shares his experience of receiving the award and what it meant to him.

Sam Chikowore from Zimbabwe with University of Derby Vice-Chancellor Dr Kathryn Mitchell

View Sam's scholarship story video transcript

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Being an international student

Moving to the UK was a life-changing experience for Sam Chikowore, who was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s scholarship. Hear about his time as an international student in Derby.

Read Sam's blog about starting university and feeling welcomeRead Sam's blog about starting university and feeling welcome