This is an interview by Mr. Vimal Subramanian - International student officer at University of Derby. In this interview he discusses about popular courses among Indian students, admission services, funding opportunities and much more...
Q. Is your institution popular amongst Indian students? How many Indian students do you have on your rolls?
A. The University of Derby’s most popular courses with Indian students are our Computing, Business, Engineering and Hospitality courses. We have around 100 Indian students at the University.
Q. Do you have an International Office? What services do you offer? Are there any special services for Indian students?
A. We have an International department which includes a dedicated International Student Centre and a specialist International Recruitment Officer responsible for the Indian market. Our International department is responsible for the entire journey of international students from application to qualification. This ensures all international students have the advice and support they need when studying at the University of Derby.
In particular, our International Student Centre offers a variety of support including:
- English language support
- visa and immigration advice
- help on adapting to life in the UK
- general welfare concerns
- social events (including our International Welcome Week).
- The International Student Centre was recently rated number one in a survey completed by International students in the UK.
Q. Why do you think Indian students should apply to your institution?
A. There are a number of reasons why Indian students should choose to study at the University of Derby:
- excellent location in the heart of the UK
- ranked 2nd for safety in the 2010 i-graduate survey
- guaranteed place in halls of residence for first year students
- ‘Derby’ has been rated the most affordable city to live by Sunday Times 2011
- Students rated us top for student support and faith provision.
- rated in the top 10% of universities for management and quality procedures by THES (Time Higher Education Supplemen 2011t) awards
- free airport pick-up service for students in their first year of study
- Results from the International Student Barometer
- excellent links with industry leaders such as Rolls Royce, Toyota, Boots, Wella and many more
- voted in the top three for employability, lecture quality and learning technology.
- Times Higher Education Awards 2011: Outstanding Employer Engagement and contribution to the local community
- Results from the International Student Barometer
- competitive tuition fees and a number of scholarships are available to International students
- A truly international experience
- diverse mix of students from 120 countries
- over 200 Internationally recognised qualifications
- over £100m spent on improving facilities
- over half of our research ranked as 'of international excellence', and some even as 'world class'
Q. What advice would you give to Indian students who are applying to enroll?
A. The most important thing to do before you apply to the University of Derby is to make sure all of your required paperwork is completed and at hand before you start the application process.
If you are applying for an undergraduate course, you should visit UCAS home page.
You can apply for a postgraduate course directly through the University of Derby website at apply online.
Q. Any notable Indian alumni?
A. Rohit Paliwal completed his MSc in Computer Games Production at the University of Derby in 2011. Rohit’s aim after his graduation is to pursure a career in the computer games industry.
Rohit explains his decision to study at the University of Derby “My decision to study computer games production at Derby has been very fruitful. I have learned lots about the industry in general, as well as the technical aspects of games production.”
After completing High School Rohit opted to studying 3D Animation. There were no universities offering a bachelors degree in this stream, so he enrolled in a private institution and from there he completed his Advanced Diploma in 3D Animation and Visual Effects.
He then joined MAAC as a Technical Instructor and worked there for around one year, after which he decided to build on his existing skills in this industry.
“I got my acceptance letter from other universities too, but chose the University of Derby because of the Computer Games Programme.”
The course structure includes a variety of topics ranging from technical to management, to ethics and moral values.
Rohit found living in Derby a great experience due to its quiet and relaxed environment. He chose to live in private accommodation, but halls were available too him also. Rohit found it is easy to make new friends in Derby as he found socialising in the local pubs friendly and entertaining.
Q. Are there any funding opportunities available for Indian students who are applying to your institution?
A. There are a number of £1,000 merit based scholarships available to international students and, in addition, if you pay your fees in full on or before enrolment you will receive a £500 discount of the total cost of your course.
At the institution
Q. What are the popular courses amongst Indian students?
A. Undergraduate courses 2012/13
- Motorsport Engineering, BEng (Hons)
- Mechanical Engineering, BEng (Hons)
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering, BEng (Hons)
- Architectural Technology and Practice, BSc (Hons)
- Computer Games Modelling and Animation, BA (Hons)
- Business Management, BA (Hons) (CMI Accredited)
Postgraduate courses 2012/13
- Advanced Computer Networks, MSc
- Computer Forensic Investigation, MSc
- Mobile Device Software Development, MSc
- Computer Graphics Production, MSc
- Information Technology, MSc
- MBA (CMI Accredited)
- International Business, MSc
- Accounting and Finance, MSc
- Marketing and Media, MA
- Marketing Management, MSc
- Law, LLM
- International Hospitality Management, MA
- Events Management, MA
- Environmental Management, MSc
- Applied Petroleum Geoscience, MSc
- Civil Engineering and Construction Management, MSc
- Sustainable Architecture and Healthy Buildings, MSc
- Control and Instrumentation, MSc
- Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, MSc
- Public Health, MSc
- Fashion and Textiles, MA
For a full list of courses you can study at the University of Derby, visit the course page.
Q. What career services are open to Indians who graduate from your institution?
A. The University of Derby has an International Student Centre and a Student Employment Agency. Both of these departments offer the following services to international students to help them find work during and after their studies in Derby:
- Advice, Careers Guidance: one-to-one coaching.
- Preparation for moving on/out: help with CVs, Interview Techniques, Assessment Centre Coaching
- Graduate Job Vacancies
- Career management/ skills development
- Professional Practice modules
- Employer Mentoring programme
- Work experience and volunteering
- Student Employment Agency
- University of Derby Award for Employability, Leadership and Management (ILM endorsed)
Q. What course do you teach (most popular for Indian students)?
A. Advanced Computer Networks, MSc is the most popular course for Indian students at the University of Derby.
Q. What are the main objectives of this course?
A. The Advanced Computer Networks, MSc provides a structured environment to develop your critical understanding of relevant, modern theories associated with practical expertise in networking technologies and applications in a wide range of contexts, preparing you for employment in the network industry.
It follows the syllabus of the CISCO CCNP for those who have already obtained the CCNA. If you're not already qualified to CCNA you will have the opportunity to study the CCNA syllabus if required.
For full details of the course content, term dates and cost of studying this course at the University of Derby, visit School of Computing And Mathematics page.
Q. How does the course prepare students for the professional world and/or further study?
A. By following the syllabus of the CISCO CCNP (for those who have already obtained the CCNA) the course gives students a competitive advantage when they leave university and start looking for work in the industry, whether this is in the UK or anywhere else in the world. If you're not already qualified to CCNA you will have the opportunity to study the CCNA syllabus if required.