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Derby is a busy city in England, located in the East Midlands region – around 115 miles north of London. It is home to one university, the University of Derby, as well as a graduate medical school associated with the University of Nottingham.
Derby was the site of many important engineering innovations during the 18th- and 19th-century industrial revolution, with new mill technologies pioneered in the city. It was the location of the world’s first factory, now part of the UNESCO-listed Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. Since then Derby has continued to be an important manufacturing centre, home to famous UK companies such as Rolls-Royce.
Postgraduate students in Derby benefit from good access to several universities, while living in a city with a strong local history and vibrant regional culture.
Derby retains many museums and historical sites associated with its industrial heritage, as well as plenty of famous public parks and gardens (Derby Arboretum was actually England’s first public park). Derby is well-placed for trips to the beautiful Peak District – the UK’s first national park and a popular destination for hiking, camping and cycling.
Sport is also an important feature of the city’s identity, with a large local football club (Derby County) and successful cricket and rugby teams. Nearby East Midlands Airport operates flights to lots of European destinations.
The University of Derby has its origins in the mid-19th century, but was granted its university charter in 1992. It offers a range of postgraduate courses in various subject areas.
High quality postgraduate education in medicine is also offered by the University of Nottingham’s graduate-entry medical school, located within the Royal Derby Hospital.
Finally, Derby’s convenient location and strong road and rail transport links also place it within reach of various other famous English universities in nearby cities such as Nottingham and Leicester, as well as Coventry, Birmingham and Sheffield.
Derby has a proud history of industrial innovation, and this is reflected by the city’s current status as a hub for advanced manufacturing. Toyota UK’s manufacturing division is based in the nearby village of Burnaston, while aerospace company Rolls-Royce also has a major presence in Derby.
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