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De Montfort University
De Montfort University (DMU) is one of the top universities in the country when it comes to graduates finding jobs and De Montfort's industry partnerships mean you’ll be working with leading international businesses while you study. Volunteering is a big part of life at the University, and their Square Mile project has won a Guardian University Award for its community contribution.
The campus is in the centre of Leicester, one of the UK’s most vibrant, forward-looking multicultural cities with a place at the heart of English history. Leicester is confident and colourful – big enough to offer new experiences, yet small enough to quickly call home.
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Originally founded as Leicester School of Art in 1870 the University has evolved through many incarnations, including the Leicester Colleges of Art and Technology and Leicester Polytechnic. It is named after Simon De Montfort, a crucial figure in mediaeval history who established the first parliament in 1265. Many modern DMU courses have their roots in the late 19th Century and early 20th Century, when the School of Art and Leicester School of Technology began providing training for local industries. Art, pharmacy, corsetry, footwear, physical sciences and architecture were taught at the schools in the late 1800s and are still in evidence at DMU today, either as courses in their own right, or as integral components of more modern courses. Computing courses were introduced in the 1960s and DMU was awarded university status in 1992.
DMU is a single site campus, making it easy to get between lectures and the library. Over the past few years the campus has been transformed with millions of investment going towards improved teaching rooms, eating areas and the Students’ Union, and the creation of a beautiful area of parkland at the very heart of the campus. The campus is conveniently situated only a five-minute walk from Leicester city centre. Leicester is the tenth largest city in Britain, is situated in the heart of the country and is just over an hour way from London by train.
Schools & Departments
- Leicester Media School
- School of Computer Science & Informatics
- School of Engineering & Sustainable Development
- Leicester Business School
- Leicester De Montfort Law School
- Leicester School of Architecture
- School of Arts
- School of Design
- School of Fashion and Textiles
- School of Humanities
- Institute of Creative Technologies
- Department of Politics & Public Policy
- School of Allied Health Sciences
- School of Applied Social Sciences
- School of Nursing & Midwifery
- School of Pharmacy
DMU is home to more than 50 specialist research groups and institutes, which are actively engaged in hundreds of projects. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) almost 60% of DMU's research activities were judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent, which is a rise in research quality of 15% compared to the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). Subjects that performed well include English Literature and Film and Media. In addition, the majority of case studies demonstrating the impact which their academics’ work has on real-life issues were rated either outstanding (4*) or very considerable (3*).
DMU students have the opportunity to study abroad for a year (or semester in some cases) at a partner university overseas. The study abroad period, usually takes place after completion of your second year of undergraduate studies, and the options include: the Erasmus+ programme, where you have the opportunity to study abroad for up to one year at one of DMU’s partner universities in Europe; and the International Exchange programme which offers students the exciting opportunity to study overseas at one of DMU’s partner universities outside of Europe, in countries such as the USA and Canada. You will spend a full academic year overseas as part of this programme.
Fees & Finance
Access Scholarship is offered to undergraduate full-time UK students who are accepted onto a course with an Access to HE qualification (where it is an entry requirement for the course). The award is £1,000 cash per year.
The Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships provide students with the opportunity to develop their sporting performance while studying at university. Eligible students will be awarded up to £6,000 of support. This includes: a cash bursary of up to £4,000; and up to £2,000 towards sport-specific support, such as physiotherapy, strength and conditioning training, and private medical insurance.
The Care Leavers Bursary worth £1,000 cash per year is available to eligible students who come to university directly from care. The Estranged Students Bursary also worth £1,000 cash per year, is available to eligible students who are identified as estranged from their family by Student Finance England.
The libraries at De Montfort allow students to access publications, conduct research, get support or find the perfect place to study. The main Kimberlin Library gives students access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. DMU also offers a dedicated law library, based in the Hugh Aston Building. In the libraries there are around 1,600 study spaces and 550 computer workstations for students to use for individual study or group-working. There are always dedicated staff on hand to offer support to students. DMU also offers a virtual library providing access to an extensive range of e-resources on and off campus, and the 'Just Ask' service providing support to users of DMU services off-campus.
There are eight computer labs in Gateway House, all labs have printing facilities, internet and faculty network access and digital projectors to aid in teaching. There are also a range of specialist laboratories, studios and workshops at De Montfort. There is the opportunity to borrow a range of portable equipment and materials required to enable you to complete projects and tasks to a high level, such as audio recorders, cameras and video cameras, outside broadcasting equipment and various software packages.
DMU's £8 million QEII Leisure Centre provides students, staff and members of the public with state-of-the-start facilities, including a 25 metre six lane swimming pool, climbing wall, eight court sports hall, fitness suite, free weights area and dance studio. As a student, you can take part in a comprehensive programme of workout classes which are held at the centre and will cater for all users from beginners to advanced. The Centre offers personal programmes and fitness testing for dedicated gym users looking to achieve their goals, and beginners looking for a starting point.
Other sport facilities include: the Beaumont Park, situated on the outskirts of Leicester and home to the DMU Men’s and Women’s Football sides, the venue boasts FA standard grass and artificial pitches as well as a clubhouse; and the Watershed facility, home to the DMUsport department and also the DMU Rowing Club.
The De Montfort Students' Union (DSU) organises sports teams and deliver sport activities to all students. There is a wide range of sports to get involved in and Team DMU welcomes all players of all abilities. DMUactive is a daily programme of free recreational sports opportunities for students to become physically active alongside their studies. The main aims of the programme are to encourage students to get involved, volunteer, learn new skills and promote an active and healthy lifestyle.
De Montfort Students' Union (DSU) has about 40 different sports clubs and 100 societies for you to get involved with, from football and rugby to poi and gaming, and of course the International Student Society. You can get involved in the DSU through volunteering. There is also the chance to get involved through becoming a course or faculty representative, or in DSU roles, ranging from student officers and trustees to the five executive posts.
DSU is located in the Campus Centre and runs a shop on the ground floor, which provides everything from stationery and art supplies to printing and dissertation binding, as well as their very own student lettings agency Sulets. DSU is also the home to The Tech Shop, which deals with every tech maintenance need you might have while at DMU. In addition, the John Smith Student online store, offers a wide range of textbooks, learning and other resources, including electronics, accessories, sports and medical equipment, and much more.
In the DSU there is an Advice centre, staffed by a professional team of experienced DSU Advisers. They offer free, confidential advice and guidance, and can help you with virtually any welfare or academic related query including; your course; finance; immigration; private sector housing; and to generally make sure you’re feeling safe, well and happy!
Religion & Spirituality
There is a chaplaincy on campus to provide a range of practical and spiritual support and resources to students of all faiths or none. There is a team of chaplains from most major church denominations who can help you with pastoral and practical support for life issues, exploring your spiritual needs and support for your faith journey, enquiry, questions and learning about faith, a place of safety at moments of personal crisis and stress and spiritual guidance, mentoring and prayer support. The university also has a Muslim Chaplain who works with colleagues in Student Services to enhance the student experience by supporting students.
Health & Well-Being
DMU has a dedicated student support team to help deal with any issues you may have before, during and after your studies. A doctor’s surgery on campus delivers a full NHS service to students and the local community.
At De Montfort there is a Disability Advice and Support service to help students with a wide range of physical and sensory disabilities, medical conditions and specific learning difficulties. Each faculty has a disability contact whose role is to help you access disability support and ensure that you are getting appropriate assistance during your studies. The Libraries and Learning Service also has a disability support team who are available to provide assistance to users with a disability, a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia, or medical condition, that affects their ability to study.
Each Faculty has its own Student Advice Centre (SAC) which is the first point of call for all learning support enquiries. The main function of each SAC is to help, support and advise students during their time at DMU. Furthermore, as a student at De Montfort you will have access to services including life coaching and counselling.
The Careers and Employability team is open to all current students, as well as graduates and alumni of De Montfort University. There is a range of resources and services available. You can access the team through MyGateway, DMU’s online one-stop-shop for career planning and job hunting, to ask questions or to book a face-to-face appointment with a member of the team.
There is an annual Graduates Careers Fair held on campus and Unitemps which is DMU’s on-campus recruitment agency giving students the opportunity to have a part-time job whilst at University.
The #DMUworks is a careers programme to help students become work-ready. #DMUworks opportunities include: professional experiences, placements, internships and volunteering; work-readiness training, coaching and development; business insider visits; enterprise support; and research and consultancy opportunities. #DMUworks is accessible via MyGateway.
Professional mentoring provides students with the opportunity to ask questions to professionals who offer their time and experience in group, online and one to one settings. The aims are to help improve the employability of the students.
Self-catered (per week)
De Montfort aims to provide accommodation for all new UK and international undergraduate students who request it. There are almost 3,700 modern rooms in 12 halls of residence based on or near campus, all within walking distance of the city centre and local amenities.
DMU is signed up to the Universities UK Student Accommodation Code of practice protecting its students’ rights to safe, good quality accommodation. Flats are generally allocated on a same sex basis, although overall the residences are mixed gender. There is a variety of contract lengths to suit your needs, and all their halls are self-catered, giving you the freedom to come and go as you please. All of the halls have shared kitchen facilities, shared laundry facilities, internet access in rooms, on-site hall manager and visiting residence coordinators, secure postal points, security staff and bike storage. Some halls will also offer en-suite bathrooms, premium bedroom options, studio apartments, contents insurance, cooking utensils, cutlery and crockery, common rooms and TV points.
DMU also has specially adapted rooms for either a wheelchair user or a student with mobility difficulties. It has a range of adaptations to meet a range of needs ranging, including en-suite or adapted communal wet-rooms, lowered surfaces and appliances, and specialist-equipment such as hoists and shower-chairs.
For those searching for private accommodation SULETS is a lettings agency jointly owned and run by the Students’ Union of DMU and Leicester University. With an office at each campus, SULETS is the number one site for DMU and Leicester University students looking for private rented accommodation across Leicester.
English Language Requirements
The University asks for between IELTS 6.0-6.5, or equivalent, depending on your home country and the course you are applying for.
The University also has a dedicated Centre for English Language Learning (CELL) which offers a range of courses designed to help you improve your language skills, before and during your studies.
DMU Principal’s Scholarships are for Leicester Castle Business School students who have made a commitment to studying one of the eligible courses, and are worth £3000 for one year only. The award is processed automatically, so you don’t need to apply.
The Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships are also available to international students. The scholarships provide students with the opportunity to develop their sporting performance while studying at university. Eligible students will be awarded up to £6,000 of support. This includes: a cash bursary of up to £4,000; and up to £2,000 towards sport-specific support, such as physiotherapy, strength and conditioning training, and private medical insurance.
There is an International Student Support team at DMU to provide assistance to overseas and EU students. The team can give you specialist advice and guidance throughout your stay at DMU, along with general information about living and studying in Leicester. They can also help you meet students from your own country. Before arriving in the UK, the University has a number of overseas representatives who you can easily contact for advice and information about DMU. When you arrive in the UK, the University operates a free coach pick-up service from Heathrow airport.
At the beginning of the year De Montfort puts on an International Welcome Week with social events, tours around the campus and Leicester city, a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, and information sessions and practical advice. There is also a buddy scheme which matches new international students with existing DMU students to help with making friends, settling in and finding your way around.