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Humanities at Derby

History “The lecturers are exceptional and it's so valuable having such enthusiastic and passionate people teaching us.” James Corden

The study of human culture

Whichever humanities subject you choose, you’ll receive the same dedicated and personalised support from your tutors, which is what makes Derby different.

Add to that their experience and research reputation in their field of study and access to a unique range of nationally and internationally important heritage sites on our doorstep – and you’ll have the foundations for a successful career in your area of specialism.

As a humanities undergraduate student, you'll also have the option to spend a semester of your second year studying in one of our partner institutes in the USA.

American Studies

  • Study in the United States at one of our partner universities 
  • Explore America from historical, social, political, economic and cultural perpectives 
  • Develop skills that are sought after by employers 

Creative Writing

  • Gain a thorough grounding in the art, craft and processes of writing
  • Learn from published writers, poets, scripwriters, journalists and editors 
  • Work on live cases for real companies to increase your employability 


  • Choose from degrees in English, English Literature and Language and Integrated Masters in English
  • Study a broad range of literatures from the 16th Century to the present day
  • Work on live projects at various cultural instutions and enjoy regular study visits to cinemas, film festivals, theatres and museums   


  • Our History courses regularly achieve 100% in the National Student Survey (NSS) for overall satisfaction 
  • Fieldwork at a range of locations from country houses to industrial cities, exploring both the practical and intellectual applications of history
  • Focus on modern and contemporary history 

Liberal Arts

  • A fresh new course starting in September 2016
  • Study a flexible degree which covers subjects including English, Creative Writing, American Studies, History, Media, Sociology and International Relations. 
  • Study in the United States at one of our partner universities