School of Humanities and Journalism

“The teaching team are fabulous. Any help no matter how small, they will come and guide you.”
Kathy Curzon

The study of human culture at the University of Derby

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, the links with cultural organisations and authors which feed in to your studies, 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.

And don’t forget, as a humanities undergraduate student you have the option to spend a semester of your second year studying in one of our partner institutes in the USA.

Humanities American Exchange Meet our students  

Alistair Hodge, Head of School of Humanities and Journalism

The School of Humanities and Journalism offers a wide range of courses, including English, History, and Creative Writing and Publishing, which were all ranked No.1 in the UK for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2022.

Alistair Carnegie Hodge
Head of School, Humanities and Journalism

Head of School of Humanities and Journalism, Alistair Carnegie Hodge, says, "We offer a welcoming environment for all, including doctoral candidates and researchers, and we have recently been expanding and enhancing our offer to appeal not only to UK students but those from around the world. Our broad-based, ‘transdisciplinary’ approach has a really strong focus on graduate outcomes. We are seeking to develop new links and partnerships locally and internationally, comprising Knowledge Exchange, real-world impact, policy-making, and research."


Our research

We have a longstanding reputation in all of our subjects and our staff are active researchers at the highest level. Staff within Humanities contribute to the Communication, Cultural and Media Studies unit of assessment in the Research Excellence Framework.