Three fully-funded places to study Football Journalism at Derby


Talented young women footballers and aspiring journalists.


DCFC Ladies logoThe chance to win one of three fully-funded places on Derby’s Football Journalism course worth £27,750 and play for Derby County Ladies and University teams.

DCL are currently in the third tier of women’s football, but the recent changes to WSL licensing criteria have opened the door for Derby to become a semi-professional second-division side by the start of the 2018/19 season, pending a bidding process. With this, successful scholars have the opportunity to be part of a club with high ambitions that is just one division away from the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester City.

Be in the team

The University of Derby has teamed up with Derby County Ladies to offer this amazing scholarship. Three full scholarships are available for women starting the course in 2018, who will play for DCL and the University’s football team. The scholarships will cover the full cost of the students’ tuition fees, currently £9,250 a year.


Why Study Football Journalism at Derby

  • 100% of students completing their Journalism degree in 2017 said they were satisfied with their course
  • Overwhelmingly popular with students
  • Home to the only Football Journalism degree in the UK
  • Students have worked with: Gareth Southgate, Jacqui Oatley, Henry Winter, Nigel Clough
  • Dan Ashworth, the Football Association’s technical director, Baroness Sue Campbell, chair of UK Sport, and England goalkeeper Jack Butland are visiting this winter.
  • Last summer, students travelled to the Netherlands for three weeks to report on the Women’s European Championship for outlets such as the Daily Mirror, the Manchester Evening News and Sky Sports News.

Do you qualify?

  • Can you demonstrate that you could play for both Derby County Ladies and the University of Derby Ladies Football teams
  • Do you meet the entry requirements for the degree
  • Are you an Home or EU student 

How to apply

If the you satisfy the conditions above, you should:

You will be asked to sign a Scholarship Agreement, committing to meeting the required criteria on an annual basis.

Find out more

Come along to the University of Derby Open Days or email Peter Lansley, senior lecturer on the Football Journalism course Read more about BA (Hons) Football Journalism.

Peter Lansley headshot

"One of our aims at the University of Derby is to help as many women journalists as possible enjoy studying with us. We’re striving to redress the gender imbalance in sports reporting - recent research indicates that only 1.8 per cent of sports bylines in national newspapers were for women. We believe the scholarships, alongside our course, will give more women the platform they need to develop into the world of sports journalism while also driving up standards of women’s football at the University and supporting our local club’s bid for WSL status."

Peter Lansley, senior lecturer on the Football Journalism course

Derby County Football Club stadium

"When I joined the club back in 2013, we set out a five-year plan aimed at getting ourselves to the stage where we could not only progress to the next level but, equally importantly, retain that status once achieved. This project is one of several partnerships integral to our bid to stabilise at the top end of women’s football. It should provide us with three high-standard players on an annual basis that will allow them to not only slot seamlessly into the first team squad immediately, but enhance it. We are hopeful of attracting players currently operating at Women's Super League level, who will view the securing of a full scholarship on the Football Journalism course as a real opportunity for them to progress a full-time career within the industry, while continuing to develop as players at one of the most progressive and ambitious women's clubs in the country. It’s been imperative that we got this partnership right, to ensure that prospective players secure a high-quality student, and playing, experience for their three years in Derby.”

Duncan Gibb, chief executive at Derby County Ladies