Portfolio interview information

The University is not conducting any face to face interviews at present. Alternative arrangements, where applicable, are currently being decided by the individual programme teams. Please do not attend the University campuses for an interview.

If you have been invited to an interview, you will shortly receive an email with the next steps.

Your interview experience is an exciting opportunity for you to demonstrate your passion for the course you are applying for.

We are pleased to invite you to an interview for MA Creative Writing with Pathways.

Your interview experience is an exciting opportunity for you to demonstrate your passion for the course you are applying for and for us to get to know you, your aspirations and expectations. The details of your interview can be found below.

What happens on the day

The interview won't take long, no more than between 10 and 20 minutes, and will normally take place at the University campus, but special arrangements will be made if you have difficulty attending.

It is a great opportunity for you to discuss the course and find out more about it as well as finding out our expectation whilst you are studying with us - and you’ll get the chance to ask us any questions you have.

You can discuss your plans for a creative project, which you wish to follow through to completion in your time on the degree and we would want to discuss this at the interview.

Interview location

Your interview will take place at Kedleston Road, Derby Campus.

The address is:
University of Derby
Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB

On arrival, please report to the Main Reception and ask for the programme leader, Matthew Cheeseman, who will meet you there.

Maps and Directions

Parking: If you are coming by car you may be able to use the Pay and Display car park (car park 1) at the campus at Kedleston Road. The parking charges are £5.20 for the day and the machine takes cash (exact change).

If you are arriving by train there are taxis outside the station and the Unibus stops outside the station at regular intervals. Travelling to Derby by bus

When attending your interview, please allow plenty of time for travelling and parking as the roads around the University are very busy.

Any special requirements?

Please let us know if you require any reasonable adjustments, particularly if you have any disability or special needs, to help us to assist you in the interview process, eg any access or communication issues.

Please note: If you are bringing someone with you they will not be able to stay with you during the selection process, however they are welcome to stay on-site and make use of our wide range of food and drink outlets.

Is the interview day compulsory?

Yes. You will need to attend the interview before we can make you an offer on the programme.

What happens if I am running late on the day?

We know that delays are sometimes unavoidable so, if you are running late on the day, please contact us as soon as you are able to and let us know your estimated arrival time. If necessary, we can tell you any alternate arrangements for your interview. In some instances, if you expect to be significantly late, we may suggest you book for a different date.

Can I visit the halls/campus?

Depending on the course, you may have the opportunity to visit halls on the day of your interview. If this has been arranged, you will be given more details on your arrival. If you attend a University of Derby Open Day you will have the opportunity to visit halls and see the different types of accommodation on offer. If you are made an offer to study with us we also offer visits to halls as part of our Applicant Day experience.

You can also take a Virtual Tour of our campuses and halls of residence.

And finally…

Should you have any questions, or if you require any reasonable adjustments to attend the interview, please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone: +44 (0)1332 591167 or email: myinterview@derby.ac.uk.