Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 year

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2021/22)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2021/22)

UCAS code


Course level



BA (Hons)

Start dates

January, September


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

We are accepting applications for January and September 2022 only.

Achieve your career and personal goals by studying our BA (Hons) Professional Culinary Management (Top-Up) degree. This future-focused, applied degree opens new doors for anyone wanting to progress within the industry.

Fully focused on your future

The BA (Hons) Professional Culinary Management (Top-Up) is designed in partnership with employers to foster the forward-thinking kitchen and restaurant managers of tomorrow.

It gives you the chance to expand your culinary repertoire and learn about the latest developments in both the food service and food production sides of hospitality operations. You will immerse yourself in new technologies, processes and trends to help you refresh your ideas and keep pace with change.

If you are already employed within the sector, everything you learn on this course will have a direct impact on your performance and contributions at work. You will not only advance your technical skills but also develop your managerial know-how.

Powerful industry connections

We boast extensive links with leading professional bodies and major industry names who have significant input into our culinary courses. Our networks include Michelin-starred restaurants, luxury hotels and international resorts.

The BA (Hons) Professional Culinary Management (Top-Up) is accredited by the Institute of Hospitality, which ensures your learning is up to date and relevant. You will have access to the Institute's Educational Membership Scheme and can join local branch events to share best practice with like-minded professionals. You can also make valuable contacts at our annual Industry Networking Day.

When you join us, you will automatically become a member of hosco, with access to around 30,000 graduate roles, internships and work experience opportunities from over 1,500 employers.

A top team to motivate you

You will be supported in your studies by award-winning professional chefs who boast extensive experience in hospitality and culinary management. They have mentored countless students to success, not only in the graduate job market but also in the prestigious competitions which form a regular feature of this course. Our students have a superb track record in events such as the Toque d'Or, Nestle's professional hospitality competition.

To broaden your perspective further, we regularly bring in external experts who deliver inspiring demonstrations, workshops and masterclasses. Recent guest sessions have been led by Mick Burke, the renowned pastry chef, and Nando Belmonte, Executive Chef with Loews Resorts in Florida.

What you will study

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

You will build up your knowledge and skills through learning activities such as:

How you will be assessed

We use a range of creative assessment methods that are designed to stretch and challenge you. They are based around the key duties of hospitality managers and will include digital technology as much as possible. Tasks might include analysing information and conducting research, writing business reports and essays, working in teams to create new ideas and projects, and delivering presentations.

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

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Chris Jones
Programme leader

As Course Director, Chris oversees the curriculum quality and development, learning and teaching and the student experience for undergrdaute provision within Derby Business School.

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Entry requirements

You need to have a Merit or equivalent in an HND or Foundation degree in a relevant subject.

You need at least five GCSEs (or equivalent) including Maths and English at grade 4/C or above.

When you apply, please send us a transcript of the modules you have already studied so that we can make sure that the HND or Foundation degree is compatible with the top-up programme.

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)

Fees and funding

2021/22 Fees (August 2021 - July 2022)


£9,250 per year



£14,045 per year


Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply

UK students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS.

Full-time students applying to start in January should apply directly to the University.

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International students

The application deadline for January 2022 starts for international students has now passed for this course. Any application you submit now will be considered for the next available start date.

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The BA (Hons) Professional Culinary Management (Top-Up) is all about enhancing your continuing professional development. With this qualification on your CV, you will make a powerful statement about your skills, knowledge and potential as a future leader of the industry.

You will be able to demonstrate a vital combination of managerial know-how and technical expertise to help you progress in your current role and take up more senior positions. You will also bring new ideas and techniques to your workplace for the benefit of your colleagues and clients.

Graduate success stories

Our graduates are now excelling in world-renowned Michelin-starred restaurants and kitchens. Their destinations include:

Some of our graduates have also drawn on the entrepreneurial skills they gained during their studies to launch their own hospitality enterprises, including a gastropub and craft brewery, an off-site catering venture and a celebration cake making business.

Take your learning to the next level

You can consider progressing to postgraduate studies in related subjects, including our own MSc International Hospitality Management which prepares you not only for senior management but also for roles in academia and research.

Contact us

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Additional information about your studies

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Please also note that due to the current Covid-19 situation, if your course offers fieldtrips, the location of these may change or be cancelled. If this happens, you will be communicated to in advance and we will do our very best to seek out other practical opportunities to ensure your experience is not affected.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2021 - August 2022 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

Included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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