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Course details

Study options

Full-time: Three years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2019/20)

International fee

£13,250 per year (2019/20)

UCAS points

112 (September 2019 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BA (Hons)

Start dates

January, September


Buxton Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this subject as a 2 year foundation degree (FdA).

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Course description

Your exciting career in culinary management starts here. With our outstanding facilities and focus on real-world learning, we will equip you with all the technical, practical and managerial skills you need.

You can also top-up an existing foundation degree to a full honours degree in just one year. 

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5thfor Hospitality, Events & Tourism**The Guardian University Guide 2020
96%overall satisfaction - BA (Hons) Professional Culinary Management**National Student Survey 2019

About this course

Taking an innovative approach that balances academic knowledge with hands-on experience, our BA (Hons) Professional Culinary Management prepares you for roles at the highest levels of the industry.

All the ingredients for success

We have designed this degree in partnership with employers to nurture the culinary leaders and pioneers of tomorrow. It is the ideal starting point if you have set your sights on a rewarding career, particularly in kitchen and restaurant management. 

You will learn about both the food service and the food production sides of culinary operations. We also develop your managerial know-how alongside impressive technical skills, industry knowledge and professional attitudes.

Throughout, you will be exposed to latest culinary technologies, ingredients and processes so that you can develop innovative ideas in line with industry trends.  At stage two, we offer a choice of pathways so you can focus on advanced bakery and pastry techniques or on menu and product development.

Exceptional facilities to inspire you

The Centre of Contemporary Hospitality & Tourism will be your classroom, at the stunning grade II* listed Devonshire Dome. It features seven state-of-the-art kitchens, a fine dining restaurant, a bistro and two licensed bars where you will put theory into practice under the expert supervision of our chefs.

This is the ideal setting to master your culinary craft, build your management skills and achieve exacting professional standards: the Dome Restaurant was awarded a AA College Rosette scheme, with our students winning praise for their passion and enthusiasm.  

Every aspect of our operation captures the latest developments in culinary innovation. We have, for instance, invested in a new induction powered training kitchen, reflecting the increased use of induction power over gas in the industry. We also have mobile equipment for off-site events and pop-up restaurants.

Your course fees will also include a full set of kitchen whites, knives and safety shoes, plus a complete front-of-house uniform.

Learning at its most exciting

We promise you total immersion in a professional culinary innovation from day one. You will deliver, supervise and manage fine dining, off-site catering and event catering.

Events could range from spectacular weddings and high-profile conferences to graduation ceremonies and banquets for up to 900 people. A recent success story was a six-course tasting menu in celebration of the University’s honorary graduates at Derby Museum and Art Gallery.

You will also take part in real-world projects with national hotel chains, international corporations and the many local food producers, breweries and restaurants which help make the Peak District such a magnet for visitors.

This is an applied management degree so you will develop the skills to supervise junior members of the team. Because we also specialise in hospitality and events management, there are countless opportunities to see the way different professions dovetail with one another too.

Showcase your talent

What better way to showcase your skills than in high-profile competitions? We have a superb track record in events such as the Toque d’Or, the UK catering industry’s most prestigious competition.

Our students have now reached the finals of the Toque d’Or three times and have excelled in other events such as the Country Range Student Chef Challenge and Zest Quest Asia.

Taking part in such challenges tests your front-of-house and back-of-house skills as well as your knowledge of food provenance, sustainability, costings and menu development – all of which are covered on your course. It is also a chance to put yourself before industry talent-spotters. 

Ideally placed to impress employers

Our strong partnerships with top industry names open doors for you, especially when it comes to arranging placements and summer internships.

These are an exciting way to receive on-the-job mentoring from respected professionals and broaden your experience in a commercial environment. Placements can often lead directly to full-time jobs when you graduate.

Our networks include Michelin-starred restaurants and luxury hotels. Students have boosted their employability with the likes of Gleneagles, Claridge’s and Links House Hotel at Royal Dornoch. There are opportunities for overseas placements too, including with Loews Hotels and Resorts in America.

If you are taking the four-year course, a formal industry placement lasting nine to 12 months is compulsory between your second and final year. You normally work as a paid employee. While placements are not compulsory on the three-year course, we support you to gain invaluable experience during your summer vacation, either in paid or voluntary roles.

Fieldtrips to broaden your perspectives

Your course fees cover a UK-based residential trip in the first and second year. Our latest fieldtrip to London took in tours of the Billingsgate and Borough Markets as well as hotels such as Marriott Park Lane and Le Méridien Piccadilly. Some students even secured a visit to the Ritz.   

There are optional international fieldtrips too. A recent example was a visit to Florence to place the food and drink of Tuscany in a cultural and sociological framework. Our 2017 programme featured Iceland for the first time.

We encourage you to take advantage of our Go Places, Go Further scheme and spend part of your course studying abroad. In the global hospitality industry, graduates with an international outlook set themselves apart.

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What you will study

To complete the the BA (Hons) Professional Culinary Management, you'll study modules such as: 

  • Introduction to Higher Education and Professional Development for Hospitality Managers
  • Marketing and Communication
  • The Food Service Sector
  • Hospitality Operations
  • Professional Skills and Processes
  • Finance and Control in Hospitality Operations
  • Research Skills
  • Management and Leadership
  • Business Development and Entrepreneurship
  • Supervising the Guest Experience
  • Planning and Leading Food Service Operations

At this stage you will also choose from the optional modules: Advanced Bakery and Pastry Techniques and Menu Development and Culinary Product Development 

Placement year

If you are taking the four-year degree, you will complete your compulsory placement between stages two and three. 

  • Independent Study
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Strategic Management
  • Food and Beverage Appreciation
  • Managing the Guest Experience
  • Innovation and Technology in the Culinary Sector

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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Find out more about Professional Culinary Management

The best way to find out if studying at Buxton is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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How you will learn

The BA (Hons) Professional Culinary Management equips you with applied supervisory and managerial skills together with advanced technical knowledge in the culinary arts.

You will deepen your subject knowledge through formal lectures, seminars, workshops, guided study, applied practice sessions, practical demonstrations and videos, small group exercises, and case study discussions.

Work-related learning

Your practical professional development will take place in a variety of hospitality operations at the University and beyond. This will encompass guest service to commercial standards, technical skills development, sales skills, health and safety, food safety, financial targets and budgeting, HRM practices, staff training, and maintenance of food service facilities.

Other work-related learning experiences on the course include guest lectures, conferences, industry days, fieldtrips, networking events, competitions, challenges and employer-led industry projects.

The industrial placement which forms part of the four-year course is structured, relevant and designed to improve your academic performance as well as boosting your employability. Our dedicated and well connected placement team will help you find just the right position to match your career aspirations and professional interests.

Research in the curriculum

You will engage with industry, the local community and teaching staff to produce valuable research findings for the benefit of the sector.

Our employer partners often provide vital support with independent studies. A new collaboration with flavours and fragrance supplier MANE has, for instance, brought a new dimension to students’ work on product development.   


You’ll be assessed in a number of ways including:

Entry requirements

September 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEN/A
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2019/20 Fees


£9,250 per year



£13,250 per year


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

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Students applying to start in January should apply directly to the University.

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As a BA (Hons) Professional Culinary Management graduate, you will be equipped with all the real world experience that today’s employers expect.

Leading names in the industry seek out our graduates because they are professional, talented and ‘work-ready’. In many cases, our students secure permanent positions as a direct result of their successful placements and summer internships.

You can look forward to a wide range of career opportunities within the international culinary sector. You could progress to roles such as food and beverage supervisor, commis chef, chef de partie, graduate trainee restaurant manager, sales executive, licensed retail manager or contract catering manager – to name just a few.

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.

Ongoing careers support

We’re committed to improving your employability at every stage of your studies. Our teaching staff join forces with the Careers and Employment Service to deliver workshops on subjects such as networking, CV writing and effective use of social media.

This support continues once you’ve graduated too: you are entitled to further help and guidance for up to three years after leaving the University. This includes signposting towards internships which you can undertake on completion of your degree and which often lead to job offers. 

You can also take full advantage of the hosco careers network to discover opportunities and share good practice with other professionals. 

Take your learning to the next level

You can consider progressing to postgraduate studies in related subjects, including our MSc International Hospitality Management which is ideal if you want to develop your leadership and management potential further or if you would like to advance to roles in academia and research.

Chris Jones
Programme leader

As Course Director for Culinary Arts and Food Development, Chris Jones manages the curriculum and student experience within the culinary discipline in the Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism, based at the University of Derby's Buxton Campus.

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† Additional information about your studies

Four years with a placement year

January start is available for Stage 3 entry only

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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, state-of-the-art 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.

Included in your fees

Optional costs not 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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