Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: 4 - 6 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

International fee

£12,500 per year (2018/19)

UCAS points

96-128* (September 2018 entry)

UCAS code

Y002

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

Joint Honours

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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What is Joint Honours?

A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.

You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.

Course description

Offering a thorough grounding in the art, craft and processes of writing, this course equips you with vital skills which will set you apart – whether you aspire to work in publishing, editing, new digital media or the broader creative and literary industries.

What it's like to study Creative and Professional Writing at the University of Derby

This course gives you a broad appreciation of the art, craft and processes of writing, drawing on the work of influential writers. You'll also study key themes in contemporary writing - representation, narratives and responsibility - which deepen your knowledge of writing, both critically and creatively.

Expertise to inspire you

You’ll learn from award-winning and internationally respected novelists, short story writers, poets, songwriters, performers, editors, publishers, agents and new media writers. Our teaching team includes experts who conduct significant research on themes ranging from oral folktales to creative writing as an academic subject of study.

Unleash your creativity

You'll be taught in small supportive groups, using examples from contemporary and historical writing to inform your work. Through supervised workshops, seminars and tutorials, you'll develop your skills, creativity and confidence.

The course is highly practical to ensure you can deliver work to a high professional quality. You could find yourself producing magazines and anthologies of student work.

A head start in your career

Employers across all sectors always need people who can write and communicate well. Many of the skills you'll develop on this course - writing, editing, group work and presentations – are essential in today's job market.

This course offers exciting opportunities such as professional mentoring and internships with independent publishers, literature festival planners and events organisers. By the end of your studies, you will have a portfolio of professionally developed and presented work to show to a potential employer.

Publishing your work

Our partnership with leading overseas publishing house ROMAN Books gives you the chance to have your work published for sale in the UK and USA. The collaboration aims to help new writers develop their work commercially, including advice on marketing, promotion and rights.

There are also several in-house publications at Derby, where you can gain valuable experience and learn more about the processes of writing, editing and marketing your work.

Broaden your experience

Thanks to our networks across the creative and cultural sector, our students have the chance to make valuable contacts. We offer an exciting programme of guest lectures and we host an annual event for writers - A Foot in the Door - where authors, editors and publishers speak about the realities of making a living in the field.

Among other new initiatives we are developing a regular creative salon which will provide even further opportunities for our students to network with those working in the creative industries and there are regular volunteering opportunities through local and national contacts.

Student success stories

Many of our students have won prizes for their creative writing and have had their work published or produced on TV, radio or the stage.

In just one highlight, graduate Edward Hogan won the £10,000 Desmond Elliot prize for his novel Blackmoor and was one of only six writers worldwide to be shortlisted for the international Dylan Thomas Prize.

Study in America

You can choose to study part of your degree at one of our partner universities in America:

Popular Joint Honours combinations

Joint Honours gives you the flexibility to cover two subjects in one degree. Popular combinations with Creative & Professional Writing include:

You can also study Creative & Professional Writing as a single honours subject.

What you will study

Stage one

You'll study modules such as:

  • Creative & Professional Practice: Introduction to Creative Forms
  • Creative & Professional Practice: Introduction to Professional Writing
  • The Writer's Toolbox: Introduction 
  • The Writer’s Toolbox: Reading For Writing

You'll study modules such as:

  • Creative & Professional Practice: Different Modes for Different Media
  • Creative & Professional Practice: Magazine Editing Project
  • Writer's Toolbox: Research and Investigation
  • Focus On: Short Fiction
  • Focus On: Poetry

You'll study modules such as:

  • Creative & Professional Practice: Portfolio
  • Independent Study in Creative Writing
  • Focus On: Genre Fiction
  • Focus On: Advanced Poetry

How you will learn

Teaching and learning

You will learn through lectures, seminars, supervised workshops, tutorials, technology-enhanced learning, peer reviews and presentations. A key element of the course is the writing workshop where you will develop the ability to comment on the creative processes in both your own work and that of other students. We also arrange visits to local and national museums, cultural heritage sites and other areas of interest for “location writing” exercises.

Assessment

Assessment is based 100% on coursework and centres on the creation and development of your writing portfolio. The pieces you write can include press articles, journalism, fictional stories and poetry. Your portfolio of work will be invaluable to demonstrate your abilities to prospective employers.

Supporting you all the way

We pride ourselves on being approachable and supportive. You'll have a personal tutor to help and advise you throughout your degree, providing an exceptional level of support.

Who you will meet

Our teaching team is made up of enthusiastic, dedicated academics and practitioners who have extensive experience in the field of creative and professional writing. They include:

Inspirational guest speakers

Thanks to our excellent network of contacts within the creative and cultural industries, we offer a lively and thought-provoking programme of visits and guest lectures. Recent speakers include:

Entry requirements

September 2018 typical entry requirements

UCAS points96-128* (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

At least a C in English or similar at A-level (or equivalent qualification)

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.

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.

September 2019 typical entry requirements

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

At least a C in English or similar at A-level (or equivalent qualification)

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

For joint honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.

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.

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Find out more about Creative & Professional Writing

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

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Fees and funding

2018/19 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

£1,155 per module

International

£12,500 per year

N/A

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

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.

Part-time students 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.

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Information for international applicants

Applying for an undergraduate degree

Careers

A broad choice

Our students have gone into a wide range of jobs including working at the BBC, copywriting, arts development, librarianship, archive and record keeping, computer games and website design, teaching, marketing and law. Some choose to continue with their studies at postgraduate level, including progressing to our PhD in Creative Writing Studies.

By studying Creative & Professional Writing as a Joint Honours subject, you will broaden your scope in the job market. It will set you apart as a flexible, adaptable and highly organised graduate, while enabling you to apply for an even wider variety of jobs.

Ensuring you’re ‘work-ready’

Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with support from day one of your course to ensure that you leave Derby as a ‘work-ready’ graduate - industry aware, motivated and enterprising. Throughout your studies, you will also benefit from our Personal Development Planning (PDP) scheme which enables you to reflect on your learning and develop your career ambitions.

The support continues once you’ve completed your course too: you are entitled to further help and guidance from the Careers and Employment Service for up to three years after leaving the University.  

Contact details

 
EnquiryEmailPhone
Moy McCrory m.mccrory@derby.ac.uk +44 (0)1332 591736
Simon Heywood  s.r.heywood@derby.ac.uk +44 (0)1332 591736
Admissionsaskadmissions@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 591167
Generaljointhonours@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 590500

† Additional information about your studies

You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.

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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.

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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