Undergraduate Course

Creative and Professional Writing and Entrepreneurship

BA (Hons)

Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2024/25)

International fee

£14,900 per year (2024/25)

UCAS points

112 (September 2024 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BA (Hons)

Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

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Creative and Professional Writing and Entrepreneurship at Derby

Develop your writing and editing skills and explore the context in which writing is produced, while studying key business themes that allow you to generate innovative business solutions to succeed in the writing industry and beyond.

Explore a range of subject matters across Creative Writing including poetry, literary prose fiction, journalistic and non-fiction writing, editing and sub-editing, as well as collaborating on large and small-scale writing projects.

Alongside this you’ll explore wider themes of business, enterprise and entrepreneurship which will enable you to develop skills to start your own business or provide innovation to existing businesses.

Put your skills into practice

We also encourage you to gain as much experience of the industry as you can. We also provide opportunities for you to enhance your learning through work placements, volunteering and engagement with the community through specific modules and continuous extracurricular activities which are promoted in this programme.

Building on centuries old tradition of literary and cultural innovation in the city, Derby has a thriving student and graduate live writing scene, and you will be encouraged to develop your creative impulses by taking full part in the opportunities on offer.

Building innovation

Our Creative and Professional writing modules are designed to create space for you to choose your professional and vocational goals, and to execute the planned development of your own writing and working practices towards achieving these goals. Our vision at Derby is to fully enable this discovery of creative potential to maximise your writing abilities.

Our Entrepreneurship modules aim to equip you with a broad enterprise and entrepreneurship education which will better enable you to start your own business, act in a freelance capacity or be enterprising within an SME or large company environment. We seek to offer an enterprise and entrepreneurship curriculum that is leading-edge, vocationally relevant and reflects the complex and challenging nature of the contemporary business environment.

Choose your pathway

Studying a Creative and Professional Writing and Entrepreneurship Joint Honours degree allows you to choose whether you major in one subject or study them both equally.

You begin this degree by studying both subjects equally in your first year. By the end of your first year, you will then decide whether you would like to major in Creative and Professional Writing or continue to study them both equally.

In this combination Creative and Professional Writing is the major subject and Entrepreneurship is the minor subject.

In this pathway you study Creative and Professional Writing and Entrepreneurship equally.

In this pathway you study Entrepreneurship and Creative and Professional Writing equally.

What is a Joint Honours degree?

A Joint Honours degree offers students the opportunity to study two subjects.

A Joint Honours degree is a great option if:

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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Undergraduate Open Days

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How you will learn

On your Creative Writing and Publishing modules you’ll learn through a mixture of:

We also arrange visits to literary festivals, local and national museums, cultural heritage sites and other areas of interest for 'location writing' exercises.

On your Entrepreneurship modules you will learn through methods such as:

How you are assessed

Assessment methods for our Creative and Professional Writing modules are wide ranging and could take the form of:

For your Entrepreneurship modules you’ll benefit from an innovative variety of assessment modes. Assessment is mainly via coursework which can take forms such as traditional essays and reports, group project work, research and consultancy projects, presentations, posters and design of digital materials. There are also in-class tests and computer-based assessments.

Who will teach you

You will be taught by our team of engaging, passionate and inspiring subject experts.

Rob Moon

Rob Moon
Senior Lecturer in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

Rob Moon is a Senior Lecturer in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. Rob was a design engineer with over 20 years’ experience within the global manufacturing industry, and has lectured extensively in Southern Africa, Europe and Bangladesh. Current research focusses on embedding work-related learning in the curriculum.

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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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Entry requirements

2024 entry

These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2024 entry. Contextual offers may apply to students who meet certain criteria.

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112
A LevelBBC
T LevelMerit
GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade 4/Grade C (or above) or equivalent qualification
Access to HEPass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 15, Merit: 24, Pass: 6. Must include passes in compulsory Level 3 subjects

English language requirements

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

Fees and funding



£9,250 per year



£14,900 per year


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

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

UK students

If you are in Year 13 and applying for a full-time undergraduate course (including our joint honours courses), we recommend that you apply through UCAS.

Apply through UCAS

If you are applying to study part-time, or already have your qualifications, or wish to join at Year 2 or 3, you should apply directly to the University.

Apply directly to the University


You’ll graduate with strong, relevant skills for the workplace and a wide range of possible post-graduation opportunities, from employment to freelancing, business set-up, postgraduate research, or work as an independent writer who is fully understanding of the literary, creative and business environment in which they must operate.

Careers and Employment Service

Our Careers and Employment Service can help you boost your employment skills by connecting you with employers for work placements, part-time jobs, and volunteering. They can also offer guidance on career options, CV writing, or starting your own business.

Contact us

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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.

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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