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 and Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

English at Derby is an exciting, diverse and challenging course that not only incorporates the close analysis of literature but also considers the situations in which literature is produced and read. This means your studies will include the intellectual and cultural history of art, film, philosophy, linguistics and sociology, as well as contemporary cultural politics. You will be introduced to a range of cultural expression from across the globe and from diverse historical periods.  

There is the opportunity to broaden your experience with work-based learning projects, study visits to cultural and heritage institutions, as well as lectures and seminars delivered by guest speakers. You’ll learn from tutors that are highly experienced in the communications industry and well-connected, having worked in online and broadcast roles for organisations like the BBC, ITV News, and other media outlets.

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Bringing industry to the classroom 

The first year of your degree offers an introductory overview of key media and communications knowledge and skills such as writing, podcasting and basic video production skills. In your second year, you'll choose to focus on PR skills, script writing or develop your audio skills further. In your final year, you'll have the opportunity to work on a long-term project for a media organisation. 

The PR modules give you the chance to join our student-run communications agency where you'll get real-life experience of working for real clients to help them solve their media and communication issues. 

Inspirational teaching 

You will be taught by an enthusiastic team with research expertise covering a broad range of areas in both literature and language. We place emphasis on discussion and active engagement with the material. We aim to challenge you to achieve your best and offer substantial tutorial support in addition to scheduled classes. 


Our facilities feature three radio studios, a fully equipped television studio, video editing suites, Mac suites and access to Adobe Creative Suite. All of this means you’ll be confident using industry-standard technology, giving you an advantage when you're looking for a job. 

Student studying English in the University of Derby library
Students using the Film and TV production suite

Choose your pathway

Studying a Media and English 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 or minor in a chosen subject or continue to study them both equally. 

In this pathway, Media is the major subject and English is the minor subject.

In this pathway, you study Media and English equally. 

In this pathway, you study English and Media equally.

In this pathway, English is the major subject and Media is the minor subject. 

The course was perfect for me as it allowed me to engage in high level intellectual study that sets me apart from other applicants. It developed my research, reading, presentation and teaching skills.

Charlie Pidcock
English student

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

For Media, you'll study modules such as:

  • Newswriting
  • Audio Podcasting
  • Communication and Creative
  • Celebrity Culture
  • Interfacing with the Truth
  • Script Writing for Film and Screen
  • Public Relations and Media Management
  • Media Communication Portfolio
  • Independent Study
  • Ready Player 1: Technology, Games and Gamification
  • Represent and Persuade

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.

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus entrance

Undergraduate Open Days

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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How you will learn

Our tutors use a varied approach to teaching which engaging and interactive. You'll get to hear the latest insights and get advice from industry guest speakers and start to build your contacts. 

You will learn in a variety of ways, including through: 

With your English 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. 

How you are assessed 

Our assessment strategy is designed to produce confident, articulate graduates with a broad set of skills. There are no exams and forms of assessment include seminar debates, group presentations, practice-based video work and conference papers alongside essays and longer research projects. We place great emphasis on developing your research skills with independent projects playing a key part in the second and third year of the course.  

Who will teach you

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

Media: Gurvinder Aujla-Sidhu

English: Dr Robin Sims

Who will teach you

Gurvinder Aujla-Sidhu sitting at a desk

Dr Gurvinder Aujla-Sidhu
Associate Professor/Head of Discipline - Journalism

Gurvinder Aujla-Sidhu is an Associate Professor and Head of Discipline in Journalism at the University of Derby. Her research focuses on diversity, inclusion and race in journalism practice and representation, radio, diaspora, and ethnic media.

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Robin Sims

Dr Robin Sims
Programme leader specialising in critical theory and postmodernism.

Programme Leader

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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
GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade 4/Grade C (or above) or equivalent qualification
Access to HEN/A

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.

Additional costs and optional extras

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.

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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.

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We will provide you with the skills to critically engage with the world in which you live as well as developing your understanding of cultural difference and of the capacity of language to produce unintended effects and meanings. This awareness is hugely valuable to employers. 

You’ll be well-suited to roles in politics, content creation, marketing, communications/PR, social media, the wider creative industries, as well as law and public administration. In fact, the research and media communication skills you'll graduate with are transferable to a huge variety of graduate level jobs. 

Contact us

If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.

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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.

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.

The information provided on this page is correct at the time of publication but course content, costs and other individual course details do change from time to time and are updated as often as possible, so please do check these pages again when making your final decision to apply for a course. Any updated course details will also be confirmed to you at application, enrolment and in your offer letter.

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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