• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Hone your skills in the University of Derby professional training kitchens, fine dining restaurant and bistro. On this Professional Culinary Management (Hons) you’ll also work on real projects with food producers, breweries, restaurants and major hotel chains.


Your exciting career in culinary management starts here. With the outstanding facilities and focus on real-world learning, this Professional Culinary Management (Hons) course from University of Derby will equip you with all the technical, practical and managerial skills you need.

University of Derby 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.

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.


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.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Higher Education and Professional Development for Hospitality Managers
  • Marketing and Communication
  • The Food Service Sector
  • Hospitality Operations
  • 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

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

Typical entry requirements:

  • UCAS points - 112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)

Alternative entry qualifications:

  • BTEC - DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Derby

  • 540 - 860 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • We have a range of scholarships and discounts available to students from outside the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA).
  • We award scholarships based on your application to study; there is no separate form to complete. All applications from eligible students will be considered for a scholarship by our international admissions team. We will notify you of your scholarship when we make you an offer, and apply your discount to your remaining fees.
  • You must be applying for a full-time degree and applications for postgraduate research, online studies, foundation and pre-sessional language programmes are not eligible for a discount or scholarship.

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