• Application Deadline
  • 36 months


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 fresh 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.

Careers and employability

As a BA Professional Culinary Management (Hons) from University of Derby 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:

  • Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons
  • Fera at Claridge’s in London
  • Gleneagles Hotel
  • Enoteca Restaurant
  • The Ritz Carlton Hotel Arts Barcelona
  • Restaurant Marcus in London
  • Simpsons in Birmingham
  • L’Enclume in Cumbria

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      Full-time: three years or four years with a placement year

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

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

Stage one

  • 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

Stage two

  • 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 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • UCAS points - 104 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
  • Specific requirements at GCSE - GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12500 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    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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