• Application Deadline
  • 36 months


The first single honours degree of its kind in the UK, this exciting course combines authorship and publishing to open up a world of opportunities in the creative industries and beyond.


This Writing and Publishing (Hons) course from University of Derby will prepare you for an extremely broad range of potential career paths, including becoming a successful author in your own right.

You will be ideally equipped to secure rewarding roles in the book or magazine publishing industries, either in the UK or abroad. Other options to consider include working as a literary agent, a bookseller, an events co-ordinator at a book festival, or a freelance editor.

With the transferable skills you will gain, you will also be equipped to work as a social media marketer, advertising executive, events manager, publicist, and many other roles across the commercial and voluntary sectors.

If your ambition is to launch your own venture in the publishing field, the knowledge and skills you gain through our legal and business modules will underpin a successful commercial start-up. You could even explore moving into one of the University’s incubation units which offer reasonable rents and a range of business support services to help you establish your enterprise.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      4-6 years

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • History and Culture of Publishing
  • Markets and Media
  • Introduction to Creative Forms
  • Editorial
  • The Writer's Toolbox: Reading for Writing
  • English for Writers, Editors and Publishers
  • Writing and Publishing: Non-fiction
  • Writing and Publishing: Fiction, Long and Short
  • Law for Writers and Publishers
  • Power, Passion and Polemic: Advanced English for Writers and Editors
  • Writing and Publishing for Children and Young Adults
  • Content Development
  • Print and Digital Production

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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General Requirements

  • UCAS points - 112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
  • Specific requirements at GCSE - GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
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

    14045 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14045 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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  • Part-time UK-EU students -  £1,155 per module

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.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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