• Application Deadline
  • 36 months


The first single honours degree of its kind in the UK, the Writing and Publishing (Hons) course offered by the University of Derby combines authorship and publishing to open up a world of opportunities in the creative industries.

The crucial defining feature of the course is that it takes a fully integrated approach to the subject – so you will benefit from a broad base of content that covers the full range of the creative process and is strongly relevant to the workplace.

At every stage, your core modules will integrate the study of writing, editing and publishing. You will therefore gain invaluable insights into the professional relationships that operate within this wide-ranging industry.

The literary creative industries have a longstanding tradition of accepting interns on work experience in writing, editorial and publishing roles. We encourage you to make the most of such opportunities and give you guidance on how to secure an internship.

There may also be opportunities for you to undertake voluntary work with our own in-house publishing imprint, Peregrine Books, which has been set up to publish books, ebooks and periodicals on a commercial basis.


This programme 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 or a freelance editor.

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
      Part-time: 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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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

Typical entry 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

    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.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

  • 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.


  • 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.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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