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English and Creative Writing Courses


Student satisfaction

BA (Hons) English (National Student Survey 2016)


£150 million invested in facilities in the last 10 years


The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 Top 20 university for teaching quality

Our English and Creative Writing degrees will inspire you to build new perspectives, create inspiring and engaging content, and change the way you think.

Explore literature from across the world, study language and the manipulation of words, and examine associated theories and themes so you can develop your communication skills and pursue a range of careers. You will learn from our team of experienced writers and academics, discover how to analyse texts and develop your ability in sharing your thinking and presenting your interpretations, as well as creating new pieces of work and experimenting with your writing style.

Definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made

Beth Cutts

“I wanted to do something different, that would challenge me, that I would enjoy, and that would take my career in a different direction. I chose to do an English degree at Derby because I have always enjoyed reading, the course looked stimulating and I found the University campus welcoming. It was definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made.

“I can honestly say I have enjoyed every lecture I have attended over the course of my degree. I have been introduced to such a wide range of literature, from Greek mythology to existentialism; we have covered a fascinating variety of topics.”

This is English and Creative Writing

  • You can choose to spend a semester of your second year studying at one of our partner universities in the USA, or take part in the Erasmus scheme and spend up to one year studying in a partner EU university. Explore a new country, understand a new culture and make new friends while broadening your education
  • As well as gaining a degree in a highly regarded academic subject, you will be able to demonstrate experience of leading, debating, presenting, reasoning and teamwork Work placements on projects such as the Derby Book Festival or working with Writing East Midlands mean you will be applying what you learn in your subject and enhancing your CV
  • Fieldtrips form an important part of our courses and we run regular study visits to cinemas, film festivals, theatres, museums, galleries and heritage centres.

What our English and Creative Writing graduates do

Our English and creative writing degrees are inspiring, relevant and designed to give you the best start in your career.

Career opportunities open to graduates include:

  • media
  • journalism
  • marketing
  • publishing
  • teaching.