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This programme provides an excellent overview of every aspect of publishing, with an emphasis on digital publishing. The MA in Digital Publishing combines theory with practice and provides scope to develop specialist skills required for career development. Read more

This programme provides an excellent overview of every aspect of publishing, with an emphasis on digital publishing. The MA in Digital Publishing combines theory with practice and provides scope to develop specialist skills required for career development. You will graduate with a broad understanding of the key issues facing the publishing industry in the 21st century and a wide range of publishing and general management skills, including advanced IT skills, to help you succeed in the industry.

Digital Publishing is part of a group of publishing courses, run by the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies (within the School of Arts), which enjoy a high international standing in the publishing world. We have close links with publishing companies in Oxford and London, and staff have extensive experience in national and international publishing roles.

Our publishing programmes provide you with the skills, knowledge and networks to kickstart your career in publishing, or to improve your current position.

Why choose this course?

If you choose an MA in Digital Publishing at Oxford Brookes you will benefit from:

  • Unrivalled industry links and networking through connections with publishing organisations such as the Independent Publishers Guild, OPuS (Oxford Publishing Society) and the Society of Young Publishers – regular events are held at Oxford Brookes. We also have an extensive network of alumni throughout the world
  • Publishing at Oxford Brookes is rated number 2 in the 2016 Guardian University Guide, in the category Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations. The programmes have been awarded the Creative Skillset tick by experts working in the creative industries
  • Teaching by staff who have written many of the key texts on publishing, and supported by an Advisory Board comprising some of the most senior publishers in the UK, with an extensive list of visiting speakers and associate lecturers who are leading industry specialists.
  • Visits to London, Frankfurt and Bologna book fairs, and the opportunity to attend an international Summer School in Florence with students from Slovenia, Germany, Italy and France.
  • Oxford is a global centre for the publishing industry and you will have unrivalled access to work experience in Oxford, London and elsewhere.
  • We offer International internships, a range of scholarships, and provide specialist careers advice, including our Working in Publishing Day.

To find out more visit Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies.

Teaching and learning

Some of the key teaching methods we use are:

  • lectures that provide you with foundation knowledge and a framework for study that will enable you to achieve the module's learning outcomes
  • seminars and workshops that encourage you to engage in discussion with tutors and peers to test your understanding and ability to apply ideas, to develop your transferable skills, and to encourage deeper learning
  • computer workshops to give you the opportunity to test, clarify, and apply your IT skills
  • field trips to book fairs and to the industry, for example, printers, publishers, retailers, so that you can observe at first hand aspects of the industry taught in lectures and workshops
  • work experience and internship opportunities across a broad range of departments and market sectors
  • group work role play simulating new product development in a real-life publishing context
  • individual supervision in support of self-directed outcomes for the dissertation or major project
  • use of resource-based learning materials and virtual learning environment to support your learning through computer-aided assessment and computer-aided learning.

Approach to assessment

Assessment is primarily by coursework. A limited number of class tests assess your skills in applying marketing terms and in proof reading.

Assignments in all modules are designed to assess your knowledge and skills developed during the period of study. These closely align with industry practice so that through the programme you gain in confidence in your ability to complete live publishing projects. After successfully completing the programme you are ready to enter the publishing industry as an effective employee.

How this course helps you develop

In addition to the and knowledge of contemporary publishing strategies and issues provided through the formal teaching in the compulsory and optional modules, you will develop a professional network which will enable you to navigate effectively through this international industry. You will gain skills in team working, digital and financial literacy, marketing and sales that combined with an innovative approach to contemporary media issues will enable you to start or to enhance your career in publishing.

Our publishing courses attract graduates from a wide range of disciplines who are seeking entry with advanced standing into the publishing industry. We also attract people wishing to update and enhance their knowledge of publishing practice and people working in publishing who are seeking knowledge outside their own specialist field in order to advance their careers.

Candidates from around the world enrol on the course to learn about publishing within the context of a global industry - in the past three years we have had postgraduate students from over 30 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America.



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The Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication provides a comprehensive and coherent approach to all forms of publishing. Read more

Introduction

The Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication provides a comprehensive and coherent approach to all forms of publishing. The course covers the whole process of planning, editing, production, marketing and publication management in print and digital environments. It is dedicated to teaching the best current publishing practice, so the detailed content is updated each year as a result of the rapid changes that are transforming the industry worldwide.
The MLitt in Publishing Studies teaching course is devised, and continually updated, to reflect current publishing industry practice and standards. It produces graduates who will have an enhanced opportunity to succeed in publishing and publishing-related careers. The course is demanding, stimulating and enjoyable, and many publishers now consider it to be the equivalent of a year’s experience within a publishing company. Our graduates occupy senior positions in both commercial and not-for-profit publication organisations throughout the world.
The MLitt in Publishing offers:
- Strong publishing industry links and networks
- Enhanced publishing career pathways
- International environment with a student cohort from all around the world
- Intensive publishing research environment

Key information

- Degree type: MLitt, Postgraduate Diploma
- Study methods: Part-time, Full-time
- Duration: Full time - MLitt - 12 months; PG Diploma - 9 months; Part time - MLitt - 27 months; PG Diploma - 21 months;
- Start date: Full-time and part-time: September
- Course Director: Professor Claire Squires

Course objectives

In close contact with publishing businesses and the changing needs of the industry worldwide, the teaching team equips you with the qualities — intellectual and practical — that are needed for a successful working life in publishing and related organisations.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

For more information go to English language requirements https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View the range of pre-sessional courses http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx .

Delivery and assessment

The MLitt in Publishing Studies is delivered through interactive lectures, seminars, workshops (including sessions in the Publishing Computer Lab) and one-to-one teaching.
Assessment is based on a range of practical and academic activities, including the creation of a physical publishing product (a book, magazine, e-book or app), marketing plans, presentations, and a dissertation. Students have opportunities to undertake work experience and internships, and to go on industry visits and field trips. There is also a weekly series of visiting speakers.

REF2014

In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Career opportunities

The Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication has over 30 years of graduates now working in the publishing and related industries. Entry level jobs our students have gone into in recent years include:
- Publicity Assistant, Canongate
- Publicity Assistant, Faber & Faber
- Marketing Assistant, Taylor & Francis
- Events & Marketing Assistant, The Bookseller
- Sales & Marketing Assistant, McGraw Hill
- Production Assistant, Oxford University Press
- Editorial Assistant, Oxford University Press
- Production Editor, Cicerone Press
- Publishing Assistant, Cengage Learning
- Web editor, Digital Publishing Department, China Social Sciences Press
- Foreign Rights Specialist, Suncolor Publishing Group
- Web Editor, BooksfromScotland.com

Some of our alumni who have worked in the publishing industry have gone onto the following job roles:
- Group Sales Director and President (Asia Region), Taylor & Francis
- Chief Executive, Publishing Scotland
- Managing Editor, Little Island Books
- Higher Education Texts and eBook Sales Manager, Taylor and Francis (Asia Pacific)
- Director, World Book Day
- Production Editor, Taylor & Francis
- Founder and Publisher, Tapsalteerie and Lumphanan Press

Employability

The MLitt in Publishing Studies is built around developing and enhancing publishing careers for its students. The focus of the modules is on building skills and understanding of the contemporary publishing industry, with constantly updated content and access to industry expertise. All students have the opportunity to undertake work placements, with host organisations in recent years including:
- Alban Books
- Barrington Stoke
- Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival
- Canongate Books
- Fledgling Press
- Floris Books
- Freight Books
- HarperCollins
- Luath Press
- Octopus Books
- Oxford University Press
- Saraband Books
- Tern Digital

Industry connections

The Centre is supported by an Industry Advisory Board, with members from Floris Books, Freight Books, Publishing Scotland, Oxford University Press and Taylor & Francis. Further industry support is provided by our regular visiting speaker series, and the internships and work placements provided for our students. The Centre is a Network Member of Publishing Scotland.

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The Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication is a world-leading centre for postgraduate publishing studies, offering expertise in contemporary and historical publishing in the UK and beyond. Read more

Introduction

The Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication is a world-leading centre for postgraduate publishing studies, offering expertise in contemporary and historical publishing in the UK and beyond. The MRes in Publishing Studies is a course which enables students to develop strong research skills in the fields of publishing studies, either with regard to contemporary publishing issues and trends or to the history of the book and print culture. It enables and encourages an analytical and research-driven approach to publishing, leading either towards further study and research, or allowing publishing practitioners to examine in depth issues affecting their current practice.

The MRes in Publishing offers:
- Strong publishing industry links and networks
- Enhanced publishing career pathways
- International environment with a student cohort from all around the world
- Intensive publishing research environment

Key information

- Degree type: MRes, Postgraduate Certificate
- Study methods: Part-time, Full-time
- Duration: Full-time: MLitt-12 months; PG Certificate-9 months Part-time: MLitt-27 months, PG Certificate-18 months
- Start date: Full-time and part-time: September and January
- Course Director: Professor Claire Squires

Course objectives

The MRes Publishing Studies is a research preparation Master’s course that offers students the opportunity for tailor-made Master’s study in the field of publishing studies. It also offers the opportunity to prepare for a PhD through concentrated research with a specialism in publishing.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

For more information go to English language requirements https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View the range of pre-sessional courses http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx .

Delivery and assessment

The delivery of modules is via a variety of teaching and learning methods, including lectures, seminars, self-guided study and one-to-one supervision. Assessment includes a variety of written assignments and presentations, including a portfolio of publishing research and an extended dissertation.

REF2014

In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Rating

Over half of our submissions in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise were found to be ‘Internationally Excellent’ or ‘World-leading.

Career opportunities

The Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication has over 30 years of graduates now working in the publishing and related industries. Entry level jobs our students have gone into in recent years include:
- Publicity Assistant, Canongate
- Publicity Assistant, Faber & Faber
- Marketing Assistant, Taylor & Francis
- Events & Marketing Assistant, The Bookseller
- Sales & Marketing Assistant, McGraw Hill
- Production Assistant, Oxford University Press
- Editorial Assistant, Oxford University Press
- Production Editor, Cicerone Press
- Publishing Assistant, Cengage Learning
- Web editor, Digital Publishing Department, China Social Sciences Press
- Foreign Rights Specialist, Suncolor Publishing Group
- Web Editor, BooksfromScotland.com

Some of our alumni who have worked in the publishing industry have gone onto the following job roles:
- Group Sales Director and President (Asia Region), Taylor & Francis
- Chief Executive, Publishing Scotland
- Managing Editor, Little Island Books
- Higher Education Texts and eBook Sales Manager, Taylor and Francis (Asia Pacific)
- Director, World Book Day
- Production Editor, Taylor & Francis
- Founder and Publisher, Tapsalteerie and Lumphanan Press

Employability

The MRes in Publishing Studies focuses on research and can be used to enhance existing publishing careers or to position students effectively for further study at PhD level. The Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication has an active research profile, including the following current PhD topics:
- Developing Literary Glasgow (an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with Glasgow Life)
- Writing Culture and Cultural Value: Ethnographies of Contemporary Publishing
- The Saltire Society Book Awards (an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with The Saltire Society)
- The Scottish Diaspora and the Book Business
- The Nesta/Creative Scotland/AHRC Digital R&D Fund for Arts & Culture in Scotland (co-supervised with the University of St Andrews; co-funded by the University of Stirling, St Andrews and the Nesta/Creative Scotland/AHRC Digital R&D Fund)
- The Literary Festival: The Festivalisation of Contemporary Literary Culture (AHRC studentship)

Industry connections

The Centre is supported by an Industry Advisory Board, with members from Floris Books, Freight Books, Publishing Scotland, Oxford University Press and Taylor & Francis. Further industry support is provided by our regular visiting speaker series, and the internships and work placements provided for our students. The Centre is a Network Member of Publishing Scotland.

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This course combines relevant theory with practice and, by equipping you with appropriate knowledge and skills, enhances your employment prospects in the publishing and related media industries. Read more

This course combines relevant theory with practice and, by equipping you with appropriate knowledge and skills, enhances your employment prospects in the publishing and related media industries.

The MA in Publishing Media at Oxford Brookes is respected throughout the world. It gives you a broad understanding of the key issues facing the publishing industry in the 21st century, and provides scope to develop specialist skills required for your career development. It also enables in-depth exploration of specialist areas through independent study and a dissertation or a major project.

This is one of a number of courses run by the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies which enjoy a high international standing in the publishing world. We have close links with publishing companies in Oxford, London and the south-east of the UK, and our staff have extensive experience in national and international publishing roles.

Why choose this course?

Our industry-led Publishing Media MA provides you with the skills, knowledge and networks to kickstart your career in publishing, or to improve your current position.

  • Unrivalled industry links and networking, and access to work experience in Oxford, London and elsewhere, and an extensive network of alumni throughout the world
  • Publishing at Oxford Brookes is rated number 2 in the 2016 Guardian University Guide, in the category Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations, and our programmes have been awarded the Creative Skillset tick by experts working in the creative industries
  • Taught by staff who have written many of the key texts on publishing, and features an extensive list of visiting speakers and associate lecturers who are leading industry specialists, and supported by an Advisory Board comprising some of the most senior publishers in the UK
  • Visits to London, Frankfurt and Bologna book fairs, and links with publishing organisations such as the Independent Publishers Guild, OPuS (Oxford Publishing Society) and the Society of Young Publishers – regular events are held at Oxford Brookes
  • The opportunity to attend an international Summer School in Florence with students from Slovenia, Germany, Italy and France.
  • International internships and a range of scholarships are available, as is specialist careers advice, including our Working in Publishing Day

To find out more visit Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies.

Teaching and learning

As a student studying with us, you will engage in a range of teaching and learning experiences. Some of the key teaching methods we use are:

  • lectures that provide you with foundation knowledge and a framework for study that will enable you to achieve the module's learning outcomes
  • seminars and workshops that encourage you to engage in discussion with tutors and peers to test your understanding and ability to apply ideas, to develop your graduate attributes, and to encourage deeper learning
  • computer workshops to give you the opportunity to test, clarify, and apply your digital skills
  • field trips to book fairs and to the industry, for example, printers, publishers, retailers, so that you can observe at first hand aspects of the industry taught in lectures and workshops
  • work experience and internship opportunities across a broad range of departments and market sectors
  • group work role play for example, simulating new product development in a real-life publishing context
  • individual supervision in support of self-directed outcomes for the dissertation, major project or independent study module
  • use of resource-based learning materials and virtual learning environments to support student learning through computer-aided assessment and computer-aided learning.

Approach to assessment

Assignments in all modules are designed to assess your knowledge and skills developed during the period of study. It is nearly all coursework with a few class tests. These are designed to closely align with industry practice so that through the programme you gain in confidence in your ability to complete live publishing projects. After successfully completing the programme you are ready to enter the publishing industry as an effective employee.

Assessment is primarily by coursework. A limited number of class tests assess your skills in applying marketing terms and in proofreading.

Careers

Our programmes in Publishing provide you with the skills, knowledge and equally important access to networks that kickstart your career in publishing, or improve your current position.

Graduates who have completed publishing courses at Oxford Brookes have been exceptionally successful in obtaining employment soon after graduation and have a strong record of career progression because our courses enjoy a high international standing. Our flexible work experience opportunities with local, regional, national and international publishing enterprises provide you with the essential up-to-date practical knowledge that will enhance your employment prospects on completing the programme. In addition our teaching staff have extensive experience in national and international publishing roles and a broad range of contacts that are at your disposal for your individual interests in this diverse industry.

How to apply

You apply for this course through http://www.brookes.ac.uk" target="_blank">UCAS Postgraduate.

Through UCAS Postgraduate, you should use the UKPASS portal to make your application, which will then be forwarded directly to our Admissions Office. You should send supporting documentation to us directly using the email addresses on the UKPASS application form.

You do not need to wait for your references before you apply and while we do not have a deadline for applications and continue to accept students through the summer, the earlier you apply, the earlier we can respond. 

We usually offer an interview to applicants which can be in person if you live near Oxford. Alternatively, we can telephone you or offer a Skype interview. 

Successful applicants who have accepted their place are then invited to join a Facebook group so that they can get to know each other before joining us in September.



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Explore Emerson's Graduate Programs. Pursuing a career in publishing? Whether you want to shape the prose of fresh voices as an editor, represent writers as a literary agent, or work with exciting online publications and new media formats, Emerson’s prestigious . Read more

Explore Emerson's Graduate Programs

Pursuing a career in publishing? Whether you want to shape the prose of fresh voices as an editor, represent writers as a literary agent, or work with exciting online publications and new media formats, Emerson’s prestigious Master of Arts in Publishing and Writing will help you succeed in this ever-vital, ever-changing field.

You’ll receive a comprehensive overview of the publishing industry with the flexibility to take classes in a variety of areas, including book, magazine, and electronic publishing courses, customizing the program to meet your interests. With the support and guidance of our award-winning faculty, you will master:

  • Writing for print and online magazines
  • Book and magazine design and production
  • Publishing for tablets, e-readers, and mobile devices
  • Web design and publishing
  • Publicity and marketing
  • Developmental, line, and copy editing
  • Acquisition skills

About the Program

Where does your interest in publishing lie? Do you want to shape the prose of fresh voices as an editor? Would you like to represent writers as a literary agent? Are you enthused by the potential of online publications and new media formats? Perhaps you see yourself publishing your own niche magazine.

Emerson’s unique Publishing and Writing program helps you learn professional skills and earn the experience to succeed in a career in the ever-vital, ever-changing industry.

The Art & Business of Writing

The MA in Publishing and Writing program provides an overview of the publishing industry from writing and editing through design, production, promotion, and distribution. You may also take courses in literature, writing workshops, teaching college composition, or intern at a literary agency, magazine publisher, or book publisher.

Learn more about our program requirements and our curriculum »

A Faculty of Savvy Professionals & Expert Scholars

Our faculty is made up of accomplished publishing and writing professionals. They are editors, writers, designers, publishers, and consultants currently working in the field. They come from major industry sources such as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Addison-Wesley, Globe Pequot Press, Nation Books, Viking, Penguin, Da Capo Press, Newsweek, Inc., Men’s JournalBoston magazine, and The Atlantic Monthly. Their expertise gives you a solid foundation in traditional publishing, as well as exposure to current market trends, including innovations in electronic publishing.

Learn more about our Writing, Literature and Publishing faculty members »

Located in a Literary Epicenter

Home to major book publishers, including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Beacon Press, Da Capo Press, MIT Press, Addison-Wesley, David R. Godine, Bedford/St. Martin’s, Allyn and Bacon, and Pearson, and with Boston magazine, Ploughshares, and Cook’s Illustrated also based here, Boston is an ideal place for launching your publishing career. Emerson’s campus is only blocks away from many of these industry giants. Our city is synonymous with writing as both an artistic pursuit and a business endeavor, and our students are immersed in this dynamic literary community.

Learn more about our community and industry connections »



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Who is it for?. This MA is designed for aspiring professionals who recognise that the global publishing industry is changing dramatically - and who wish to equip themselves with the knowledge and skills needed by the next generation of publishers. Read more

Who is it for?

This MA is designed for aspiring professionals who recognise that the global publishing industry is changing dramatically - and who wish to equip themselves with the knowledge and skills needed by the next generation of publishers. Your first degree might be from the Humanities, the Social Sciences or the Sciences; and you might be a recent graduate or someone with work experience either in publishing or in another field.

Objectives

Located in the heart of London, the commercial centre of this global industry, this MA explores how publishing is evolving in the face of digitisation.

The programme provides you with an applied understanding of how books, journals, magazines and interactive resources are conceived, developed and marketed, including the key role of authorship.

You will be encouraged to explore whether your interests lie in publishing for entertainment, education, research or information. Alongside research-led analytical assignments, you will develop a portfolio of achievements relating to the global industry which reflect the range of professional roles in contemporary publishing, including editorial, marketing, production, and both print and digital content development.

Placements

All MA Publishing students at City, University of London are strongly encouraged to apply for and complete placements, whether in London or other locations, subject to the approval of the Programme Director.

To join the optional MA Publishing Professional Placement module in Term 2, you need to be offered a placement by the beginning of that term (or by the end of Term 2 for part-time students). Whether or not you join that module, you will be encouraged to apply for the many placement opportunities that are shared with the programme, and supported to develop a practice-related Major Project that furthers your career goals.

Teaching and learning

The course content covers all types of publishing, from trade and specialist publications to novels and non-fiction, and provides a thorough grounding in the drivers of commercial success for both print and digital products.

You will be taught both by research experts and publishing practitioners who share specialist expertise and up-to-date industry knowledge.

Your core modules aim to establish and develop your understanding of contemporary industry conditions, including the impact of digitisation. Your options in Term 2 allow you to develop more scholarly or applied interests, and include an optional Professional Placement module.

Our publishing programmes foster a nurturing community with great guest speakers and student opportunities. Search #citypublishing and find out more.

Modules

You will learn through lectures, project work, student-led projects and presentations, workshops, online learning and research, preparation of submitted work, site visits and discussions. Your final module is a substantial Major Project, which can include an approved industry project.

Visiting lecturers from the industry contribute to the programme throughout the teaching year, and in many cases directly support your project work.

A standard module consists of 20 timetabled hours in a combination of lectures, groupwork sessions and supervised project work. Each module also requires substantial study hours towards both individual and group assessments.

Core modules

  • PBM001 Business and Marketing in Publishing (15 credits)
  • PBM002 Creating and Managing Intellectual Property (15 credits)
  • PBM003 Digitisation and Publishing (15 credits)
  • PBM004 Publishing History and Culture (15 credits)
  • PBM008 Major Project (60 credits).

Elective modules

  • PBM005 Professional Placement (15 credits)
  • PBM006 Developing Creative Content (15 credits)
  • PBM007 Innovations in Content: Curating Cultural and Commercial Value (15 credits)
  • PBM011 Designing Interactive Media (15 credits)
  • AMM421 Digital Cultures (15 credits).

Part time students

Part-time students take the course over two years and normally chose an equal number of elective modules between the two years. All modules are 15 credits unless otherwise stated.

Core Modules

  • PBM001 Business and Marketing in Publishing (Year one, term 1)
  • PBM002 Creating and Managing Intellectual Property (Year one, term 1)
  • PBM003 Digitisation and Publishing (Year two, term 1)
  • PBM004 Publishing History and Culture (Year two, term 1)
  • PBM008 Major Project (60 credits, Year two)

Career prospects

City’s Publishing graduates develop careers in a variety of organisations, with the majority of each class achieving a publishing role within months of graduating. The roles of a recent class show the range of possible careers in global publishing, include:

  • Trainee, Foreign Language Publishing Co, Shanghai;
  • Rights Assistant, Literary Agency
  • Editorial, Production Assistant and Rights Assistants, Children’s Publishing
  • Contracts Assistant and International Sales Representative, Academic Publishing
  • Business Reporter in a Chicago newspaper
  • Marketing Assistant and Digital Marketing Executive, Bloomsbury
  • Rights Assistant, Fiction, Paris
  • Picture Researcher, Hodder
  • Marketing, Random House
  • Editorial Business Analyst, Condé Nast Japan
  • Editorial Assistant and Marketing Assistant, Specialist and Academic Publishing
  • PR and Literary Agent, Freelance
  • Editor, Economics website
  • Publicist, Hachette NZ
  • Magazine Publishing, Beijing
  • Production Assistant, ELT, Greece.


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Train to become a publisher at a centre of publishing excellence. Our intensive, practical course works with industry and will open doors for you. Read more
Train to become a publisher at a centre of publishing excellence. Our intensive, practical course works with industry and will open doors for you.

We provide the specialist training and experience you need to succeed in the fast-paced, vibrant world of publishing.

Our intensive, industry focused publishing programme is the ‘standard bearer for publishing education in the UK’ (Source: Professional Publishers Association).

Our focus is vocational, providing you with the industry-specific and research skills demanded by employers, the invaluable contacts that will open doors, and a placement that will provide you with crucial experience.

See the website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Publishing-Postgraduate-FullTime

What you'll learn

MSc Publishing works closely with the Professional Publishers Association (PPA), and was recently awarded the prestigious Creative Skillset Tick. Edinburgh Napier is the only University to have doubly accredited postgraduate Publishing provision.

Our programme works with industry and will open doors for you. Our team has strong relationships with thought leaders across industry, commerce and academia which helps to ensure you are at the forefront of the latest thinking, processes and technology. The expansion of digital media has created a need for highly specialised skills in publishing. This course will give you the specialist training and experience demanded by publishing employers. You’ll develop skills in critical thinking and problem solving, and will graduate with an excellent understanding of the industry in an international context.

You will become familiar with every aspect of the publishing process, meet industry professionals and attend prestigious events such as the London International Book Fair, the Edinburgh International Book Festival and Magfest. You’ll have further opportunities to meet with industry professionals and make valuable contacts at UNESCO Literary Salons, book launches, author readings and literary events.

We are also linked with the internationally renowned Scottish Centre for the Book based at Edinburgh Napier University.

Modules

• Publishing in context
• Publishing in practice: From Concept to Creation
• Creative toolkit
• Publishing placement and professional development
• Publishing in practice: From Creation to Consumer
• Dissertation

Plus one option from
• New venture creation
• Fiction and the Fiction Market
• Interactive media
• Magazine publishing

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Careers

We have a strong record of placing graduates in relevant employment because we provide you with the most up-to-date skills required by a rapidly advancing industry.

You will be prepared for work in areas including book and magazine publishing (editing, design, production, sales or marketing); journal publishing; consumer and corporate publishing; online and digital publishing; or as a publishing entrepreneur.

A work placement module is offered on this course. Your work placement and subsequent employment could be in:

Career opportunities:
• book, magazine or journal publishing (editing, design, production, sales or marketing)
• consumer and corporate publishing
• online and digital publishing
• publishing entrepreneur

How to apply

http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/how-to-apply

SAAS Funding

Nothing should get in the way of furthering your education. Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) awards funding for postgraduate courses, and could provide the help you need to continue your studies. Find out more: http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/saas-funded-courses

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Who is it for?. This MA is designed for aspiring professionals who recognise that the global publishing industry is changing dramatically - and who wish to equip themselves with the knowledge and skills needed by the next generation of publishers. Read more

Who is it for?

This MA is designed for aspiring professionals who recognise that the global publishing industry is changing dramatically - and who wish to equip themselves with the knowledge and skills needed by the next generation of publishers. Your first degree might be from the Humanities, the Social Sciences or the Sciences; and you might be a recent graduate or someone with work experience either in publishing or in another field.

Objectives

Located in the heart of London, the global centre of this creative, dynamic industry, this MA explores how publishing is evolving in the face of digitisation.

The programme provides you with an applied understanding of how books, journals, magazines and interactive resources are conceived, developed and marketed, including the key role of authorship.

You will be encouraged to explore whether your interests lie in publishing for entertainment, education, research or information. Alongside research-led analytical assignments, you will develop a portfolio of achievements relating to the global industry which reflect the range of professional roles in contemporary publishing, including editorial, marketing, production, and both print and digital content development.

Placements

All Publishing MA students at City, University of London are strongly encouraged to apply for and complete placements, whether in London or other locations, subject to the approval of the Programme Director. Your Term 2 International Publishing Case Study project will reflect current industry practice, often developed in conjunction with an industry sponsor.

You will also be eligible to apply for the many placement opportunities that are shared with the programme, and supported to develop a practice-related Major Project that furthers your career goals.

Teaching and learning

The course content covers all types of publishing, from trade and specialist publications to novels and non-fiction, and provides a thorough grounding in the drivers of the commercial success for both print and digital products in local and global markets.

You will be taught both by research experts and publishing practitioners who share specialist expertise and up-to-date industry knowledge.

Your core modules aim to establish and develop your understanding of the contemporary industry in local and global markets, including the impact of digitisation. Your options in Term two allow you to develop more scholarly or applied interests, alongside the applied insights you gain in the compulsory International Publishing Case Studies module.

Modules

You will learn through lectures, project work, student-led projects and presentations, workshops, online learning and research, preparation of submitted work, site visits and discussions. Your final module is a substantial Major Project, which can include an approved industry project.

Visiting lecturers from the industry contribute to the programme throughout the teaching year, and in many cases directly support your project work.

A standard module consists of 20 timetabled hours in a combination of lectures, groupwork sessions and supervised project work. Each module also requires substantial study hours towards both individual and group assessments.

Core modules

All modules 15 credits unless stated otherwise

  • PBM001 Business and Marketing in Publishing
  • PBM002 Creating and Managing Intellectual Property
  • PBM003 Digitisation and Publishing
  • PBM004 Publishing History and Culture
  • PBM009 International Publishing Case Studies
  • PBM008 Major Project (60 credits)

Elective modules

  • PBM006 Developing Creative Content
  • PBM007 Innovations in Content: Curating Cultural and Commercial Value
  • PBM011 Designing Interactive Media
  • AMM421 Digital Cultures
  • INM380 Libraries and Publishing in the Information Society

Career prospects

City’s International Publishing graduates develop careers in a variety of organisations, with the majority of each class achieving a publishing role within months of graduating. The roles of a recent class show the range of possible careers in global publishing, including:

  • Trainee, Foreign Language Publishing Co, Shanghai
  • Rights Assistant, Literary Agency
  • Contracts Assistant and International Sales Representative, Academic Publishing
  • Rights Assistant, Fiction, Paris
  • Editorial Business Analyst, Condé Nast Japan
  • Marketing Assistant, Academic Publishing
  • Editor, Economics website
  • Publicist, Hachette NZ
  • Magazine Publishing, Beijing


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Who is it for?. This course will appeal to both experienced and new writers who wish to gain the knowledge and skills relevant to professional practice in commercial settings which produce creative content for print and across digital formats. Read more

Who is it for?

This course will appeal to both experienced and new writers who wish to gain the knowledge and skills relevant to professional practice in commercial settings which produce creative content for print and across digital formats. You will be introduced to the fast-changing world of commercial publishing, and will be given an understanding of and exposure to the many different sectors of the publishing industry. A digital publishing element will teach you how social media and web publishing is now vital to finding and sustaining your own community of readers.

The target market for the programme is graduates from across the humanities and social sciences who wish to combine a focus on the development of creative writing skills with a strong theoretical and practical understanding of how the publishing industry works. It is ideal for anyone interested in getting hands-on publishing experience alongside developing their creative practice.

Objectives

If you have experience of writing or working in publishing (or a related field), and would like to develop your skills further, this course is designed for you. If you are interested in learning how you, as a writer, can engage with the publishing industry and even work within it, this course will develop the skills you need. Creative Writing and Publishing MA enables you to aspire to a professional role that will match your interests and draw upon all of your talents. We welcome writers of all genres with recent graduates developing projects in literary fiction, fantasy, romance, science fiction and young adult fiction.

eaching and learning

You will learn through a mix of formal lectures, writing workshops, individual tutorials, group project work, seminar contributions, study visits, work attachments, project work and independent learning and research. Visiting speakers, including guest authors, regularly support your learning and module projects. You are encouraged, through a variety of strategies, to reflect on professional practice and professional frameworks during all of your applied work.

You will acquire attitudes and values through your interactions with lecturers, many of whom are professional writers or practicing publishers, and through a critical, reflective approach to your writing practice and to working in publishing. Leading writers act as guest tutors and mentors while senior members of the publishing industry regularly visit and often sponsor projects. Publishing and writing masterclasses also enable you to debate current issues within your field. Moodle is also embedded as a learning tool within the programme, offering you opportunities to interact with your fellow students and other programme academic staff outside of the classroom or workshop.

Your intellectual and cognitive skills will be developed through the programme’s range of learning modes, which include lectures, seminars, tutorials, coursework, the option of an assessed work placement drafts of major writing projects and short assignments and in your final project.

Your subject specific and transferable skills are developed in the modules through lectures, seminars, tutorials, coursework, an optional assessed work placement and in your major project.

Assessment

For the Creative Writing Workshop module and the Storytelling module, you will be assessed through an individual assessment, which may include a portfolio of creative writing, a substantial piece of redrafted creative writing with an accompanying self-reflective essay or a critical academic essay or a researched book proposal.

In your other modules, you will be assessed by a range of methods including analytical essays; assessed group and individual projects; presentations with supporting research; and reflective reports on your own portfolios of writing or professional experience.

Modules

The MA CWP runs over one academic year for full-time students who undertake two core creative writing modules over terms 1 and 2, alongside core publishing modules in term 1 and electives in term 2. In the final term students must complete their Major Project. Part-time students undertake the core creative writing modules in their first year of study, undertaking the publishing modules and electives and major project in the second year.

Term 1

In the first term, full-time students undertake two core 30-credit modules in creative writing that run over both terms and comprise:

  • a creative writing workshop
  • lecture series on storytelling.

In term 1, full-time students will also undertake two core 15-credit modules from the publishing suite:

  • Creating and Managing Intellectual Property
  • Digitisation and Publishing.

Term 2

In the second term, full-time students chose two 15-credit electives, with options including:

  • International Publishing Case Studies
  • Professional Placement
  • Design for Interactive Media
  • Developing Creative Content
  • Digital Cultures
  • Libraries and Publishing in an Information Society.

Term 3

Throughout the three terms, you will be invited to attend masterclasses in creative writing, professional development sessions, and group and one-to-one tutorials, as you work towards your Major Project.

Part-time route

Part-time students take the creative writing core modules in their first year of study and in their second year undertake the publishing core modules and electives and the Major Project.

Career prospects

We are delighted that graduate Carlie Sorosiak’s (MA CWP 2015) young adult novel, If Birds Fly Back will be published by HarperTeen in the US, Macmillan in the UK, Penguin Random House in Spain, and Arena Verlag in Germany in 2017.

Holly Domney (MA CWP 2016) and Maja Olsen (MA CWP 2017) both won the George Orwell Dystopian Fiction Prize and is currently working in the publishing industry.

At City, you will benefit from our reputation for placing graduate students with agents and with major publishers. Creative writers get exposure to agents, editors and others within both traditional and electronic publishing. For budding publishers, you have the option of a work placement within the industry. We have for many years supported the career prospects of our publishing graduates via supportive links with an industry advisory board as well as alumni.



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Do you want to launch your graduate career in a competitive, dynamic global industry? At Plymouth you can develop vital editorial, production and marketing skills with industry relevant digital technologies. Read more
Do you want to launch your graduate career in a competitive, dynamic global industry? At Plymouth you can develop vital editorial, production and marketing skills with industry relevant digital technologies. Gain a network of professional contacts and invaluable experience through work placements and collaborative projects. Benefit from international events, such as London Book Fair, while exploring key publishing processes. You’ll also learn specialist software and create original publications.

This course is also available to study part-time.

Key features

-Engage with contemporary digital technologies, academic debate and research through Plymouth University’s Centre for Media, Art and Design research (MADr).
-Network with industry professionals, attend exclusive seminars and discover the global reach of publishing by attending London Book Fair through our MA programme.
-Take advantage of a range of professionally equipped facilities, including a suite of Apple Mac computers, small and large scale digital printers, a letterpress workshop and digital sound and video editing suites.
-Gain a vocational qualification endorsed by the publishing sector and establish your career in an industry that contributes £4.7 billion to the UK economy.
-Focus your specialist skills and graduate with an individually tailored exit award, by studying one of our specialist strands in editorial design, design commentary, digital futures or illustration.
-Develop an in-depth understanding of the publishing industry in context, through practical workshops with Rooks Books, to behind-the-scenes trips to commercial printers and international distributors.
-Refine and test your newly acquired skills by undertaking a proofreading and copyediting qualification, as part of your masters degree.
-Benefit from a long-standing partnership with the University of Plymouth Press, enabling you to gain work experience and collaborate on live publishing projects.
-Immerse yourself in the regional publishing and arts sector through involvement with projects such as Plymouth International Book Festival, the Peninsula Arts Programme or INK magazine.
-Join the list of our previous graduates who work for global publishers such as Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Wiley, HarperCollins, Macmillan Publishers, FW Media and Quadrille Publishing.
-Establish a network of contacts through a dedicated work placement module. Benefit from invaluable partnerships with publishing professionals and a team of academic staff with extensive and diverse experience in the industry.
-Get ahead in a competitive, fast-paced sector by developing skills in editing, production, marketing, digital publishing, product development and publication design.
-Tailor your time at university to meet your needs by fitting your study around work and personal commitments. Our part-time route allows you to study over two years, giving you the flexibility to study at a pace which suits you.

Course details

Study our MA Publishing and you’ll gain insight into key areas of the publishing industry and achieve a qualification endorsed by the sector. You’ll also get the opportunity to focus your studies through one of our specialist strands. You’ll immerse yourself in the world of digital publishing, discovering new technologies and the impact these have on the industry. Through dedicated modules, you’ll develop an understanding of the skills and responsibilities essential to becoming a publishing professional, as well as the roles and collaborative processes vital to the industry. Engage with the different stages of the publishing process, from production and distribution to marketing and financial viability. You’ll be able to network with guest lecturers from established publishing companies and negotiate invaluable work experience, through placements and collaborative projects. Benefit from key industry partnerships with publishers such as FW Media and University of Plymouth Press.

Core modules
-MAPU713 Publishing process
-MAPU714 Publishing work experience/collaboration
-MAPU715 Publishing dissertation or Publishing project and report
-MAPU711 Publishing practice and target market
-MAPU712 Publishing as a Creative Industry

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Do you want to launch your graduate career in a competitive, dynamic global industry? At Plymouth you can develop vital editorial, production and marketing skills with industry relevant digital technologies. Read more
Do you want to launch your graduate career in a competitive, dynamic global industry? At Plymouth you can develop vital editorial, production and marketing skills with industry relevant digital technologies. Gain a network of professional contacts and invaluable experience through work placements and collaborative projects. With opportunities to explore publishing processes, learn specialist software and create original publications, our part-time route will give you the skills to succeed.

This course is also available to study full-time.

Key features

-Tailor your time at university to meet your needs by fitting your study around work and personal commitments. This part-time route allows you to study over two years, giving you the flexibility to study at a pace which suits you.
-Engage with contemporary digital technologies, academic debate and research through Plymouth University’s Centre for Media, Art and Design research (MADr).
-Network with industry professionals, attend exclusive seminars and discover the global reach of publishing by attending London Book Fair through our MA programme.
-Take advantage of a range of professionally equipped facilities, including a suite of Apple Mac computers, small and large scale digital printers, a letterpress workshop and digital sound and video editing suites.
-Gain a vocational qualification endorsed by the publishing sector and establish your career in an industry that contributes £4.7 billion to the UK economy.
-Focus your specialist skills and graduate with an individually tailored exit award, by studying one of our specialist strands in editorial design, design commentary, digital futures or illustration.
-Develop an in-depth understanding of the publishing industry in context, through practical workshops with Rooks Books, to behind-the-scenes trips to commercial printers and international distributors.
-Refine and test your newly acquired skills by undertaking a proofreading and copyediting qualification, as part of your masters degree.
-Benefit from a long-standing partnership with the University of Plymouth Press, enabling you to gain work experience and collaborate on live publishing projects.
-Immerse yourself in the regional publishing and arts sector through involvement with projects such as Plymouth International Book Festival, the Peninsula Arts Programme or INK magazine.
-Join the list of our previous graduates who work for global publishers such as Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Wiley, HarperCollins, Macmillan Publishers, FW Media and Quadrille Publishing.
-Establish a network of contacts through a dedicated work placement module. Benefit from invaluable partnerships with publishing professionals and a team of academic staff with extensive and diverse experience in the industry.
-Get ahead in a competitive, fast-paced sector by developing skills in editing, production, marketing, digital publishing, product development and publication design.

Course details

Year 1
Study our MA Publishing and you’ll gain insight into key areas of the publishing industry and achieve a qualification endorsed by the sector. Develop an understanding of the skills and responsibilities essential to becoming a publishing professional, as well as the roles and collaborative processes vital to the industry. You’ll also get the opportunity to focus your studies through one of our specialist strands. Extend your knowledge through the analysis and evaluation of the target audience, content, structure, methods of production and distribution.
Core modules
-MAPU713 Publishing process
-MAPU714 Publishing work experience/collaboration
-MAPU711 Publishing practice and target market
-MAPU712 Publishing as a Creative Industry

Final year
You’ll have the opportunity to produce a substantial piece of research in your chosen publishing sector. You’ll also work with an outside agency completing some industry work experience or collaboration for the development and production of a publishing project. Engage with the different stages of the publishing process, from production and distribution to marketing and financial viability.
Core modules
-MAPU715 Publishing dissertation or Publishing project and report

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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Explore Emerson's Graduate Programs. Fantasy. Science fiction. Horror. Mystery. Young adult. Become a genre fiction author with our . Read more

Explore Emerson's Graduate Programs

Fantasy. Science fiction. Horror. Mystery. Young adult. Become a genre fiction author with our Online Master of Fine Arts in Popular Fiction Writing and Publishing. Our flexible graduate program allows you to work on your writing from anywhere in the world, with online workshops, literature seminars, and publishing courses that fit your schedule. Become a better writer, explore the history of your genre, and learn how to take the first steps toward publishing. 

In this program, you'll have the chance to:

  • Develop your skills and focus on creating plot and character-driven stories,
  • Learn how books are published and marketed from trade publishing professionals, 
  • Connect with a network of renowned writers, publishers, and academics, and
  • Craft a thesis to submit to agents or self-publish, with one-on-one support from your advisor

Why Popular Fiction?

The MFA in Popular Fiction Writing and Publishing is one of the first online writing programs to prepare students to write professional-level stories and novels in the genres of fantasy, science fiction, horror, mystery, thrillers, and young adult. The program is an opportunity for students to read deeply, think critically, and discuss popular fiction with peers from various professional perspectives. Students will strengthen their writing and editing skills and learn contemporary practices for publishing their work or finding and working with literary agents, professional editors, and marketers to bring their vision to a wide readership. The program, which draws on the expertise of writers, literary scholars, and publishers, offers students the unique experience to take creative workshops and literature courses as well as hands-on publishing courses aimed at teaching them how to turn a completed manuscript into a polished, publishable work.

Why Online?

The online MFA program provides a chance to understand the nature of story-telling from a personal, historical and market perspective. Online writing workshops serve as the core of the curriculum and are designed to allow writers of different genres to work together to gain a deeper understanding of the art and craft of writing popular fiction. To complement the workshop experience, our online program also requires you to take literature courses on the history and current trends in specific genres as well as publishing course that explore the different paths to publications.

The online program is convenient and flexible, allowing students from anywhere in the world to work on their fiction writing, including working adults, parents, or those who are unable to attend a traditional college. The program is designed to work around students’ schedules, and there are no residency requirements. Our online workshops, literature seminars, and publishing courses give students the ability to participate in class discussions with ease and to plan their study time around family, work, or other life commitments. The program provides a comfortable learning environment for writers.

What Unique Opportunities does the online MFA in Popular Fiction Writing and Publishing Provide?

  • A focus on developing plot and character-driven stories in genres of speculative fiction, thriller, and young adult
  • A chance to learn from professionals from trade publishing on how books are published and marketed
  • A network of writers, publishers, and academics
  • The ability to take classes from anywhere in the world
  • Courses that fit your busy schedule

Why Emerson College?

The Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College is home to one of the longest running creative writing MFA programs in the country and one of the only Masters programs in publishing in North America. Based in the heart of downtown Boston, Emerson sits at the crossroads of intellectual inquiry, creative endeavor, and innovation. The College has fostered a community of writers, editors, publishers, and teachers for several decades. The online program in Popular Fiction Writing and Publishing promotes a space for fiction writers who want to focus on working in the areas of speculative fiction, crime novels, or young adult literature.

The MFA at a Glance

With rolling admissions in Fall, Spring, and Summer, our online program offers students online workshops where they can learn how to build their worlds and develop their skills. Students will take writing workshops, literature classes that will provide a framework for understanding the tradition of their genre, and publishing courses that will instruct them on the various options for publishing genre fiction. Students will also work one-on-one with a faculty advisor to craft a thesis to send out to agents or be self-published.



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Analysing different audiences. Commissioning content. Working across multiple platforms. A career in the publishing sector is dynamic and diverse. Read more

Introduction

Analysing different audiences. Commissioning content. Working across multiple platforms. A career in the publishing sector is dynamic and diverse. Gain the professional tools you'll need and build your network, experience and research skills with this resource-rich programme. You'll collaborate to conceive and deliver print and digital prototypes and have the opportunity to engage with leading industry players.

Content

The world leading MA Publishing course at London College of Communication allows you to hit the ground running. It combines theoretical and practice-based approaches to teaching and learning so you can prepare for future employment, obtaining a strategic, practical and integrated command of publishing within digital and multi-platform publishing and international contexts.

The course offers the choice of two teaching and learning specialisms: book multi-platform publishing or magazine multi-platform publishing. It is aimed at people who are aiming to advance their careers to management level within the global publishing industry. Graduates who have completed our postgraduate publishing courses since 1969 can be found throughout the world in senior positions within publishing and communications practice.

The course design and curriculum takes an integrated multiplatform stance. Digital applications are covered throughout your time at the College, across units within either chosen learning specialism. The course is led by specialist staff and enables you to take the lead in the management and production of creative content for a range of audiences via different platforms (web, digital, mobile tablets and devices and print).

Throughout the course there is an emphasis on group work, practical publishing projects and engagement with industry through leading guest speakers, visits and placements.

Our unique resources will allow you to realise the production and publishing of actual books, magazines, websites or conference events when applying publishing and project management methods in Phase two.

You will also develop the necessary research techniques to undertake a major research study or dissertation and you will complete the study of two electives. New perspectives on publishing are gained from visiting another country for one week as part of the international residential summer school for MA students.

Structure

Phase 1 - 60 credits

Publishing Culture in the Digital Context: This unit includes - research study development and historical cultural perspectives - cultural media consumption

Content Creation and Development: This unit includes - market environment - content development - legal frameworks for content

Content Design, Production and Delivery: This unit includes - design and colour management - content management and print and digital production - marketing and delivery

Phase 2 - 60 credits

Publishing Management, Practice and Research: This unit includes - publishing management - publishing practice - publishing research

Future Applications for Digital Content: This unit includes - new digital content market and audience applications - new market strategies and business models - information architecture - cross media content management, including metadata

Phase 3 - 60 credits

Major Project: This unit includes - a written dissertation to a publishing issue or topic - 12,000 to 15,000 words

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Prepare yourself for the ever-evolving world of publishing. Get up-to-the-minute information on key issues and emerging technologies, and direct access to professional publishers through our industry links. Read more

Prepare yourself for the ever-evolving world of publishing. Get up-to-the-minute information on key issues and emerging technologies, and direct access to professional publishers through our industry links. You might even win one of our prestigious bursaries.

Course duration: 12 months full-time or 2 years part-time (September starts); 17 months full-time or 2 years part-time (January starts)

Teaching times

Semesters 1 & 2: Monday 6-8pm AND Thursday 6-8pm (full-time) / Monday 6-8pm OR Thursday 6-8pm (part-time)

NB while you will be taught predominantly in the evening, some visits to businesses will take place during the day.

Overview

Our Master's course will take you on an in-depth exploration of the publishing industry, and equip you with vital skills for a career in publishing and many related fields.

By investigating areas like commissioning and editing, business management, marketing, production and publishing law, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge to plan and implement publishing projects in the context of emerging digital media.

You’ll benefit from many networking and career-building opportunities with publishing professionals, such as work placements, projects, field trips and guest lectures. Our professional mentoring scheme will provide you with your own mentor from industry according to your career interests, so you'll have the best possible introduction to the world of publishing.

We run a number of publishing and marketing short courses which our MA Publishing students can join for free. There's also the chance to win one of our annual bursaries and prizes, which are sponsored by distinguished organisations such as Cambridge University Press and the Worshipful Company of Stationers.

At the end of the course, you’ll undertake a Major Project, which might be a conventional academic project, a case study based on work experience, a creative piece with critical commentary or a business plan – the choice is yours.

Our MA Publishing was developed in close consultation with Cambridge University Press and other local publishers including ProQuest and Lutterworth's, so you can be confident it meets the professional needs of the publishing industry.

Careers

This course will equip you with knowledge and skills that will make you highly employable, in the publishing industry or any field that involves editorial work, marketing, business planning or project management. Our graduates have a track record of success: 100% of students have gone into paid employment within six months of graduating, with more than 90% in publishing-related careers at companies such as Bloomsbury, Wiley Capstone, Pearson, Cambridge University Press and Macmillan.*

Or you might decide to continue on to a research degree, like our PhD Publishing.

*Course Leader's records

Core modules

Creativity and Content in Publishing

Legal Rights and Digital Issues in Publishing

The Business of Publishing

Production Processes in Publishing

Major Project Publishing

Assessment

You’ll demonstrate your progress through a combination of essays, reports, business plans and book proposals, individual and group presentations (with professionally prepared handouts) and your final Major Project.

Work placements and internships

You’ll be able to apply for an internship with various local, national and even overseas organisations, like Cambridge University Press, Nexus Partnerships, Bloomsbury, Hachette, Hart McLeod, Lutterworth's, ProQuest and Shakespeare and Company in Paris.

Bursaries

As an offer holder for this course, you’ll have a chance to apply for one of our annual scholarships. The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers provides a scholarship of £6,000 a year, and the chance to become a Freeman of the Company, while our Cambridge University Press bursary offers a reduction of £1,200 on your tuition fees.

You’ll also have a chance of winning one of our graduation prizes for innovation, best major project, best overall grade and greatest contribution to the course.



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This MA prepares you for a career in the challenging world of publishing. Taught by experts and practitioners and with masterclasses from industry leaders, the programme of study includes the knowledge, skills and understanding you need to become a successful publisher. Read more

This MA prepares you for a career in the challenging world of publishing. Taught by experts and practitioners and with masterclasses from industry leaders, the programme of study includes the knowledge, skills and understanding you need to become a successful publisher.

About this degree

The programme equips students with both a practical insight into how this complex industry functions and a range of transferable skills. These include training in editorial, sales and marketing skills, publishing business plans and their successful delivery, contract negotiation and copyright management, production processes, digital contexts, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five core modules (120 credits), three optional modules (30 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months or flexible study 2-5 years) is offered.

Core modules

  • Author Management
  • Publishing Contexts
  • Publishing Entrepreneurship
  • Publishing Skills
  • Sales, Marketing and Promotion

Optional modules

  • Academic and Journals Publishing
  • Illustration and Publishing
  • Book Production
  • Children's Publishing
  • Theories of the Book
  • Booksellers and Bookselling

Dissertation/report

All MA students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through lectures and seminars, with an emphasis on practical skills and exercises based on real-world and team working. Assessment is through essays, presentations, reports, one unseen examination, and the dissertation.

Placement

Students are encouraged to acquire practical work experience in the publishing industry and part-time opportunities will be circulated as they arise to all students. Students may also organise their own placements with the approval of staff. Staff will also assist students with applications and writing CVs and covering letters.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Publishing MA

Funding

For more details on the scholarships we offer please visit: UCL Publishing Centre .

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

At the end of the programme you will be a professional publisher ready to launch your career with a qualification from a university that the industry recognises and values. 

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Editorial Assistant, Bloomsbury
  • Marketing Analytic Manager, Harper Collins
  • Publishing Accounts Manager, Clays
  • Senior Executive of Digital Marketing, Penguin Random House India
  • Marketing and Publicity Executive, British Museum

Employability

UCL's MA in Publishing aims to help train leaders in the industry. We employ a rigorous applications process to ensure we recruit the very best potential publishers, and professional behaviour is at the heart of everything we do. This is an intensive programme, which provides access to the publishing industry throughout its duration, and we work with each student to give them the best support for their individual professional development. As a result, our graduates are sought-after recruits. Recent job successes have been at Bloomsbury Digital, Sage, and Penguin.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Publishing MA aims to cover the entire spread of publishing disciplines, from fiction and trade to professional, academic, scholarly and educational.

Teaching staff possess a wide range of book trade experience and networks of contacts across all fields in the UK and internationally. Their research has helped shape how publishers have developed practices, and made an impact on the discipline as a field of academic study.

In addition, leading publishers, literary agents, authors, legal experts, booksellers and electronic authorities visit to give lectures and presentations. Students benefit from masterclasses from industry leaders on current and controversial issues and field visits to retailers, publishers and libraries.



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