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

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

Course details

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.

Please visit our Publishing By Degrees site for more information regarding our current students.

Modules

Modules that you will study* as part of this course

  • Dissertation ( JAC11106 )
  • Fiction and the Fiction Market ( CLP11133 )
  • Publishing Placement and Professional Development ( CLP11103)
  • Publishing in Context ( CLP11100 )
  • Publishing in Practice ( CLP11137 )

* These are indicative only and reflect the course structure in the current academic year. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

How you’ll be taught

This is a one year full-time course starting in September and is split up into three trimesters.

You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and independent study.

Work placement

A work placement module is offered on this course.

Facilities

Our Merchiston campus, situated in the heart of Edinburgh, is home to creative industries students along with engineering and computing. This mix of disciplines helps create an inspiring, innovative and collaborative atmosphere.

Inside you’ll also find the 500-seat Jack Kilby Computing Centre (open 24 hours a day in Trimesters 1 and 2), the library and the Edinburgh Napier Students’ Association.

Careers

  • Book, magazine or journal publishing (editing, design, production, sales or marketing)
  • Consumer and corporate publishing
  • Online and digital publishing
  • Publishing entrepreneur

Visit the MSc Publishing page on the Edinburgh Napier University website for more details!

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