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Do you want to launch your graduate career in a competitive, dynamic global industry that spans both the arts and the sciences? With our highly-regarded and well-established MA you can develop vital editorial, production and marketing skills, while working with industry-relevant digital technologies. We focus heavily on employability and you will undertake work placements, engage with live publishing projects, travel to national industry events and build a network of professional contacts.

This course is also available to study part-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 the 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 the London Book Fair.
  • Take advantage of our excellent technical and creative 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.
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the publishing industry, with exceptional teaching delivered by professionals skilled in editorial, design and digital.
  • 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 Mayflower 2020.
  • 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.
  • Engage in academic debate and foster a curiosity for industry trends alongside the development of vocational skills.
  • 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.

Careers with this subject

Graduate destinations include: Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Wiley, HarperCollins, Macmillan Publishers, FW Media and Quadrille Publishing. Students establish a network of contacts through a dedicated work placement module as well as collaborating on live publishing projects with the University of Plymouth Press.


Visit the Publishing (Full Time) - MA page on the University of Plymouth website for more details!

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