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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.

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.


Visit the Publishing (MA/PGDip) page on the University College London website for more details!

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