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

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.

The course helps you to develop an analytical and research-driven approach towards publishing. It also offers maximum flexibility so that you can tailor the course to fit your research interests and professional practice. Graduates from the MRes course often go on to further study, such as a pursuing a PhD through concentrated research with a specialism in publishing. That being said, the course also allows you to examine in-depth issues affecting your current practice.

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.

Research

The Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication carries out a range of staff and student research activities – including collaborations with industry, publishing-related organisations and other universities. We focus on the history of the book and publishing studies in the 20th and 21st centuries, both in Scotland, the UK and globally. Research areas include:

  • digital publishing
  • graphic novels and games
  • contemporary literary publishing
  • children’s publishing literary awards
  • book festivals

The following are all current PhD topics within the Centre:

  • 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)

Our work has been funded by a number of organisations, including the AHRC, RSE, British Council, Nesta, and Creative Scotland. We also work with partners including Glasgow Life, the Saltire Society and Publishing Scotland.

In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, around half of the research submitted from the subject areas that now make up the Faculty of Arts and Humanities was deemed either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Meanwhile, 85% of the Faculty’s research was judged to be recognised internationally.

Teaching

The MRes Publishing Studies is delivered through lectures, seminars, self-guided study and one-to-one supervision.

The course isn’t just about classroom learning. You’ll also have opportunities to:

  • attend a regular series of visiting speakers
  • go to industry events, such as the Publishing Scotland conference and the London Book Fair
  • take part in field trips to visit a printer and a book distributor

Staff at the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication all have backgrounds working in the publishing industry, and retain extensive contacts across the sector. Staff members have active research profiles, and are regularly invited to speak at industry events, literary festivals and academic conferences in Scotland and around the world – including China, France, Germany, India, Lithuania, Norway, Slovenia and Sweden.

The Centre is also supported by an Industry Advisory Board, with members from Floris Books, Freight Books, Publishing Scotland, Oxford University Press and Taylor & Francis. It’s also a network member of Publishing Scotland.

Teaching at the Centre is supplemented by a regular series of visiting speakers. Recent speakers include guest lecturers from Barrington Stoke, Canongate, Cargo Publishing, Cicerone Press, Creative Scotland, Edinburgh University Press, Faber & Faber, Publishing Scotland and Saraband Books.

After you graduate

This research-focused Masters course can be used to advance existing publishing careers, or for students to pursue further study at PhD-level. We have over 30 years’ worth of graduates now working in the publishing and related industries across the world. 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

Visit the Publishing Studies MRes page on the University of Stirling website for more details!

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