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This course is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council reflecting its high quality. Successfully completing this course will mean that you are eligible to apply for professional registration as an art therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council. Read more

Why choose this course:

• This course is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council reflecting its high quality.

• Successfully completing this course will mean that you are eligible to apply for professional registration as an art therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council. You will also be able to register as a full member of the British Association of Art Therapists, the UK's professional organisation for art therapists.

• This course reinforces the centrality of the image and the role of the imagination in the practice of art therapy.

• You will develop the professional skills you'll need to work in clinical environments.

• A major part of the course is the Independent Scholarship, which will help you to integrate your learning from all areas of the course and develop your clinical reasoning and professional identity.

About the course:

This course will give you experience of clinical art therapy practice and supervision, as well as closed group work and current theory. You'll also have the opportunity to improve your technical art skills through studio work and explore your potential for self expression and communication through image making.

You'll have a personal tutor, who will monitor your overall progress. As well as the taught components of the course, you'll take part in clinical placements and personal therapy as this is a requirement for professional registration. This is a private arrangement and the cost is not included in the fees, although individual or group therapy is acceptable.

You'll take part in a closed art therapy group led by a state registered art therapist and deepen your understanding and relationship with your art form through your work. You'll study the nature of human development and health and disability in art therapy as part of your development to relate theory and research to practice. While you're doing your clinical placements you'll be supervised by an appropriate therapist and also attend a reflective practice group, which will be led by a state registered art therapist.

You'll take part in personal therapy, for a minimum of one hour each week throughout the course, to meet the professional registration requirements. This can be either individual or group therapy.

Your assessments will be through written assignments, verbal presentations, production of artwork and reports based on your performance in the clinical settings.

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This course leads to professional qualification through the Qualification in Career Development (QCD), which is awarded by the Career Development Institute (CDI). Read more

Why choose this course:

• This course leads to professional qualification through the Qualification in Career Development (QCD), which is awarded by the Career Development Institute (CDI).

• This broad-based programme is rooted in practice and integrates various approaches to providing career support (including career guidance, career coaching and career education)

• You’ll explore the language of ‘career education and coaching’ which aligns the course with contemporary thinking about the skills base of the profession.

• You will undertake work placements to gain valuable real world experience

• You’ll be taught by staff from the International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS), a world leading centre for the study of career development. This provides you with a unique opportunity to engage with and learn from recognised thought leaders and influencers in the field.

About the course:

This flexible course will suit individuals working or wishing to work in a variety of settings within the sector, including education, the community and the workplace. You will explore the theories, policies and practices of career education, guidance and coaching, and the framework for professional practice. There is an emphasis on technology and the use of technology to support the delivery of career development interventions.

You will have the opportunity to explore practice in a range of career development contexts including:

• the development of working relationships with clients
• partnership working
• the development and provision of career, labour market information, technology and social media to support career development

You will also have the chance to develop the necessary research skills to operate within a research context, before undertaking a work-based research project.

You will be taught by members of iCeGS, who are experts in the area of career guidance. You will also have access to the iCeGS library and archive of career literature and research, as well as extra-curricular activities such as the iCeGS annual lecture, research seminars and workshops.

Throughout the course you will gather the necessary evidence for your QCD portfolio with support from our teaching team.

To gain your QCD, you are required to undertake 20 days of work-based placements. You may already be based in a suitable workplace, but if you wish to explore a different setting or don’t currently have access to one, we will support you to find a suitable work placement. Our teaching team have extensive networks of career development providers, so you may have access to placements in settings such as schools, colleges, universities, research centres, and large organisations who employ career development practitioners in a range of roles, including human resources and talent management.

You will also be required to undertake an additional 10 days of related work-based learning, which includes activities such as careers fairs and visits to employers.

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This course is accredited by the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK (ADMPUK), so you'll become a fully registered dance movement therapist with the ADMPUK. Read more

Why choose this course:

• This course is accredited by the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK (ADMPUK), so you'll become a fully registered dance movement therapist with the ADMPUK

• You'll develop the skills you need to support the health and well-being of vulnerable people, so it's a really rewarding course to choose

• This course will give you dance movement psychotherapy training and a licence to practice, as well as giving you an academic qualification at masters level

• We will support you during your placement to make sure that you're ready for your career in dance movement psychotherapy when you graduate

• You will be given the opportunity to undertake CPD training in Zero Balancing body work. This concerns the cultivation of sensitivity to the structure and energy of the body.

About the course:

The programme gives you solid experience of clinical dance movement therapy practice, supervision and work in education, as well as further closed group work. The main emphasis is on your work in a clinical environment and using creative skills to explore self-expression. You will be allocated a personal tutor who'll be responsible for monitoring your overall progress. As well as taught components, you'll be required to engage in personal therapy as this is a requirement for professional registration. This is a private arrangement and the cost is not included in the fees. Individual or group therapy is acceptable.

This course is accredited by the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK, so you can be confident that you'll be learning the most up to date thinking on dance movement psychotherapy.

During the course you'll build up your experience of clinical dance movement therapy, and use your creative skills to explore self-expression.

It's important to understand the history of dance movement psychotherapy from the early pioneers through to the current thinking. You'll cover concepts such as the theory and practice of the art form and the importance of improvisation, creativity and play. You'll also use and reflect on psychotherapeutic theory, while considering the implications for placement and practice. Because anatomy and physiology are essential to your understanding of movement and its relevance for psychotherapy, you'll also explore this during the course.

We've excellent facilities including our new dance studio, and have close links with Déda, the Derby dance centre.

You'll be allocated a personal tutor who will be responsible for monitoring your overall progress. As well as the taught components, you'll need to take part in personal therapy throughout the course, which can be individual or group therapy, because this is a requirement for professional registration as a dance movement psychotherapist.

You'll need to undertake health screening at the start of the course to monitor your fitness to practice.

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This course is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council for its high quality. After successful completion of this course you'll be able to apply through the Health and Care Professions Council or professional registration as a dramatherapist. Read more

Why choose this course:

• This course is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council for its high quality

• After successful completion of this course you'll be able to apply through the Health and Care Professions Council or professional registration as a dramatherapist. You will also be able to register as a full member of the British Association of Dramatherapists, the UK's professional organisation for art therapists

• Focusing on the use of theatre in the therapeutic process, you'll explore the role of improvisation and the need to adapt therapeutic interventions to individual client needs

• You'll develop skills in assessing the impact of your own values and beliefs on your practice and the impact this may have on your clients and patients

• We have our own playback theatre company, specific to this Dramatherapy programme, which utilises your improvisational skills to develop the audiences' stories. Previous students have performed at festivals, conferences and university events.

About the course:

This full time course is made up of three phases - PG Cert, PG Dip and MA. You will need to come in to the University one day each week, and spend up to two days each week in your clinical placement.

You will learn how to develop, appraise and apply different theatrical models and Dramatherapy approaches in your studio work, and explore how you can apply these therapeutically to different client groups.

In your clinical placements you will have the opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge and practical skills in a clinical setting. You will be supervised by a Dramatherapist from the University, who will help you to consider and reflect upon the work you do in your placement.

Throughout this course you will be encouraged to reflect and consider the impact and consequences of your interventions.

You will be required to undertake a total of 72 sessions of personal therapy, as stipulated by the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth), for the duration of the training. The cost of therapy will be covered by yourself, this is in addition to the standard course fees.

When you have successfully completed all elements of this course and the personal therapy sessions, you are eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for registration as a Dramatherapist. HCPC are the regulatory body.

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90% of students said that they were satisfied with the overall quality of the course, according to the 2015 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES). Read more

Why choose this course:

• 90% of students said that they were satisfied with the overall quality of the course, according to the 2015 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES)
• You'll explore education in its fullest sense - from its pivotal role in society to the theories, policies, and practices that influence, change and enhance it
• We offer a flexible approach to learning, enabling you to earn a broad-based degree or specialise in a particular area of focus by taking one of our pathways
• You will receive a range of professional development opportunities, from early years through to secondary school, further education, higher education, and in the community
• Our teaching team are friendly and approachable with specialist knowledge, which they pass on to you. You can be sure that you'll be up to date with the latest theory and practice.

About the course:

During this course, you’ll have the opportunity to gain an expert understanding of the aims of education and its role within society through the exploration of education theories, policies and practices. Through a research enquiry, you will develop confidence and expertise in your chosen area of interest.

Our course is delivered by a highly experienced educational team with expertise across the range of educational sectors. Our tutors are friendly and approachable and will pass their specialist knowledge on to you, ensuring you are up to date with the latest theory and practice.

We welcome students from both the UK and abroad, which will give you the chance to make new friends from around the world, while developing your intercultural communication skills and cross-cultural understanding.

We offer you the opportunity to gain a broad-based masters degree in education or specialise by taking one of the following pathways:
Early Years
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Leadership and Management
Leadership Coaching and Mentoring
Lifelong Learning
Special Educational Needs and Disability
If you choose to study part-time, there are also a range of other pathways available. Find out more about studying MA Education (part-time).

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This innovative and progressive course will give you the opportunity to develop your creative, technical, and critical skills in fashion and textile design, while extending your practice in a conceptual and professional context. Read more
This innovative and progressive course will give you the opportunity to develop your creative, technical, and critical skills in fashion and textile design, while extending your practice in a conceptual and professional context.

The course combines intensive, studio-based projects with design research, as well as furthering your understanding and working knowledge of the techniques and processes specific to your chosen field of fashion and textile design. You’ll also learn to consider your design practice in terms of the technological, social, critical and ecological issues that influence fashion and textile design, while extending your understanding of business and entrepreneurship through industry briefs and external projects.

You’ll have the opportunity to develop advanced research skills and explore issues related to design practice, including new technology, globalisation and sustainability. This will be informed by your work with academics, practitioners and experts in the field of fashion design and textile design.

We use a broad range of teaching and learning strategies, including lectures, seminars and studio practice. You’ll take part in presentations, group activities, study groups and individual tutorials to discuss, debate and critique your work alongside your peers. You’ll work in our specialist workshops that include digital print and CAD facilities, knit, weave and print equipment, fashion sewing and pattern-making resources and an extensive specialist art and design library.

Our teaching staff are active in professional practice, research and scholarship and are members of research groups covering digital and material arts and sustainable art and design.

When you have completed your course you’ll be able to position yourself for a career in design for fashion, textiles, or related product areas, such as knitwear, performance sportswear or smart textiles for apparel and other uses such as interior design. Alternatively, you could further your studies through one of our MPhil or PhD programmes.

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The course integrates practice and theory for both photographic and film practices, to encourage original thinking and individuality within a lively, challenging community of practitioners, as a means of developing work within these fields at the highest levels. Read more
The course integrates practice and theory for both photographic and film practices, to encourage original thinking and individuality within a lively, challenging community of practitioners, as a means of developing work within these fields at the highest levels. We’ll encourage you to demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems and to act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level.

We have a long tradition of teaching both photography and film and our academic team share a wide range of backgrounds and practices, including analogue photography and digital imaging (still and moving), film making and script writing, fine art (painting and installation), history and theory. Their combined skills and experience mean that you’ll be supported to the highest artistic and professional levels.

You will simultaneously enhance your self- awareness as a practitioner of contemporary photographic or film practices and develop the theoretical knowledge needed to underpin your independent research projects. As part of this, you’ll develop research and study skills and an understanding of scholarly conventions and ethical issues. We’ll encourage you to build a network of professional contacts through museums and galleries that are relevant to your practice, such as the Derby multimedia centre QUAD, which hosts the FORMAT International Photography Festival. We believe establishing key contacts in the industry is a vital part of your professional development.

Our specialist equipment centre offers both digital and analogue equipment, encouraging you to develop a wide range of skills and enabling you to determine your own critical and creative practice.

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This is an exciting, challenging, and rigorous course that addresses the multifaceted needs of today’s visual artist. Read more
This is an exciting, challenging, and rigorous course that addresses the multifaceted needs of today’s visual artist. We teach using a mixture of seminars, tutorials, peer reviews, and guest lectures in a well-equipped studio environment that facilitates and encourages creative enquiry, supported by a strong theoretical awareness of contemporary practice. Contemporary fine art practice embraces a wide and diverse spectrum of activity and our team has expertise in the areas of painting, sculpture, photography, film and video, installation work, environmental art, public art, performance, textual work, artists’ books, curatorship, and exhibition organisation.

We’ll encourage you to demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems and to act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level. In addition, you’ll also continue to advance your knowledge and understanding and develop new skills to a high level.

We have expertise in critical theory, art history, philosophy of art, art criticism, and journalism. All members of the teaching staff are practising artists, writers, or theorists and members of research groups within the school. Several members have experience of supervising PhD students, while others are external examiners for other UK art and design institutions. Many have successfully bid for research funding, enabling the continuation of personal research, as well as projects that feed back into the curriculum to enhance the student experience. The research group for Digital and Material Arts, together with the Design and Visual Communication group, will provide you with opportunities to hear about the latest research. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in study visits to regional and national museums and galleries, exhibitions, symposia and conferences.

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You’ll study key aspects of advanced learning in music production, focusing on technical application and personal creativity. Your focus will be on real-world applications; this is enhanced by our links with commercial organisations and the professional expertise of our staff in related industrial activities. Read more
You’ll study key aspects of advanced learning in music production, focusing on technical application and personal creativity. Your focus will be on real-world applications; this is enhanced by our links with commercial organisations and the professional expertise of our staff in related industrial activities.

You’ll develop an in-depth understanding of the professional environment of the music and media sectors and develop the entrepreneurial skills needed to take advantage of current opportunities and to initiate new ones.

Music and sound production are integral to the creative industries sector, both in the UK and internationally, and are at the forefront of a diverse range of commercial, educational and research developments. Representing a significant area of commercial innovation and creative practice, the growth of new media platforms provides exciting employment opportunities and requires up to date approaches to the development of appropriate professional expertise.

Professional judgement, technical and creative ability, and appropriate knowledge and understanding are key to success in the music and media sector. Increasingly characterised by sophisticated technical systems and close integration of a range of media, music production encompasses a number of distinct specialisms and provides a dynamic field of postgraduate research activity.
This course is accredited by JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support) so you can be confident that the course meets the high standards demanded by industry.

You’ll study on your own and as part of a group giving you experience of working within multidimensional teams and managing leadership roles.

Whilst studying at Derby you’ll have access to our brand new, professionally designed recording studio complex, featuring Protools HDX systems, one of which is equipped with a vintage NEVE analogue recording console. Many of our control rooms are equipped with 5.1 surround monitoring systems and a variety of high quality Focusrite outboard equipment.

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This course will prepare you for a rewarding career in social work, and when you successfully complete the course you'll be a qualified social worker. Read more

Why choose this course:

• This course will prepare you for a rewarding career in social work, and when you successfully complete the course you'll be a qualified social worker.
• You'll spend 170 days in work placements, where you'll apply the theory you learn into practice.
• You may be able to apply for a bursary from the Department of Health to help with your tuition fees and work placement travel expenses.
• This course is to be approved by the Health and Care Professions Council in Feb 2015.

About the course:

Social workers form partnerships with people, helping them to assess and interpret the problems they face, and support them in finding solutions. This course will provide you with the skills and theories that will enable you to work as a qualified social worker in a range of settings. A career in social work is very challenging, but equally rewarding, as you get the opportunity to help make a difference to someone's life.

During this course you'll spend 170 days in work placements where you can apply the theory you learn into practice. You'll have 80 days in practice during stage one, and 90 days during stage two. We have great links with our partners in the local and surrounding areas so we can provide you with the effective and practical experience you'll need.

Internal applicants can apply directly to the University.

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You will explore the exciting and rapidly evolving area of visual communication, including the latest developments in contemporary communication arts practice in publishing, branding, web design, mobile technologies, and screen-based moving images. Read more
You will explore the exciting and rapidly evolving area of visual communication, including the latest developments in contemporary communication arts practice in publishing, branding, web design, mobile technologies, and screen-based moving images.
You’ll be taught in small study groups, with individual tutorial support alongside group activities. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss, debate, and share your thinking with like-minded creative individuals who will become part of an invaluable network of contacts for the future.

Our dynamic, well-equipped visual communication studio has excellent, state of the art digital equipment, a print-making workshop, digital print bureau, and an extensive specialist art and design library. Our lecturers are high level graphic designers, illustrators, animators or web designers, working professionally and engaged in research through the Design and Visual Communication research group.

When you’ve completed this course you could move on to a career in areas such as design, consultancy, illustration, animation, production, media, web design, publishing or computer games. Alternatively you may wish to work as an exhibiting artist or teacher. Some students choose to continue their studies at PhD level.

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The MA in Writing for Performance focuses on developing the skills of the individual and collaborative writer for diverse forms of contemporary live and broadcast performance. Read more
The MA in Writing for Performance focuses on developing the skills of the individual and collaborative writer for diverse forms of contemporary live and broadcast performance.

Through the combination of writing workshops, critical seminars and discussions, you will develop skills in writing for performance. You will also gain an understanding of the relationship between the writer and the cultural contexts in which they write.
You will develop a number of pieces, including a full length play, as well as outputs for digital mediums, live art projects and broadcast. You will also practice writing from improvisation and adapting existing texts.

These projects are supported by your analysis of dramaturgical principles and narrative structures based in character, story, conflict, dialogue, action and casual logic, as well as more experimental, non-linear writing based on postdramatic concepts.
We use a range of assessment types, including critical essays, project proposals, reflective essays and extended research-informed creative projects. Together these form components of the research process and enable you to develop your creative project to reflect your individual cultural and academic interests.

Our unique Learning Theatre provides a stimulating learning environment, in a professional arena with vital industry contacts. You will be warmly welcomed into a vibrant community of artists and makers across a range of creative fields. You will also benefit from our strong links in the industry, which include QUAD Arts Centre and Cinema, the BFI, the BBC and Creative England. Our experience and knowledge of professional writing in these environments allow us to support you towards a sustainable career in writing.

We also use a mixture of formative and summative assessment. Formative assessments are preliminary works that are not graded (eg a draft of a script), while summative assessments are the formal assessments that form part of your final grade.

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If you are currently working in Local Government, the NHS, the voluntary sector or another organisation with public health functions and would like to go on to practice public health in the UK or overseas, then this course is for you. Read more
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• If you are currently working in Local Government, the NHS, the voluntary sector or another organisation with public health functions and would like to go on to practice public health in the UK or overseas, then this course is for you.
• Develop the skills and knowledge needed to become a public health practitioner who can lead, develop and evaluate public health projects
• Gain a deep, conceptual understanding that enables evaluation of critically current research
• Undertake work placements and gain a greater understanding of public health practice
• Learn alongside an experienced teaching team that is made up of public health specialists.

About the course:

If you’re a public health worker, such as a community nurse, environmental health practitioner, health promotion officer, or community health worker, this course will help you to develop the skills and knowledge needed to become a public health practitioner who can lead, develop, and evaluate public health projects in a multi-disciplinary environment.

This course is ideal if you’re working in public health and you wish to improve your skills and broaden your knowledge in ways that provide you with more autonomy and expertise in public health practice.

Global perspectives
You’ll study the underlying causes and mechanisms and potential public health intervention strategies aimed at reducing health inequalities. The course is global in its perspective, so you’ll study global environmental and public health issues to gain an international perspective. The course is structured to allow knowledge transfer between home and overseas students, enabling you to benefit from best practice from all over the world.

If you’re an international student, you’ll be able to study topics that are directly relevant to your native country, as well as looking at UK-specific issues.

Experienced teaching team
Our teaching team are friendly, approachable, and include public health specialists, environmental health practitioners, biomedical scientists, and psychologists. They will provide you with a broad perspective on public health issues that is firmly based in practice through case studies.

This course is run in partnership with the public health team at Derby City Council. Public health specialists will mentor and support you throughout the course. Research opportunities with the public health team may be available.

Practical course
This is a practical course with a focus on case studies and practice in the community. Note that it does not provide readiness for the Faculty of Public Health examination (Part A).

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Prepare for an exciting future promoting a better understanding of the past. Our new MA Public History and Heritage offers a compelling combination of work experience, practical training and academic research. Read more
Prepare for an exciting future promoting a better understanding of the past. Our new MA Public History and Heritage offers a compelling combination of work experience, practical training and academic research.

-Develop both intellectual and professional skills for leadership roles in the public history, heritage and cultural industries
-Study in a historic city and county, surrounded by visitor attractions including country houses, museums and industrial archaeology
-Gain practical experience of the heritage industry, with work placements to enhance your employability
-Build your networks and undertake fascinating real-world projects, drawing on our links with local, national and international heritage organisations
-Explore public history and heritage at a global level, underpinned by our partnerships with universities overseas
-Be inspired by our dedicated, enthusiastic teaching team, including historians who are published experts in their field and heritage professionals with vast industry experience

This is a new course starting in September 2017 (*subject to approval).

Real-world learning in action

You’ll undertake a work placement in a public history or heritage-related organisation, go on frequent field trips and undertake employer-led projects.

Employability skills are embedded in every aspect of the course, so you will benefit from practical training in areas such as heritage management, audience research, policy writing, fundraising, curation – including digital curation – marketing and communication.
At the same time, you will explore advanced academic and conceptual debates around public history and heritage. The MA culminates in a research-based dissertation on a relevant theme of your choice.

Learn from the experts

You will be taught by a team of academic historians and heritage industry experts who can share cutting-edge practice in their fields. They include renowned researchers and authors, who work regularly as consultants on restoration projects and major exhibitions.
The MA opens up wide-ranging opportunities for you to network with heritage professionals inside and outside the classroom – not only on work placements but also through our exciting programme of field visits, guest speakers, conferences and public events.

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This innovative MA offers you the chance to gain a foothold in the hugely popular and competitive publishing industry. You’ll develop key skills and knowledge to give you the edge in a range of dynamic and rewarding careers. Read more
This innovative MA offers you the chance to gain a foothold in the hugely popular and competitive publishing industry. You’ll develop key skills and knowledge to give you the edge in a range of dynamic and rewarding careers.
• Benefit from a challenging cross-disciplinary learning experience
• Cover every stage of publishing - from initial ideas to book launches
• Gain experience in real-world publishing settings
• Combine editorial and production skills with an understanding of legal, business and ethical considerations
• Draw on our links with the publishing industries regionally, nationally and globally
• Be inspired by industry professionals and published academics
• Engage in research-based scholarship to focus on themes which particularly interest you.

An industry full of opportunity

The total value of the British book publishing industry has been estimated at around £4.3 billion, the largest in the world in terms of its output per head of population. Some 145,000 new book titles were published in the UK in 2014.

The expansion of digital publishing, the growing sophistication of interactive ebooks and the popularity of ereaders and tablets have brought new dimensions to the industry.

Meanwhile, traditional boundaries between book publishing and periodical publishing are breaking down, with professionals moving much more freely between the sectors. The industry is also becoming more global in outlook and reach, opening up even more opportunities for ambitious graduates.

The Derby MA Publishing is a newly designed programme that is up-to-date, well balanced, thought-provoking and exciting. It covers all industry sectors, from fiction to scholarly; and all job roles from editorial to author rights. It is perhaps the most tightly focused and complete Publishing MA available in the UK today.

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