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Publishing (MA)

Course Description

Do you want to launch your graduate career in a competitive, dynamic global industry? At Plymouth you can develop vital editorial, production and marketing skills with industry relevant digital technologies. Gain a network of professional contacts and invaluable experience through work placements and collaborative projects. Benefit from international events, such as London Book Fair, while exploring key publishing processes. You’ll also learn specialist software and create original publications. With opportunities to explore publishing processes, learn specialist software and create original publications, our part-time route will give you the skills to succeed.

Key features

-Tailor your time at university to meet your needs by fitting your study around work and personal commitments. The 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 Plymouth 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 London Book Fair through our MA programme.

- Take advantage of a range of professionally equipped 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.

- Focus your specialist skills and graduate with an individually tailored exit award, by studying one of our specialist strands in editorial design, design commentary, digital futures or illustration.

- Develop an in-depth understanding of the publishing industry in context, through practical workshops with Rooks Books, to behind-the-scenes trips to commercial printers and international distributors.

- 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 Plymouth International Book Festival, the Peninsula Arts Programme or INK magazine.

- Join the list of our previous graduates who work for global publishers such as Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Wiley, HarperCollins, Macmillan Publishers, FW Media and Quadrille Publishing.

- 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.

Course details

Study our MA Publishing and you’ll gain insight into key areas of the publishing industry and achieve a qualification endorsed by the sector. You’ll also get the opportunity to focus your studies through one of our specialist strands. You’ll immerse yourself in the world of digital publishing, discovering new technologies and the impact these have on the industry. Through dedicated modules, you’ll develop an understanding of the skills and responsibilities essential to becoming a publishing professional, as well as the roles and collaborative processes vital to the industry. Engage with the different stages of the publishing process, from production and distribution to marketing and financial viability. You’ll be able to network with guest lecturers from established publishing companies and negotiate invaluable work experience, through placements and collaborative projects. Benefit from key industry partnerships with publishers such as FW Media and University of Plymouth Press.


The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Postgraduate Admissions and Enquiries team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email .

Scholarships are available for postgraduate taught programmes.

Visit the Publishing (MA) page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A relevant degree with honours or an equivalent professional qualification. Other qualifications accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field may also be considered. Non-standard applications will be considered on a case by case basis. International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability, for example by achieving an IELTS score of 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in each element) or equivalent. Pre-sessional English language courses are available if you do not meet these requirements. Scholarships are available for postgraduate taught programmes.

Course Fees

Full time: UK/EU: £5,660, International: £13,250, Islands: £13,250; Part-time (per 10 credits): UK/EU: £314, International: £750, Islands: £750

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