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Publishing (MA)

Course Description

Prepare yourself for the ever-evolving world of publishing. Get up-to-the-minute information on key issues and emerging technologies, and direct access to professional publishers through our industry links. You might even win one of our prestigious bursaries.


Our Master's course will take you on an in-depth exploration of the publishing industry, and equip you with vital skills for a career in publishing and many related fields.

By investigating areas like commissioning and editing, business management, marketing, production and publishing law, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge to plan and implement publishing projects in the context of emerging digital media.

You’ll benefit from many networking and career-building opportunities with publishing professionals, such as work placements, projects, field trips and guest lectures. Our professional mentoring scheme will provide you with your own mentor from industry according to your career interests, so you'll have the best possible introduction to the world of publishing.

We run a number of publishing and marketing short courses which our MA Publishing students can join for free. There's also the chance to win one of our annual bursaries and prizes, which are sponsored by distinguished organisations such as Cambridge University Press and the Worshipful Company of Stationers.

At the end of the course, you’ll undertake a Major Project, which might be a conventional academic project, a case study based on work experience, a creative piece with critical commentary or a business plan – the choice is yours.

Our MA Publishing was developed in close consultation with Cambridge University Press and other local publishers including ProQuest and Lutterworth's, so you can be confident it meets the professional needs of the publishing industry.

Course duration: 12 months full-time or up to 3 years part-time (September starts); 17 months full-time or up to 3 years part-time (January starts).

Teaching times: Mondays and Thursdays from 6-8pm plus 1 hour per semester (full-time); Mondays 6-8pm in Year 1 and Thursdays 6-8pm in Year 2 (part-time).


This course will equip you with knowledge and skills that will make you highly employable, in the publishing industry or any field that involves editorial work, marketing, business planning or project management. Our graduates have a track record of success: 100% of students have gone into paid employment within six months of graduating, with more than 90% in publishing-related careers at companies such as Bloomsbury, Wiley Capstone, Pearson, Cambridge University Press and Macmillan.*

Or you might decide to continue on to a research degree, like our PhD Publishing.

*Course Leader's records

Core modules

Creativity and Content in Publishing
Legal Rights and Digital Issues in Publishing
The Business of Publishing
Production Processes in Publishing
Major Project Publishing


You’ll demonstrate your progress through a combination of essays, reports, business plans and book proposals, individual and group presentations (with professionally prepared handouts) and your final Major Project.

Work placements and internships

You’ll be able to apply for an internship with various local, national and even overseas organisations, like Cambridge University Press, Nexus Partnerships, Bloomsbury, Hachette, Hart McLeod, Lutterworth's, ProQuest and Shakespeare and Company in Paris.


As an offer holder for this course, you’ll have a chance to apply for one of our annual scholarships. The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers provides a scholarship of £6,000 a year, and the chance to become a Freeman of the Company, while our Cambridge University Press bursary offers a reduction of £1,200 on your tuition fees. For more information on how to apply for these bursaries, visit our faculty's postgraduate study website (http://ww2.anglia.ac.uk/ruskin/en/home/microsites/alss_postgraduate_study/funding_opportunities0.html).

You’ll also have a chance of winning one of our graduation prizes for innovation, best major project, best overall grade and greatest contribution to the course.

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

(Student Profile)

Esme Chapman

2075.JPG For me the best thing about the MA Publishing was the way it provided a contextual understanding of the publishing industry, such that I now understand the publishing process as a whole. Through the course I built up many skills from using inDesign to proofreading, and my knowledge was greatly enhanced through lectures from industry professionals at high profile companies including Cambridge University Press, Penguin and Harper Collins.

Looking back, I feel that the course exceeded my expectations and I have happily recommended it to many others since. After finishing my dissertation I began applying for full-time publishing jobs and was soon appointed to my current role of Editorial Assistant at Flame Tree Publishing, an independent culture and lifestyle publisher in London. I really feel completing the MA Publishing helped my application stand out and gave me the opportunity to enhance my CV through internships.


Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (or equivalent), normally in a related subject. Applicants with professional experience are also encouraged to apply. If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 7.0 overall (Academic level) with 7.0 in the writing component or equivalent English Language qualification as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

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