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Course summary

This innovative MA, taught by industry experts, offers you the chance to break into the dynamic and competitive publishing industry.

  • 100% of students said that they were overall satisfied with this course, according to the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey, 2021
  • Learn from inspiring and experienced lecturers who have worked in publishing at companies including Bloomsbury and Penguin Random House
  • Cover every stage of publishing including editorial, production, sales and marketing – from initial ideas to cover design, and from book launches to sales data analysis
  • Be inspired by industry professionals and published academics – guest lecturers visit from a range of publishing companies including Hachette, Trigger Press, HarperCollins and SAGE
  • Engage in research-based scholarship to focus on themes which particularly interest you
  • Benefit from a challenging cross-disciplinary learning experience.
This course explores all aspects of the publishing industry, including editorial and content development, design and production, sales and marketing, and business success and entrepreneurship. Throughout, you will learn how to respond to the exciting new opportunities facing the industry today and in the future.


Modules: the publishing profession; editorial; print and digital production; marketing and sales in modern publishing; English for editors; legal frameworks for publishers; contemporary challenges in leadership and management.

Assessment method

You will learn through a mixture of seminars, lectures, workshops and applied study. Your work will be assessed using a wide range of methods, including oral and written presentations, reports, essays and portfolios of practical work in areas such as editing, production, marketing, design and digital publishing.

Entry requirements

The entry requirement to this programme is a good honours degree (1st or 2:1) in any subject, or its international equivalent. Applications may be considered if you have a 2:2 honours degree and can demonstrate significant publishing or related industry experience or aptitude. Examples might include a period of work at an appropriate level within publishing or a related industry, or a portfolio of work or achievements in a related discipline such as, for example, English, Business, Law, Graphic Design, etc. It is important that we get to know you, your aspirations and your expectations. Therefore, before being accepted on to the programme all applicants will be invited to an informal interview to discuss the course, the nature of the programme, and what will be expected of you during it. Interviews will normally take place at the university campus, but special arrangements may be made if you have difficulty attending. The university welcomes applications from every sector of society, and the College of Arts, Humanities and Education is a signatory to the Equality in Publishing Charter. If English is not your first language you will need to have passed the International English Language Teaching System (IELTS) at the overall level IELTS 6.5, including a minimum score of 5.5 in each test category. (Where appropriate the university’s International Admissions office can give further details, including information regarding approved IELTS test centres.) The English language qualification required by this programme is at a higher level than that required for other university programmes: the reason for this is that throughout the MA Publishing programme you will have to work with the English language at an advanced level.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7800* Whole course
Northern Ireland £7800* Whole course
Scotland £7800* Whole course
Wales £7800* Whole course
EU £14900 Whole course
International £14900 Whole course

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
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