Postgraduate ( full-time, part-time)
January 2017, September 2016
Intermediate awards: PG Cert, PG Dip
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).
NB while you will be taught predominantly in the evening, some visits to businesses will take place during the day.
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 contact: Dr Sebastian Rasinger.
I wouldn't be where I am now if I had not done the Publishing MA. I was able to secure internships, one of which led to a job at an internationally-recognised publishing company
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
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.
The Department of English and Media is a community of more than 800 students, exploring subjects that further their understanding of culture and communication in the global age, from film studies to applied linguistics. We focus on skills and knowledge valued by employers, and provide our students with valuable industry insight through our links with creative partners.
Our students take part in many activities to help prepare them for the future, like work placements, study abroad opportunities, talks by internationally acclaimed guest speakers, and research conferences. They even have the chance to get writing advice from our Royal Literary Fund Fellow.
We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.
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.Bursaries
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.
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.
The part-time course fee assumes that you're studying at half the rate of a full-time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.
Various optional trips
You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.How to pay your fees directly
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter/financial guarantee. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our funding guide for postgraduate students to learn more about the following:
We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.
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