New MA provides 'proof' of publishing worth

Published: 15 May 2008 at 15:17

‘Life without industry is guilt, and industry without art is brutality’ (John Ruskin).

The Department of English, Communication, Film and Media at Anglia Ruskin University is launching an MA in Publishing at an event on Wednesday 4 June at its East Road campus which will be attended by representatives from the publishing sector.

Aimed at existing publishing professionals and those looking to enter, or return, to the sector, the MA prepares individuals for a career in the fast-moving new ‘digital media’ world of publishing. It will be available for delivery at the University’s Cambridge campus site.

The professional, postgraduate degree, has been developed in close consultation with Cambridge University Press and other local publishers to meet the needs of graduates (from any discipline) who wish to work in publishing and of current employees within publishing organisations who want to pick up additional knowledge and skills to help them to develop  their careers within the industry. The members of the Advisory Board include representatives from a variety of publishing companies including Cambridge University Press, Macmillan, Polity Press, Salt and ProQuest.

The degree includes four special teaching modules covering the areas of Creativity and Content in Publishing; Planning and Managing the Publishing Business; Publishing Law, Contracts and Rights; and Project Management, Production and Distribution.

Taught on the Cambridge campus by experts and practitioners, the students will be able to use the very latest publishing technology provided within two dedicated Multimedia Studios with 15 online workstations in each, running PhotoShop, Dreamweaver, and QuarkXPress. 

Cambridge University Press and other publishers on the Advisory Board will guarantee work experience opportunities for students taking this course and, while this is not a compulsory part of the degree, it can assist students in undertaking particular forms of assessment.

Sarah Jones of Anglia Ruskin University explained:

“This new MA in Publishing will be of particular interest to many people working in and around Cambridge, one of the UK’s most concentrated centres of publishing.”

"Open to graduates of any discipline, the degree will give individuals a practical insight into how the industry now functions with the advent of new digital media.  Relevant to those within editorial, marketing, electronic and global publishing, this professional qualification will help with day to day management on a range of levels.  From the publishing of mass-fiction to specialist journals, marketing materials and e-content management, this one degree covers it all."

For more information on the MA in Publishing, contact or visit 

Details of this and other professional degree programmes will be available at the forthcoming Postgraduate Open Day at Anglia Ruskin University on 18 June.