Explore the UK and international publishing industries in-depth. Learn about the various aspects and processes of traditional and digital publishing from idea inception to production, legal issues, sales and marketing.
Our MA Publishing degree will take you on a journey through the modern publishing industry, giving you vital skills and knowledge not only for a career in publishing, but in many other related fields as well.
You will investigate how publishing products and services are commissioned and brought to completion, including the modern production processes and business strategies used to succeed in the competitive media environment.
You will also consider the legal environment in which publishing operates, focussing on the management, sale and licensing of rights in publishing as well as looking at wider issues connected to digital publishing, such as contracts and rights negotiations.
We have links with local, national and even overseas organisations such as Cambridge University Press, Bloomsbury, Hachette, Hart McLeod, and Shakespeare and Company in Paris. These connections will provide you with many opportunities to make contacts for your career, including work placements, field trips and guest lectures from speakers who have worked on top projects such as Harry Potter and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. We also run a professional mentoring scheme, giving you the chance to find a mentor in the industry relevant to your own interests.
As one of our MA Publishing students, you can also attend our publishing and marketing short courses free of charge, and apply for our annual bursaries, sponsored by Cambridge University Press and the Worshipful Company of Stationers.
This Master’s course was developed in close consultation with Cambridge University Press and other local publishers including ProQuest and Lutterworth's, so you can be sure it meets the professional needs of today’s publishing industry.
Course Leader: Dr Helen Marshall
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
Our MA Publishing will help you develop skills and knowledge for a career in the publishing industry or any field that involves editorial work, marketing, business planning or project management. Many of our graduates now work in a publishing-related role with companies such as Bloomsbury, Wiley Capstone, Pearson, Cambridge University Press and Macmillan.
You might also decide to continue on to a research degree, such as our PhD Publishing.
You will show your progress on the course through a combination of essays, reports, business plans, book proposals and individual or group presentations, as well as 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 will have the chance to apply for an internship with various local, national and even overseas organisations, such as Cambridge University Press, Nexus Partnerships, Bloomsbury, Hachette, Hart McLeod, Lutterworth's, ProQuest and Shakespeare and Company in Paris.Bursary
As an offer holder for this course, you can apply for our Stationers' Foundation Bursary. Offered by The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, this bursary will earn the successful applicant £6,000 along with the chance to become a Freeman of the Company.
You will also have the chance to win 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 finance guide for postgraduate students to learn more about postgraduate loans and other funding options.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you're at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
From September 2018, EU students starting a postgraduate degree with us can access a £600 bursary.
Meanwhile, our £400 Books Plus scheme helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.
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 email@example.com 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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