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Publishing BA(Hons): After you graduate

Careers and progression

The range of careers in publishing is wide, including large, international publishing houses, small independent presses and specialist publishers. Museums, charities, societies and businesses often have publishing arms. The magazine industry is a broad area for employment, as are the expanding fields of online and app publishers.

Roles include commissioning and content editors, copy editors, and positions in design and production, marketing, publicity, rights and sales, data and social media management. Public relations, events, corporate communications, marketing and advertising positions also require publishing skills, and there are opportunities for freelance careers and business startups.

The employment rate six months from graduating publishing is higher than for other undergraduate courses (see HEIDI data) and you will be well placed to pursue a range of careers (commissioning, editing, marketing and customer/data insight, design and production, sales and rights, agents, distribution and customer service) in a variety of publishing contexts.

Examples of recent graduate destinations

Types of job

  • Editorial assistant
  • Marketing assistant
  • Foreign rights executive
  • Rights and sales assistant
  • Business development executive
  • Production assistant
  • Bookseller
  • Events co-ordinator
  • Digital content officer
  • Junior copywriter
  • Media designer
  • Trainee production editor


  • British Council
  • Bloomsbury
  • Charity Retail Association
  • City & Guilds Publishing
  • Faber
  • Hachette Children's Books
  • Harper Collins
  • Jamie Oliver Books
  • Macmillan
  • Michael O'Mara Books
  • Nelson Croom
  • Nielsen Bookscan
  • News UK
  • Oxford University Press
  • Penguin Random House
  • Phaidon
  • Pickering and Chatto Publishers
  • Simon and Schuster
  • Society of Authors
  • Sony EU
  • Taylor & Francis
  • Walker Books
  • Wiley
  • Waterstones
  • Zed Books

In addition to building expertise in your own discipline, our courses will also help you to develop key transferable skills that you'll need for professional life or further study once you graduate. 

As well as a range of careers and employability activities at Kingston, we also offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course. Opportunities include:

  • placements;
  • working or studying abroad;
  • volunteering;
  • peer mentoring roles; and
  • internship opportunities within and outside the University.

In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to complete a major 'capstone' project where you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a range of real issues in different contexts. This is a great way to learn and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level.

Courses available after you graduate

If you decide that you would like to go on to postgraduate study after your undergraduate course, we offer a 10 per cent discount on our postgraduate course tuition fees to our alumni. Here are some courses that might interest you:

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