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Publishing MA: Course features

What this course offers you

The Publishing MA is designed to give you a head start in your career. It is ideal for:

  • graduates looking for a career in any aspect of the publishing industry, whether as a publisher, agent or supplier;
  • those working in another industry, or a related role, who want to transfer their skills to publishing;
  • graduates interested in undertaking research in publishing;

Publishing today is an international industry and this is fully reflected in the content, teaching and research interests of those running our course. Our students too come from a diverse range of backgrounds and speak many languages, and this leads to an atmosphere that is challenging, stimulating - and diverse. Our close links with the publishing industry mean that you benefit from:

  • an academic teaching team that has both commercial publishing experience and contextual/theoretical knowledge of the industry;
  • input from guest speakers, who add an extra perspective to your studies (read more in the Links with business and industry section);
  • masterclasses and other events with leading publishing professionals, commentators and authors on the latest trends.

Our teaching approach is fully cross-functional. For example, we will help you to understand the role that commissioning editors play in brand marketing. The course meets the needs of commercial publishers. You not only gain key skills, but also learn how these processes work in a practical context. For example, if you choose this MA, your dissertationor practical project gives you the chance to put your skills into practice. You might choose to work with students in illustration, creative writing and design to produce books or publications.

Other opportunities to work with students from other disciplines include:

  • projects with students studying creative writing, media and cultural studies or film studies courses;
  • projects with design and illustration students; and
  • choosing modules from other disciplines, including marketing, alongside core publishing modules, which allows you to build on your own professional or academic interests.

You will undertake a minimum of 10 days' work experience in the second semester which gives you the chance to put theory into practice and network with potential employers.

We offer a part-time study option to help you fit the course around other commitments. We commit to only teaching classes on Mondays and Tuesdays so that students can fit the course around other commitments, or use the other days of the week for more extended work experience opportunities.

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This course is taught at Penrhyn Road

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