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Publishing MA

This MA prepares you for a career in the challenging world of publishing. Taught by experts and practitioners and with master classes from industry leaders, the programme of study includes all the knowledge, skills and understanding you need to become a successful publisher, including a period of professional placement.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2-5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£8,755 (FT)
Overseas:
£17,250 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 May 2015
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Fees note: Part-time fees are available on request from the department.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is normally required. Applicants without the necessary academic attainment but with significant industry experience may exceptionally be considered.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

The programme equips students with both a practical insight into how this complex industry functions and a range of transferable skills. These include training in editorial, sales and marketing skills, publishing business plans and their successful delivery, contract negotiation and copyright management, production processes, digital contexts, innovation and enterpreneurship.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (120 credits), two optional modules (30 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits) as well as a five-week practical placement for full-time students.

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months or flexible study 2-5 years) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time 15 weeks or flexible study over a period of up to two years) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Publishing Contexts
  • Author Management
  • Applied Creativity and Content
  • Publishing Skills
  • Sales, Marketing and Promotion
  • Publishing Project

Options

  • Advanced Trade Publishing
  • Children's Publishing
  • Academic and Journals Publishing
  • Textbook Publishing
  • XML
  • Legal and Social Aspects of Electronic Publishing
  • Web Publishing

Dissertation/report

All MA students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through lectures and seminars, with an emphasis on practical skills and exercises based on the real-world and team working. An essential component of the course is the five-week placement in a publishing house. Assessment is through essays, presentations, reports, one unseen examination, and the dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Publishing MA

Funding

The UCL Wiley Scholarship is awarded to one outstanding student on this programme. It will cover full tuition fees and an internship.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

David Tebbutt Scholarship

Value:
Full tuition fees plus a work placement with Faber and Faber (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

Information Studies Scholarships

Value:
UK/EU tuition fees (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

Sir Hilary Jenkinson Scholarship in Archive Studies

Value:
£1,000 (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

Vickery Bursaries

Value:
£3,000(1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:

Wiley Scholarship

Value:
UK/EU tuition fees plus internship(1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website

Careers

At the end of the programme you will be a professional publisher ready to launch your career with a qualification from a university that the industry recognises and values.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Marketing Assistant, Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Assistant Editor, Sage Publishing
  • Digital Research Assistant, Palgrave Macmillan
  • Insight Analyst, Penguin
  • International Key Accounts Manager, Simon and Schuster

Employability

UCL's MA in Publishing aims to help train leaders in the industry. We employ a rigorous applications process to ensure we recruit the very best potential publishers, and professional behaviour is at the core of everything we do. This is an intensive course, which provides access to the publishing industry throughout its duration, and we work with each student to give them the best support for their individual professional development. As a result, our graduates are sought-after recruits. Recent job successes have been in Bloomsbury Digital, Sage, and Penguin.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Publishing MA aims to cover the entire spread of publishing disciplines, from fiction and trade to professional, academic, scholarly and educational.

Teaching staff possess a wide range of book trade experience and networks of contacts across all fields in the UK and internationally. Their research has helped shape how publishers have developed practices, and made an impact on the discipline as a field of academic study.

In addition, leading publishers, literary agents, authors, legal experts, booksellers and electronic authorities visit the course to give lectures and presentations. Students benefit from masterclasses from industry leaders on current and controversial issues and field visits to retailers, publishers and libraries.

Student / staff ratios › 20 staff › 220 taught students › 30 research students

Department: Information Studies

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

This programme is ideal for students interested in book and journal publishing who wish to develop a thorough understanding of the structure, organisation and dynamics of the publishing industry. It is suitable for those seeking to enter not-for-profit organisations as well as the commercial companies in both the UK and internationally.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-05-31
If you wish to apply for funding from the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) this must be done by 31 December in the previous year.

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • why you want to study Publishing at graduate level
  • why you want to study Publishing at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally and/or academically with your degree

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