This MA prepares you for a career in the challenging world of publishing. Taught by experts and practitioners and with masterclasses from industry leaders, the programme of study includes all the knowledge, skills and understanding you need to become a successful publisher.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2017/18)
- £9,290 (FT)
- £20,005 (FT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.
A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
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.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
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About this degree
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 entrepreneurship.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of five core modules (120 credits), three optional modules (30 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits).
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.
- Author Management
- Publishing Contexts
- Publishing Entrepreneurship
- Publishing Skills
- Sales and Marketing
- Academic and Journals Publishing
- Illustrated Publishing
- Book Production
- Children's Publishing
- Theories of the Book
- Book Selling
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 real-world and team working. An essential component of the programme is the five-week placement in a publishing house. Assessment is through essays, presentations, reports, one unseen examination, and the dissertation.
The UCL Wiley Scholarship is awarded to one outstanding student on this programme. It will cover full tuition fees and an internship.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
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
- Copyright Assistant, The Orion Publishing Group
- Digital Content Editor, Bloomsbury Publishing
- Marketing Assistant, The Random House Group
- Publishing Assistant, BMJ (British Medical Journal)
- Rights Assistant, Laurence King Publishing
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 heart of everything we do. This is an intensive programme, 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.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
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 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.
Department: Information Studies
Student / staff numbers
› 23 staff
› 218 taught students
› 26 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Information Studies
78% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
Application and next steps
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.
- All applicants
- 19 May 2017
Applications for funding from the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) must be made by 31 December in the year before the programme start date.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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