How to apply for the MA in Publishing

The Centre for Publishing welcomes applications for the MA course in Publishing, starting in September each year.

Entry requirements

Normal UCL requirements (second-class Honours or equivalent) for admission to a graduate programme apply, but outstanding candidates will exceptionally be considered if they can offer significant relevant industry experience. For an informal discussion and for advice, please contact Nick Canty, or see below.

Applications

Closing date: 31st of May each year (to take the course in the September of the same year). 

Applications should be made using the online or downloadable application form.

For more detailed information on how to apply to UCL see: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate-study/

Information for international students can be found at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/international-students/

Fees

Fees can be found here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/current-students/money/2014-2015_fees/2014-15_postgrad_taught

For 2014-2015, UK and EU fees are £8500, and for international students, £16750.

Advice for Applicants

We select students for places on the MA after carefully reviewing the application form, and then inviting for interview those that we feel would best fit the course demands.  Skype or email interviews are arranged for overseas students. Experience in publishing is not regarded as a pre-requisite - any work experience that demonstrates good people skills, written communication skills, design work, or business sense is useful. 

A very high level of fluency is vital, and international students should be aware that this is a demanding course, focussing on publishing in the English-speaking world, as it operates within global contexts.  To cope with the challenges the course provides, your English must be of an excellent standard, and you must understand the need for accuracy and good writing style that the publishing industry expects.

This course does NOT cover journalism, or magazine publishing.  Neither is it a creative writing course.  It is for people who want a career in trade, academic, or STM publishing.  

Your personal statement should tell us something about your ambitions, and what you like to read.  Don't just tell us you love reading -- everyone says that! -- but be specific.  What genres?  What bestsellers?  We are also looking for people who are genuinely interested in the industry  - there are plenty of free newsfeeds out there, so show us what you follow, and the trends and news items in publishing that you are aware of.  You don't need to know exactly what company you want to work for, or what job role - but we need to see you are keen to learn about the whole process of publishing, and open to engaging with challenging individual and group work tasks.

Our professional contacts and contexts are crucial parts of the course - and your future working environments.  We are looking for people we feel can work professionally, often under pressure, and represent themselves - and UCL - in a positive light.  We are very proud of our graduates, who have helped build the course's reputation for excellence, and who now work for publishers all over the world, in big companies, in small ones - and in ones they have started themselves.

Being a part of the UCL MA in Publishing is to be part of a supportive, dynamic, creative, and full programme - if this sounds appealing to you, then we look forward to receiving your application!

Awards

We have a couple of scholarships available for offer holders for this coming year (Start date Sept 2015).  Please note these are all only available to full time Home and EU students, and students can only apply to ONE scheme.  Details of awards suitable for international students, and further opportunities for home and EU students, can be found on the UCL Graduate School webpages: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/


UCL John Wiley Scholarship

A UCL Wiley Scholarship has been established by the publishers John Wiley and Sons Ltd to be awarded to an outstanding MA in Publishing student at the UCL Centre for Publishing. The successful candidate will be selected through an interview process by Wiley and UCL representatives. The UCL Wiley Scholarship will cover full tuition fees for the one year course and an internship at Wiley in the UK.

To Apply:

  • Submit an application for the MA in Publishing in the usual way, signalling on the form your interest in the Wiley Scholarship
  • Interviews for places on the MA will take place in Feb-May 2015: if you are invited for one of these, and are offered a place, you will then be able to apply for the Wiley Scholarship.
  • A separate interview for shortlisted candidates for the Wiley Scholarship will take place in early summer 2014, with a panel made up of Wiley representatives and staff from the MA Publishing course. You may be required to prepare a short presentation or piece of written work.
  • NOTE: to be eligible to apply for the Wiley Scholarship, you MUST hold an offer of a place on the MA in Publishing, and be intending to take up your place as a full-time student in Sept 2015. This Scholarship is open to UK and EU applicants only.

Students, outside the Centre for Publishing

For further information please contact:

Nick Canty, Acting Programme Director

Contact details


David Tebbutt Scholarship

Faber and Faber and UCL awards a scholarship in memory of the late David Tebbutt, Finance Director of Faber and Faber from 2002 until his untimely death in September 2011.

The UCL David Tebbutt Scholarship is awarded annually to fully fund a place on the MA in Publishing programme, and is open to UK and EU applicants.

The scholarship is funded by the David Tebbutt Trust, which is jointly administered by Faber and Faber and the Tebbutt family. The principal aim of the Trust is to further the education of those wishing to pursue a career in the publishing, writing and information industries, and related fields of activity. As well as funding a full year's fees, the scholarship will also carry a guaranteed work placement with Faber and Faber.

To Apply:

  • Submit an application for the MA in Publishing in the usual way, signalling on the form your interest in the Tebbutt Scholarship
  • Interviews for places on the MA will take place in Feb-May 2015: if you are invited for one of these, and are offered a place, you will then be able to apply for the Tebbutt Scholarship.
  • A separate interview for shortlisted candidates for the Tebbutt Scholarship will take place in early June 2014. You may be required to prepare a short presentation or piece of written work, at the discretion of the Tebbutt Trust.
  • NOTE: to be eligible to apply for the Tebbutt Scholarship, you MUST hold an offer of a place on the MA in Publishing, and be intending to take up your place as a full-time student in Sept 2015. This Scholarship is open to UK and EU applicants only.

Please contact Nick Canty for more details.


Note:  Remember, only ONE of the scholarships can be applied for.  This is mainly because the companies involved are interested in supporting students genuinely committed to them and the sector of publishing they represent -not just people who are trying to get funding!  Scholarships are very competitive, and all offer holders should have alternative arrangements in place to cover funding should they be unsuccessful in the scholarship process.