MA in Publishing
"Publishing people are quirky, creative, unpredictable, exasperating, endearing, infuriating and gloriously diverse..." Professor Iain Stevenson, Book Makers
Our MA in Publishing 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 includes the knowledge, skills and understanding you need to become a successful publisher including a period of professional placement. From mass-market fiction to scholarly journals, from editorial to marketing, from e-content management to contracts, UCL’s MA in Publishing offers comprehensive preparation for entry to the industry.
Right: Waterstones Gower Street window display, designed by UCL MA in Publishing students.
What the course will give you
Today's publishing industry needs graduates with both a practical insight into how this complex industry functions and a range of transferable skills. This is what this course will give you. In particular, on successful completion you will be able to apply:
- Editorial, sales and marketing skills
- Publishing business plans and their successful delivery
- Contract negotiation and copyright management
- Digital publishing awareness
- Global publishing, export and licensing
- Project management skills
- Critical approaches to problem solving in teams
Further information is available on how to apply.
The Centre for Publishing MA aims to cover a wide spread of publishing disciplines, from fiction and trade to professional, academic, scholarly and educational. Teaching staff possess a range of book trade experience and networks of contacts across all fields in the UK and internationally.
The aim of the course is to equip you with a clear understanding of how the publishing industry works and to give you the knowledge, confidence and abilities to move quickly in building a successful publishing career.
The course is modular with an emphasis on practical skills and exercises based on the real-world and team working. Topics covered include business, law, editorial management, product development, new media and research methods. Students are encouraged to be active in discussion and debate. The research environment of the Centre inspires and informs teaching. Tutors, both academics and practitioners, encourage you to explore and report on major current issues. An essential component of the course is a period of time doing work experience. You will also have produced a supervised research thesis. At the end of the course, taken either full- or part-time, if you have made the most of the opportunities the course offers, you should be a professional publisher ready to launch your career with a qualification from a university that the industry recognises and values.
Term One (September - December) Core modules
- INSTG057 - Sales, Marketing and Production
- INSTG065 - Publishing Contexts
- INSTG067 - Author Management
- INSTG068 - Publishing Skills
- INSTG069 - Publishing Entrepreneurship
Term Two (January - March) Optional modules, with the exception of INSTG068. NOTE that optional modules will only run if there is a quorate amount of sign-ups, and that UCL reserves the right to withdraw any option from year to year. Check on application if there is a particular module you are interested in taking.
- INSTG068 - Publishing Skills (core module, continuing from term one)
- INSTG071 - Academic and Journals Publishing
- INSTG072 - Children's Publishing
- INSTG066 - Book Production
- INSTG077 - Theories of the Book
- INSTG080 - Illustration and Publishing
- INSTG081 - Booksellers and Bookselling
Term Three (May - June)
- Work placement in the publishing industry - Full-time students are expected to complete a practical placement in the publishing sector, normally the equivalent of at least 15 full days. The placement is designed to enhance the student's experience of the publishing field, and a variety of different hosts will be used each year, depending on students' backgrounds, needs and career aspirations (and suitability for the placements on offer, which are always ultimately at the discretion of the publisher). If students prefer, placements and internships taken up throughout the year can be counted towards this block placement time.
The course is taught by academic experts, often in collaboration with professional leaders in their field, who between them are connected via various channels with all the leading international publishers.
Core Academic Staff:
Visiting and Honorary Lecturers
- Martin Neild
- Dr Penelope Woolf
- Professor Iain Stevenson (Emeritus professor)
- Rachel Calder
- Mal Peachey
- Heather O'Connell
In addition, leading publishers, literary agents, authors, legal experts, booksellers and electronic authorities visit the course to give lectures and presentations. There are ‘master classes’ from industry leaders on current and controversial issues and field visits to retailers, publishers and libraries.