Publishing MA

London, Bloomsbury

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 the knowledge, skills and understanding you need to become a successful publisher.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
£14,100
£7,050
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
£29,000
£14,500
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2023
Applications accepted
All applicants: 17 Oct 2022 – 31 Mar 2023

Applications open

Notification

Application closes at 17:00 (UK time).

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. 

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: Level 4

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

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

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

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, understanding how contracts work, copyright management, production processes, digital contexts, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Who this course is for

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 commercial companies in both the UK and internationally.

What this course will give you

Our Publishing MA aims to include insights into a wide spread of publishing disciplines. Teaching staff possess a broad range of book trade knowledge, and most are active researchers whose work has had an impact on the discipline as a field of academic study. In addition to staff expertise, the course brings in leading publishing professionals, when possible, to give guest lectures and presentations, keeping content responsive to current trends and issues.

The foundation of your career

UCL's MA in Publishing aims to help train leaders in the industry. We employ a rigorous application 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 at Bloomsbury Digital, Sage, and Penguin.

Employability

At the end of the programme you will have had access to a wide range of training and learning opportunities which can help you become a professional publisher, ready to launch your career with a qualification from a university that the industry recognises and values.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through lectures, workshops, and seminars, and the content is a mix of theoretical knowledge and practical skills.  Assessment is through a variety of different forms over the year, culminating in the research-based dissertation.

Contact hours are typically 12 hours each week. The MA comprises approximately 30% contact and 70% self-directed study.

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

Modules

You will undertake compulsory and optional taught modules as well as a research project. The programme is modular with an emphasis on practical skills and exercises based on the real-world and team working.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MA in Publishing. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Publishing.

Placement

Students may organise their own placements with the approval of staff. Staff will also assist students with applications and writing CVs and cover letters.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £14,100 £7,050
Tuition fees (2023/24) £29,000 £14,500

Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

The department strives to keep additional costs low. Books and journal articles are usually available via the UCL library (hard copies or via e-journal subscriptions).

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

For more details on the scholarships we offer please visit: UCL Publishing Centre.

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

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.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

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

Applications for funding from the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) must be made by 31 December in the year before the programme start date.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2023-2024

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