Full time: 3 years Part time: 6 years
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
TBC; Short form:
Preston (Campus code: U)
Subject to approval
Love reading? Passionate about books? A career in publishing might be for you.
You’ll be based in our student-led publishing house, UCLan Publishing, which produces and sells professional, commercial books and eBooks for sale on the high street and online, and have 24-hour access to your own, fully equipped space from which you can produce professional quality publications. You’ll benefit from our high level partnerships with publishers such as Egmont UK, Guinness, HarperCollins and Scholastic, with access to work placements throughout the country.
The University’s minimum standard entry requirements for degree level study is a 12 unit profile, made up from one of the following:
Publishing is a very diverse industry with many genres and therefore we do not specify which subjects students should have studied previously. Applications are welcomed from candidates with alternative qualifications, and from mature students. Other acceptable qualifications include:
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.
In your final year, you will have the opportunity to specialise in an area that interests you – for example, children’s books, literary fiction, poetry, science fiction . . . the choice is yours! You will also have the chance to undertake a work placement organised for you by our excellent tutors.
We organise work placements for students at many publishing houses including HarperCollins, Bloomsbury, Manchester University Press, Oxford University Press, Bounce, Priddy Books, Hachette, Thames and Hudson and many more.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
Please note that this course is subject to review/validation which may result in changes to the course structure. Any changes as a result of the review/validation will be immediately included and highlighted in the course documentation and all students holding current offers will be provided with a comprehensive list of those changes. If you are not satisfied with the changes, you will be offered the opportunity to withdraw from the programme and, if required, reasonable support to transfer to another provider.
Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated. Currently the 2018/19 fee level, which is due to increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rates has not been announced by the Government.
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.
Our BA Publishing course has input from many industry professionals. All lecturers who teach on the course have come from an industry background and retain their links with the book business. For example, Debbie Williams spent most of her career as Head of Children’s Book Buying at Waterstones Head Office, a role which involved organising all of the midnight launches for Harry Potter as well as buying all of the children’s and educational books for the chain. Alexa Gregson has worked in the industry for many years and was Sales Executive for Palgrave Macmillan. Wayne Noble is an expert in digital publishing and is currently doing his PhD tracking online behaviours.
High-standing industry professionals visit the course regularly and sit on assessment panels. For example, Barry Cunningham (the man who discovered Harry Potter at Bloomsbury), David Roche (Chair of the London Book Fair) and Jane Johnson (Editorial Director of HarperCollins and Game of Thrones editor) are fellows of the University and visit the students several times a year.
We are currently involved in a high level research partnership with the largest children’s publisher in the world (Egmont) looking at the link between reading for pleasure and academic success.
We are the only University with a fully operating, student-led publishing house, UCLan Publishing, which produces and sells professional, commercial books and eBooks for sale on the high street and online. The publishing house is a unique space which is entirely owned by the publishing students and which can be accessed 24 hours a day.
All students get the chance to be involved in the activities of the publishing house including making books, sales, marketing and events.
Our unique undergraduate publishing course is designed to give you as much experience of working in a real publishing house as possible. UCLan Publishing is run entirely by students and is not for profit. Getting involved in all aspects of the publishing house gives students the training and experience they need to enter the competitive world of publishing.
We have a sister course – MA Publishing – which students can progress to after completing the BA Publishing programme.