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Why study this programme?

Welcome to the MA in Publishing at UCLan - the only specialist postgraduate Publishing programme in the North of England. We have worked closely with top professionals in the publishing world to create a unique curriculum which provides you with an excellent academic qualification and the vocational skills vital for you to pursue a successful career in Publishing. Our team of lecturers and tutors are dedicated academics and experienced practitioners in the book industries and we have designed the programme through consultancy with leading publishing houses such as Canongate, Faber & Faber, Harpercollins and Penguin, academic publishing houses, such as Liverpool University Press and Manchester University Press, as well as specialist houses, such as Carcanet and Comma Press.

UCLan students have recently worked with Manchester University Press to record some podcasts about life as an MA Publishing student at UCLan. The podcasts are available to view at

Entry Requirements

We normally require a good honours degree or equivalent. However, we will take into account previous experience in the workplace. Informal enquiries are welcome and may be followed by an initial advisory interview (which can be conducted by phone). If your first language is not English, you will be required to have an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher, or equivalent. Such equivalence may be shown by taking UCLan's own test of English proficiency.

Programme at a Glance

20 Credit Modules

  • Digital Publishing (20 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Business for Media Entrepreneurs (20 credits)
  • Children’s Writing and Publishing (20 credits) 
  • Professional Practice (20 credits)
  • The Business of Books - Sales, Marketing and Events (20 credits)

40 Credit Modules

  • Editorial and Production Process (40 credits)
  • Major Publishing Project (40 credits)
  • Dissertation (40 credits)

Postgraduate Advice Event

The next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be on Thursday 10th November 2016.
For details and registration for this event please visit our Eventbrite page.
Please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

Modules include:


Digital Publishing
Digital Publishing explores the rapidly evolving digital landscape and equips you with practical skills. You will be involved in creating sharing, managing and publishing digital content using digital technologies within a supported and scholarly environment. 

Professional Practice
Professional Practice introduces the roles in publishing and is designed to support your work-based learning. Your work placement will provide opportunities to apply knowledge and to participate fully in the processes of publishing.

Editorial and Production
Editorial and Production allows you to see a book project through from conception to production. It is a highly vocational module taught by a professional from the industry. You will participate in every aspect of the process from commissioning, copy-editing to content gathering, picture researching and production.

Children’s Writing and Publishing
Children’s Writing and Publishing looks at the significant market for children’s books and publications. You will work in groups to establish a children’s imprint and produce and publish your own children’s book.

Business of Books - sales, marketing and events
The Business of Books is a very practical module which introduces the concept of books as a product. You will get to market, sell and pitch real books to commercial buyers and organise real events and festivals which will be open to the public.

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £6,300 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,050 per 20 credits for first 120 credits studied (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

New UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes from 2016/17 academic year.

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Industry Links

UCLan has established excellent links with a range of national publishing houses, for example, Hodder, Macmillan, Penguin and Random House, and leading independents such as Canongate and Faber & Faber, as well as publishers based in the north west region, including Carcanet Press, Comma Press, Liverpool University Press and Manchester University Press. Students can take their work experience in publishing houses within the region as well as those based further afield.

This course has been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick, the industry kitemark of quality, following a rigorous assessment process by experts working in the Creative Industries. The Creative Skillset Tick is awarded to practice-based courses which best prepare students for a career in the industry

Learning Environment and Assessment

You will have access to our Realistic Work Environment in Publishing, which is located in the state-of -the-art Media Factory, one of UCLan's innovative learning spaces.

The programme incorporates a range of assessment strategies including presentations, pitches, independent and group work and practical projects that contribute to your understanding of how publishing works.


We have good contacts in the publishing and book businesses. This helps our students gain good work experience placements. We provide the opportunity for students to undertake a placement of between 1 and 6 weeks. Previous students have been placed at Canongate, HarperCollins, Waterstone’s Head Office, Random House, Transworld, Nosy Crow, Manchester University Press, Chicken House, Seven Stories, Liverpool University Press, Booktrust and many others.

Graduate Careers

Students who have graduated from the course have gained employment in Macmillan, Palgrave, Penguin, Manchester University Press, BBC (children’s department), Ishara Press, Oxford University Press, Nielsen Bookscan, Oxfam (in Kenya) and Waterstone’s in roles as diverse as editors, project managers, bibliographic editors, production coordinators and picture researchers.