Post- graduate



  • Duration:

    Full-time: One year, Part-time: Two years.

  • Level:


  • Mode:

  • Delivery:

    Campus, None

  • Fees:

    £5,000 per year (UK/EU)

  • Campus:

  • Start Date:

    September 2013

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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.

Programme Spec

To read about the course in more depth, please download the programme spec.

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

Year 1

Course at a Glance

180 credits to be taken from the following:

  • Digital Publishing (20 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Business for Media Entrepreneurs (20 credits)
  • Children’s Writing and Publishing (20 credits) 
  • Professional Practice (20 credits)
  • Editorial and Production Process (40 credits)
  • The Business of Books - Sales, Marketing and Events (20 credits)
  • Major Publishing Project (40 credits)
  • Dissertation (40 credits)


    Year 2

    Advice and Taster Sessions

    UCLan runs postgraduate advice and taster sessions throughout the year – find out more

    Further Information


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

    Contact Us

    +44(0)1772 892400

    DBS Checks

    This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

    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.