Full time and Part time
Full-time: One year, Part-time: Two years.
School of Journalism and Media
No Partner College
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The first part of the course is intensive, equipping you with the technical skills to carry out publishing projects as well as providing a background to the industry. The second part is very practical, allowing you to test your new skills in a number of real publishing projects and through work experience placements.
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 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.
Fundamentals of Business
Entrepreneurial skills are becoming fundamental to entering and progressing in the publishing industry as business structures change and evolve. Fundamentals of Business for Media Entrepreneurs provides you with grounding in core principles of finance, strategy, marketing and other areas that comprise contemporary business fundamentals. Unlike traditional postgraduate-level business modules, this module orients the subject matter toward entrepreneurial media professionals, with particular emphasis on applying key concepts to multi-platform publishing businesses.
The major project is a significant and essential part of the MA Publishing. It brings together all of the skills learned through modules taken on the MA. You can choose your own publishing project or research topic, in consultation with tutors, or you can select one from a list of suggestions provided by industry professionals. The work is mostly practical with extended written work (12,000 words or equivalent).
180 credits to be taken from the following:
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.
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
Rachel Winterbottom, MA Publishing graduate now working at Manchester University Press.
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