Full-time: One year, Part-time: Two years.
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
Welcome to the MA in Publishing at UCLan. In 2020, we celebrate TEN YEARS of awarding degrees at postgraduate level!
For the past ten years, 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 and practical 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. Our programme has been designed in consultation 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.
Many of our graduates over the past ten years now work in the publishing world, and our Alumni network is a vital contacts system for current students. We have alumni contacts in Macmillan, Palgrave, Penguin, Manchester University Press, BBC (children’s department), Ishara Press, Oxford University Press, Nielsen Bookscan, Oxfam (in Kenya) and Waterstone’s, working in roles as diverse as editors, project managers, bibliographic editors, production coordinators and picture researchers, many in senior positions and willing to offer work placements and opportunities to current students.
UCLan students have recently worked with Manchester University Press to record some podcasts about life as an MA Publishing student at UCLan.
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.
To help support you, our course tutors are now available to chat with you virtually, either by video call, phone or email. Book here to connect with a UCLan expert in the area you’re interested in and explore your postgraduate study options in-depth.
UCLan Publishing produces high-quality, commercial fiction and non-fiction books by both debut talent and well-known authors and illustrators for children from age seven upwards.
UCLan Publishing is recognised as a leader in the North of England, and have, as a result, hosted the Northern Young Adult Literary Festival for the past two years and our students can apply to work as interns to support the organisation of the event, meeting and greeting authors, agents, and major publishing houses.
UCLan Publishing has already won two important awards in the Publishing industry – the Times Higher Education Awards for Innovation in The Arts, 2018, and the Independent Publishing Awards – the Nick Robinson Newcomer Award, 2019.
Digital publishing is now very much a part of modern publishing. This is a very practical module which will give you the skills to produce an interactive eBook including Indesign.
Editorial and Production
This module will allow you the opportunity to learn about how a manuscript goes through the Editorial process and the Design and Production process to create a product ready for market. This module has input from industry professionals and is practical and vocational in nature. You will learn about every aspect of the process from commissioning, copy-editing, content gathering, picture researching, production and cover design.
Children’s Writing and Publishing
Children’s Writing and Publishing looks at the significant market for children’s books and publications. This module is taught using material from our very own Children's and YA publishing house which runs out of the university: UCLan Publishing.
Business of Books: Sales, Marketing, Publicity and Events
The Business of Books is a practical module which introduces the concept of books as a product. This module covers how to identify your audience, reaching your audience with marketing and publicity strategies, monitoring return-on-investment and considerations to budget and timelines.
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If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.
If you're thinking of studying a master's or doctoral degree you could be eligible for a loan from the Government to help you study.
For additional help with financing your studies, UCLan offers a range of Postgraduate scholarships, studentships, bursaries and the Alumni loyalty discount.
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.
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.
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.
Final year undergraduate and postgraduate journalism students have the opportunity to get involved in our annual cJAM employability event. cJAM shakes-up the traditional career fair format and gives UCLan students face-to-face time with up to 30 successful industry professionals all of whom have come to the event with the offer of valuable work placement opportunities. The cJAM event format consists of four main components: