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Why study this programme?

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.

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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

  • Issues and Innovations in Publishing - 20 Credits
  • Children's Writing and Publishing - 20 Credits
  • The Business of Books: Sales, Marketing, Publicity and Events - 20 Credits
  • Digital Publishing - 20 Credits
  • Audio Publishing - 20 Credits

40 Credit Modules

  • Editorial and Design & Production - 40 Credits
  • Major Publishing Project or Dissertation - 40 Credits

Further Information

UCLan Publishing

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.

Publishing House

Modules include:

Digital Publishing
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. 

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, 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).


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

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


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

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £7,400 (UK/EU), £13,450 (International)
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

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.

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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.

UCLan Publishing

Times Higher Education (T.H.E.) Excellence and Innovation in the Arts Awards 2018 winner.

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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:

  • Students hear from keynote industry speakers who share their personal career journey and how they got to where they are now.
  • The industry Q&A session allows students to ask questions to gain further advice and insight.
  • Informal networking opportunities during the breaks and lunch.
  • The key element of cJAM is the giant speed pitching session.  The students have eight minutes one-to-one time to pitch to selected industry guests to try and win a placement. Students can choose to pitch an idea, their reasons for wanting a placement with that particular company or to showcase their enthusiasm, skills and talent.  Immediately following the pitching session, placements are decided on and the event closes with all the winning students being presented with their placement awards.