Skip to main content
Interested? See


1 Year
September 2022
Campus Taught

Welcome to the award-winning MA Publishing at the University of Central Lancashire. We have been teaching Publishing for over a decade. Our curriculum has been designed with student, alumni and industry consultation. This includes professionals from Penguin Random House, Harper Collins, Macmillan and Hachette.

The MA is affiliated with UCLan Publishing, an award-winning independent Publishing house which operates out of the university. Students will have full access to the resources throughout their studies to gain practical skills and the industry experience vital for a successful career in Publishing.

UCLan Publishing is recognised on both sides of the fence: in academia and in industry. We have won the prestigious Times Higher Award for Innovation in the Arts (2018) and in industry we won the Nick Robinson Newcomer Award at the Independent Publishing Awards (2019).

Students from the MA Publishing have gone on to have successful careers in industry. We have graduates working in editorial, marketing, design, sales and rights. We have also had students go on to work in related professions such as Head of Communications and PR.

Take a look at some of the books we've published.

Why study with us

  • You will be provided with opportunities to work with the content from the commercial publishing house, UCLan Publishing. This means you will be able to directly implement your learning into supporting the business thus gaining invaluable work experience to add to your CV as you go through the curriculum.
  • We teach important digital skills for industry and the workplace. For example, InDesign, Photoshop, Audition, Audacity.
  • We are the founders of the Northern Young Adult Literary Festival which is an Arts Council funded festival designed to make Children’s and Young Adult books more accessible to an audience in the North. The festival has had prestigious authors attend such as Juno Dawson, Holly Bourne, Melinda Salisbury, Matt Killeen, Patrice Lawrence and Yaba Badoe.

Gallery01 / 04

What you'll do

  • We provide opportunities for students to engage and immerse themselves into the world of Publishing. This includes visits from industry guest speakers from our extensive network. You can opt to take part in our mentoring initiative and have alumni and/or industry mentoring to support building a network for your professional development. We have also taken students on trips to London Book Fair and Bologna Book Fair.
  • Students will work on a live project for their MA qualification. This means working with an author to produce a book to professional standards. Check out: ‘The Science of Superheroes’, ‘Gracie Fairshaw’, ‘Kintana and the Captain’s Curse’, ‘The Monster Belt’, ‘Lindy Pennyworth’ and ‘Cold Bath Street’. Where possible, we also work interdisciplinary and this has included working with Illustration, Creative Writing, Photography, Film and TV, Animation and Acting.
  • Every module has a practical element to it to demonstrate your learning. This means you will accumulate an impressive portfolio of skills to show employers. Some examples include: creating marketing materials and assets, writing press releases, catalogue creation, eBook creation, podcast episodes, cover design and writing illustrator briefs.

Module Overview

Course Delivery

This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Looking to start your postgraduate journey?

Our range of subjects and study modes can support your goals, take your next step with a postgraduate degree.

Discover more

Hear from our published authors

View the course facilities

Academic expertise

Hear from our students

Future careers

You can take part in the university’s annual CJAM event which is an industry networking event spanning the subjects across Journalism, Arts and Media. This means you can pitch to a publishing professional for industry experience. 

Our alumni are spread out across industry and they often return to meet students to feedback their advice and experience. We have graduates at Macmillan, Penguin Random House, Nosy Crow, Bloomsbury, Manchester University Press, Thames & Hudson, DK, Oxford University Press and many more in roles as diverse as editors, publicists, project managers and production co-ordinators.

Fees and Funding

Full-time£7600 per year
Part-time£785 per 20 credits
Full-time£13500 per year
Part-time£785 per 20 credits
Full-time£13500 per year
Full-time£7,800 per year
Part-time£867 per 20 credits
Full-time£14,500 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country and see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Arts and Media located in the Faculty of Culture and Creative Industries

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page