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1 year
September 2024

Want to work in an award-winning commercial publishing business? Study our MA Publishing and gain real-world experience at our on-site indie publisher, UCLan Publishing.

Why study with us

  • We have an extensive network in industry – working across different genres and publishing houses – who visit regularly to support student learning.
  • This is a highly vocational MA programme designed to support CV building. It's ideal for those needing more work experience or for career changers.
  • We are the founders of the Northern Young Adult Literary Festival. 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. From Juno Dawson, Holly Bourne, Melinda Salisbury, Matt Killeen, Patrice Lawrence to Yaba Badoe.
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Student buying a book in the UCLan Publishing Bookshop
Student buying a book in the UCLan Publishing Bookshop

What you'll do

  • We provide opportunities for students to immerse themselves in the world of Publishing. You can opt to take part in our mentoring initiative. Gain alumni and/or industry mentoring to build 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. Where possible, we also work interdisciplinary and this has included working with Illustration, Creative Writing, Photography, Film and TV, Animation and Acting.
  • The curriculum has been designed so every component is incredibly practical. This is to help you develop a wide range of soft and hard skills sought after in industry.


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.

How to apply
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Hear from our published authors

I love the way that I am involved in the production of each book as it comes into being.
Philip Caveney
Philip Caveney
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Adobe Creative Cloud

Unleash your creativity at anytime, anywhere. From September 2024, you'll have access to the industry-standard Adobe Creative Cloud package on both your personal device and on campus. Get hands-on with this widely recognised package and create a portfolio that showcases your skills.

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Academic expertise

Alexa Gregson-Kenmuir
Lecturer in Publishing
School of Arts and Media

Alexa has been teaching Publishing at UCLan since 2016. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Association for Teaching and Learning and is a key member of the senior strategic team for growing the independent publishing business, UCLan Publishing. Prior to UCLan, Alexa worked i…

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Hear from our students

What really makes the course worthwhile is that UCLan has its own publishing house alongside everything. The highlight so far has been being involved in decision-making within the business.
Stephen Alty
Stephen Alty
MA Publishing
United Kingdom

What jobs can you get with a Publishing degree?

UCLan has a rich history of teaching publishing and helping graduates to get jobs in industry and related fields. Examples of our graduates' career paths include:

  • Sales Manager
  • Senior Brand Manager
  • Senior Commissioning Editor
  • Publishing entrepreneur
  • Project Co-Ordinator
  • Contracts Assistant
  • Head of Rights
  • Editor
  • Publisher

Fees and funding

Full-time£9,000 per year
Part-time£1,000 per 20 credits
Full-time£16,900 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

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

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

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Industry testimonials

Working with UCLan and their students is creative pleasure. They offer a uniquely hands-on insight into the whole world of Publishing, from concept right through to the finished book in a bookshop.
Amy Cooper
Amy Cooper
Freelance Designer

This course is based in the School of Arts and Media

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