School of Art, Design and Architecture

MA Publishing

Do you want to launch your graduate career in a competitive, dynamic global industry? At Plymouth you can develop vital editorial, production and marketing skills with industry relevant digital technologies. Gain a network of professional contacts and invaluable experience through work placements and collaborative projects. With opportunities to explore publishing processes, learn specialist software and create original publications, our part-time route will give you the skills to succeed.

This course is also available to study full-time.

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Key features

  • Tailor your time at university to meet your needs by fitting your study around work and personal commitments. This part-time route allows you to study over two years, giving you the flexibility to study at a pace which suits you.
  • Engage with contemporary digital technologies, academic debate and research through Plymouth University’s Centre for Media, Art and Design research (MADr).
  • Network with industry professionals, attend exclusive seminars and discover the global reach of publishing by attending London Book Fair through our MA programme.
  • Take advantage of a range of professionally equipped facilities, including a suite of Apple Mac computers, small and large scale digital printers, a letterpress workshop and digital sound and video editing suites.
  • Gain a vocational qualification endorsed by the publishing sector and establish your career in an industry that contributes £4.7 billion to the UK economy.
  • Focus your specialist skills and graduate with an individually tailored exit award, by studying one of our specialist strands in editorial design, design commentary, digital futures or illustration.
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the publishing industry in context, through practical workshops with Rooks Books, to behind-the-scenes trips to commercial printers and international distributors.
  • Refine and test your newly acquired skills by undertaking a proofreading and copyediting qualification, as part of your masters degree.
  • Benefit from a long-standing partnership with the University of Plymouth Press, enabling you to gain work experience and collaborate on live publishing projects.
  • Immerse yourself in the regional publishing and arts sector through involvement with projects such as Plymouth International Book Festival, the Peninsula Arts Programme or INK magazine.
  • Join the list of our previous graduates who work for global publishers such as Oxford University PressCambridge University PressWileyHarperCollinsMacmillan PublishersFW Media and Quadrille Publishing.
  • Establish a network of contacts through a dedicated work placement module. Benefit from invaluable partnerships with publishing professionals and a team of academic staff with extensive and diverse experience in the industry.
  • Get ahead in a competitive, fast-paced sector by developing skills in editing, production, marketing, digital publishing, product development and publication design. 

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Study our MA Publishing and you’ll gain insight into key areas of the publishing industry and achieve a qualification endorsed by the sector. Develop an understanding of the skills and responsibilities essential to becoming a publishing professional, as well as the roles and collaborative processes vital to the industry. You’ll also get the opportunity to focus your studies through one of our specialist strands. Extend your knowledge through the analysis and evaluation of the target audience, content, structure, methods of production and distribution.
    Core modules
    • MAPU711 Publishing practice and target market

      This Module requires the student to analyse an existing publication and/or create and analyse a potential publication by evaluating the intended target audience, content, structure, methods of production and distribution.

    • MAPU712 Publishing as a Creative Industry

      This Module requires the student to analyse an existing publication and/or create and analyse a potential publication by evaluating the intended target audience, content, structure, methods of production and distribution.

    • MAPU713 Publishing process

      This Module offers the opportunity to engage effectively within the different stages of the publishing process, taking into consideration the mode of production, distribution, content, structure, target audience and the viability in terms of the products¿ suitability, quality and profitability.

    • MAPU714 Publishing work experience/collaboration

      This Module requires the student to negotiate and liaise with an outside agency in order to engage in industry work experience or collaboration for the development and production of a publishing project. This may also be developed into a final major project.

  • Final year
  • You’ll have the opportunity to produce a substantial piece of research in your chosen publishing sector. You’ll also work with an outside agency completing some industry work experience or collaboration for the development and production of a publishing project. Engage with the different stages of the publishing process, from production and distribution to marketing and financial viability.
    Core modules
    • MAPU715 Publishing dissertation or Publishing project and report

      This Module requires the student to analyse an existing publication and/or create and analyse a potential publication by evaluating the intended target audience, content, structure, methods of production and distribution.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MA Publishing 4570

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

UK/EU

A relevant degree with honours or an equivalent professional qualification. Other qualifications accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field may also be considered. Non-standard applications will be considered on a case by case basis.


INTERNATIONAL

Please view the country specific pages for further information regarding the equivalency of your degree. International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability, for example by achieving an IELTS score of 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in each element) or equivalent. Pre-sessional English language courses are available if you do not meet these requirements.


SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships are available for postgraduate taught programmes. Tell me more about scholarships and bursaries.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU Check with School To be confirmed
International Check with School To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) £350 To be confirmed
Part time (International) Check with School To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

How to apply

Applying for postgraduate taught study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Postgraduate Admissions and Enquiries team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

If you would like any further information please contact the Postgraduate and Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858

Email: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk 


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

 

Applying for postgraduate research study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. The Graduate School are available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.  If  you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk

If you would like any further information please contact the Graduate School:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 587640

Email: graduateschool@plymouth.ac.uk


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

MA Publishing - specialist strands

Stand out in the competitive and ever-changing publishing industry, by benefiting from a programme individually tailored to your interests.

Study our core MA Publishing qualification and you can choose to graduate with a specific exit award.

Find out more about our specialist strands

Meet the tutor

Crossover concepts, coupled with the breadth of the publishing industry, keep it invigorated and compelling. At Plymouth, the emphasis is placed on the variety of careers and roles available and how they interlink.

Miranda Spicer, MA Publishing Joint Programme Leader

Read what Miranda has to say about our MA Publishing.

Research with the School of Art and Media

The Centre for Media, Art and Design research (MADr) forms a gateway to harness and attract opportunities; we invite proposals to work with partners locally and globally.
Visit the MADr website

Upside Down, Left To Right: A Letterpress Film

Plymouth University has one of the few remaining movable-type printing workshops in the UK.

Careers

Establish yourself in a fiercely competitive sector and develop a critical advantage when launching your graduate career, by studying towards our MA Publishing.

With a vocational focus and regular work placement opportunities, you’ll gain valuable experience in the creative industries.

Discover your career opportunities with our MA Publishing

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