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. Benefit from international events, such as London Book Fair, while exploring key publishing processes. You’ll also learn specialist software and create original publications.

This course is also available to study part-time.

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Key features

  • Engage with contemporary digital technologies, academic debate and research through the 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.
  • 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 Arts Institute programme or INK magazine.
  • Join the list of our previous graduates who work for global publishers such as Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Wiley, HarperCollins, Macmillan Publishers, FW 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. 
  • Tailor your time at university to meet your needs by fitting your study around work and personal commitments. Our part-time route allows you to study over two years, giving you the flexibility to study at a pace which suits you.

Course details

  • Programme overview
  • Study our MA Publishing and you’ll gain insight into key areas of the publishing industry and achieve a qualification endorsed by the sector. You’ll immerse yourself in the world of digital publishing, discovering new technologies and the impact these have on the industry. Through dedicated modules, you’ll 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. Engage with the different stages of the publishing process, from production and distribution to marketing and financial viability. You’ll be able to network with guest lecturers from established publishing companies and negotiate invaluable work experience, through placements and collaborative projects. Benefit from key industry partnerships with publishers such as FW Media and University of Plymouth Press.

    Core modules
    • MAPU716 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.

    • MAPU717 Publishing as a Creative Industry

      This module allows students from publishing to recognise the interdependency on a range of skills to produce work for publication. A range of published media will be explored and the collaborative nature of the projects that functions to bring work to publication.

    • MAPU718 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.

    • MAPU719 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.

    • MAPU720 Publishing Dissertation or Publishing Project & Report

      This module requires the student to focus on and engage in negotiated study to produce a substantial piece of research in the student¿s chosen specialism/focus. The latter should take the form of a Publishing Dissertation or a Publishing Project and Report that is informed by and developed through appropriate methodological and theoretical frameworks.

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 Programme Specification 2017 18 5933

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 2:1 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

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Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2018 2019
Home/EU £7,500 £7,725
International £14,000 £14,400
Part time (Home/EU) £420 £430
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

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 University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability 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 Doctoral College is 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 University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability 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 Doctoral College:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 587640

Email: doctoralcollege@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.

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 at Plymouth

Read what Miranda has to say about our MA Publishing

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Upside Down, Left To Right: A Letterpress Film

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

As a student here you can explore a range of printmaking workshops - etching, lithography, silkscreen, and letterpress. Here is a film all about it:

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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