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Publishing

MA |
The City MA in Publishing equips our graduates to compete for future roles in this stimulating, global and evolving industry.

Key Information

Start date

September 2016

Duration

Full time: one year

Part time: two years

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,500

Part-time: £4,750 per year

Non-EU

Full-time: £16,000

Who is it for?

This MA is designed for aspiring professionals who recognise that the global publishing industry is changing dramatically - and who wish to equip themselves with the knowledge and skills needed by the next generation of publishers. Your first degree might be from the Humanities, the Social Sciences or the Sciences; and you might be a recent graduate or someone with work experience either in publishing or in another field.

Objectives

This course provides you with a systematic understanding of the current international publishing industry, and a critical awareness of insights drawn from both scholarly research and professional practice.

Through both analytical and applied modules, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to your own research or advanced professional practice, and a critical awareness of the nature of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge relating to publishing. The conceptual and applied understanding that you gain will enable you to critically evaluate current industry practice as well as research and advanced scholarship in the discipline; to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them; as well as, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

You should have:

  • an upper second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution
  • evidence of a commitment to a career in publishing (such as experience within bookselling or publishing, voluntary or professional experience on a publication)
  • or evidence of research into current industry conditions.

You are also encouraged to apply if you have relevant professional experience.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Most students apply for the one year full-time course. However, the course can also be taken on a part-time basis over two years.

You can apply online. Please follow the instructions below carefully. Please submit the following:

  • One application form.
  • A copy of your degree transcript. We require an original transcript or a copy certified by your university. If you have not yet graduated, you will be required to send us your degree transcript as soon as it is available. You will not be able to register as a City student without having supplied your degree transcript.

Please note: Academic references are not required when you submit your application. However, the admissions tutor may request them at a later date to help make a decision on your application.

Application form

Selection process
Places are strictly limited and we strongly recommend that you apply as early as possible. Applications will be considered throughout the summer.

Return address

Please return any hard copies of supporting documents, marked "Postgraduate Applications 2016", to:

Admissions
MA Publishing
City University London
Northampton Square
London EC1V 0HB
UK.

Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

More about funding

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

A small number of bursaries are advertised and awarded by media and industry organisations.

Scholarships

Profile Books - City University London Publishing Scholarship: City University London MAs in Publishing and International Publishing 2016–2017

City University London's MAs in Publishing and International Publishing invite applications for the 2016–2017 Profile Books – City Publishing Scholarship. Funded by Profile Books and a charitable trust, the Scholarship will fund full UK/EU fees up to the sum of £9000 to support a candidate who would not otherwise be able to join an MA programme.

Andrew Franklin, MD of Profile Books, will also mentor the successful candidate through your year of studies at City University London. Profile is Independent Publisher of the Year 2015-16 and a leading publisher of literary fiction and quality non-fiction – and Andrew’s offer is therefore a valuable opportunity, which will enhance both your studies and your career prospects after the MA year.

Find out more about the Profile Books Scholarship

Additional scholarships

Applications are invited to apply for other Scholarships and awards available to support students on the City Publishing MAs:

The bursary has been especially valuable to me, not only financially but also in terms of the ongoing opportunities and insight that it provides. The benefits of individual mentor support, the chance to talk to industry professionals and the invitation to attend events have all made me extremely grateful to be part of such an encouraging and sociable organisation. The scholarship initially allowed me to study but will undoubtedly open up more possibilities and connections as I progress, then hopefully I will be in a position to help other people get into publishing.

Emma Smith, Stationers' Company Bursary holder 2011-12

Course insight

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Mary Ann Kernan talks about City's Publishing and International Publishing MA

Placements

Work placements are an integral part of the course, providing you with experience and contacts as well as enhanced publishing skills. The assessed MA placement, which all students complete, takes place in the middle of the second ten-week teaching term. Through the placement experience, you are also encouraged to develop a dissertation project that will further your career goals.

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City University London students.

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Teaching and learning

You will learn through lectures, current and hypothetical case studies, group work, student-led presentations and seminars, workshops, online learning and research, preparation of submitted work, site visits and discussions.

Visiting lecturers from the industry contribute throughout the teaching of each module, and in term 2 there will be a programme of master classes from distinguished publishing professionals.

A standard module consists of 20 timetabled hours comprising a variable proportion of lectures, seminars, and supervised project work; and each is designed in the expectation of considerable personal study hours.

Teaching staff (2015/16)

Modules

Core Modules (taken in terms one and two)

  • PBM001 - Business and Marketing in Publishing (15 credits)

The module aims to provide an effective working knowledge of the business and marketing principles and practices of the publishing industry across different marketplaces and sectors, and how they apply in different types of publishing organisations in both domestic and global markets. By the end of the module, you will be able to define strategic responses to realistic industry conditions, including investment, marketing and business development opportunities; and apply theoretical models to detailed analyses of industry practices in different strategic contexts.

  • PBM002 - Creating and Managing Intellectual Property (15 credits)

Working with authors and others to generate and manage intellectual property is the core activity of the publishing industry, and functions within the complex legal environment of copyright law. In this module, you will be encouraged to develop an applied, analytical understanding of how publishing projects are conceived, developed, managed and launched, and how publishing contracts reflect legal frameworks in the UK, Europe and other jurisdictions.

  • PBM003 - Digitisation and Publishing (15 credits)

Changes associated with digitisation touch on every stage of the publishing process, including how we relate to, interact with and consume published products and services. Some sectors of the industry, especially academic and educational publishing, have long-established and successful models of digital delivery and services. Innovations in others, notably consumer publishing, are closely associated with technological changes. This module explores this rapidly evolving area of practice with reference to analytical tools and research frameworks drawn from business studies and other disciplines, including sociology and cultural studies. You will review changes in authorship and product models, working practices, the supply chain, marketing, and commercial measures; and identify the effects of the associated disruptions in the publishing value chain. The module considers the broader cultural and global impact of the interactive technologies and new models of digital consumption, and develops insights through both an industry-facing project and a summative essay assessment.

  • PBM004 - Publishing History and Culture (15 credits)

The module aims to develop an informed, critical understanding of books and print media in their historical and social contexts. You will review a range of literature essential to an understanding of the history and cultures of publishing, including the impact of printing technologies; the commercialization of publishing; authorship and copyright; and the cultural, social, and political impact of literacy. The module will also encourage you to apply insights from theory and research in the humanities and social sciences to the analysis of the evolution and impact of publishing upon the formation and development of modern societies.

Elective taught modules

Students must also complete four optional taught modules.

  • PBM006 - Developing Creative Content (15 credits)

This module aims to provide you with a strategic and a practical introduction to the challenges and opportunities the publishing industry faces in responding creatively, commercially and culturally to current disruptions in the publishing value chain; enable you to apply the knowledge you gain to critical and comparative analyses of industry practice; and provide an applied experience of current challenges and opportunities in responding creatively to the publishing marketplace.

  • PBM007 - Managing the Publishing Value Chain (15 credits)

This module aims to provide you with a strategic and a practical introduction to the challenges and opportunities the publishing industry faces in responding creatively, commercially and culturally to current disruptions in the publishing value chain; and to enable you to apply the knowledge you gain to critical and comparative analyses of industry practice.

  • PBM011 - Designing Interactive Media (15 credits)

An applied, critical understanding of the disciplines which inform the effective design of interactive and visual content is a key requirement for the development of an interactive media artefact or website. This module provides a hands-on introduction to the skills needed to plan, design and render visual layouts for interactive content, particularly on the web, and encourages you to apply the knowledge and skills you will gain to your own professional development.

  • AMM421 - Digital Cultures (15 credits)

This module will explore the sorts of roles new communication technologies - and in particular digital media, social media, and the Internet - play in the transformation of cultural, economic, political, and social structures and practices. Students will review the key theoretical debates around new media and critically evaluate the claims being made about their influence and impact. Are they representative of a shift toward more democratic and participatory engagement? What happens to the 'when and where' of this engagement? How is the policy changing in order to reflect this paradigm shift? What are the implications for cultural managers? Questions such as these will be investigated using examples from a range of cultural and creative industries.

  • INM380 - Libraries and Publishing in an Information Society (15 credits)

Gives a broad understanding of the ways in which the publication of recorded information is changing, and the impact which this will have on publishers, libraries, other information providers and society in general. These issues are related within a framework of forces for changes: technical, economic, social and political.

Major project

You will identify, research, articulate and write-up a substantial major project or piece of research related to your programme of study which reflects your interests. This element of the programme will allow you to apply and further develop the knowledge and skills gained through the taught modules, and add to the literature related to your programme of study. The project can take the form of either professional practice or research. Your related skills will be developed through lectures and seminars, and you will work with a supervisor who will support you through the period of developing and writing up your project.

  • 60 credits.

Part-time students

Core Modules

  • PBM001 Business and Marketing in Publishing (15 credits, Year one, term 1)
  • PBM002 Creating and Managing Intellectual Property (15 credits, Year one, term 1)
  • PBM003 Digitisation and Publishing (15 credits, Year two, term 1)
  • PBM004 Publishing History and Culture (15 credits, Year two, term 1)
  • PBM008 Major Project (60 credits, Year two)
  • PBM005, the Placement module, will only be available as an elective in year two of the programme (15 credits).
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Career prospects

Here's a selection of what last year's graduates are doing now:

  • Account Executive, Faber Factory
  • Freelance Artist & Illustrator
  • Editorial Assistant, Usborne
  • Associate Editor, Black Lawrence Press, New York
  • Editorial Assistant, Bloomsbury
  • MBA, Singapore
  • Rights Consultant, Korea
  • Freelance Editor at Wordit Content Design & Editing Services Pvt. Ltd, Mumbai
  • Assistant Editor, Online Journals, SAGE
  • Junior Copywriter, Aesop Agency
  • Freelance Publisher, Learning Luxembourgish
  • Production Assistant and Ebooks Controller, Robert Hale
  • Contracts Administrator, Macmillan Education
  • Analyst, Commercial Unit, Nature Publishing Group
  • Editorial Assistant, Nelson Thornes
  • Rights Assistant, HarperCollins Press. New York
  • Editorial and Production Assistant, Thames River Press
  • Digital Publishing Executive, Blackwell's UK Limited (International Book Retail and Distribution)
  • Publishing Assistant, SelfMadeHero
  • Client Liaison Manager, Professional Outsourcing Solutions Ltd
  • Translator for Foreign Teachers, Attached Middle School, Jiangxi Normal University

Most students apply for the one year full-time course. However, the course can also be taken on a part-time basis over two years.

You can apply online. Please follow the instructions below carefully. Please submit the following:

  • One application form.
  • A copy of your degree transcript. We require an original transcript or a copy certified by your university. If you have not yet graduated, you will be required to send us your degree transcript as soon as it is available. You will not be able to register as a City student without having supplied your degree transcript.

Please note: Academic references are not required when you submit your application. However, the admissions tutor may request them at a later date to help make a decision on your application.

Application form

Selection process
Places are strictly limited and we strongly recommend that you apply as early as possible. Applications will be considered throughout the summer.

Return address

Please return any hard copies of supporting documents, marked "Postgraduate Applications 2016", to:

Admissions
MA Publishing
City University London
Northampton Square
London EC1V 0HB
UK.

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