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Publishing

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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 2017

Duration

Full time: 1 year

Part time: 2 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

Located in the heart of London, the commercial centre of this global industry, this MA explores how publishing is evolving in the face of digitisation.

The programme provides you with an applied understanding of how books, journals, magazines and interactive resources are conceived, developed and marketed, including the key role of authorship.

You will be encouraged to explore whether your interests lie in publishing for entertainment, education, research or information. Alongside research-led analytical assignments, you will develop a portfolio of achievements relating to the global industry which reflect the range of professional roles in contemporary publishing, including editorial, marketing, production, and both print and digital content development

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.

INTO City, University of London

Don’t meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You’ll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the Graduate Diploma in Social Sciences and the Arts.

English requirements

If your first language is not English you are required to obtain a minimum overall score of 7.0 in the IELTS Academic English Language test, including at least 6.5 in the writing component of the test.

English language programmes

Don’t meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses. Learn more about INTO’s English for University Study programme.

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

Applications are now open.

When applications open, you can apply online and will be expected to submit the following:

  • One application form
  • A short personal statement (c800-1200 words) outlining why you are applying for this programme
  • A copy of your degree transcript: We require an original transcript or a copy certified by your institution. 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.

15 years
enhancing students’ career prospects through business-facing, research-informed teaching
100%
of graduates responding to the 14/15 DLHE survey were in employment 6 months after graduation

Funding

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

More about funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

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. See below.

Scholarships

The School of Arts and Social Sciences is delighted to offer a number of UK scholarships for this course. The scholarships are worth £2,000 towards tuition fees awarded on the basis of academic merit and applicants' personal statements. Applications should be made on the Scholarship Application Form and should be submitted by Thursday 31st March 2017. Successful applicants will be notified in May 2017.
Find out more about Scholarships for the Arts and Social Sciences.

Course insight

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Placements

All MA Publishing students at City, University of London are strongly encouraged to apply for and complete placements, whether in London or other locations, subject to the approval of the Programme Director.

To join the optional MA Publishing Professional Placement module in Term 2, you need to be offered a placement by the beginning of that term (or by the end of Term 2 for part-time students). Whether or not you join that module, you will be encouraged to apply for the many placement opportunities that are shared with the programme, and supported to develop a practice-related Major Project that furthers your career goals.

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Teaching and learning

The course content covers all types of publishing, from trade and specialist publications to novels and non-fiction, and provides a thorough grounding in the drivers of commercial success for both print and digital products.

You will be taught both by research experts and publishing practitioners who share specialist expertise and up-to-date industry knowledge.

Your core modules aim to establish and develop your understanding of contemporary industry conditions, including the impact of digitisation. Your options in Term 2 allow you to develop more scholarly or applied interests, and include an optional Professional Placement module.

Our publishing programmes foster a nurturing community with great guest speakers and student opportunities. Search #citypublishing and find out more.

Modules

You will learn through lectures, project work, student-led projects and presentations, workshops, online learning and research, preparation of submitted work, site visits and discussions. Your final module is a substantial Major Project, which can include an approved industry project.

Visiting lecturers from the industry contribute to the programme throughout the teaching year, and in many cases directly support your project work.

A standard module consists of 20 timetabled hours in a combination of lectures, groupwork sessions and supervised project work. Each module also requires substantial study hours towards both individual and group assessments.

Core modules

All modules 15 credits unless stated otherwise:

  • PBM001 Business and Marketing in Publishing
  • PBM002 Creating and Managing Intellectual Property
  • PBM003 Digitisation and Publishing
  • PBM004 Publishing History and Culture
  • PBM008 Major Project  (60 credits)

Elective modules

  • PBM005 Professional Placement
  • PBM006 Developing Creative Content
  • PBM007 Managing the Publishing Value Chain
  • PBM011 Designing Interactive Media
  • AMM421 Digital Cultures
  • INM380 Libraries and Publishing in the Information Society

Part time students

Part-time students take the course over two years and normally chose an equal number of elective modules between the two years.

Core Modules

  • PBM001 Business and Marketing in Publishing (Year one, term 1)
  • PBM002 Creating and Managing Intellectual Property (Year one, term 1)
  • PBM003 Digitisation and Publishing (Year two, term 1)
  • PBM004 Publishing History and Culture (Year two, term 1)
  • PBM008 Major Project (60 credits, Year two)
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Career prospects

City’s Publishing graduates develop careers in a variety of organisations, with the majority of each class achieving a publishing role within months of graduating. The roles of a recent class show the range of possible careers in global publishing, include:

  • Trainee, Foreign Language Publishing Co, Shanghai;
  • Rights Assistant, Literary Agency
  • Editorial, Production Assistant and Rights Assistants, Children’s Publishing
  • Contracts Assistant and International Sales Representative, Academic Publishing
  • Business Reporter in a Chicago newspaper
  • Marketing Assistant and Digital Marketing Executive, Bloomsbury
  • Rights Assistant, Fiction, Paris
  • Picture Researcher, Hodder
  • Marketing, Random House
  • Editorial Business Analyst, Condé Nast Japan
  • Editorial Assistant and Marketing Assistant, Specialist and Academic Publishing
  • PR and Literary Agent, Freelance
  • Editor, Economics website
  • Publicist, Hachette NZ
  • Magazine Publishing, Beijing
  • Production Assistant, ELT, Greece.
86.7% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15


Applications are now open.

When applications open, you can apply online and will be expected to submit the following:

  • One application form
  • A short personal statement (c800-1200 words) outlining why you are applying for this programme
  • A copy of your degree transcript: We require an original transcript or a copy certified by your institution. 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.

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