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Profile-City University London MA Publishing Scholarship 2013-14

Scholarship overview

City University London's MA Publishing courses are inviting applications for the 2013-14 Profile-City MA Publishing Scholarship.

With the support of an anonymous donor, the Scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year will be equivalent to the value of the UK/EU fees, £9,000, aiming to support a candidate who would not otherwise be able to join the MA Publishing Studies or the MA International Publishing Studies courses.

Our Visiting Professor,Andrew Franklin, MD of Profile Books has agreed to mentor the successful candidate through their year of studies at City. Profile is an award-winning independent UK publisher of commercial fiction and 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.

The Scholarship award:

  • Will provide funding to the value of home/EU fees (Full Time EU: £9,000) to a deserving applicant on the City University London 2013-14 MA Publishing Studies/MA International Publishing Studies courses
  • Shall be at the discretion of the awarding panel.

The Panel's preference is for candidates who:

  1. Meet the application requirements of the MA in Publishing Studies/MA in International Publishing Studies
  2. Demonstrate commitment and aptitude to developing a career in publishing, especially commercial book publishing
  3. Can provide evidence that their financial circumstances are such that only such a scholarship would make the MA course possible.

    N.B. BME candidates are especially welcome.


Applicants may apply for this Scholarship alongside other sources of funding, but these must be detailed on the application. The Scholarship will not include a maintenance grant.

Applicants who are successful in receiving awards from other sources of funding which cover their tuition fees will not be eligible for the Scholarship, and must inform the Programme Director. Eligibility will not be affected by funding covering maintenance costs. The Scholarship cannot be transferred to maintenance costs.

Application brief and deadlines

Award criteria

The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of:

  1. Evidence of financial need
  2. Evidence of the applicant's potential to contribute actively to and benefit from the course, including references and/or other evidence of prior achievements, not only in publishing (e.g. writing or reporting, blogging, previous work experience, vacation jobs or voluntary roles, or positions of responsibility)
  3. A written submission which demonstrates commitment to a career in publishing, especially book publishing, and a review of how the Masters course will contribute to the applicant's learning and career development.

Submission materials

Applicants for the Scholarship must already have submitted by the time of application a full application to the MA in Publishing Studies or MA in International Publishing Studies for 2013-14.

To apply for one of the courses, please see the MA Publishing Studies or the MA International Publishing Studies webpages, and choose the 'How to Apply' tab.

In addition, applicants for the Scholarship should also submit by email:

  • a CV
  • personal statement
  • a report (up to four pages of A4 in length) which demonstrates their commitment to at least one publishing sector and supports their suitability for the Scholarship, relating to the criteria above.

Towards criterion (4) above, applicants are also invited to detail any further funding sources they are applying for; to indicate how they intend to pay for the remainder of their fees and maintenance costs; and to provide copies of evidence of financial need, which might include (in confidence): copies of bank statements, copies of recent tax returns, information on dependants, or evidence of previous government or means-tested support for study.

Submission process and deadline

The application must be made by email to Mary Ann Kernan, Programme Director, MA in Publishing Studies/MA in International Publishing Studies, dated no later than 7 June 2013.

Applicants will be informed by email of the Scholarship panel's decision (which will be final) by 26 July 2013. A place on the course will be held for the successful candidate.

Please note: The 2013-14 Induction Week will begin on 30 September, and teaching will start on 30 September. Students must be available for full-time class attendance until mid-June 2014, and be prepared to take on at least 25 days of placement during this period in order to gain experience.

Please contact us with any queries you may have.

Why study Publishing?

When you think of publishing, you may think of great works of fiction and famous authors - books that have touched and inspired you, or magazines or websites that you read every day or week. Individuals in many parts of the industry work directly on such products, developing or marketing high-profile content.

Publishers also work with a much broader range of publications - including magazines, textbooks, dictionaries, story books and graphic novels. Interactive platforms are meanwhile changing the consumption of book and magazine content at a staggering pace, with unpredictable consequences.

Today the industry is concerned with delivering its content as e-books, competing with other entertainment providers on the iPad, building communities with its readers on the web, and exploring new ways to teach and learn beyond the book and physical presence with teachers and other learners.

Meanwhile, self-publishing, via Amazon and other online providers, is growing at an exponential rate, especially in the US.

These changes will offer great opportunities to young recruits who are excited both by reading and by digital possibilities, as well as changing the publishing world and the kinds of jobs people do.

If you aspire to contribute to this changing world, as a professional or a scholar, the City Publishing MAs can dramatically support your ambitions. You might find yourself working for: a commercial publisher or a not-for-profit/charity publisher; a web developer or a packager; a literary agent or a company offering design, distribution or production services; or doing research into an important commercial or professional area, such as the impact of social media or how publishing roles are changing.

In an increasingly digital working environment, the skills and knowledge you will gain will also apply to careers in other media and the creative industries.

Publishing welcomes graduates from any first degree background, and BA/BSc journalists, psychologists, sociologists, nurses, engineers, informatics or business studies graduates are just as likely as someone who has studied English to find a role that uses their first degree, or an opportunity to compete for roles with one of the highly competitive commercial publishing companies. If you have IT, language or numerical skills, or you enjoy organising things and working with others, those skills and qualities are also very much in demand.

To learn more about studying publishing at City, University of London, see the course and application information. You will complete projects in every module that reflect current industry conditions, which will develop your conceptual understanding of the culture and practice of the industry as well as your research skills.