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  1. Postgraduate
    1. 2020
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MA Publishing

Entry Year:
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 2020

Academic year dates


Full time: 1 year

Part time: 2 years


Full-time: £9,880

Part-time: £4,940 per year


Full-time: £16,650

Part-time: £8,325 per year


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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.


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.

Kaplan International College London

City works in partnership with Kaplan International College (KIC) London to provide preparatory courses for international students. Pre Masters courses at KIC London offer comprehensive support to students wishing to complete their postgraduate study at City. Progression to this degree is guaranteed if you complete the KIC London Pre-Masters course at the required level.

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.

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.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for September 2020 are now open

MA Publishing

MA Publishing (part time)

Once 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
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of graduates responding to the 14/15 DLHE survey were in employment 6 months after graduation.
We are ranked 1st in London for Communication and Media Studies in the Complete University Guide 2018.
During your course

More about fees

Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of 2%. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).


Stationers Foundation Bursary

City, University of London's MAs in Publishing 2018-19 invite UK offer holders to apply for a £6,000 Stationers' Foundation Bursary.

This will offer the successful candidate professional mentoring and Freedom of the Stationers' Company upon completion of your studies, sponsored by the Company for three years. Beyond the financial benefits, City's previous Bursary holders will be have gained both experience and contacts through this award, and many continue their involvement with the Company, including actively supporting the Stationers' Academy School.

The David Tebbutt Scholarship

Faber & Faber will be offering a scholarship in memory of the late David Tebbutt, Finance Director of Faber & Faber from 2002 until his untimely death in September 2011, for one student annually starting in 2019 to cover the full fees for full-time study on one of the following City MA programmes:

  • The MA in Publishing
  • The MA in International Publishing
  • The MA in Creative Writing & Publishing

To find out more about eligibility and applying to The David Tebbutt Scholarship please follow the link

Course insight

Mary Ann Kernan

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


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.


We offer a variety of accommodation options and support services for postgraduate students.

Read more about our postgraduate halls.

Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.

Find out more about private accommodation.

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Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

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Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

Course content and assessment

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.


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

  • PBM001 Business and Marketing in Publishing (15 credits)
  • PBM002 The role of Editorial & Production: Managing Authors, Lists & Intellectual Property (15 credits)
  • PBM003 Digital Publishing (15 credits)
  • PBM004 Publishing History and Culture (15 credits)
  • PBM008 Major Project (60 credits).

Elective modules

  • PBM005 Professional Placement (15 credits)
  • PBM006 Creating & Developing Content in Print (15 credits)
  • PBM007 Strategic Management of Content: Print & Digital (15 credits)
  • PBM011 Digital Product Innovation (15 credits)
  • ENM007 Genre in Context (15 credits)
  • ENM008 Theorising Women’s Writing (15 credits)
  • ENM009 Text & Image (15 credits)

Note: Students select four elective modules, which must include a minimum of 2 PBM modules

*Modules for 2020/21 to be confirmed.

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. All modules are 15 credits unless otherwise stated.

Core Modules

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

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

  • Ruyu Tang
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    City's MA prepared me as a well-qualified young professional on entering the publishing industry..
  • Mia Olorunfemi
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    I learnt a lot both in theory and from industry professionals about the whole business framework of the publishing industry..
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  • Nia Beynon
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    Studying the Publishing MA at City ultimately helped me get a job and provided a great foundation of knowledge of the industry I was going in to..
After you graduate

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

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