City, University of London

City, University of London

Publishing

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. 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.

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.

Course modules

Core Modules (taken in terms one and two):
PBM001 - Business and Marketing in Publishing (15 credits);
PBM002 - Creating and Managing Intellectual Property (15 credits);
PBM003 - Digitisation and Publishing (15 credits); and
PBM004 - Publishing History and Culture (15 credits).

Students must also complete four optional taught modules:
PBM006 - Developing Creative Content (15 credits);
PBM007 - Managing the Publishing Value Chain (15 credits);
PBM011 - Designing Interactive Media (15 credits);
AMM421 - Digital Cultures (15 credits);
INM380 - Libraries and Publishing in an Information Society (15 credits).

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 (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).

Assessment methods

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.

Sponsorship information

City, University of 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 of 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. Bursary options: Stationers' Foundation Bursary; The Book Trade Charity (BTBS) Accommodation Bursary

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,500 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 16,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Northampton Square Islington EC1V 0HB South East

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