MA Publishing

A specialist publishing programme offering the range of skills you need for a career in this thriving industry.

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Overview

Delivered in collaboration with leading industry professionals, this course will equip you with the knowledge and skills for a variety of careers in publishing.

The course will explore the complex anatomies and eco-systems of the publishing industry and their markets in the UK and internationally, as well as the trends, innovations, opportunities and challenges facing this rapidly changing profession.

It will provide you with a working knowledge of the business of publishing, examining the structures of a range of organisational models – from major corporate brands to small independent outfits. It will outline the different stages, roles and skills involved in the publishing process, and the different publishing formats and platforms available.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities is offering scholarships worth £2,000 for graduates with a first class honours or upper second class degree. Excellence scholarships are available to full-time home and EU students for 20/21 entry. Find out more on our postgraduate funding pages.

Features and Benefits

  • A strong focus on employability - Taking advantage of the University's strong links to the publishing industry in Manchester and opportunities for experience with organisations like Manchester Children's Book Festival this is an exciting new Masters degree suitable for many educational and professional backgrounds.
  • Based in Manchester – a UNESCO city of Literature and part of the Northern Powerhouse, with a burgeoning culture of creative industries looking for talented graduates, and an exceptional growth of publishing ventures and opportunities.
  • Industry connections –  in partnership with Comma Press and with strong links to the Northern Fiction Alliance and digital content producers, we offer professional expertise from all aspects of the publishing industry.
  • International focus – with links to other UNESCO cities of Literature and to the strong tradition of promoting literature in translation provided by the Northern fiction Alliance, we encourage applicants from all over the world.
  • Creative and Academic Expertise – this MA combines the skills of one of the UK’s most successful programme of Creative Writing with the international digital expertise of the Manchester Metropolitan iSchool.
  • Exciting coursework Opportunities – choose from a range of options and practical projects that allow you to bring your own creativity and innovation to all publishing platforms and media and build an industry-relevant portfolio of work.
  • Interdisciplinary – you will be encouraged to engage with other departments and sections, including the Manchester Writing School, Digital Media and Communications, Journalism, Art and Illustration, Education and Linguistics, and guest speakers from a variety of disciplines will offer their advice and expertise.
"We are delighted to be partnering with Manchester Met on this exciting new publishing venture. This programme will open more doors for people living and growing up outside of the capital, helping us to find and nurture the next generation of publishing talent." Sarah Cleave, Publishing Manager, Comma Press

"You will work closely with industry professionals on a range of units that will provide a comprehensive groundwork for your future career."

Dr Olivia Michael, Programme Leader

Career Prospects

You will be equipped with the skills to pursue a variety of careers in digital and print publishing, including:

There are opportunities to get involved with the MCBF - an ongoing programme of literary and educational events, and we also have strong links with: the Manchester Literature Festival, Blackwells Bookshop, the Northern fiction Alliance, and the great library network in Manchester.

Alongside established networks and publishing houses, the city is seeing exceptional growth of publishing ventures and opportunities with several publishing houses announcing regional offices here, including Hachette.

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Entry requirements

You will normally have a minimum 2.1 UK undergraduate honours degree in a Humanities, Social Sciences or other related subject such as Business, Digital Media, Finance, Journalism, Law, Marketing).

Non standard applicants are encouraged to apply via submission of an application form, personal statement, one reference and interview.

Course details

In term one you will gain an overview of the history and present state of the publishing industry, its trends, future developments and challenges. You will also examine publishing processes, formats and platforms.

In term two you will choose two optional units designed to help you develop specialist skills geared towards professional opportunities.

In term three you will explore in-depth a topic of your choice for your dissertation.

This structure is for full-time study. Part-time students complete their studies over two years, taking one core unit and one elective unit in year one, and one core unit, one elective unit and the dissertation in year two.

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Core Units

The Business of Publishing

This taught unit will give an overview of the history and present state of the publishing industry, its trends, future developments and challenges. The unit will examine organisational structures – from major corporations to independent presses – in the national and international publishing eco-system. It will introduce the wide variety of roles, networks, markets and audiences involved and explore the rapidly evolving landscape of the industry, from print to digital publishing. Students will consider the industry’s economic impact and how businesses are modelled, developed and maintained, exploring both traditional and emerging business models.

How Publishing Operates

This taught unit will give an overview of the publishing processes, formats and platforms, examining aspects of design and production in creating content and bringing it to market. It will introduce the key functions of commissioning, creating, editing and marketing content for publication in print and in multimedia digital formats, in English and in translation. Students will explore the practical business of publishing, from workflow, budgeting and project management, to legal and ethical considerations, as well as theories of industry concern such as bias, representation and the meaning of success.

Dissertation

This unit allows students to apply the skills acquired in their taught units in a major supervised independent investigation of an aspect of publishing, or the development of a business case and strategy for their own publishing project in collaboration with an external partner organisation.

Department of English

Our Department of English is a large, vibrant community of around fifty internationally renowned writers and critics, and is home to the Manchester Writing School and Centre for Gothic Studies.

As well as a solid grounding in the traditional core of the subject, the department offers a modern and innovative approach to the study of English, with all strands of its degree programmes offering the opportunity to study abroad for a term.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £8,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £1417 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

UK and EU students: Distance learning fee: £1417 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £16,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2667 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Distance learning fee: £2667 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

£150

Books for study on core units. Cost spread across years one and two for part-time students. There will also be a list of additional, optional recommended reading for each unit; students can access much of this via the Manchester Met Library (either by loaning books or the e-book system). All students will require access to a computer in order to complete their studies (accessing online resources, forums and communications systems). Students can use loan laptops on campus (subject to availability). Students will also need to access broadband internet. While most students choose to purchase this for home use, computers with internet access are available to use on campus. Assessed work will be submitted and completed electronically.

Placement Costs

£200 - £1,000

Cost depends on length, location and nature of placement.
Students will be given the opportunity to undertake various forms of practical learning and experience, including work placements and internships at major publishing houses. Students undertaking placements, or undertaking project work which involves creating artwork, producing objects, or travelling to conduct research, interviews or work experience, etc. will need to cover the costs of any materials and also make arrangements for accommodation, travel and food.

Other Costs

£100

Students may be invited to take part in optional public events and/or attend meetings for extra-curricular projects, and they are expected to cover the costs of travel, accommodation and food.

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,906 for many Postgraduate Courses

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Alumni Loyalty Discount

Rewarding our graduates

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How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for postgraduate taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form. There are exceptions for some professional courses – the course information on our on-line prospectus will give you more information in these cases.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

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