Publishing

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Saturday 15 May 2021, 11am–2pm

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  • Focus on relevant, practical knowledge of both print and online publishing
  • Classes are held in the early evening, so you can easily combine study with work and other commitments
  • Gain hands on experience with the department's in-house publisher, Fincham Press
  • Access Roehampton's long-established expertise in children's literature
  • Hands-on practice along the whole supply chain
  • An inclusive approach that supports the application of publishing skills and concepts to a wide range of conditions.

Summary

A postgraduate Publishing degree at Roehampton helps you to think like a publisher, providing knowledge and skills that support a career in the publishing industry, as well as other areas where media savvy is crucial, such as self-publishing, small-scale ventures, and publishing roles in non-media organisations.

We welcome applicants with a wide range of first degree subjects across the arts and sciences and encourage all other forms of diversity.

Our MA Publishing degree is taught by people who have first-hand professional experience. They are also active researchers in their field and use that research to inform their teaching, offering you innovative modules that are fresh and contemporary. The programme benefits further from London’s continued position as a major base for publishing as a global industry, inviting regular industry guests who bring current ideas and networking opportunities.

On the course you will be introduced to a range of sectors, including trade (general public), professional, academic and children's publishing, and you will cover the full supply chain from editorial work and production to sales and reader engagement. This practical knowledge is put to immediate use, producing work for our in-house micropublisher Fincham Press.

We help you to understand both big picture trends and strategic challenges in a time of technological change, as well as specific areas of professional expertise with immediate application. The digital dimensions of publishing practice are embedded in all parts of the degree, as they are in the wider world.

The dissertation offers two different routes. The longer written work allows you to develop vital, up-to-date business intelligence that is valued and recognised by the industry; while the practical project provides room for applied innovation in publishing, resulting in a new type of output, process or model. For those interested in a further academic career, it lays the groundwork for advanced study and research. Further benefits include:

  • Access to London’s many world-leading publishers and experts.
  • Hands-on practice along the whole supply chain, producing work for our in-house micropublisher Fincham Press.
  • Classes are held in the early evening, allowing you to study around your other work, family, and social commitments.
  • An inclusive approach that supports the application of publishing skills and concepts to a wide range of conditions.
  • Unique specialist training in all types of editorial work, alongside a strategic contextual understanding of editing culture.
  • A rare focus on Children’s Publishing, an exciting and rapidly changing sector.

 

You will take all modules listed below; part-time students spread these modules over two years. All modules allow students to tailor the choice of topics and approaches to their individual interests.


In Publishing Skills you will learn about a core set of skills and put it to use, producing work for our in-house micropublisher Fincham Press. Publishing Contexts helps you understand big-picture trends and strategic challenges. Dimensions of Editing introduces you to a sophisticated range of knowledge and skills for different kinds of editorial work, a top choice of specialism for many of our students. Children's Publishing focuses on a particular well-defined sector to develop industry knowledge and explore editorial best practice.


To complete the degree, you carry out a major piece of work for the Publishing Dissertation. This has two pathways; either a longer written thesis or a bespoke practice-based project. You also take Archives and Research, an innovative research methods course, where you work with postgraduate students from across the English and Creative Writing subject area.

Compulsory modules
Publishing Contexts
Publishing Skills
Publishing Dissertation OR Publishing Project

Optional modules
Dimensions of Editing
Children's Publishing
Archives and Research

 

Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

Our subject group’s postgraduate students have a 100% record in finding graduate level employment. The knowledge gained on the MA Publishing is transferable to any organisation requiring publishing skills. Potential careers for graduates include: publication management, editorial acquisition, copyediting, developmental editing, literary representation, marketing, copywriting, digital content editing, print production, distribution, bookselling, copyright and licensing management.

 

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.