Postgraduate degree


A postgraduate degree that makes you think like a publisher, providing knowledge and skills that support a career in the ever-evolving publishing industry.

Start Date:

September 2022


1 year (full-time)
2 years (part-time)

Degree Type:


Number of credits:

180 credits

Postgraduate and Doctoral open evening

Wednesday 3 November 2021, 5–7.30pm

Course and Module Details


Roehampton's master's degree in publishing helps you to think like a publisher, equiping you with 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.

The programme 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.

Course content

You will take all modules listed here, with part-time students spreading them 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.



Indicative Timetable

Below is the teaching schedule for the academic year 2020-21, provided for guidance. 

Tuesday and Thursday evenings for core modules;
Thursday afternoon for optional module

Tuesday evening for core module;
Wednesday and Thursday evenings for modules that are both either co-requisites or optional

Tuition fees and funding

September 2022 entry tuition fees

Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.

UK EU and International
£10,500 £16,950

Career Options

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.

How to apply

Postgraduate programmes

You can apply now for any programme starting in Autumn 2021, January or February 2022 or September 2022.

All postgraduate taught applications can be made via our online application form.

If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.

International students
Please note that most international applicants have to pay a deposit before securing their place.

  • See our Finance pages for more details

Postgraduate application process FAQs


To apply, you need to complete our online application form.

No, you can save and revisit your application form and can contact us directly at any time if you need advice or assistance.

We have general entry requirements for postgraduate courses. Many of our courses also have specific entry requirements. You can find details of these, and the fees for individual courses, on our postgraduate course pages.

If you are a prospective postgraduate student who has home fee status, then you can apply close to the start of the course of study. However, if you have international fee status and require a Tier 4 Visa, then you will normally need to apply much earlier. Please see our application deadlines for postgraduate study.

We encourage all students to apply as early as possible, as some programmes have limited numbers.

Yes, we offer a range of scholarships, alongside support on managing your finances while you are with us.

You can find more information on our postgraduate home and postgraduate international financial support pages. There are also other sources of external funding for international students available.

Yes, we have a wide range of high quality and competitively priced on-campus student residences. We are able to offer quiet rooms and can adjust for those with specific access needs.

Find out more on our accommodation pages

More Information

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Our Research

To read about the research carried out by English and creative writing academics in Roehampton's School of Humanities and Social Sciences, please visit the departmental research pages.

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