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Full time | Preston Campus | 1 year | SEP-22

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MA - Master of Arts

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Course Summary

Welcome to the award-winning MA Publishing at the University of Central Lancashire. We have been teaching Publishing for over a decade. Our curriculum has been designed with student, alumni and industry consultation. This includes professionals from Penguin Random House, Harper Collins, Macmillan and Hachette.

The MA is affiliated with UCLan Publishing, an award-winning independent Publishing house which operates out of the university. Students will have full access to the resources throughout their studies to gain practical skills and the industry experience vital for a successful career in Publishing.

UCLan Publishing is recognised on both sides of the fence: in academia and in industry. We have won the prestigious Times Higher Award for Innovation in the Arts (2018) and in industry we won the Nick Robinson Newcomer Award at the Independent Publishing Awards (2019).

Students from the MA Publishing have gone on to have successful careers in industry. We have graduates working in editorial, marketing, design, sales and rights. We have also had students go on to work in related professions such as Head of Communications and PR.

Why study with us

  • You will be provided with opportunities to work with the content from the commercial publishing house, UCLan Publishing. This means you will be able to directly implement your learning into supporting the business thus gaining invaluable work experience to add to your CV as you go through the curriculum.
  • We teach important digital skills for industry and the workplace. For example, InDesign, Photoshop, Audition, Audacity.
  • We are the founders of the Northern Young Adult Literary Festival which is an Arts Council funded festival designed to make Children’s and Young Adult books more accessible to an audience in the North. The festival has had prestigious authors attend such as Juno Dawson, Holly Bourne, Melinda Salisbury, Matt Killeen, Patrice Lawrence and Yaba Badoe.


This module aims to enable you to understand digital publishing, identify new markets, and explore the idea of partnership and opportunity with publishers. You'll be equipped with the digital skills for success in the industry and develop your understanding of rights management issues in relation to digital content and their implications for digital publishing.

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Entry requirements

Degree: 2:2 Honours degree in related subject or equivalent qualification. A detailed admissions procedure will be forwarded on application. We will take into account previous experience in the workplace.

University information

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is a forward-thinking university with multiple campuses and a truly international community of student learners. Founded in 1828, it has become one of the UK’s largest universities, with almost 200 years of heritage in delivering high-quality education. UCLan offers a portfolio of over 200 employment-oriented courses, aimed at preparing graduates for successful and impactful careers. The...more

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