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Global Literary Industries Management (MA)

Global Literary Industries Management (MA)

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Management (General)

Course type


Course Summary

About this course

Develop your critical skills on this Global Literary Industries Management MA at the University of Southampton. You’ll study Shakespeare, Austen and creative writing, and benefit from practical sessions and placement opportunities. Your learning will include exclusive access to curators, theatre directors, novelists and heritage venues. This master’s course will prepare you for a career in the literary or cultural industries.

This UK master’s course will provide you with the knowledge and practical skills for a career in literature and culture, in areas such as:

  • journalism
  • publishing
  • archiving
  • broadcasting
  • arts writing
  • heritage management

You’ll learn from academics with professional experience in these fields, and explore the latest literary and cultural developments. Areas you’ll explore include:

  • new media
  • online and interactive publishing
  • gaming and narrative
  • adaptations and translation
  • literary tourism
  • heritage management

We combine practical and critical approaches on this course, meaning you’ll have the skills to work in these industries as well as the knowledge to understand their cultural significance.

You’ll be able to fit the course to your interests or career plans through your choice of optional modules, which cover everything from script-writing to literature and law.

You’ll spend a significant part of the course working on a major independent research project, allowing you to create your own professional portfolio.

Course lead

  • Your course leader is Professor Nicky Marsh, Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Her researches focuses on late 20th and 21st century British and American literatures, theories of gender, postmodernism, poetics and economics. Read Professor Marsh’s staff profile to find out more about her work.


You’ll be qualified for a variety of careers in literature and culture with this degree, such as:

  • journalism
  • publishing
  • creative writing
  • editing
  • archiving
  • broadcasting
  • heritage management

On this course you'll learn through a range of activities that may include lectures, classes and tutorials, coursework,
seminars, workshops, independent learning (studying on your own).

Assessment methods (Outcome qualification level)

You'll be able to demonstrate what you have learnt through a variety of assessment methods, such as essays
critical reviews, library and data retrieval exercises, annotated bibliographies, oral presentations, final project.

You’ll be supported by a personal academic tutor, and you'll have access to a senior tutor. Your contact hours will vary depending on your module choices.


This core module for the MA Global Literary Industries Management introduces the critical vocabularies for understanding the literary and cultural industries. It introduces the key conceptual and creative ideas that underpin literary arts management. It explores the changing meanings of authorship, ownership, originality and intertextuality. It evaluates why the genre and forms of writing matter and looks at how the distinctions between canonical, popular and experimental texts have been developed and maintained. It also examines questions of reading, cultural consumption and reception. It asks why, how,and where people read and what meanings they give to reading. Finally, it provides you with a vocabulary for writing, researching and talking about the institutions and markets of cultural institutions, as we look at the role that pedagogies, publishers and prizes play in the literary industry.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Students will need a 2:1 degree in an arts, business, humanities or social sciences subject.

University information

The University of Southampton is an institution with a strong heritage, with more than 100 years of history and tradition supporting a modern educational model that focuses on student success. Southampton is one of the founding members of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group, a network of research-focused and prestigious universities. Today, the 2023 Complete University Guide league table places Southampton among the top 13 institutions...more