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Full time | York St John University | 1 year | SEP-23

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

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Course Summary

Develop your skills in publishing, critical reflection and creative practice. Work within a thriving writing and creative industries community.

Enter into the world of publishing, with a focus on the independent sector and small presses. Knowledge, context and skills will be put into practice by working on live projects, taking publications through the entire process from conception to distribution. Prepare for your career by working with industry professionals.

Course overview

The focus of this MA is on contemporary publishing and emergent themes in writing. You will engage with a diverse and inclusive range of creative and critical texts in a variety of forms, enhancing your knowledge of the current publishing landscape. You will develop creative skills surrounding the reading, generation, selection, development and publication of new texts.

Your major project will be the co-creation of a publication, such as The York Literary Review. This will be a journal of original literature, including prose, poetry, non-fiction and art. You will also have the flexibility to pursue your own projects that you are passionate about. Projects can be developed and tailored to your learning needs. The staff team of award-winning writers have an exciting and diverse approach to creative writing, literature and publication and are able to supervise a huge range of proposed projects.

Career outcomes

Where could Publishing take you?

This MA will help prepare you for a career in the publishing industry. You will also leave with transferable skills in:

  • Project management
  • Copywriting
  • Editing
  • Communication
  • Collaboration


On this module you will focus on a live publishing project, such as publication of the York Literary Review, as well as taking part in York Literature Festival activities. In addition to selecting a theme and focus for the review, you will: Commission work and call for submissions; Create copy and develop layout and type setting; Print and distribute promotional materials; Develop a marketing campaign and launch event; You will be expected to engage with ongoing events as part of the York Centre for Writing and the York Literature Festival. This will be part of your core research that you will undertake in the capacity of a small press.

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Entry requirements

Students need to have a 2:1 honours degree in a related subject; Interview: if your degree is in a non-related subject. Your application many be considered if you have a degree in Humanities, Arts, Sciences and Social Sciences or other related subjects. If you have a 2:2 undergraduate degree and knowledge of a subject related to publishing, you may be accepted on to the course following an interview. You may also be required to submit written work to support your application.