Taught course


Anglia Ruskin University · Cambridge School of Art

Entry requirements

A good honours degree, (or equivalent), normally in a related subject. Applicants with professional experience are also encouraged to apply.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Prepare yourself for the ever-evolving world of publishing. Get up-to-the-minute information on key issues and emerging technologies, and direct access to professional publishers through our industry links. You might even win one of our prestigious bursaries.

Our Master's course will take you on an in-depth exploration of the publishing industry, and equip you with vital skills for a career in publishing and many related fields.

By investigating areas like commissioning and editing, business management, marketing, production and publishing law, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge to plan and implement publishing projects in the context of emerging digital media.

While you're studying with us, you’ll benefit from many networking and career-building opportunities with publishing professionals, such as work placements, projects, field trips and guest lectures. Our professional mentoring scheme will provide you with your own mentor from industry according to your career interests, so you'll have the best possible introduction to the world of publishing.

We run a number of publishing and marketing short courses which our MA Publishing students can join for free. There's also the chance to win one of our annual bursaries and prizes, which are sponsored by distinguished organisations such as Cambridge University Press and the Worshipful Company of Stationers.

At the end of the course, you’ll undertake a Major Project, which might be a conventional academic project, a case study based on work experience, a creative piece with critical commentary or a business plan – the choice is yours.

Our MA Publishing was developed in close consultation with Cambridge University Press and other local publishers including ProQuest and Lutterworth's, so you can be confident it meets the professional needs of the publishing industry.

This course will equip you with knowledge and skills that will make you highly employable, in the publishing industry or any field that involves editorial work, marketing, business planning or project management. Or you might decide to continue on to a research degree, like our PhD Publishing.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 7.0 overall (Academic level) with 7.0 in the writing component or equivalent English Language qualification as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
up to 36 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

ALSS Marketing Team
0845 271 3333; international: +44 1245 493131