Taught course

Publishing and Book Culture

Bangor University · School of Creative Studies and Media

Entry requirements

A minimum 2.ii undergraduate degree or equivalent in a relevant (e.g. Creative Writing, English, English Literature, History, Media Studies, American Studies, Law).

Applicants with equivalent qualifications and/or relevant publishing or industry experience and applications from working professionals with non-graduate qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. Please contact us for more information.

For students whose first language is not English, an IELTS score of at least 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) or equivalent is required.

Months of entry


Course content

This new MA course has been designed for those wanting to become professional publishers of printed pages and digital texts - making creative and business decisions informed by knowledge and experience of the culture, history, technology, and social impact of the book.

Through this course you will develop a broad knowledge and understanding of: the processes by which books are produced; the shape of the book publishing industry; the economic and cultural forces that define it; and ,the role that digital and other innovations play.

You will gain practical, hands-on experience in the production of print and digital books, taking texts from acquisition through to marketing and distribution. You will also examine how books acquire value as objects of desire, as objects of entertainment and culture, and as objects for the development and dissemination of knowledge and information.

This course provides the opportunity to study the book as a commercial and cultural product. You will explore the range of values that society invests in books, and how that value has altered with cultural, commercial and technological developments. Understanding and experience of the book publishing industry is informed by study of the book’s role in society - past, present, and future.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Media Team
01248 351151