Entry requirements

You should have:

- an upper second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution;

- evidence of a commitment to a career in publishing (such as experience within bookselling or publishing, voluntary or professional experience on a publication);

- or evidence of research into current industry conditions.

You are also encouraged to apply if you have relevant professional experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Learn about the exciting and fast-moving publishing industry with the Publishing MA from City. From research-led assignments to digital content development, we will give you an extensive range of modern skills and knowledge required to succeed in this fascinating and constantly changing global industry. London is the global heart of the publishing industry, and this MA makes the most of its London location to bring you a commercially and professionally applied programme.

You will learn directly from past and present industry professionals how publishing is continuing to evolve alongside the digital revolution.

Our programme gives you an applied understanding of how physical and digital texts are conceived, developed and marketed.

This MA looks at the different sectors of the publishing industry, including commercial fiction and non-fiction publishing, children's publishing, education and academic publishing.

Your learning will be directly influenced by your own publishing interests, allowing you to write assignments focused on a topic and sector of the industry of your choice.

The MA looks at the big challenges facing the industry, from diversity to sustainability, and, crucially, helps students to build their creativity and innovation skills, to better equip them for the world of work.

Together with research-led and industry-led analytical assignments, you will develop key publishing skills in print and digital publishing that are core to most entry-level jobs in publishing.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English you are required to obtain a minimum overall score of 7.0 in the IELTS Academic English Language test, including at least 6.5 in the writing component of the test.

Fees and funding

Please visit: https://www.city.ac.uk/prospective-students/courses/postgraduate/publishing

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office