Taught course


Kingston University · Kingston School of Art

Entry requirements

A second class degree or above or equivalent and/or demonstrable enthusiasm for publishing.

Months of entry


Course content

Kingston University was ranked No 1 in London for Journalism and Publishing in the Guardian University League Tables 2020.

The global publishing business is undergoing constant change, not least as a result of the digital revolution of the last 20 years. To succeed in this business, publishers need excellent product-development, consumer marketing and digital technology skills. They also need to be creative problem solvers, with great organisational and communication skills, outstanding attention to detail and the ability to work effectively with others. The best publishers are those who can think on their feet and embrace and exploit new challenges.

Kingston's Publishing MA will help you gain all these skills and qualities.

You will learn everything you need to know about the publishing industry: its structure, acquisition and development of content, print and digital production processes, sales, marketing and distribution.

You will also develop and demonstrate your analytical skills and competence through discussions, assignments and the culminating dissertation or practical project.

Your experienced teaching team is supported by expert guest speakers and a widely envied masterclass series featuring leading publishers and publishing professionals to keep you up to date with industry developments.

Kingston offers the only London-based Publishing MA that includes a work-placement module. We will support you to find a 10-day placement with a relevant organisation. You will gain the skills to impress potential employers and have a wealth of networking opportunities throughout the year. Previous students have gained references and jobs as a direct result of their placements.

You may choose to work on a live publishing project with a partner organisation or author. This will give you a published product, showcasing the skills you have acquired, to add to your portfolio.

Fees and funding

The Stationers' Company offers up to 12 bursaries of £6,000 each year to postgraduate students on specific courses. If you have been given an offer (conditional OR unconditional) onto our Publishing MA, you can apply.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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