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Entry requirements

Entrants to the programme should possess the following:

  • a 2:1 honours degree or above or international equivalent in any subject.
  • demonstrable interest in the creative publishing industries, such as work experience or voluntary work in a publishing company or fulfilling a publishing-related function in a non-publishing organisation.
  • two references; these may be, for example, two academic references, or one academic reference and one from an employer.
  • access to the Internet through broadband or fast modem on a daily basis. This programme is delivered through web technology and makes extensive use of digital resources. In order to study effectively on this programme, students should have experience and familiarity with computer technology.

Selection process

Apply with references, a personal statement and supporting documents.

Your personal statement should explain why you want to study on the programme and your particular area of interest in publishing.

Discuss any work experience you have enjoyed that is relevant to the programme.

English language requirements

Applicants whose home language is not English must demonstrate that their level of reading, written and spoken English is appropriate for study at postgraduate level. This may be demonstrated through attaining one of the following qualifications:

  • British Council IELTS: Level 7 overall with 6.0 in each component.
  • recognised and approved equivalent qualification

Months of entry


Course content

Publishing (distance learning) is a flexible learning programme. It will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed for successful entry into publishing, while studying from home.

This course closely follows our established campus-based MA publishing degrees. We have designed it to address publishing employers' needs. But more importantly, so that you can study while in employment in any field.

The publishing industry needs individuals who are able to assess, evaluate and synthesize data. So you will develop skills and knowledge in:

  • marketing
  • production
  • editorial functions
  • data analysis
  • writing practices.

As part of a study group of other students, you will be supported by a tutor. As well as a Subject Coordinator who will give you further academic guidance.

All modules are delivered online using interactive features of the virtual learning environment (VLE), Moodle.

Information for international students

Pathways courses for international and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

Fees and funding

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    32 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

The core functions of publishing comprise this advanced degree. Additional modules allow you to tailor the programme. Video, audio, text and supplied books enhance the 10-week modules. Further academic support comes from a tutor and a small peer group. Assessment is through reports, discussion submissions, essays and independent research topics.

Course contact details

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