Taught course


University of Roehampton · School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

You should usually hold a second-class honours degree (certain programmes may require a 2:1) from a recognised British or overseas university. Advice on recognition can be obtained from the Admissions Office. Non-graduates with appropriate professional qualifications will be considered on an individual basis by Programme Conveners; contact details can be found on the individual programme page. Applicants will be expected to apply and register for the full master's award.

Months of entry


Course content

A postgraduate Publishing degree at Roehampton provides industry-relevant training, designed to develop your skills and knowledge for a career in the publishing industry, as well as other sectors where media savvy and transferable communication skills are crucial.

Our MA Publishing degree is taught by people with first-hand knowledge of publishing best practice and cutting edge research, complemented by sessions with visiting industry professionals who bring with them current ideas and networking opportunities.

This Publishing course focuses on publishing as a professional practice. You will be exposed to a range of sectors, including trade, professional, academic and children's publishing, and will cover the supply chain from editorial work, marketing and intellectual property to distribution and reader engagement.

The digital dimensions of publishing practice are firmly embedded in all parts of the degree, as they are in reality, alongside an international perspective, which is essential in a global, export-led industry.

We help you to understand both big picture trends and strategic challenges in a time of technological change, as well as specific areas of professional expertise with immediate application. In the specialist options you can tailor your degree to your personal interests and career requirements, focusing, for example on editing and project management, creative arts in the community with a focus on YA readers, career preparation, book history, and research and archival skills.

The dissertation offers two different routes. You can choose from a research essay through which you will develop vital, up-to-date business intelligence that is valued and recognised by the industry, or a practical project, in which you explore the possibilities for applied innovation in publishing, resulting in a new type of output or process.

Our partnerships with London arts organisations such as the Battersea Arts Centre provides hands-on experience as part of your course, and while studying with us you will have the chance to engage with our own in-house publisher, Fincham Press.

The skills and knowledge you will gain on this programme will benefit you in your career, whether it is directly in publishing, or bringing publishing skills to other organisations. For those interested in a further academic career, it lays the groundwork for advanced study and research.

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

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)20 8392 3232