MA Publishing

In London

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Gain the creative and professional tools you'll need for a career in the dynamic publishing sector.
You will acquire the professional toolkit to analyse different audiences and reader contexts.
You will master how content is commissioned, designed, produced, marketed and delivered across different media including books, magazines, tablets, e-readers and social media environments.
You will have the opportunity to collaborate with international teams, the wider UAL community and connect with leading industry players.
Using our excellent UAL facilities you can commission and create physical and digital published products, books and magazines – this hands-on practical experience is fantastic for building confidence in technical competence, decision-making and project management.
You will be able to connect the academic and creative commercial environments as you participate in live industry projects, events, prototype testing and research, and extend your exposure to and experience working with industry.
Embedded throughout the course are the twin concepts of creativity and enterprise – as you build an holistic understanding of the industry, there is emphasis on anticipating audiences and developing creative publishing projects while understanding the commercial application of them. A strong experimental ethos around print and digital means you can take new ideas forward into the industry.
Flexible choices for your assignments and projects to allow you to direct your postgraduate experience as you want– allowing you to develop your own unique skills set and ensuring flexibility to fit alongside your evolving professional and creative careers .
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ENTRY REQUIREMENTSThe course team welcomes applicants from a broad range of backgrounds, from all over the world. MA Publishing attracts applicants from a variety of backgrounds.Students are admitted on to the course having gained the necessary entry requirements. An Honours degree of 2:1 and above is required, or an equivalent international degree. In some circumstances a 2:2 is considered (this might be based on personal circumstances or strength of interest and clear capability to undertake the course as indicated in the application form and interview) .Educational level may...

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Course programme


The world-leading MA in Publishing at the London College of Communication combines theoretical and practical approaches to publishing media. Forward thinking, creative and entrepreneurial, this course will give you hands-on experience of multi-platform publishing.

With the opportunity to specialize in magazine or book publishing you will nevertheless be introduced to concepts across both media throughout the course and explore how publishing is changing and evolving in the international arena.

With choices of assessments, you can choose your journey through the course with options for a major project that suits your interests. Practical live projects and events, collaborations with other creative people, engagement with industry networks and participation in professional activities are all central to the course as you develop unique and flexible skills set for your future careers.

Throughout the course, there is a variety of teaching and learning environments including group work on practical publishing projects, simulations, hackdays, seminars and individual research projects. You will be involved in a co-creation project working on our annual Publishing Innovation Conference which is an ideal opportunity to network.

You will also undertake live projects with industry – recently we have worked with the Penguin Random House and the Design Museum. You will also have access to specialist digital publishing platforms to enable you to build your own projects and portfolio.

You will gain new perspectives on the global marketplace for publishing, by visiting another country for one week at the international residential summer school. Specialist staff who all have experience in the industry will help you to develop a professional approach to publishing.


Assessment is based on written reports and group presentations underpinned by theoretical and practical team projects. The final phase for the MA is a choice of a dissertation, an artefact or prototype with related research report or a business proposal.

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Course start date

24 September 2018

Course units

Each course is divided into units, which are credit-rated. The minimum unit size is 20 credits. The MA course structure involves six units, totalling 180 credits.

Autumn, Term One

The first stage of the course introduces publishing theory and analyses aspects of content and audience.

Unit Summary:

  • Context (20 credits) – surveys the theoretical context and environment in which publishing sits.
  • Content (20 credits) – explores aspects of content, analysing and evaluating ways to source and develop it, as well as design and produce different sorts of content in different media. There is an emphasis on practical workshops, making and testing print and digital prototypes.
  • Audience (20 credits) – looks at innovative and creative ways to identify and engage diverse audiences for published content. The outcomes from this first stage of the course ensure you learn critical approaches and make connections across your growing holistic understanding of publishing and the related disciplines.

Spring, Term Two

The second stage of the course provides opportunities to develop creative and collaborative approaches to publishing. You'll have the opportunity to experiment, connect with other creative people and develop your thinking around future publishing applications.

Unit Summary:

  • Collaborative Unit (20 credits) – specifically looks at executing a collaborative project, working with other creative people.
  • Future Applications for Content (20 credits) – offers the opportunity to conceptualise an experimental publishing product or service.
  • Professional Practice and Enterprise (20 credits) – starts you on your professional journey with a module that can include a choice of undertaking work experience, developing a networking opportunity or planning out a business funding document for an enterprise project.

Summer, Terms Three and Four

  • Professional Practice and Enterprise (continued)
  • Major Project (60 credits)

The Major Project is your opportunity to develop a significant project of your own, building on your learning from the previous stages. Choices of output here allow you to explore a publishing idea or concept depending on your particular interests and personal approach.

You may choose to work on a dissertation involving primary research, to create a publishing artefact, prototype or specification with a related research piece or develop a detailed, researched business proposition. A critical and analytical approach, as appropriate to higher level of study, will be reflected across all of these options ensuring this research stage is challenging and stimulating.

Complementing the above taught and assessed learning units the course includes the following additional activities:

  • Industry Guest Speakers come to run workshops, lectures and conversations throughout the course
  • Extension workshops: Students have the opportunity to attend additional specialist workshops that focus on developing knowledge and/or skills in specific areas of interest
  • Events and International Residential Summer School: This covers events and visits for learning and networking, and a one-week residential summer school and the opportunity to visit publishers outside of the United Kingdom.
  • There is the opportunity to apply to undertake one term at the University of Cergy Pontoise in Paris as part of the Erasmus programme.

If you are unable to continue or decide to exit the course, there are other possible exit awards depending on the credits you have.

This course aims to:

  • Develop your intellectual, imaginative, creative and entrepreneurial skills through the synthesis of theoretical frameworks and practical approaches to publishing that situate publishing in a broader, interdisciplinary context.
  • Critically engage with theories of publishing, content and audience to explore and understand how to create and adapt publishing tools and processes for a variety of different creative environments.
  • To develop critical and analytical skills to make effective choices for the development and application of publishing media in a variety of sectors including abilities to assess risk, make decisions and solve problems in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Enable you to manage complexity and create and adopt systematic, interdisciplinary and evidential approaches to publishing decisions.
  • To hone communication abilities to synthesise and present information on publishing issues and developments directed to a variety of audiences and contexts.
  • Develop creative and experimental responses to the publishing environment to make published products, events and services.
  • Collaborate and participate in co-creation and live industry projects to develop creative and imaginative thinking around the development of new product ideas as well as apply management skills to bring projects to fruition.
  • Develop a knowledgeable and reflective approach to the working environment in which you will operate in the future, developing an entrepreneurial outlook, sensitivity to changing environments globally and building the skills of an effective life-long learner.
  • Enable you to conceptualise and make tangible creative and sustainable publishing ideas and solutions.
  • To develop intellectual and imaginative skills to conceptualise, construct and execute a piece of detailed research, critically engaging with advanced scholarship, for a fully realised major project leading to new thinking or experimentation in an aspect of publishing.

Programme Specification‌

MA Publishing Programme Specification 2017/18 (PDF - 89KB)

Staff Course Leader

Frania Hall

Programme Director

Simon Hinde

Senior Lecturers

Keith Martin, Simon Das

Additional information

International Fee:  £20,250.

The cost includes  £900 of residence fee.

MA Publishing

£ 10,400 VAT inc.