MA Publishing

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Gain an in-depth knowledge of the modern UK and international publishing industries, from idea inception to production, intellectual property management, and sales and marketing.

Our Masters in Publishing will take you on a journey through the contemporary publishing industry, giving you key skills and knowledge for a career in publishing and related fields.

You will investigate how books and other publishing products and services are commissioned and completed, including the modern production processes and business strategies used to succeed in the competitive media environment.

You’ll consider the legal environment in which publishing operates, focusing on the management, sale and licensing of rights in publishing. You’ll also look at wider issues connected to digital publishing, including e-book and audiobook markets.

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Practical experience

All our MA Publishing students have the opportunity to:

  • gain valuable insights via work experience and field trips
  • join our professional mentoring scheme with Cambridge University Press.

Outstanding student support

Join our postgraduate student community and:

  • benefit from award-winning learning facilities, including extensive library and IT resources
  • learn from expert staff who will guide your research interests and career development
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, health and wellbeing, and more
  • make the most of studying in the picturesque city of Cambridge, with its wealth of literary connections and opportunities.

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Our MA Publishing will help you develop skills and knowledge for a career in the publishing industry, or any field that involves editorial work, marketing, business planning or project management.

Many of our graduates now work in a publishing-related role with companies such as Bloomsbury, Wiley Capstone, Pearson, Cambridge University Press and Macmillan.

Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You could choose to continue your academic career with a research programme at ARU, such as our PhD Publishing. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.

If you studied for the Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma initially, you can choose to complete further modules and top-up to a full Masters degree.


“During my six-week internship I learned... how digital is shaping the whole of the industry, from online protection to data storage and even virtual reality. Digital is the future. There are certainly going to be some surprises in the publishing industry in the next few years."


MA Publishing student

Read more about Sarah's publishing internship

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