Publishing (distance learning)

MA or PGDip or PGCert

Key facts

Start dates

January 2023 / January 2024

Course length

Part time: PGCert One year, PGDip Two years, MA 32 months




School of Arts


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.

Specific 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.