MA Publishing

Engaging different audiences. Commissioning and designing content. Working across multiple platforms. Developing viable commercial projects. A career in the publishing sector is dynamic and diverse. Gain the creative and professional tools you need and build your experience and research skills with this resource-rich programme. The course provides an arena in which you can gain publishing knowledge, create books, magazines and digital products and services, experiment with different outputs, present compelling publishing ideas, collaborate with the wider UAL community and connect with leading industry players.

MA Publishing, Make a Mag workshop shows visiting students how to self-publish in an afternoon

Students spend an afternoon getting creative in a self-publishing workshop - LCC Blog.

LCC Publishing students present to IPC Media panel.
Terry Beasley

LCC Publishing students present to IPC Media panel - LCC Blog.

Catherine Metayer

Student Catherine Metayer wins Macmillan Student Achievement Award - LCC Blog.

The 10th annual Publishing Innovation conference at London College of Communication.

10th annual Publishing Innovation conference at LCC - Blog.

The Content Machine by Michael Bhaskar
Copyright Anthem Press

Author of 'The Content Machine' defines publishing across digital - LCC Blog.

Copyright Harlequin
Copyright Harlequin

Editorial Director at Harlequin UK, shares experience of publishing romantic fiction - LCC Blog.

ek architecture+design, Angelos Tzigkounakis
Copyright ek architecture+design

Alumnus Angelos goes global with his publishing company - LCC Blog. 

Octopus Publishing lecture

Deputy CEO of Octopus Publishing talks about how to kickstart your career - LCC Blog

Review of Stack magazine, guest lecture at London College of Communication, LCC

Founder of Stack and Editorial Director at Human After All, delivers guest lecture - LCC Blog.

The Making of Sweet Spoon Magazine, 2013. Read the magazine in full 

Reasons to Apply

  • 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.
  • LCC provides a unique creative environment to experiment and connect with other creative people such as animators, interactive designers or illustrators to bring new insights and imaginative processes to publishing  - this is a developing aspect of the publishing industry and links you into wider creative industries.

Funding opportunities

Find out about the range of funding options available for postgraduate study.

Use UAL's fees and funding calculator to estimate how much your studies may cost you in your first year, and what funding may be available to you.


Course Leader

Frania Hall

Course Location

London College of Communication 
Elephant and Castle
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Study LevelPostgraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length1 year 3 months full time (60 weeks across a four-term model)
Home/EU Fee

£8,250 (2016/17 fees). There is an additional £900 residential fee for International Residential Summer School and Events costs.

UAL alumni receive a £1,000 discount
Course fees may be paid in instalments

The Stationers' Foundation Award is also open to UK applicants.
A range of scholarships, bursaries and awards are also available to postgraduate students at UAL.

International Fee

£17,230 (2016/17 fees). There is an additional £900 residential fee for International Residential Summer School and Events costs.

UAL alumni receive a £1,000 discount
Course fees may be paid in instalments

A range of scholarships, bursaries and awards are also available to postgraduate students at UAL.

Start DateSeptember 2016
Term DatesSeptember 2016 - December 2017
Application Route

Direct to the College. See the How to Apply tab for details.

Application DeadlineApplications are accepted, and offers made, throughout the year. Early application is advised.

Content and Structure


The world leading MA Publishing course at London College of Communication allows you to hit the ground running. It combines theoretical and practice-based approaches to teaching and learning so you can prepare for future employment, obtaining a strategic, practical and integrated command of publishing within digital and multi-platform publishing and international contexts.

The course offers the choice of two teaching and learning specialisms: book multi-platform publishing or magazine multi-platform publishing. It is aimed at people who are aiming to advance their careers to management level within the global publishing industry. Graduates who have completed our postgraduate publishing courses since 1969 can be found throughout the world in senior positions within publishing and communications practice.

The course design and curriculum takes an integrated multiplatform stance. Digital applications are covered throughout your time at the College, across units within either chosen learning specialism. The course is led by specialist staff and enables you to take the lead in the management and production of creative content for a range of audiences via different platforms (web, digital, mobile tablets and devices and print).

Throughout the course there is an emphasis on group work, practical publishing projects and engagement with industry through leading guest speakers, visits and placements.

Our unique resources will allow you to realise the production and publishing of actual books, magazines, websites or conference events when applying publishing and project management methods in Phase 2.

You will also develop the necessary research techniques to undertake a major research study or dissertation and you will complete the study of two electives. New perspectives on publishing are gained from visiting another country for one week as part of the international residential summer school for MA students.

The course is taught within the lecture theatres and the specialised publishing facilities at the College, which includes the MA Publishing Studio for practice-based learning. In addition, you will have access to the offset printing and digital equipment in the print Room. View the facilities at LCC.

This course is taught within the School of Media.


Assessment is based on written reports and group presentations underpinned by theoretical and practical team projects. The final phase for the MA includes the writing up of a report of 12,000 to 15,000 words on your major research study.


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

Unit summary:

  • Publishing Culture in the Digital Context (20 credits) – This unit includes research study development and historical cultural perspectives; cultural media consumption
  • Content Creation and Development (20 credits) – This unit includes market environment - content development; legal frameworks for content
  • Content Design, Production and Delivery (20 credits) – This unit includes design and colour management; content management and print and digital production; marketing and delivery

Spring, Term Two

Unit summary:

  • Collaborative Unit (20 credits)
  • Future Applications for Digital Content (20 credits) – This unit includes new digital content market and audience applications; new market strategies and business models; information architecture; cross media content management, including metadata
  • Publishing Research (20 credits)

Summer, Term Three

Unit summary:

  • Major Project (60 credits) – This unit includes a written dissertation to a publishing issue or topic of 12,000 to 15,000 words
  • Autumn, Term Four

    Unit summary: Major Project (continued)

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

  • Industry Guest Speaker Programme: A separate programme of industry speakers is offered to each publishing specialism including digital, book or magazine.
  • Extension workshops: Students have the opportunity to attend additional specialist workshops that focus on developing knowledge and/or skills in specific areas of interest such as copy editing, academic journals, enterprise, giving presentations and preparation for work experience and CV development. These workshops have an emphasis on practical activities for increasing professional development.
  • Events and International Residential Summer School: This covers events and visits for learning and networking, and a one week residential summer school and opportunity to visit publishers outside of the United Kingdom.

If you are unable to continue or decide to exit the course, there are two possible exit awards. A Postgraduate Certificate will be awarded on successful completion of the first 60 credits and a Postgraduate Diploma will be awarded on successful completion of the first 120 credits.


Programme Director: Simon Hinde 

Course Leader: Frania Hall

Keith Martin, Senior Lecturer Publishing Media

Simon Das, Senior Lecturer

Desmond O'Rourke, Senior Lecturer


Our MA Publishing graduates are highly prized by the international publishing industry, across both print and digital media. The course has an excellent record of graduates entering employment. The heritage of the College and our alumni cut across all sectors of communication, design and media professional practice areas, at home and internationally.

Typically, our graduates enter first level entry jobs across all of the different functional areas of publishing editorial, production, digital and marketing and sales. They are highly sought after by publishing employers because our graduates can hit the ground running and add value immediately. Accordingly, we find that their careers accelerate beyond the normal and they move up to executive and managerial positions quicker than most.

The transferable skills you will gain on this course can be applied to a wide range of management, media and communications areas, functions and sectors. These can be applied across the private corporate and SME sectors, or the public sector, including international and voluntary not for profit organisations. Some of our past graduates have started their own publishing micro-businesses, or have developed careers related to the digital communications sector.

Importantly, besides the traditional sectors, the course prepares our graduates to enter new jobs within integrated cross-media and digital publishing. This includes media and communications service units in private, public, not-for-profit and international organisations. Many graduates now also find job roles as executives in digital marketing and social media roles and as online content editors.

Student Jobs and Careers at UAL

We know what it takes to be successful in your chosen field. Your tutors are professionals in their own right and understand what you need to help you establish your career. 

Careers and Employability is dedicated to helping students build up work-relevant skills, knowledge, experience and networks throughout your time here. 

Creative Opportunities is the UAL job and work placement website for students and graduates, advertising hundreds of creative opportunities each month. This includes ArtsTemps in-house recruitment agency, placing students and graduates in paid temping roles within the University.

UAL houses a number of organisations which promote aspects of career development in the arts and media, and which hold regular workshops and careers fairs. These include:

  • Own-It (intellectual property issues)
  • ArtQuest (career development resource for artists and designers)

Entry Requirements

Recruitment and admissions

As part of the application process you’ll need to submit a personal statement describing why you want to study MA Publishing at LCC. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate:

  • Critical knowledge of and enthusiasm for publishing
  • A well articulated rationale for applying for the course

Language requirements (International/EU)

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol.

  • IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent) is required.
  • If your first language is not English, you can check if you have achieved the correct IELTS level on the Language Requirements page. For further information about portfolio preparation, visas and application advice please view the Study at UAL International pages.


Home / EU and International students

Funding opportunities available for this course:

UK applicants

Stationers' Foundation Award

Any questions? Please email or visit Postgraduate Funding page.

How to apply

You can apply for this course using our online application form – the link to this is below. Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the following details about the application process, including guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide.

Required information for all postgraduate course applications

You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:

  • Personal details (including full name; date of birth; nationality; permanent address and English language level)
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history
  • Referee details (this course requires two references).

Before you can submit the form, you’ll also need to agree to the terms and conditions for how we process your data – these are explained in the form.

Please note, if you’re an international applicant we will need to contact you separately to ask for copies of certain documents (for example, English language qualification/certificate and copies of any previous UK study visas).

Extra information required for applications to this course

Once you have submitted the form, you will receive a confirmation email that includes links to where you should submit the extra information we require for the selection process:

Personal statement

You will be required to submit a personal statement describing why you want to study MA Publishing at LCC, candidates will be expected to demonstrate:

  •  Critical knowledge of and enthusiasm for publishing
  •  A well-articulated rationale for applying for the course

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Applications are accepted, and offers made, throughout the year. Early application is advised.

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