MRes, Postgraduate Certificate
The Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication is a world-leading centre for postgraduate publishing studies, offering expertise in contemporary and historical publishing in the UK and beyond. The MRes in Publishing Studies is a course which enables students to develop strong research skills in the fields of publishing studies, either with regard to contemporary publishing issues and trends or to the history of the book and print culture. It enables and encourages an analytical and research-driven approach to publishing, leading either towards further study and research, or allowing publishing practitioners to examine in depth issues affecting their current practice.
The MRes in Publishing offers:
The MRes Publishing Studies is a research preparation Master’s course that offers students the opportunity for tailor-made Master’s study in the field of publishing studies. It also offers the opportunity to prepare for a PhD through concentrated research with a specialism in publishing.
Studying for a degree means learning in different ways; managing your own time; conducting research; mastering new computer skills. We have the facilities and advice on hand to help you do all this - and do it well.
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A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. Applicants should submit a research proposal of 2000 words.
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
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If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses.
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The MRes in Publishing Studies is a one-year, full-time course (two years part-time) designed to enable students to research aspects of contemporary or historical publishing. The course offers maximum flexibility so that students can tailor their course to fit their research interests and professional practice. The course has both a September and a February intake, and benefits from access to the modules in the MLitt in Publishing Studies, independent research modules, and a long dissertation.
As well as the content of the modules, students attend a regular series of visiting speakers, have the opportunity to attend industry events such as the Publishing Scotland conference and the London Book Fair, and go on field trips to locations including a printer and a book distributor.
The delivery of modules is via a variety of teaching and learning methods, including lectures, seminars, self-guided study and one-to-one supervision. Assessment includes a variety of written assignments and presentations, including a portfolio of publishing research and an extended dissertation.
Academic Year 2015/16
Full Time – September entry
Full-time - January entry
Part Time - September Entry
Part Time - January Entry
IPMPP16 - International Publishing Management
IPMPP19 - Skills for Publishing Management
PUBPP21 - Publishing, Literature and Society
PUBPP22 - Publishing in the Workplace
PUBPP24 - Digital: Process and Product
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.
Over half of our submissions in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise were found to be ‘Internationally Excellent’ or ‘World-leading.
The University of Stirling welcomes applications from all countries.
The Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication was established in 1982 and has since developed a global reputation for its postgraduate degrees in publishing, its research activities, and its industry links.
Focusing on book, magazine, journal and digital publishing, the Centre trains the publishers of the future, provides opportunities for those currently working in the industry to reflect on their professional practice, and through its research, critically analyses the past, present and future of the publishing.
The Centre undertakes a range of staff and student research activities, including collaborations with industry, publishing-related organisations and other Universities. We focus on the history of the book and publishing studies in the 20th and 21st centuries, both in Scotland, the UK and globally, including digital publishing, graphic novels and games, contemporary literary publishing, children’s publishing literary awards and book festivals. Our work has been funded by a number of funders including the AHRC, RSE, British Council, Nesta, and Creative Scotland, working with partners including Glasgow Life, the Saltire Society and Publishing Scotland
Staff in the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication all have a background working in the publishing industry and retain extensive contacts within publishing – including via our alumni. Staff members have active research profiles and are regularly invited to speak at industry events, literary festivals and academic conferences in Scotland and around the world including, in recent years, in China, France, Germany, India, Lithuania, Norway, Slovenia and Sweden.
Teaching in the Centre is supplemented by a regular series of Visiting Speakers, including recently speakers from Barrington Stoke, Canongate, Cargo Publishing, Cicerone Press, Creative Scotland, Edinburgh University Press, Faber & Faber, Publishing Scotland and Saraband Books.
The Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication has over 30 years of graduates now working in the publishing and related industries. Entry level jobs our students have gone into in recent years include:
Some of our alumni who have worked in the publishing industry have gone onto the following job roles:
The MRes in Publishing Studies focuses on research and can be used to enhance existing publishing careers or to position students effectively for further study at PhD level. The Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication has an active research profile, including the following current PhD topics:
The Centre is supported by an Industry Advisory Board, with members from Floris Books, Freight Books, Publishing Scotland, Oxford University Press and Taylor & Francis. Further industry support is provided by our regular visiting speaker series, and the internships and work placements provided for our students. The Centre is a Network Member of Publishing Scotland.
Please choose a start date and study method from the drop-down list below, and click the Apply Now button below to begin the online application process. (Please make sure you have consulted the Postgraduate Study pages on the University website and the Online Application Guidance Notes before continuing).