MLitt Publishing Studies

Our MLitt Publishing Studies covers the whole process of planning, editing, production, marketing and publication management in print and digital environments.

Publishing Studies

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MLitt, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date October
  • Duration MLitt full-time: 12 months, MLitt part-time: 27 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based, Stand-alone modules

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The Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication at the University of Stirling is a world-leading centre for postgraduate publishing studies, offering a comprehensive and coherent approach to all forms of publishing.

You’ll develop expert knowledge of the entire publishing process in both print and digital environments – from planning, editing and production, to marketing and publication management. We update the content of this course every year to reflect the rapid changes that transform the industry, so you’ll graduate with cutting-edge skills and knowledge of current publishing industry practice and standards.

This course is demanding, stimulating and enjoyable – which is why many publishers now consider it equivalent to a year’s worth of experience at a publishing company. Our graduates occupy senior positions in both commercial and not-for-profit publication organisations across the world.

We have excellent links with publishing businesses, and a finger on the pulse of the industry and its changing needs. That means our teaching team will equip you with all the intellectual and practical qualities needed for a successful working life in publishing and related organisations.


Top reasons to study with us

In close contact with publishing businesses and the changing needs of the industry worldwide, the teaching team equips you with the qualities – intellectual and practical – that are needed for a successful working life in publishing and related organisations.

Opportunities for work experience are circulated throughout the duration of the programme. An optional module, Publishing In The Workplace, runs in the second semester and provides the opportunity for work-based learning.

If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

The Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication carries out a wide 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. Research areas include:

  • digital publishing
  • graphic novels and games
  • contemporary literary publishing
  • children’s publishing literary awards
  • book festivals

The University of Stirling was ranked first in Scotland for research impact in Communication, Cultural and Media Studies during the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). 

What our students said

Monika OKeefe
MLitt Publishing Studies
My experience in Scotland so far has been very enriching. I’ve not only gotten to meet and learn about the local culture but also the culture of the many other people in my programme which has a very international cohort.
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