MRes Publishing Studies

Our research-focused Masters course in Publishing Studies helps you to develop an analytical and research-driven approach towards publishing.

Publishing Studies

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MRes
  • Start date September 2021
  • Duration MRes full-time: 12 months; MRes part-time: 27 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based

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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 expertise in contemporary and historical publishing in the UK and beyond.

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.

The course helps you to develop an analytical and research-driven approach towards publishing. It also offers maximum flexibility so that you can tailor the course to fit your research interests and professional practice. Graduates from the MRes course often go on to further study, such as a pursuing a PhD through concentrated research with a specialism in publishing. That being said, the course also allows you to examine in-depth issues affecting your current practice.

Top reasons to study with us

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.

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

  • digital publishing
  • contemporary literary publishing
  • children’s publishing literary awards
  • literary prizes 
  • book festivals

The following are all current PhD topics within the Centre:

  • The Publishing Industry in the Digital Ecosystem (Carnegie Trust scholarship)
  • Industry Shakeup: Independent Publishing and the Plight for Change 
  • The Shelf-Life of Books: An Exploration of the Lifecycle and Longevity of Books in the UK in the 21st Century (SGSAH/AHRC DTP studentship) 
  • Women of Words: Gender equality in contemporary writing and publishing in Scotland (an SGSAH Creative Economies Studentship; co-supervised with University of Glasgow and Scottish Book Trust) 
  • Publishing in Scotland 1968–2018: From Cultural Heritage to Digital Engagement (University of Stirling match-funded studentship, in partnership with Publishing Scotland and HarperCollins) 

Our work has been funded by a number of organisations, including the AHRC, RSE, British Council, Nesta, and Creative Scotland. We also work with partners including Glasgow Life, the Saltire Society and Publishing Scotland.

 

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