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University publishes new degree enabling students to gain a foothold in competitive industry

view of the university, south elevation "It’s no surprise that publishing is a hugely popular career choice, there are so many varied opportunities to carve out an exciting, creative career." Alistair Hodge

Date posted: 1 February 2016

The University of Derby is introducing a Masters (MA) in Publishing from September 2016, enabling students to gain a foothold in the hugely popular and competitive publishing industry.

The UK publishing industry is one of the world’s largest and most innovative, employing around 30,000 people (many of them graduates) and publishing around 170,000 new titles annually. The total value of the British book publishing industry has been estimated at around £4.3 billion, the largest in the world in terms of its output per head of population.

Alistair Hodge, Programme Leader, at the University of Derby said: “Publishing represents a hugely stimulating career for graduates from a wide range of disciplines, including law, science and technology as well as English and the humanities.

“This course is designed to give a highly relevant, comprehensive, and balanced curriculum.”

Alistair has been a non-fiction book publisher, commissioning editor, designer and business leader for 30 years.

The course will explore every aspect of the publishing industry, including: editorial and content development, design and production, marketing and sales, and business success and entrepreneurship.

Alistair added: “Throughout the course students will learn how to respond to the exciting new opportunities facing the industry today and in the future.

“We’ve developed this new Master’s programme to give students the best possible start in this stimulating industry. It’s no surprise that publishing is a hugely popular career choice, there are so many varied opportunities to carve out an exciting, creative career.

”I am keen to hear from students from all disciplines, not just Humanities, because the industry is desperate for well-prepared graduates. Over two-thirds of British publishing is non-fiction, and subject specialists such as these are in high demand.”

For further press information please contact Jenny McNicholas, University of Derby Press Officer, on 01332 592279 or email: J.McNicholas@derby.ac.uk

 

Masters (MA) in Publishing