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Study publishing abroad

An in-depth guide to studying publishing as an international student.

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Publishing degrees abroad

Publishing is the study of how books, magazines, journals, and digital texts are produced, marketed, and consumed.

You’ll develop a detailed understanding of publishing operations, including planning, designing, and editing. You’ll also build your professional skills by working closely with authors and learning about copyright law. As well as looking at the history of the industry, you’ll examine contemporary trends, like the rapid emergence of digital publications.

Studying publishing abroad will put you at the forefront of a rapidly changing global industry. You’ll see how texts are modified, translated, and distributed to meet the needs of readers in different countries and cultures. You’ll have the chance to visit foreign publishing houses, work alongside leading publishers, and improve your employability.

Publishing program structure

You can study publishing at various undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Two-year associate degrees lay the foundations for entry-level employment or further study on a bachelor’s program.

Bachelor’s degrees in publishing are normally studied over three or four years, depending on your university. While you can study publishing as a stand-alone subject, you’re more likely to find it paired with another field as part of a joint-honors BA. Some of the most common pairings include English, creative writing, history, media, and business.

Master’s programs lasting one or two years are the most popular choice amongst aspiring publishers. To enroll in an MA course, you’ll need to have a bachelor’s degree in any subject, but qualifications in the humanities and social sciences are often preferred.

A PhD is the highest formal qualification available. These research-based degrees require at least four years of study, but programs can last up to seven or eight years.

As a publishing student, your timetable will be made up of lectures, seminars, workshops, and tutorials. You’ll probably be assessed through a mixture of essays, exams, presentations, and research projects.

Every university publishing program will offer different elective modules, so you can tailor your program to reflect your interests and strengths. However, most will cover these fundamental topics:

  • History of publishing
  • Creating text for publication
  • Digital publishing
  • Cultural contexts of publishing
  • The editorial process
  • Print and society
  • Legal and ethical publishing
  • Publishing issues and innovations

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Publishing study abroad programs

Publishing undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in publishing

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    English - English Professional Writing & Publishing Emphasis - BA/BSc
    University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,800 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Creative Writing and Publishing - BA (Hons)
    Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,300 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Professional Writing - Publishing Track - BA
    Juniata College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    44,770 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    English - Creative Writing and Publishing - BA
    Missouri Western State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,500 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Publishing & Communications - BA (Hons)
    Falmouth University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,000 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Publishing graduate programs

Master's in publishing

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    Writing and Publishing - by coursework - MSc
    RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    31,680 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Publishing Studies - MLitt
    University of Stirling, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    14,300 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Creative Writing and Publishing - MA
    Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    14,000 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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    Publishing - MSc
    Pace University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    43,920 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Writing and Publishing - MA
    DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    24,320 USD
    Start date
    January, March, September
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Certificate in publishing

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    Creative Book Publishing - PGCert
    Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    16,532 CAD
    Start date
    May
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    Publishing - Book, Magazine and Electronic - PGCert
    Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Future publishing careers

A degree in publishing will equip you with the knowledge, tools, and industry insight you’ll need to begin a successful career in the field.

You’ll also acquire a wide range of transferable communication, analytical, and creative skills that can be applied across several roles and sectors, including:

  • Publisher
  • Editor
  • Teacher
  • Author
  • Public relations officer
  • Advertising specialist
  • Literary agent
  • Sales manager

Gaining as much relevant work experience as possible during the university holidays is vital if you’re hoping to secure employment in this increasingly competitive profession. Most universities have a career service that can help you find placement opportunities and apply for them.