What’s involved in Postgraduate Publishing at ENU?

We have two Postgraduate Publishing courses at Edinburgh Napier University (ENU): MSc Publishing and MSc Magazine Publishing.

Both are practical, vocational courses, designed to help you gain and develop skills in publishing, while being supported by experienced academics and industry experts.

Each programme provides you with a comprehensive experience of the book and magazine publishing industry, and enables you to gain specific skills which are highly attractive to publishing employers.

We know this because we are the first and only Publishing Programmes in the UK to be accredited by the PPA, the lead body for training for the industry. We have also been awarded the prestigious CREATIVE SKILLSET Tick, the industry kitemark of quality.

Our one-year (full-time; part-time is two years) publishing courses are for:
• recently qualified graduates who intend to enter the publishing industry
• people already working in publishing or bookselling who are seeking the opportunity for special training and experience.

Our Publishing courses are located in the world-renowned Scottish Centre for the Book (SCOB), a centre for research and scholarship into print culture and publishing history, which hosts seminars and conferences, and acts as a focus for research into books and reading.

Edinburgh Napier University is also the proud holder of 3 valuable collections.
The Edward Clark Collection: a major collection of around 4,500 rare and valuable works relating to publishing and print media (https://edwardclarkcollection.com/)
The War Poets Collectionvisit the website
• and host of the most comprehensive web resource dedicated to Robert Louis Stevenson, designed for all academics, school children and everybody interested in learning about RLS.

All our staff are highly qualified and successful publishing practitioners, and are passionate about publishing, so you can benefit from our wealth of experience and excellent industry links (meet the team).

During your publishing studies, you’ll meet industry professionals and authors, take part in site visits to publishers and printers, and get the opportunity to undertake a publishing work placement. The course also has close links with industry bodies such as Publishing Scotland, the Professional Publishers Association and the Society of Young Publishers Scotland.

This is one of the strengths of our Masters in Publishing. We provide numerous opportunities for networking with industry professionals. Students can attend key national events such as London International Book Fair, the Edinburgh International Book Fair and Magfest.

Edinburgh is the home of Scottish Publishing and we participate in the main industry conferences, award ceremonies and other prestigious events, regularly negotiating discounted places for our students.

In addition, more informal opportunities are presented: students can meet informally with industry professionals at the UNESCO Literary Salon. Students can socialise with publishers from all sectors of the industry at numerous book launches, literary events, author readings, book festivals, etc.

International links are also key. Partnerships have been established with, among others, Calcutta University, the University of Leipzig and Mainz University (home of Gutenberg). We have a particular focus on international publishing.

On our Publishing postgraduate programmes you will gain a wide range of skills and specialised professional knowledge and understanding which will make you ideally placed to enter the publishing industry – book or magazine – with advanced standing in the UK or overseas.

Keep up to date with our activities. Come to our Open Days. Follow us on Twitter @EdNapierPublish or find out more FAQs.

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