FAQs

If you are here you will know that we are the NUMBER ONE CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE IN PUBLISHING EDUCATION*

* MSc Publishing has been awarded the CREATIVE SKILLSET Tick, awarded to practice-based courses which best prepare students for a career in the industry. It was the first and only publishing course in the UK to be accredited by the Professional Publishers Association (PPA, formerly PTC). This honour has now passed to our sister course – MSc Magazine Publishing, which remains the only Publishing course to have PPA accreditation.

Q: How long is the programme?

A: The full-time course is studied over one year. It is also possible to study part-time over two years.

Q: How many days will I be in class?
A:
As a full-time student, you will be in class up to 4 days a week, at various times.

Q: Are there any taught night classes?
A: No. At present our Publishing Masters programme is taught during the day (no evening classes, although we do attend and organise publishing social gatherings and events where attendance is required).

Q: How difficult is the programme for a non-design or non-technical person?
A:
MSc Publishing is structured to be accessible to any student from any background (with the required entry qualifications).

Q: Are there established links between this course and industry?
A: Yes. Our Postgraduate Publishing degree is taught by industry professionals, endorsed by industry organisations such as the Professional Publishers Association, Creative Skillset, and Publishing Scotland. Our programmes are supported by the publishing industry both in Scotland and further afield. Guest speakers by industry professionals are a feature of the programme, as are site visits and excursions to critical industry events – for example, the annual London Book Fair, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Magfest, etc.

Staff are members of various professional organisations including, Scottish Print Employers Federation, SHARP (the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing), APE (the Association for Publishing in Education), Women in Business, etc, and are actively involved with a number of organisations such as: Publishing Scotland; Professional Publishers Association, Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature; Scottish Centre for the Book (SCOB); and Scottish PEN.

Q: Is there a reading list I can get before the programme begins?
A: It is not necessary to obtain a reading list prior to beginning your publishing studies, as all of the necessary texts are available from our campus library. A list will also be available via our VLE and on each of the module handbooks.

Q: What do I need to get onto the programme?
A:
We are looking for a good classification (2.1) at degree level or the equivalent. Relevant industry experience may also be taken into account. As MSc Publishing involves close work with texts, editing, copy writing, etc, a good level of written and spoken English is required.

Applicants whose native language is not English should visit the university website (see: entry requirements): http://www.napier.ac.uk/courses/msc-publishing-postgraduate-fulltime

Q: Is my first degree relevant?
A:
Since we recognise that Postgraduate Publishing attracts individuals from a wide range of disciplines, we do not specify the subject of your first degree.

Q: How do I apply?
A: Visit our University website:
Full time: http://www.napier.ac.uk/courses/msc-publishing-postgraduate-fulltime
Part time: http://www.napier.ac.uk/courses/msc-publishing-postgraduate-parttime

Q: How many places are there on the MSc programme?
A: For 2017/18, numbers are increasing from 40 to 50.

Q: Are there any funds or bursaries available?
A: Most of our students are self-financing.
See: http://www.napier.ac.uk/study/fees-funding/funding/Pages/Funding.aspx

Q: Edinburgh Napier has a number of campuses, where will I be based?
A: Postgraduate Publishing is located at Merchiston Campus.

Q: Does Edinburgh Napier have student accommodation?
A: Yes, but this is limited. Visit the main University website: http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/accommodation/about-our-accommodation

Q: Can I meet with someone to discuss the programme?
A: Yes. Formal Open Days take place throughout the year. Please go to our website www.napier.ac.uk for more information and follow the links to Postgraduate Open Days.

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