MSc Publishing – Industry Accredited Postgraduate Degree

Postgraduate Publishing studies at Edinburgh Napier University. INDUSTRY APPROVED Publishing courses. (Classes are online and on campus. Visit for up-to-date information.)

Postgraduate Publishing – Accredited Publishing Degree

MSc Publishing graduates proudly brandish their publication, "The Thirty-Nine Steps"
MSc Publishing graduates proudly brandish their publication, ‘The Thirty-Nine Steps’. Daniel Boswell (far right) is now a Lecturer in Publishing at UCL.

Study Publishing with the best!

MSc Publishing and MSc Magazine Publishing* provide you with indepth knowledge of the publishing industry, enabling you to gain specific skills that are highly attractive to publishing employers.

We have 50 years’ experience as a Centre of Excellence in Publishing Education.

We are the first Publishing Programmes in the UK to be industry accredited.

MSc Publishing is the only doubly accredited Publishing programme.

We have been awarded a Creative Skillset Tick, the industry kitemark of quality, and MSc Publishing is the only Publishing programme to have been accredited by the Periodical Training Council (PTC), the lead body for best practice in training, development and people management for the magazine and business media industry. MSc Magazine Publishing* is accredited by the Professional Publishers Association.

* Please note that MSc Magazine Publishing is not running in 2020/21.

We are the ONLY Publishing programmes to achieve these industry endorsements, making us the “standard bearer for publishing in the UK” (quote from the PPA).

These prestigious accolades means our Postgraduate Publishing programme is acknowledged as delivering what the publishing industry demands.

MSc Publishing at Edinburgh Napier University offers you the opportunity to gain and develop skills in publishing while being supported by experienced academics and industry experts. We provide you with a broad experience of both the book and magazine publishing industries. Modules teach you industry-specific skills required by publishing employers.

Join us if you:
• are a graduate wishing to get into publishing
• are already working in publishing (or related industry) and want to progress up the career ladder.

Our Postgraduate Publishing degrees offer you the opportunity to gain and develop skills in publishing with the support of experienced academics and industry experts.


Publishing Scotland party is mobbed at LBF 2012
Publishing Scotland party is mobbed at LBF 2012o


You’ll meet industry professionals and authors, work on live projects (publishing books and magazines), take part in visits to publishers and printers, and get the opportunity to undertake a work placement. The course is also supported by industry bodies such as Publishing Scotland and the Professional Publishers Association.

One of the major advantages of our Masters in Publishing is the opportunity it provides for networking with industry professionals. Students can attend the London International Book Fair, the Edinburgh International Book Fair, Magfest, as well as various book festivals and magazine award ceremonies.

Each month students have the opportunity to meet informally with industry professionals at the UNESCO Literary Salon, and to socialise with publishers from all sectors of the industry at numerous book launches, literary events, author readings, etc.

Links have been established with Calcutta University, University of Leipzig and Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, among others, as part of our focus on international publishing.


One of the beautiful incunable on display at the museum
One of the beautiful incunable on display at the museum


Our Masters programmes are closely linked with the world-renowned Scottish Centre for the Book, 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 the Edward Clark Collection, a major collection of around 4,500 rare and valuable works relating to publishing and print media. We are also home to the Robert Louis Stevenson Collection.

We are passionate about publishing and about sharing our expertise with you, the next generation of publishers. All our staff are highly qualified experts in their fields and successful publishing practitioners, and are passionate about publishing, so you can benefit from our wealth of experience and excellent industry links (meet the programme team).


Our one-year full-time (or two year part-time) publishing programmes are for recently qualified graduates who intend to enter the publishing industry. We also attract people already working in publishing or bookselling who are seeking the opportunity for special training and experience.

Postgraduate Publishing at Edinburgh Napier Univeristy offers a range of specialised skills in editorial skills, marketing, design, production and management as well as that all-important work placement. The dissertation (completed in trimester 3) enables you to embark upon a substantial piece of research into relevant industry issues and practices – many students have used this opportunity to tailor their research to their chosen career path.

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.

Many of our students secure publishing employment even before graduating, find out more…

For more information about studying publishing at postgraduate level, go to our FAQs page, or contact the Programme Leader, Avril Gray:

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