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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

MA Publishing

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMA Publishing Programme codePTA1EGLEGL15
Study mode(s)Full Time
Part Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

This MA Publishing provides you with the critical context and practical skills to engage with global publishing models across print and digital environments, and with processes of commissioning, production, marketing and distribution.  Publishing is a fast-changing industry, and this MA is designed in ways that build analytical and creative tools for innovation beyond existing publishing structures, equipping you to pursue a career in the contemporary publishing industry, set up your own innovative publishing initiative, or pursue further research in this growing field of study. 

Drawing on the teaching expertise of industry professionals and researchers, as well as providing the opportunity to undertake a work placement module and pursue either a practical publishing project or research-based dissertation, this MA Publishing Studies combines excellence in terms of both industry connections and research.  In 2019 Exeter was designated a UNESCO City of Literature, and this MA both builds out of and furthers the city of Exeter a hub for the publishing industry and literary community in the South West. It has been established by University of Exeter’s leading Department of English and Creative Writing, and benefits from the following strengths:

  • Research expertise and Special Collections in publishing histories across the Victorian, Modernist and contemporary periods
  • A vibrant Creative Writing department working across fiction, non-fiction, poetry and children’s writing and well-networked with publishers across the UK
  • Cutting-edge research aligned with the agenda of decolonizing the curriculum and concerned with Publishing Studies as a methodology that makes visible the structures of power out of which literature is produced.
  • A growing World and Postcolonial Cultures Research Group with expertise in global publishing practices that moves beyond dominant Euro-American models to study innovative publishing initiatives from Africa to Asia, Latin America to the Caribbean.

The programme is comprised of three core modules: Editorial Processes and Practices: Creating Products, The Global Publishing Marketplace: Creating Audiences and the Dissertation (Research-based or Practical Publishing Project).  These are offered together with bespoke optional modules from within Publishing (including Publishing Work Placement, Publishing and Power: Black and Asian Literary Networks in the UK and Publishing and Production) as well as a selection of targeted optional, interdisciplinary modules offered from English, Creative Writing, Film, Creative Industries and Modern Languages. From the outset, this MA Publishing focuses on your personal and professional development alongside your academic performance. You will be supported throughout your degree by personal tutoring and a range of study skills and employability training.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The programme’s curriculum combines academic study with practical skills development and acquisition appropriate to building a career in publishing.  Specific programme aims are to:

  • Offer you the critical contexts and practical skills to engage with global publishing models across print and digital environments and familiarise yourself with the processes of commissioning, production, marketing, and distribution.
  • Develop your historical, conceptual and strategic understanding of publishing as a dynamic and evolving industry.
  • Provide you with an opportunity to engage critically and creatively with current research, debates and practices related to the publishing industry.
  • Enable you to develop theoretically and empirically grounded approach to issues of diversity, access and representation in relation to publishing and literary media.
  • Enable you to build analytical and creative tools for innovation within and beyond existing publishing structures, promoting independent thinking and critical questioning.
  • Provide you with an informed understanding of key social, environmental, legal and political issues that inform contemporary publishing practice.
  • Engage you imaginatively in the process of understanding and analysing the strategies, inequalities, strengths and weaknesses of specific publishing initiatives in the global publishing marketplace, and the inter-relation of various commercial, technological, geographical and aesthetic factors.
  • Develop your critical insight into publishing markets and modes of building audiences around books and writing.
  • Facilitate your exposure to publishing organisations and the literary industries through guest speaker events and work placement activities.
  • Develop a range of sector specific, academic and transferable skills of value in graduate employment that enable you to develop your career path; these include conceptualizing ideas, building networks, communication skills, digital asset creation, project management, editorial practice, list building and financial planning.
  • Develop your professional and research abilities and your understanding of the relationship between conceptual tools, theoretical frameworks and practical approaches.

4. Programme Structure

The MA Publishing is a one-year full-time programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 7 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). If the programme is taken part-time, 60 credits are taken in year 1 and 60 credits plus a further 60 credits (dissertation) are taken in year 2.

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

http://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/humanities/studying/postgraduatetaught/modules/

You may also take up to 30 credits outside of the programme as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

Stage 1


120 credits of compulsory modules including 60 credits of optional modules 

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
EASM175 Dissertation (Research-Based or Practical Publishing Project) 60Yes
EASM176 Editorial Processes and Practices: Creating Products 30No
EASM177 The Global Publishing Marketplace: Creating Audiences 30No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
MA Publishing options 2023-4
DRAM143 Cultures of Creativity 30 No
EASM121 The Poetry of Events - Building a Plot 30 No
EASM151 Modernism and Material Culture 30 No
EASM167 World Cinema / World Literature 30 No
EASM169 Publishing and Power: Black and Asian Literary Networks in the UK 30 No
EASM171 Expanding Queerness: Critical Debates in Theory, Literature, Film and Television 30 No
EASM178 Publishing Work Placement 30 No
EASM182 Writing for the Planet: Creative Writing as Activism in a Time of Climate Change and Ecological Decline 30 No
SML3040 Women in Translation: Gender and Publishing in the 21st Century 15 No
SMLM156 Translation as Literary and Creative Practice 15 No
SMLM158 Translation as Cultural and Intermedia Practice 15 No
EASM185 Story Machines: Interactive Texts and Narrative Games 30 No
EASM193 Publishing and Production 30 No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Demonstrate a broad and deep understanding of and aptitude in core skills and practices associated with the contemporary publishing industry
2. Identify, evaluate critically and engage creatively with current research, debates and approaches related to publishing studies and the publishing industry
3. Understand the critical, cultural, aesthetic, economic, geographical and institutional contexts in which books are commissioned, produced and circulated.
4. Demonstrate a conceptual, historical and strategic understanding of global publishing as a dynamic and evolving industry and the impact of this on editorial, production, marketing and sales practices.
5. Consider and evaluate critically approaches to issues of diversity, access and representation in relation to publishing and literary media.
6. Develop critical insight into and employ at an advanced level a variety of professional skills and industry practices relevant to the field of publishing, including editing, building audiences, project management and financial planning.
7. Demonstrate an informed understanding of the key social, environmental, technological, legal and political issues that inform contemporary publishing practice across print and digital environments.

A1-7 are delivered through all the modules, and developed in lectures, seminars, workshops, critical readings, practical exercises, group work, tutorials and other learning activities throughout the programme.

Your learning is further developed through engagement with assessments, following guidance from tutors and lecturers and through feedback on work submitted.

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of methods, including, but not limited to, presentations, participation in seminars, critical essays and analysis, proposals and pitches, creative portfolios, critical reflection and a written or project dissertation.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

8. Articulate detailed knowledge and understanding of relevant concepts, models and practices within the publishing industry.
9. Apply critical and analytical skills in the analysis of publishing initiatives.
10. Demonstrate a sophisticated knowledge of the dynamics of book production and publishing networks.
11. Communicate effectively and construct a coherent argument across oral, written and audio-visual forms.
12. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the relationship between professional publishing practice and scholarly literature in the field of publishing studies.
13. Apply critical terminology and bibliographic skills appropriate to the discipline, including accurate citation of sources and consistent use of conventions in the presentation of scholarly work.

B8-13 are developed throughout the programme in all modules. They are developed through lectures, seminars, workshops, critical readings, practical exercises, group work, tutorials and reinforced through the range of modules across the programme.

They will culminate in the substantial and independent research skills demonstrated within the dissertation.

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of methods, including, but not limited to, presentations, participation in seminars, critical essays and analysis, proposals and pitches, creative portfolios, critical reflection and a written or project dissertation.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

14. Apply advanced literacy, communications and information-technology skills in appropriate contexts, including the ability to present sustained, analytical and persuasive written and oral arguments.
15. Analyse, critically examine and produce diverse forms of creative and publishing material across textual, visual and interactive media.
16. Work as part of a team in an independent, constructive and responsive way.
17. Apply research skills for the retrieval of both historical and contemporary material and sources, and develop the ability to gather, sift and organise material independently and critically, and evaluating its significance and impact.
18. Plan, execute and construct written and other forms of project-work of substantial length, detail, and some originality over both short and long timescales.
19. Exercise independent thought and judgement in the evaluation and generation of new projects and creative ideas.

C14-19 are developed throughout the programme in all modules. They are developed through lectures, seminars, workshops, critical readings, practical exercises, group work, tutorials and reinforced through the range of modules across the programme.

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of methods, including, but not limited to, presentations, participation in seminars, critical essays and analysis, proposals and pitches, creative portfolios, critical reflection and a written or project dissertation.

Outcomes C14-19 are strongly developed in the course of the portfolio of assessed essays and other audio-visual and/or written work produced through the programme. These assessments work on the principle of offering formative feedback to support the development of your written work within as well as between modules. Feedback on one assignment is intended to inform the next piece of work you undertake on the module; the next piece of work on the programme, or the future learning of graduates.

7. Programme Regulations

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

The marking criteria, which closely reflect the skills outlined in the Programme Outcomes section, and details on individual modules and wider study support offered through the College, are available in the Student Handbook, which can be found at: www.intranet.exeter.ac.uk/humanities/studying/taughthandbook/.

All students on the MA Publishing will have a personal tutor for their entire programme of study. Such personal tutors will be available at advertised ‘office hours’ (staff changes can occur due to Research Leave, etc.). A personal tutoring system will operate with regular communication throughout the programme. Academic support is also provided by module leaders. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff, and where appropriate, expert guest tutors can act as industry mentors for your Project Dissertation/Dissertation.

 

Useful information and student resources can be accessed via the Exeter Learning Environment (ELE): http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/login/index.php, which has specific information on library skills, essay writing and research skills. 

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

MA Publishing

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits

180

ECTS credits

90

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

28/07/2020

Date of last revision

24/07/2023