MA (Literature and Publishing)
College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies
This innovative programme introduces students to a new set of relationships which are rarely studied in depth at undergraduate level: the interfaces between literature and publishing, between writing and the marketplace, and between the aesthetic and the material aspects of texts.
This programme provides students with the opportunity to examine literary texts within the context of the history and business of publishing. While the course is not specifically vocational, it offers a perspective on the industrial and commercial dimensions to the production of literature and provides insight into subjects such as book history and book production, copyediting, publishing law, marketing, electronic publishing and digital studies.
Selection is based on the candidate's academic record, motivation for study and statement of intent.
NQAI Level 8 degree with an overall degree result of H2.2 and with a H2.1 in one subject is required (GPA 3.0 or equivalent overall).
Please note the IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent if applicable.
Two satisfactory hardcopy academic references are required for this programme at application stage (or relevant professional recommendations in the case of applicants who are a long time out of the education system).
1 year, full-time
Next start date: September 2013
ECTS weighting: 90
Average intake: 15 to 20
Closing date: Please refer to the offer rounds/closing date webpage.
The course is a full-time degree which commences in September and continues until the following August. Students take three courses each semester, including a required course in Book History and five courses from a range of options. A minor dissertation is submitted in August. The journal ROPES is published each year by students on the programme. The course also includes a weekly speaker series, Publishers on Publishing, in which people working in publishing both in Ireland and abroad discuss their experience in the industry and in which experts in publishing studies and book history discuss trends in the field. Students have the option to take a non-assessed course in electronic publishing.
The programme is based on six modules. Courses include:
Publishers on Publishing; Electronic Publishing; Book History; Contemporary Publishing; Copyediting and Proofreading; Publishing Law; Textual Studies; Early Modern Print and Manuscript Cultures; Twentieth-century Irish Womens’ Writing; Travel Literature; Literature of North America; Medieval Aesthetics and Poetic Art; Discovering the Archives; Theatre and Globalization; Theatre and Modernity in the Irish Literary Revival; Irish Playwrights Since the Sixties; Promotion Management; Studies in Oral History; Regional Identities; Literature and Colonialism; Studies in Oral History; Nineteenth Century Literary Marketplace; Introduction to Business; E-Business Marketing; Film in a Digital Age.
Applications and selections
Who teaches this course?
- Dr Daniel Carey, PhD
- Dr Julia Carlson, PhD
- Dr Cliodhna Carney, PhD
- Dr Marie Louise Coolahan, PhD
- Professor Adrian Frazier, PhD
- Dr John Kenny, PhD
- Dr Patrick Lonergan, PhD
- Dr Sinead Mooney, PhD
- Ms Maureen O'Sullivan, LLM
- Mr Toner Quinn, M.Phil.
- Dr Lionel Pilkington, PhD
- Professor Sean Ryder, PhD
- Mr Robert Smith, BSc
- Dr Elizabeth Tilley, PhD
- Dr Anne Torres, PhD
- Mr Jonathan Williams, MA
Requirements and assessment
Fees for this course
EU (Total): €6,015
- Student levy: €224
Non-EU (Total): €13,250
"Exciting. Dynamic. An Adventure. These are my first impressions of the M.A. in Literature & Publishing. The reason I applied to the programme was to further my knowledge of the book marketplace and gain access to the world of the publisher. Within one month, the programme has already exceeded all my expectations. A warm and friendly atmosphere is combined with excellent teaching that creates a sense of already being a team member in a Publishing House. How this multi-disciplinary programme differs from other Masters programmes is through its blend of applying the practical with the creative. Few Masters programmes can boast of proving their students with the opportunity of producing an end-product as part of their course structure. The annual literary journal ROPES, which all students become part of, is an additional bonus to an already rewarding and enriching course. The M.A. in Literature & Publishing is a five star programme that builds confidence and instils positivity in the student to be geared for a professional and highly skilled marketplace."
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" Everything from the individual classes to the Speaker Series but especially working on ROPES gave me a fantastic insight into the world of publishing and helped me hit the ground running. If it were not for the MALP, I doubt I would have found a job so fast from college, or have taken to it so quickly. As a publishing assistant in the publicity and marketing department of Liberties Press, I frequently use the skills I learned from the course, and it gave me a far stronger base to build upon than if I had just entered from street level."