Find out more

Send me updates

Simply enter your details to receive information from Bath Spa University.
Your Information

The information you provide may be used by Bath Spa University to contact you about the University, courses and events which may be of interest to you. Please note your information will not be shared with other organisations apart from those acting as agents on behalf of Bath Spa University. Bath Spa University complies with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Bath Spa University’s Privacy Policy.

If you have any queries relating to Bath Spa University’s data protection practices please contact our Data Protection Officer:

How to Apply

Apply on UCAS's site

Study Publishing as a joint subject and learn to shape stories, information and ideas for print and digital.

  • Only course to offer cutting-edge Adobe digital publishing platform.
  • Creative studio-based course about books, magazines, multimedia websites and apps.
  • Graduates employed by BBC, Taylor & Francis and Penguin Random House.

"Adding Publishing to my degree has given me a huge range of opportunities and an advantage over others when applying for jobs. I have really enjoyed every moment of the course."
Frances Bircher, BA (Hons) History and Publishing 2012-2015

Why study Publishing?

Publishing is one of the UK’s largest creative industries and this is an international industry which shapes and presents content across a wide range of subjects. Publishers find an audience for a variety of publication types from books and magazines to innovative apps and websites. We’ll equip you with a wide range of the latest digital making skills, alongside learning core publishing skills, such as copywriting and editing, design and layout, and marketing. Through collaborative project development, you'll gain essential creative workplace skills in working with others, carving out your own role, and achieving high-quality results. You’ll graduate with industry experience and a stunning digital portfolio of your work.

Publishing can only be taken as part of a Combined Award scheme, meaning you’ll study Publishing alongside another subject. By adding a publishing component to your degree you’ll emerge highly employable, with a wide range of skills that give you an edge over other graduates.

Course structure

You’ll graduate with essential publishing skills, from writing persuasive, concise copy and text editing, to communicating brand identity and audience research. We’ll teach you how to layout content and manipulate images using industry-standard software, with opportunities to develop your skills in image use, video; photography; app creation; and HTML.

"The Publishing course was the ideal complement to my Creative Writing degree. Over three fantastic years I was taught key industry skills and the business side of the industry. I left with a fantastic portfolio that is wowing employers!"
Tom Williams, BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Publishing 2012-2015

Additional modules offer the chance to specialise and deepen your knowledge and skill base, and to work on larger personal projects linked to your career aims.


  • Year 1
    We’ll introduce you to core publishing principles, with a focus on copywriting and editing. You’ll become familiar with layout, production and publishing software. There will be weekly deadlines, so you’ll get used to turning around work quickly and in a well-presented form. Alongside this you’ll start to build an in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry.
  • Year 2
    You’ll gain greater insight into particular areas of publishing, such as marketing, editorial and design. Optional modules allow you to delve deeper into areas such as illustrated books, fiction editing, and the use of publishing skills for social enterprise and charity work.
  • Year 3
    Tutors will guide you to focus your skills and knowledge around your personal creative and career interests. You’ll be encouraged to develop your individual approach as a creator, curator or project manager; your final portfolio will reflect this, showcasing your work for prospective employers. Optional modules cover magazines, book commissioning, digital literary studies, cookery publishing, and children’s books.

Course assessment

You’ll be assessed by coursework, including portfolios, essays, feature articles, reflective commentaries and reports. In some modules you’ll share your work through short, informal presentations.

Study abroad

Students can choose to study abroad; this is a great opportunity to develop knowledge of other book markets as publishing is an international industry.

Field trips

From visiting bookbinders and letterpress companies to climbing Britain’s tallest spire and visiting bookshops for talks and research, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in field trips across the Publishing modules.

Work placements, industry links and internships

Students have the opportunity to work on live projects and collaborations. We have worked with international and local clients such as TEDxBristol, X Media Lab, the National Trust, Forest of Imagination arts events, and Bath Film Festival.

With our support, many students carry out work experience and freelance work. The Publishing lecturers have had a great amount of experience in the industry, putting us in an excellent position to help students and graduates with networking opportunities.

We support applications for the Parragon Books paid internships and work with industry contacts to develop internship and work experience opportunities for students.


Each year we award six prizes to students in their final year. These are the Digital Publishing Prize; Public Ambassador Prize; Food Writing Prize; Illustrated Publishing Prize; and Book Innovation Prize.


  • Social Media Experiment: students have worked on this tutor-directed project, creating live social media coverage of cultural and tech events.
  • Milk Magazine: Publishing students manage this digital and print student magazine.
  • Publishing Workshops for Children and Young People: students have carried out work experience with Publishing tutors who run a wide range of these events in Bath.

Teaching methods

You’ll be taught through creative workshops, skills labs, seminars and lectures. You will learn to be adept at project management and product development following a research and development process. We work on-screen and beyond: creating sketchbooks; making physical prototypes; getting out and meeting people; finding opportunities.

Throughout the course, you’ll work to briefs set by your tutors or industry collaborators, as well as working on your own projects. We expect you to work with flair and enthusiasm, taking your ideas and developing them into industry standard work.

Application method

All full time applications are through UCAS

International students should visit our international pages for more information about our entry requirements, fees and scholarships, and student support.

Course enquiries

Please contact Course Leader, Katharine Reeve to find out more:

Typical offer range for UK / EU applicants

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level
  • BTEC.
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Access to HE courses - Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher). Any selection procedure/further requirements will also apply. Access courses accepted in addition to evidence of

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Entry is by audition only.

Career opportunities

What graduates say:

"From developing social media strategies to creating interactive websites, digital publishing is an exciting, innovative course that teaches the essential skills needed to enter the ever-developing world of modern publishing."

Holly Smithson (2015) Production Editor, Taylor & Francis

"It taught me industry relevant skills and gave me the opportunity to tailor my learning to suit my theatrical interests."

Laura Haynes (2014) Digital Marketing, Sadler’s Wells

"The Publishing course opened many doors for me. I landed a magazine Web Editor job straight out of university."

Dulcie Carey (2013) Events Organiser, Media Clash Publishing

"It was great to go straight into a Editorial Assistant internship. The digital publishing module was invaluable, enabling me to work in digital environments."

Kara Rennie (2012) Digital Marketing Coordinator, The Booksellers Association

"In my interview I was able to speak about social media and blogs with a degree of knowledge due to this course."

Rebecca Mears, 2010 Graduate, Co-Head of Community and Local, Mumsnet

"I wouldn’t be where I am today without the broad skills and wealth of knowledge I gained and the excellent staff who run it."

Alex Goddard, 2009 Graduate, Senior Production Controller, Penguin Random House

List of current alumni careers

Publishing graduates have gained a range of professions including Production Assistant; Digital Editor; Digital Marketing Coordinator; Events Organiser; and Project Manager. Graduates have been employed by publishing companies including Future, Parragon Books, Taylor & Francis, BBC, and Penguin Random House.

What students say...

"The publishing course gave me all the real-life experience and forward-thinking skills I needed for the workplace. Support from staff and fellow students allowed me to explore my creativity and fully develop my ideas."

Joele Forrester (2015) Editorial Assistant, Food & Drink Ltd.

"Innovative lecturers and knowledgeable technical staff will help you build 'real world' experience and equip you with unique skills. Hard work, but highly rewarding."

Joshua Ryall (2015) Web and Social Media Coordinator, Bath Spa University

"The Publishing course gave me versatility – the chance to create print and digital magazines, websites, and apps."

Katie Curran (2014) Junior Project Manager, Upfront Promotions Agency

"Publishing and English Literature gave me confidence in my editorial, technical and digital skills and to take all the opportunities that were given to me."

Bridie Roman (2013) Editorial Assistant, Titan Books

"The course allows you to gain experience to land that dream job. Very supportive tutors who helped me discover and develop my strengths; three years well spent!"

Nina Camacho (2012) Digital Editor, Mollie Makes, Immediate Publishing