Literature & Publishing

This MA not only strengthens academic skills in literary analysis and research, it also places a strong emphasis on preparation for the professional world. Students register for the core modules Contemporary Publishing and Publishing: Perspectives and Professionalisation, and they can select from a variety of optional modules such as Copy-editing and Proofreading, Book History, Introduction to Business, Representations of the Book in Literature and Film, Introduction to Digital Humanities, Media and Marketing Communications, Literature and Colonialism, Medieval Aesthetics and Poetic Art, or Literature of North America. In the programme's final summer months, all students complete either a portfolio project or a research dissertation.

Subjects taught

Modules offered are: Contemporary Publishing; Electronic Publishing; Copyediting and Proofreading; Publishing Law; Marketing Communications; Introduction to Business; Digital Marketing; Book History; Textual Studies; Representations of the Book in Literature and Film; The Nineteenth Century Literary Marketplace; Travel Literature; Literature of North America; Medieval Aesthetics and Poetic Art; Discovering the Archives; Cultural Journalism; From Globe to Globe; Irish Drama and Theatre from Wilde to O'Casey; Irish Drama and Theatre from Beckett to the Present; Thinking about Theatre; Literature and Colonialism; Studies in Oral History; Studies in Regional Identities; Film in the Digital Age.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
QQI Level 8 degree or equivalent, H2.2 overall with H2.1 in one subject. GPA 3.0 or equivalent. IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent if applicable. Please see website for any updates to these entry requirements.

Those who do not meet the minimum entry requirements may be admitted with relevant professional experience via a qualifying exam, or be admitted to the PDip.

Application dates

NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.


1 year full-time.

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Career Opportunities
Our graduates have launched successful careers in a range of fields, including publishing, advertising, bookselling, arts administration, social media management, and public relations. Employers across a variety of sectors value the transferrable communication, research, project management, teamwork, and critical thinking skills that are cultivated over the course of this MA.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Daytime

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