Major Project

Module Number: P65034

Module Leader(s)/Tutors: Dr Caroline Davis,

This module takes place during Summer

Students on the MAs in Publishing must complete either a Major Project or a Dissertation (see here for more details on the Dissertation). The Major Project is a major in-depth investigation of either a practical or business project and its development process in an area significant to the study of publishing media through extended design, production or strategic management work.  It can take the form of either a major practical or business project, and has an accompanying written analytical component of 5,000 words.  For students taking the MA in International Publishing, Publishing and Language or Digital Publishing, the Major Project will be in the specific context of international, language or digital issues, as appropriate. 

Work on the Major Project starts in Semester 1, with a series of research methods classes and project workshops designed to assist the development of your ideas. In Semester 2 you complete a project proposal, which you receive feedback on. In Semester 2 you are also allocated a supervisor, who you work with closely on your Major Project during a negotiated set of 1-to-1 supervision sessions. Your supervisor will discuss your plans, your development and research methods, and give you feedback on draft material. The Major Project is submitted in September following your final semester on the MA.

Major Projects can cover a wide range of publishing topics. Some students use design and production skills to produce publishing products (books, magazines, journals, and websites).  Others write business plans for a proposed new publishing idea, or write consultancy reports for industry practitioners.  Frequently, students base their topic in an area of publishing in which they would like to work, or where they are already doing work experience or internships.

Major Projects enable you to focus on an area of publishing that really fascinates you; to allow you to conduct and create real-life practical and professional projects; to make contact with experts (both academics and practitioners) in your field of study; and to situate yourself in the job market.

Contributes to: Publishing