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Master in Publishing

UPF-BSMMastersMaster in Publishing

The Master in Publishing is a professionalizing program for an international audience that has the unconditional support of the main institutions and companies in the sector. You will take a detailed tour of the operation of publishing and the publishing sector, and acquire practical and in-depth knowledge about the book industry. 

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Classes start: September 2024
Duration10 months
ECTS credits60
Price10.000 €

The Master in Publishing is a 100% professional course of recognized international prestige. It is the only master's degree in publishing considered by the Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking, where it appears at number 32 in the World Top 50 for cultural management/management of creative industries. It offers a detailed tour of the functioning of the publishing sector while presenting practical and in-depth knowledge about the publishing industry. It provides strategies necessary for the creation of a publishing company or project or for working in companies or institutions in the publishing world.

The program, taught by an exceptional teaching team made up solely of influential professionals from the publishing world, explores the different areas of the sector, going from the general to the specific: editorial lines (company creation, catalogue creation), negotiation and contracting (literary agencies, foreign rights departments), the operation of new startups (market place, app creation, communication), production in different media (paper, digital, audiobook, app, enriched pdf, etc.), distribution, promotion, and marketing.

Some 25 years after its foundation, the Master in Publishing maintains different collaboration agreements with the main institutions and companies in the publishing sector, especially in the city of Barcelona, ​​which consolidates the national and international projection of the course and reinforces its highly professional and practice-oriented approach. Among the world top 35 masters in its field according to the leading ranking Eduniversal Best Masters, and the only Master in Publishing.

The Master in Publishing is endorsed by Pompeu Fabra University, the 1st Spanish university and the 15th best university in the world (of those with less than 50 years), according to the Times Higher Education ranking. In addition, UPF Barcelona School of Management has EQUIS accreditation, the most prestigious institutional recognition for business schools globally.


Collaborators:Grupo Planeta
Penguin Randome House
Gremi d'Editors de Catalunya
Anagrama logo
RBA logo
La Central logo
Cedro logo
Ediciones CPG logo
Índice Arts Gràfiques
FIL Guadalajara logo
The Nielsen Company logo
CeGe logo
Grup62 logo
Inversiones Papiro
Canon logo
Grupo Santillana

Why choose this program


Links with the main institutions and companies in the publishing world

Since its inception, the master has had collaboration agreements with the main institutions and companies in the publishing sector, which consolidates its national and international projection and reinforces its highly professional approach, focused on the needs of publishers.


Teaching team made up of active professionals from the publishing sector

Benefit from an exceptional teaching team made up of professionals who are in relevant positions within the publishing sector, mainly in Barcelona.


The benchmark Master's in the sector

After 25 years, some 800 professionals endorse its long history and solid reputation. Most of the alumni currently hold important positions in the publishing sector or have created companies that they have established in various countries.


A Master's in tune with publishing innovation

This master deals with publishing in a practical and constantly updated way. You will become familiar with cutting-edge and latest generation programs for publishing: tablets, audiobooks, PDAs, smartphones, apps, and e-readers, among others.


A complete immersion in the book industry

The Master's undertakes an intense practical analysis of all the trades connected to books.


Direct access to the profession

A large majority of the students carry out internships in the main companies and a high percentage of Alumni are today professionals of reference in the sector.


International recognition

Study at a school accredited by EQUIS, an international distinction that guarantees the quality of our institution and makes us the 1st school of management linked to a public university with this accreditation in our country.

Who is it for?

The course is aimed at young graduates or graduates who want to enter the publishing sector with a solid base of knowledge and experience, young publishing professionals who want to consolidate their knowledge about the sector, as well as publishing professionals who want to systematize and update their skills in the publishing world.

25th anniversary of Master in Publishing

The program reaches its first quarter of a century after having promoted more than 50 companies in the book sector and having trained many professionals in the Spanish and Catalan publishing sector, as well as numerous professionals from Europe and around the world. To commemorate its anniversary, the master organized an institutional event on October 2021:


The Master in Publishing offers the following tools:


The curriculum has been designed by a team of experts to provide you with a detailed tour of how the publishing industry works, while allowing you to gain in-depth, practical knowledge of it. Come and find out more.

Module 1


Module 2

Intellectual property, negotiation, and contracting
  • The legal framework and copyright
  • Intellectual property law
  • Negotiation of copyright
  • Buying rights: parameters and strategies
  • The publishing contract: clauses and conditions
  • Transfer rights: primary, subsidiary, and other transfer modalities
  • The contractual management of digital rights
  • Literary agencies
  • The agency as a company
  • The figure of the literary agent
  • The agency contract. The author's contract
  • The sale of rights: negotiation and strategies
  • Cultural differences in negotiation
  • Contracting of rights and market
  • Scouts

Module 3

Editorial line, selection criteria, and programing
  • The publishing project. Between company and culture
  • From the catalogue to the collection and the singular book
  • Criteria and practice of preselection and reading of originals
  • The professional reader and reading reports: from literary to commercial evaluation
  • Professional reading: criteria for editing
  • Literary publishing. Fiction and non-fiction
  • Commercial, mainstream and best seller publishing
  • Children's and youth publishing
  • Kiosk and packaging publishing
  • Digital publishing and audiobooks (online and offline)
  • Others: comic, bibliophile, commissions, etc.a


  • Paper format
  • Digital format, offline and online
  • Audiobook format, offline and online
  • The publishing calendar versus the natural calendar and the ephemeris
  • The calendar at the service of the contractual and productive processes of the book

Module 4

The market

Module 5

Publishing production
  • Editing: objectives and techniques
  • Editing criteria
  • Orthographic correction. Correction techniques
  • The composition of the text
  • Review of pages and press proofs
  • Drafting of back covers and flaps
  • Bibliographic and typographic terminology
  • Typographic design
  • The letter: types and bodies
  • Measurement of bodies. Typometry
  • Design of the insides. Proportions
  • The book as an aesthetic object
  • The design of collections and image as a distinguishing feature of the company
  • The cover
  • The composition of the text: the mock-up
  • Graphic design: basic InDesign skills
  • Publishing outside the publisher: external trades (reading, proofreading, production, layout, and other freelance tasks)
  • The paper production process. Direct printing
  • Structure and materials of the book. The 'anatomy of the book': paper, colour chart, insides, sheets, covers
  • Calculation of production costs: pricing
  • The figure of the production manager
  • Traditional printing (plates and photoliths)
  • Digital printing
  • Paper calculations. Runs, losses, and defects
  • Types of binding and finishes

Digital publishing. Book 2.0, and digital technology and cybersecurity Google and publishing Media and reading modes

Module 6

Distribution and marketing
  • Distributors, distribution networks, and logistics.
  • Sales clearance
  • Billing
  • The marketing plan: strategy and business plan
  • Waterfall versus global launch
  • The danger of the "bargain bin" effect
  • Pricing policy
  • Advertising and merchandising

Module 7

The economic functioning of the publishing company. Finance for non-financial people

Introduction to the economic management of the company. Specificities of the publishing company

Ideal balance sheet structure and equity analysis ratios: solvency, indebtedness, and capitalization

  • Income, fixed and variable expenses, results and impact on the price of the book
  • Reading and analysis of the operating account

Module 8


From strips and displays to presentations and press conferences

Note on the Curriculum

The information contained in these pages is for information purposes only and may be subject to change in the adaptation of each academic year. The definitive guide will be available to students in the virtual space before the start of each subject.

Complementary activities

The NAME also includes the possibility of participating in practical activities and activities for personal and professional growth such as:

  • Compulsory Workshops: The Master's includes three compulsory workshops within the usual hours:
    • Practical workshop on book anatomy, on its structure and materials, in which practical exercises and sample analysis are carried out
    • Practical workshop on creating a publishing company
    • Practical workshop on the functioning of literary agencies
    • Editing workshop
  • Optional workshops: Furthermore, the Master's also makes three other optional workshops available to participants, at a different time than usual:
    • Practical workshop on spelling correction: 2 ECTS
    • Practical graphic design workshop: InDesign: 2 ECTS
    • Practical finance workshop for non-financial people: 2 ECTS
      Total optional workshops: 6 ECTS
      Despite being a basic training complement, attendance is not mandatory in this case, and a minimum quorum of 15 participants will be required for the sessions to take place.
  • Round tables: Throughout the course, round tables can be offered with prestigious professionals.
  • Visiting plan: Thanks to its collaboration with the Gremi d'Editors de Catalunya, the Master's in Publishing offers its students the possibility of attending The London Book Fair and the Frankfurter Buchmesse with the same conditions and bonuses as member editors, provided that travel restrictions and corresponding authorities allow it. The visit is carried out under the guidance of a prestigious professional from the sector.
    The Master's programs a compulsory guided visit to the INDEX printing press.
    In any case, these trips will take place in a different time slot than usual to adapt to business hours.
  • UPF-BSM Inside: is a group of interdisciplinary subjects (applied data, communication, creativity, innovation and project management, sustainability and leadership among others) that, if you take this program, you can access at no additional cost. They are 100% online and you can take them throughout the academic year at your own pace, as they have been designed as self-study subjects.
  • International mobility: The UPF Barcelona School of Management offers you the possibility of expanding your training and international vision through the International Mobility Programme. Extend your studies extracurricularly, during the academic year following the completion of your Master's, at a top-level institution. Limited places.


The Master is conducted in Spanish and Catalan. Some sessions may be given in English.



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MEDI and the Frankfurt Book Fair

MEDI at Cayfosa printing company

MEDI always tuned

MEDI at Índice printing company

Qualification obtained

Once you have passed the program, you will receive the following electronic degree certification (eTítulo©): Lifelong learning master's degree in Publishing, awarded by Pompeu Fabra University. The eTítulo© will be issued in Catalan, Spanish and English.

The electronic degree certification (eTítulo© ) is an authentic digital degree, issued in pdf format and electronically signed, with the same legal validity as if it were in paper format.


The teaching staff of the Master in Publishing is made up of active professionals from the publishing sector with long experience. Their vision of the subjects is eminently practical and is adapted to innovations in the publishing sector.


Academic directors


Collaborating faculty

  • Miguel Aguilar
    Literary Director at Debate, Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial.
  • Pep Amargant
    Commercial Director of the Literary Division at Grup Enciclopèdia.
  • Juan Jesús Arrausi
    Graphic designer, Professor of the design school Elisava and of the Pompeu Fabra University.
    CEO of Teachingdesigners Alliance.
  • Ferran Brunet
    Director of Legal Advice at RBA.
  • Marià Capella Pifarré
    Lawyer at Capella law firm.
  • Gemma Cera
    Founder and Director of Somnins
  • Juan Cerezo
    Editor at Tusquets Editores, Grupo Planeta.
  • Álvaro Colomer
    Journalist and writer.
  • Antonio Corzo
    Rights Manager at IMC Literary Agency. Roger Domingo.
    Editorial Director at Deusto, Gestión 2000, Alienta and Para Dummies, Grupo Planeta.
  • Joaquim Dorca
    Director of Devir
  • Ismael Fàbregas
    Sales agent for Índice Arts Gràfiques and QPprint. Previously served as the Sales Director of Cayfosa Impresia Ibérica.
  • Mauricio Fernández Armenta
    Marketing and Communication Coordinator, Grupo Planeta.
  • Josep Maria Ganyet
    Computer engineer specialized in Artificial Intelligence. CEO of the digital agency Mortensen and professor of Audiovisual Communication at Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
  • Josune García
    She has been Director of Ediciones Cátedra, Grupo Anaya.
  • Luiz Gaspar
    Research Director, NIELSEN BOOK.
  • Edgar Gasòliba
    Director at Deleatur Editorial Services.
  • Eva Giménez
    Co-founder and Director of Flamboyant editorial.
  • Marta Grau
    Former Director of the Human Resources Department at PRHGE.
  • Andreu Graupera Sardà
    Economy and Business Associate Professor of Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Laura Guilera Vella
    Responsible for the digital catalog of Grupo Planeta and Grup 62.
  • Nahir Gutiérrez
    Communications Director at Seix Barral and Communication Coordinator of the Editorial Division of Bookstores, Grupo Planeta.
  • José Hamad 
    Editor at Sexto Piso.
  • David Hernando
    Editorial Director at Comics Department, Grupo Planeta.
  • Laura Huerga 
    Director and founder of Raig Verd/Rayo Verce.
  • Enric Jardí
    Graphic Designer. Director of the Master’s on Advanced Typography at the EINA University School of Design and Art of Barcelona.
  • Paula Jarrín
    Owner of the children's and youth bookstore Al·lots.
  • Ana Jiménez
    Responsible for Realization of the International Area, Esencia and Tusquets, Grupo Planeta.
  • Josep Lafarga Sarrà
    General Secretary of Gremi d'Editors de Catalunya.
  • Pilar Lafuente
    Foreign Rights at Grupo Planeta.
  • Lucía Luengo
    Literary Director of Penguin Random House Editorial Group's Pocket Division.
  • Aurelio Major
    Literary Scout. Editor of the magazine Granta en español.
  • Gerardo Marín
    Deputy Director at Alfaguara and Taurus Hispánica, Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial.
  • Juan José Marín
    Lawyer. Professor of Civil Law.
  • Mònica Martín
    Director of MB Literary Agency.
  • Noemí Mercadé
    Editorial Director at Editorial Casals.
  • Alfredo Molina
    Director at Dextra Editorial.
  • Antoni Montagut
    Controller at Grupo Planeta de Agostini.
  • Pep Montserrat
    Graphic artist, illustrator and teacher at Escola Massana (confirm)
  • Mercedes Morán
    Lawyer at CEDRO.
  • Daniel Moreno
    Publisher, Capitán Swing.
  • Diego Moreno
    Editor at Nørdica.
  • Lilian Neuman
    Freelance editor and critic for La Vanguardia newspaper.
  • Berta Noy
    Editorial Director at Ediciones B, Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial.
  • Jordi Panyella i Carbonell
    Member and editor of the publishing cooperative Pol·len edicions. Promoter of the Institut de l'Ecoedició de Catalunya.
  • Geòrgia Picanyol
    Rights & Permissions Manager, Grupo Edebé.  
  • Rafael Pozo Puértolas
    Printer. Director of Graphic Production Consulting and Editing at CPG.
    Director of the Master in Graphic Production and Packaging of ELISAVA.
    Doctor in Communication from the Pompeu Fabra University.  
  • Silvia Querini
    She has been Editorial Director at Editorial Lumen, Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial.  
  • Antonio Ramírez
    Manager at La Central Bookshop, Barcelona-Madrid.  
  • Elena Ramírez
    Editorial Director at Seix-Barral and Director of International Fiction, Grupo Planeta.
  • Cristina Ramos
    Technician at Barcelona Activa.
  • Alberto Reboredo
    Head of Marketing and Digital Communication at División Editorial, Grupo Planeta.
  • Joan Riambau
    Literary Director of Rosa dels Vents, La Campana and La Magrana, Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial.
  • Marc Rocamora
    Director of Marketing and Communication of the Editorial Division of Libraries, Grupo Planeta.
  • Rosa Samper
    Literary Director of Montena, Molino, Random Comics and Penguin Kids, Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial.
  • Marta Sanllehí
    Educational Project Manager at Vicens Vives.
  • Isabel Sbert
    Literary Director at Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial.
  • Silvia Sesé
    Editorial Director at Editorial Anagrama.
  • Joan Solà Domingo
    Executive consultant at Abol Consulting (logistics and operations) and associate consultant at Roca Junyent Business Consultants.
  • Luis Solano
    Publisher, Libros del Asteroide.
  • Joan Tarrida
    Managing Director of Galaxia Gutenberg.
  • Núria Tey
    Former editorial Director at PRHGE.
  • Txell Torrent
    Agent at MB Literary Agency.
  • David Trías
    Executive Director at Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial.
  • Francisco Vázquez
    Purchasing Manager, Grupo Planeta.

Guest lecturers and special sessions 


The Master in Publishing offers a detailed tour of the book publication chain through practical classes, specialization workshops, and the development of the Master's Final Project.

Throughout the course, the program covers the different areas of the publishing sector, both the most general and the most specific areas, providing the necessary strategies to create a company or your own publishing project.


Book icons on MEDI

MEDI leads Forum Edita

MEDI and the publishing business


Learn with professionals in the publishing sector

Our teaching team is made up of professionals from the sector who transmit to the participants knowledge acquired over years of experience in the publishing world.


Professional focus of the course

The sessions combine the necessary theoretical knowledge typical of a university with an eminently practical approach that allows to show in depth the challenges and difficulties that publishing professionals face on a daily basis.


The Master's Final Project connects theory with practice

The Master's Final Project that is developed throughout the course responds to a professional challenge linked to the reality of the publishing world. With the help of a mentor, the student will link what they have learned in class with the professional practice of publishing.


Barcelona, international capital of publishing in Spanish and Catalan

The student will live and work in Barcelona, where they can enjoy all the resources that the master's degree and the city make available to them to learn and be part of the nerve centre of publishing in the Spanish and Catalan languages.


CEDRO awards

Thanks to the close collaboration of CEDRO, the Master in Publishing offers 3 awards to the best publishing projects of each course.


The Master in Publishing applies a continuous evaluation system through the exercises and exams corresponding to each subject, the development of the Master's Final Project, and other factors such as attendance and contribution in the classroom.

To obtain the corresponding qualification, it is essential to pass the Master's Final Project, attend classes regularly (a minimum of 80%) and pass the practical exercises and compulsory work, whose delivery conditions and preparation is indicated by the professionals who commission them, in each case.


Project-oriented learning and the combination of lectures and active methodologies such as case studies, flipped learning, solving real problems and professional simulations allow the student to connect theory and practice, acquire advanced skills and achieve learning which is transferable to work.

You will have:

  • Master's Final Project (TFM) or  Postgrad Final Project (TFP)
  • A personal mentor to monitor your final project (TFM or TFP)
  • Digital resources to achieve transversal skills
  • Interdisciplinary activities and workshops

Professional Future

In the Master in Publishing you will share a classroom in Barcelona with students from different national and international backgrounds, which will allow you to grow not only academically, but also culturally and personally.

The participants of the master come from various academic and business areas. This contributes to creating a multidisciplinary and collaborative spirit in the classroom, which is enriching for everyone.

Student profile

The Master in Publishing brings together students from all over the world with a very heterogeneous profile in which three large groups stand out: recent graduates in Humanities or Social Sciences who aim to make the leap from the university to the professional world and enter the publishing sector; young people who are already working as professionals in the publishing sector and who want to advance in their professional career, and independent professionals or professionals with accredited experience in the publishing sector who want to expand their knowledge to start and create their own publishing company or literary agency.


Average age


International participants


Previous studies in Letters (Humanities, Applied Languages, Philosophy, etc.)


Previous studies in Journalism and Communication


Previous studies in Law

Career opportunities

In the more than 20 years of the master's, two out of every five of our students develop a prestigious professional career in publishing companies of the highest international level. Their presence in positions of high responsibility in large corporations is numerous and recognized.

One in 10 students creates their own company in the publishing sector.

The network of Alumni of the master's is extensive and international and encourages meetings and professional exchanges between former students of the master's degree.

  • Publisher in a publishing company
  • Create your own publishing company
  • Literary agent
  • Marketing in Publishing

Grants, scholarships and financing


The UPF Barcelona School of Management offers you different means of financing so that you can take any of our programs without worry. We offer you the opportunity to finance part of your program, either by rewarding your talent through scholarships, through grants from entities dedicated to promoting education or through collaboration agreements with financial entities.

Merit Based Scholarship

Apply for our Merit Based Scholarship, awarded to those who prove they have talent and motivation.

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Grants and discounts

Claudio López Lamadrid Scholarship

Certain programs at UPF Barcelona School of Management offer specific financial aid to incoming students, funded by collaborating entities.

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Alumni discounts

If you are a member of our alumni associations or of one of our partner universities, we offer you a series of applicable discounts on the amount of tuition for your program.

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UPF Employee Discounts

If you are a member or family member of an employee of the UPF group or belonged to the collaborating institutions of the UPF Barcelona School of Management, you can enjoy a series of applicable discounts on the tuition fees for your program.

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Guild of Publishers Aid

Certain programs at UPF Barcelona School of Management offer specific financial aid to incoming students, funded by collaborating entities.

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UPF Partner Latinoamerican Universities Discount

If you are alumni of one of our Partner Universities, you are entitled to a discount of 10% on the UPF Barcelona School of Management Masters and postgraduate program tuition fees (those programs with more than 15 credits).

*Discount not compatible with other scholarships, discounts and reductions.

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Financing simulator

You can choose how to finance your studies by consulting our simulator.

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Collaborating entities

In addition, we collaborate with various entities which provide study loans on favorable terms. For more information you can contact any of the following links. 

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