Publishing 101: Do I need a degree?

In short, not necessarily.

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Sometimes you can get in to publishing on an internship, some with an apprenticeship, some with specific publisher-run schemes, and some do require a degree. But there’s no hard and fast rule.

So, do you need a degree?


  • The Harper Collins Graduate Scheme for BAME (British Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) people require a undergraduate degree.
  • Bloomsbury require an undergraduate degree for entry and lower level positions.

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  • The Creative Access program finds paid internships in the creative industries for BAME applicants.
  • Penguin no longer require a degree from its applicants.
  • You do not necessarily need a degree be to considered for Scholastic. 
  • Like Scholastic, Hachette don’t explicitly require a degree for all of their positions, but they may do for some.

These are guidelines only, however – don’t take our word as gospel! Do your research. Each job and company works differently.

Previous Posts

Publishing 101: What do publishers do? Part 1
Publishing 101: What do publishers do? Part 2
Publishing 101: Meet the Publishers
Publishing 101: Pip Watkins on Being a Book Designer
Publishing 101: Faye Rogers on Launching Her Dream PR Company
Publishing 101: What if I don’t live in London?

Coming up!

Guest Post: Hayley Steed
Publishing 101: Getting into the Industry

and much more!

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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