BIS Publishing at University of Pretoria

BIS Publishers is consistently looking for new thoughts, methods, and techniques that stimulate creativity in its broadest scope. 

This package contextualizes the South African publishing industry, with specific applications to book publishing and corporate publishing.

The objectives are to equip students with background knowledge on the industry, role players, and trends, as well as with specific skills linked to the publishing value chain.

These skills include the commissioning of manuscripts aimed at specific markets; the management of the design, reproduction, and printing phase; copy-editing and proofreading; financial and marketing management.

Students are empowered to act as responsible information intermediaries who can add value to publications during the various phases of the
publishing process.

Admission requirements

The following persons will be considered for admission: a candidate who is in possession of a certificate that is deemed by the University to be equivalent to the required Grade 12 certificate with university endorsement; a candidate who is a graduate from another tertiary institution or has been granted the status of a graduate of such an institution; and a candidate who is a graduate of another faculty at the University of Pretoria.

Life Orientation is excluded when calculating the APS.

Grade 11 results are used in the provisional admission of prospective students.

A valid qualification with admission to degree studies is required.

Minimum subject and achievement requirements, as set out below, are required.

On the first-year level, a student has a choice between Afrikaans and English as a language medium.

In certain cases, tuition may be presented in English only, for example in electives, where the lecturer may not speak Afrikaans, or in cases where it is not economically or practically viable.

Should a candidate obtain an APS of 25 to 27, consideration for admission will be based on the results of the NBT, provided the quotas regarding student numbers have not been reached.

Minimum requirements

Achievement level
Afrikaans or English
NSC/IEB HIGCSE AS-Level A-Level 5 3 C C 28
(25-27 admission based on the NBT).

Duration: 3 years

What can you do with a publishing degree?

Copy editor.

Graphic designer.

Editorial assistant.



Literary agent.