This programme provides an excellent overview of every aspect of publishing, with an emphasis on digital publishing. The MA in Digital Publishing combines theory with practice and provides scope to develop specialist skills required for career development. You will graduate with a broad understanding of the key issues facing the publishing industry in the 21st century and a wide range of publishing and general management skills, including advanced IT skills, to help you succeed in the industry.
Digital Publishing is part of a group of publishing courses, run by the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies (within the School of Arts), which enjoy a high international standing in the publishing world. We have close links with publishing companies in Oxford and London, and staff have extensive experience in national and international publishing roles.
Our publishing programmes provide you with the skills, knowledge and networks to kickstart your career in publishing, or to improve your current position.
If you choose an MA in Digital Publishing at Oxford Brookes you will benefit from:
To find out more visit Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies.
Some of the key teaching methods we use are:
Assessment is primarily by coursework. A limited number of class tests assess your skills in applying marketing terms and in proof reading.
Assignments in all modules are designed to assess your knowledge and skills developed during the period of study. These closely align with industry practice so that through the programme you gain in confidence in your ability to complete live publishing projects. After successfully completing the programme you are ready to enter the publishing industry as an effective employee.
In addition to the and knowledge of contemporary publishing strategies and issues provided through the formal teaching in the compulsory and optional modules, you will develop a professional network which will enable you to navigate effectively through this international industry. You will gain skills in team working, digital and financial literacy, marketing and sales that combined with an innovative approach to contemporary media issues will enable you to start or to enhance your career in publishing.
Our publishing courses attract graduates from a wide range of disciplines who are seeking entry with advanced standing into the publishing industry. We also attract people wishing to update and enhance their knowledge of publishing practice and people working in publishing who are seeking knowledge outside their own specialist field in order to advance their careers.
Candidates from around the world enrol on the course to learn about publishing within the context of a global industry - in the past three years we have had postgraduate students from over 30 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America.
This course combines relevant theory with practice and, by equipping you with appropriate knowledge and skills, enhances your employment prospects in the publishing and related media industries.
The MA in Publishing Media at Oxford Brookes is respected throughout the world. It gives you a broad understanding of the key issues facing the publishing industry in the 21st century, and provides scope to develop specialist skills required for your career development. It also enables in-depth exploration of specialist areas through independent study and a dissertation or a major project.
This is one of a number of courses run by the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies which enjoy a high international standing in the publishing world. We have close links with publishing companies in Oxford, London and the south-east of the UK, and our staff have extensive experience in national and international publishing roles.
Our industry-led Publishing Media MA provides you with the skills, knowledge and networks to kickstart your career in publishing, or to improve your current position.
To find out more visit Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies.
As a student studying with us, you will engage in a range of teaching and learning experiences. Some of the key teaching methods we use are:
Assignments in all modules are designed to assess your knowledge and skills developed during the period of study. It is nearly all coursework with a few class tests. These are designed to closely align with industry practice so that through the programme you gain in confidence in your ability to complete live publishing projects. After successfully completing the programme you are ready to enter the publishing industry as an effective employee.
Assessment is primarily by coursework. A limited number of class tests assess your skills in applying marketing terms and in proofreading.
Our programmes in Publishing provide you with the skills, knowledge and equally important access to networks that kickstart your career in publishing, or improve your current position.
Graduates who have completed publishing courses at Oxford Brookes have been exceptionally successful in obtaining employment soon after graduation and have a strong record of career progression because our courses enjoy a high international standing. Our flexible work experience opportunities with local, regional, national and international publishing enterprises provide you with the essential up-to-date practical knowledge that will enhance your employment prospects on completing the programme. In addition our teaching staff have extensive experience in national and international publishing roles and a broad range of contacts that are at your disposal for your individual interests in this diverse industry.
You apply for this course through http://www.brookes.ac.uk" target="_blank">UCAS Postgraduate.
Through UCAS Postgraduate, you should use the UKPASS portal to make your application, which will then be forwarded directly to our Admissions Office. You should send supporting documentation to us directly using the email addresses on the UKPASS application form.
You do not need to wait for your references before you apply and while we do not have a deadline for applications and continue to accept students through the summer, the earlier you apply, the earlier we can respond.
We usually offer an interview to applicants which can be in person if you live near Oxford. Alternatively, we can telephone you or offer a Skype interview.
Successful applicants who have accepted their place are then invited to join a Facebook group so that they can get to know each other before joining us in September.
This MA prepares you for a career in the challenging world of publishing. Taught by experts and practitioners and with masterclasses from industry leaders, the programme of study includes the knowledge, skills and understanding you need to become a successful publisher.
The programme equips students with both a practical insight into how this complex industry functions and a range of transferable skills. These include training in editorial, sales and marketing skills, publishing business plans and their successful delivery, contract negotiation and copyright management, production processes, digital contexts, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of five core modules (120 credits), three optional modules (30 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months or flexible study 2-5 years) is offered.
All MA students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000 words.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through lectures and seminars, with an emphasis on practical skills and exercises based on real-world and team working. Assessment is through essays, presentations, reports, one unseen examination, and the dissertation.
Students are encouraged to acquire practical work experience in the publishing industry and part-time opportunities will be circulated as they arise to all students. Students may also organise their own placements with the approval of staff. Staff will also assist students with applications and writing CVs and covering letters.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Publishing MA
For more details on the scholarships we offer please visit: UCL Publishing Centre .
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
At the end of the programme you will be a professional publisher ready to launch your career with a qualification from a university that the industry recognises and values.
Recent career destinations for this degree
UCL's MA in Publishing aims to help train leaders in the industry. We employ a rigorous applications process to ensure we recruit the very best potential publishers, and professional behaviour is at the heart of everything we do. This is an intensive programme, which provides access to the publishing industry throughout its duration, and we work with each student to give them the best support for their individual professional development. As a result, our graduates are sought-after recruits. Recent job successes have been at Bloomsbury Digital, Sage, and Penguin.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
The Publishing MA aims to cover the entire spread of publishing disciplines, from fiction and trade to professional, academic, scholarly and educational.
Teaching staff possess a wide range of book trade experience and networks of contacts across all fields in the UK and internationally. Their research has helped shape how publishers have developed practices, and made an impact on the discipline as a field of academic study.
In addition, leading publishers, literary agents, authors, legal experts, booksellers and electronic authorities visit to give lectures and presentations. Students benefit from masterclasses from industry leaders on current and controversial issues and field visits to retailers, publishers and libraries.
Prepare yourself for the ever-evolving world of publishing. Get up-to-the-minute information on key issues and emerging technologies, and direct access to professional publishers through our industry links. You might even win one of our prestigious bursaries.
Course duration: 12 months full-time or 2 years part-time (September starts); 17 months full-time or 2 years part-time (January starts)
Semesters 1 & 2: Monday 6-8pm AND Thursday 6-8pm (full-time) / Monday 6-8pm OR Thursday 6-8pm (part-time)
NB while you will be taught predominantly in the evening, some visits to businesses will take place during the day.
Our Master's course will take you on an in-depth exploration of the publishing industry, and equip you with vital skills for a career in publishing and many related fields.
By investigating areas like commissioning and editing, business management, marketing, production and publishing law, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge to plan and implement publishing projects in the context of emerging digital media.
You’ll benefit from many networking and career-building opportunities with publishing professionals, such as work placements, projects, field trips and guest lectures. Our professional mentoring scheme will provide you with your own mentor from industry according to your career interests, so you'll have the best possible introduction to the world of publishing.
We run a number of publishing and marketing short courses which our MA Publishing students can join for free. There's also the chance to win one of our annual bursaries and prizes, which are sponsored by distinguished organisations such as Cambridge University Press and the Worshipful Company of Stationers.
At the end of the course, you’ll undertake a Major Project, which might be a conventional academic project, a case study based on work experience, a creative piece with critical commentary or a business plan – the choice is yours.
Our MA Publishing was developed in close consultation with Cambridge University Press and other local publishers including ProQuest and Lutterworth's, so you can be confident it meets the professional needs of the publishing industry.
This course will equip you with knowledge and skills that will make you highly employable, in the publishing industry or any field that involves editorial work, marketing, business planning or project management. Our graduates have a track record of success: 100% of students have gone into paid employment within six months of graduating, with more than 90% in publishing-related careers at companies such as Bloomsbury, Wiley Capstone, Pearson, Cambridge University Press and Macmillan.*
Or you might decide to continue on to a research degree, like our PhD Publishing.
*Course Leader's records
Creativity and Content in Publishing
Legal Rights and Digital Issues in Publishing
The Business of Publishing
Production Processes in Publishing
Major Project Publishing
You’ll demonstrate your progress through a combination of essays, reports, business plans and book proposals, individual and group presentations (with professionally prepared handouts) and your final Major Project.
You’ll be able to apply for an internship with various local, national and even overseas organisations, like Cambridge University Press, Nexus Partnerships, Bloomsbury, Hachette, Hart McLeod, Lutterworth's, ProQuest and Shakespeare and Company in Paris.
As an offer holder for this course, you’ll have a chance to apply for one of our annual scholarships. The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers provides a scholarship of £6,000 a year, and the chance to become a Freeman of the Company, while our Cambridge University Press bursary offers a reduction of £1,200 on your tuition fees.
You’ll also have a chance of winning one of our graduation prizes for innovation, best major project, best overall grade and greatest contribution to the course.
Join and contribute to an industry that’s successfully orienting itself around the challenge of digital media. Though the Master of Publishing and Communications you can discover new business models and an expanded digital footprint in areas such as eBooks and apps.
This program successfully anticipated the developments in the publishing industry and incorporates a digitally focused and internationally oriented curriculum closely connected to the latest publishing practices.
The Master of Publishing and Communications furnishes you with the transferable skills you need to build your publishing career, including editorial, marketing, copywriting, commissioning, business and production skills for print and digital media.
If you want to develop a contemporary understanding of publishing practices and technologies, as well as how to apply your knowledge, the Master of Publishing and Communications solves these problems through hands‐on subjects in editing, production, marketing, new media and business communications. You can acquire advanced skills in editing, researching, writing and thinking critically about challenges facing the publishing and communications industries. Build a detailed and practical knowledge of effective communications strategies in business and professional contexts. And apply your skills and knowledge through an optional internship placement.
On graduation from the Master of Publishing and Communications, you will be ready for work in professional fields including: