Full time: MA: 12 months, PGDip: 8months, PGCert: 4 months Part time: MA: 24 months, PGDip: 3 semesters, PGCert: 2 semesters
24 August 2018
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.
The MA consists of three compulsory modules and three elective modules plus a dissertation or major project. The PGDip consists of three compulsory modules and three elective modules. The compulsory and optional modules are listed below.
In Semester 1 you take Design and Production, Editorial Management and Content Development, and Sales, Marketing and Consumer Insight.
In Semester 2 you choose three optional modules to develop skills and knowledge in specialist areas of publishing.
To gain an MA you must also submit a dissertation or a major project (15,000 words or equivalent for major projects).
Please note, as courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the module lists you choose from may vary from the ones shown here.
Compulsory for the MA
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.
Facilities available to publishing students include a purpose-built Apple Macintosh IT suite with an interactive whiteboard and sound and video projection. All students have the opportunity to learn and use professional software such as Adobe Creative Suite which includes InDesign, Acrobat, Photoshop and other software used for digital production. These technologies are taught in workshops and assessment for some modules involves producing course work using these programmes.
The library carries a comprehensive and up-to-date collection of books, journals and electronic resources relating to publishing. Students have access to many databases including Book Facts Online, the Bookseller, Business Source Complete, Fame, Global Publishing Information Reports, Logos, Mintel and Nielsen Bookscan.
The library also includes a number of special collections of relevance to publishing students and researchers such as The Booker Prize Archive, André Deutsch Collection, Publishing in Africa Collection and the Book Design Collection.
Visit the MA/PGDip/PGCert Publishing Media page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!
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