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Publishing & Language (MA/ PGDip)

Course Description

The course provides an excellent overview of every aspect of publishing. It combines relevant theory with practice and, by equipping you with appropriate knowledge and skills, will enhance your employment prospects in publishing and related work.

The MA in Publishing and Language is appropriate for those who wish to work in the field of international co-editions, translations, or international educational publishing. Students focus on language issues in their major project or dissertation.

This is one of a number of publishing 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 and London, and staff have extensive experience in national and international publishing roles.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/publishing-and-language/

Why choose this course?

- Excellent employment prospects: 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. There are a variety of awards to suit your needs and career aspirations.

- Extensive industry links and networking with publishing organisations such as the Independent Publishers Guild, OPuS (Oxford Publishing Society) and the Society of Young Publishers – regular events are held at Oxford Brookes. Additionally there is an industry advisory board with representatives from major publishers such as Bloomsbury, Faber, HarperCollins, Hodder and Random House.

- Unrivalled access to work experience and International internships, and access to a wide range of visiting speakers from the publishing industry who regularly contribute to the programmes. There is also a specialist careers advice including our Working in Publishing Day

- A large faculty with a variety of research interests and extensive industry expertise who provide comprehensive coverage of publishing, from mass market books to magazines.

- A great location in Oxford, which is a global publishing centre and access to unique research resources and specialist publishing collections; The Booker Prize Archive; André Deutsch Collection, African Publishing Collection; the Bodleian Library.

- The opportunity to visit international book fairs including Frankfurt and Bologna, and the opportunity to attend an international Summer School in Florence with students from Slovenia, Germany, Italy and France.

Teaching and learning

Some of the key teaching methods we use are:
- lectures that provide you with foundation knowledge and a framework for study that will enable you to achieve the module's learning outcomes

- seminars and workshops that encourage you to engage in discussion with tutors and peers to test their understanding and ability to apply ideas, to develop their transferable skills, and to encourage deeper learning

- computer workshops to give you the opportunity to test, clarify, and apply their IT skills

- field trips to book fairs and to the industry, for example, printers, publishers, retailers, so that you can observe at first hand aspects of the industry taught in lectures and workshops

- work experience and internship opportunities across a broad range of departments and market sectors

- group work role play simulating new product development in a real-life publishing context

- individual supervision in support of self-directed outcomes for the dissertation or major project

- use of resource-based learning materials and virtual learning environments to support student learning through computer-aided assessment and computer-aided learning.

Assessment is primarily by coursework. A limited number of class tests assess your skills in applying marketing terms and in proof reading.

How this course helps you develop

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, for the purpose of career advancement, knowledge outside their own specialist field. 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.

In addition to the 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.

The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies (within the School of Art) at Oxford Brookes offers the largest range of postgraduate courses in publishing in Europe. Our programmes in Publishing provide you with the skills, knowledge and networks to kickstart your career in publishing, or to improve your current position.


Our graduates have established an enviable reputation in the publishing industry and they are extremely successful in obtaining good jobs fast.

Evidence from our alumni suggests that they are able to enter the industry at a higher level than would otherwise have been possible. We have our own vacancy list of jobs in publishing and run an annual Working in Publishing Day at which advice on working in the industry is provided through workshops on interviews, preparing CVs and cover letters combine with short speed-dating interviews with over 40 publishing companies and employment agencies specialising in publishing jobs.

Research highlights

The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies is one of the leading centres for publishing education in the world. Our staff and students contribute to a vibrant research environment that is interdisciplinary in emphasis and international in scope. We focus on areas such as book consumption and the life cycle of books, book trade and publishing history (especially 18th-21st centuries), museum publishing, serials publications, pedagogy and publishing education, and the future of the industry. Members of staff have published award-winning monographs, key pedagogical textbooks, and a range of scholarly articles and edited collections.

Students pursuing doctoral studies with us are investigating such topics as girl’s magazines in the cultural and consumer marketplace, the future of university libraries, German publishing in the First World War, and marketing strategies for children’s literature in the Middle East. We also supervise students for the PhD by Publication. Most of our research students are based in Oxford, but a number work on their studies from a distance with regular contact in person and by email.

Research is supported by the resources of Oxford Brookes Library –especially its Special Collections featuring the Booker Archive, the Publishing in Africa Collection, the Rainbird Archive, and the Peter Stockham Collection of Children’s Books—as well as by other local and regional archives and university libraries.

The Centre carries out independent research and training with the international publishing industry. Recent research and consultancy clients include the British Council, Hewlett Packard, the Society of Experimental Biology and Sports Books.

If you have a topic relating to publishing that you would like to study at doctoral level, please contact us with a preliminary synopsis.

Visit the Publishing & Language (MA/ PGDip) page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A good degree in any subject or significant industry experience is required. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a commitment to work in the publishing or communications industries. This commitment could be evidenced through voluntary work with communications sections in not-for-profit organisations, through short periods of work experience with publishers and through work with various media during university.

Course Fees

Home / EU: Full-time £7,495, Part-time £3,820; International: Full-time £12,870 Part-time £6,560

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