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Publishing (MA)

Course Description

The 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 at Oxford Brookes is respected throughout the world. The course 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.

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

Why choose this course?

Studying Publishing at Oxford Brookes gives you:
- Excellent employment prospects

- Extensive industry links and networking with specialist external speakers

- A great location in Oxford, which is a global publishing centre

- Unrivalled access to work experience and International internships

- Specialist careers advice, including our Working in Publishing Day

- A large faculty with a variety of research interests and extensive industry expertise

- Comprehensive coverage of the industry from mass market trade fiction, illustrated non-fiction, digital and academic publishing, journals, magazines, rights.

- Access to a wide range of visiting speakers from the publishing industry who regularly contribute to the programmes

- A variety of awards to suit your needs and career aspirations

- 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 London

- An industry advisory board with representatives from major publishers such as Bloomsbury, Faber, HarperCollins, Hodder and Random House Group

- Links 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

- An extensive network of alumni throughout the world

- The opportunity to attend an international Summer School in Florence with students from Slovenia, Germany, Italy and France.

Teaching and learning

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:
- 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 your understanding and ability to apply ideas, to develop your graduate attributes, and to encourage deeper learning

- computer workshops to give you the opportunity to test, clarify, and apply your digital 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 for example, simulating new product development in a real-life publishing context

- individual supervision in support of self-directed outcomes for the dissertation, major project or independent study module

- 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 proofreading.

How this course helps you develop

In addition to the skills 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, 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.


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 equally important access to networks that kick-start 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.

While studying with us, you will develop a wide range of publishing and general management skills, including advanced IT proficiency. Graduates who have completed our publishing courses have been exceptionally successful in obtaining employment in trade, children's journals, ELT and schools publishing, rights management, digital and production roles. Our alumni have strong records of career progression.

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. Our international alumni are working in publishing companies in New York, rights management in Toronto, production in India, digital enterprises in Kenya and a variety of roles throughout European publishing companies. In addition, European and UK students are working in Oxford and Cambridge University Presses, Taylor and Francis, Simon and Schuster, Sage, Penguin, Elsevier, Touch Press, Lion Hudson and Barefoot Books to name only a few.

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 (MA) page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Good degree (2.1) in any subject or significant industry experience is required or its international equivalent. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a commitment to work in the publishing or communications industries. This commitment may be evidenced in a number of ways. For example you may have done voluntary work with communications sections in not-for-profit organisations, undertaken short periods of work experience with publishers or worked with various media during university programmes. Include reference to any work experience in your personal statement. If you have not yet been able to obtain this experience, do mention your interest at your interview.

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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