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Digital Publishing - MA/PGDip/PGCert


Course Description

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.

Why choose this course?

If you choose an MA in Digital Publishing at Oxford Brookes you will benefit from:
Unrivalled industry links and networking through connections 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. We also have an extensive network of alumni throughout the world. Publishing at Oxford Brookes is rated number 2 in the 2016 Guardian University Guide, in the category Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations. The programmes have been awarded the Creative Skillset tick by experts working in the creative industries.

Teaching by staff who have written many of the key texts on publishing, and supported by an Advisory Board comprising some of the most senior publishers in the UK, with an extensive list of visiting speakers and associate lecturers who are leading industry specialists. Visits to London, Frankfurt and Bologna book fairs, and the opportunity to attend an international Summer School in Florence with students from Slovenia, Germany, Italy and France.

Oxford is a global centre for the publishing industry and you will have unrivalled access to work experience in Oxford, London and elsewhere. We offer International internships, a range of scholarships, and provide specialist careers advice, including our Working in Publishing Day.

This course in detail

The MA consists of five compulsory modules and one elective module plus a dissertation or major project. The PGDip consists of five compulsory modules and one elective module. Compulsory modules 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 take the two digital modules and choose on additional optional module to develop your skills and knowledge in a specialist area of publishing.

To gain an MA you must also submit a dissertation or a major project (15,000 words or equivalent for major projects).

Compulsory modules
-Design and Production for Publishing
-Editorial Management
-Marketing Management for Publishing
-Digital Publishing Strategy
-Multi-Platform Publishing

Optional modules
-Academic and Professional Publishing
-International Rights Management
-History and Culture of Publishing
-Magazine Publishing
-Children's Publishing
-Fiction and Non-fiction Publishing
-Independent Study in Publishing

Compulsory for the MA
-Dissertation or Major Project

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.

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 your understanding and ability to apply ideas, to develop your transferable skills, and to encourage deeper learning.
-Computer workshops to give you the opportunity to test, clarify, and apply your 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 environment to support your learning through computer-aided assessment and computer-aided learning.

Careers and professional development

A Digital Publishing MA will provide you with the skills, knowledge and equally important access to networks that kick-start your career in publishing, or improve your current position.

"I got my dream job. The course made the difference..., and the head of sales told me that everyone in publishing knows that graduates from Brookes have an excellent preparation and knowledge of publishing."
Elena Bianco

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 digital publishing 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.

Visit the Digital Publishing - MA/PGDip/PGCert page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Entrants to the programme should possess the following minimum qualifications: A second-class honours degree, or equivalent, in any subject OR an appropriate professional background and experience in the publishing industry. Applicants should also demonstrate a commitment to work in the publishing or communications industries. This attribute is usually evidenced through the application and personal statement, references or at interview.

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