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Media, Journalism and Publishing

BA (Hons) - single BA (Hons) - combined

* This course is subject to validation by the University.

School of Arts

Media, Journalism and Publishing are dynamic, constantly changing and exciting fields in which to work.  This exciting new programme gives students up-to-date knowledge and skills in digital journalism and publishing with an emphasis on writing and authorship throughout.

The programme provides a rigorous education developing from a foundation of theory and skills, such as in editorial, design, video and marketing, towards more strategic thinking and a focus on industry sectors and professional practice. You will gain an understanding of the different ways of presenting information and published content and graduate with a portfolio of content across many media formats. 

This market-leading degree is based at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing, one of the largest and most innovative centres for publishing education in the world. Oxford Brookes has the longest record of degree-level publishing education in the world and scores consistently high in the university league tables. 

We've reviewed our combinations for this course for 2019 entry - please check the current list of combined honours options in 'Combining this course with another subject'



Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 120

Available start dates

September 2019

Teaching location

Headington Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 3 years
  • Part time: up to 6 years

UCAS code


For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

 • Study at the largest and most innovative centre for publishing education in the world; the Oxford International Centre for Publishing (OICP) provides unrivalled links and networking opportunities with the local, national and international industries.

• We are the market leader with a large faculty of staff with extensive industry expertise, from book to magazine publishing, and a variety of research interests and strong publication records. All our academics have worked in the media and continue their connections through research and consultancy. In the area of publishing, our academics write many of the books that are used for teaching this subject. 

• Publishing at Oxford Brookes consistently ranks high in the league tables and currently ranks number 2 in ‘Journalism, Publishing and PR’, Guardian University Guide 2019. 

• This programme provides the skills to work in a range of roles: digital journalism; social media and content marketing; book, newspaper and magazine publishing; public relations and communications; radio and television; and NGO and arts administration. 

• Excellent access to work experience, internships and employment in Oxford and London.

‘Brookes has given us some fabulous employees. From an employer's point of view, a Brookes Publishing graduate is as good as someone with at least a year's work experience.’  Rebecca Smart, Managing Director, Ebury Publishing, Penguin Random House

At Oxford Brookes, you can choose to study Media, Journalism and Publishing as either a single honours or combined honours degree. 


Year 2

Work placements




Study abroad

There are opportunities to study abroad, in Europe, North America or Australia, by going on exchange for a semester.

Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:
  • increasing your employability within an international market
  • boosting your language skills
  • building your confidence in adapting to new situations
  • improving your knowledge of different cultures.
While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree.

We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards. 

There is also a European work placement programme which gives you the chance to work abroad as part of your studies.

For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Unrivalled industry links

The Centre hosts a web board of vacancies in the publishing industry and work experience opportunities.

The Centre's Industry Advisory Board shares industry expertise in order to improve course development and delivery for the Centre's undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Members of the Board, who come from all sectors of the industry, from children's and magazine publishing to trade and educational publishing, give individual support to students and contribute to the Centre's Working in Publishing day.

For more information visit the OICPS website.

Programme changes

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2019/20: £9,250

Home/EU - part time fee: 2018/19: £750 per single module

International - full time: 2019/20: £13,410

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 120

A-Level: BBB or equivalent

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

IB Diploma: 31 points


Applications are welcomed from candidates with alternative qualifications, and from mature students.

For combined honours, normally the offer will lie between the offers quoted for each subject.

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics and English Language at grade C or above

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Selection process

Part-time students should apply directly to the university.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an  international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our  pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

How to apply

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

Oxford is a global centre of publishing - local companies include Elsevier, Oxford University Press, Pearson Education, Taylor & Francis, and Wiley-Blackwell. A large number of independent publishing organisations are also based in Oxford, including the African Books Collective, Barefoot Books, David Fickling, Infinite Ideas, Osprey Publishing, Oxfam Publishing, and the Voltaire Foundation.

Specialist facilities

The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies is based in the Buckley Building, on Oxford Brookes’ Headington Campus. Facilities available to publishing students include a new purpose-built IT suite with an interactive whiteboard and sound and video projection. There are over 40 full-spec Apple Macs with up-to-date software, including Adobe Creative Suite. All students have the opportunity to learn and use professional software such as Adobe InDesign.

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, Nielsen Bookscan, and Pirabase.

Oxford Brookes is the permanent home of the Booker Prize Archive and hosts a number of specialist publishing collections.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.