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Media, Journalism and Publishing

BA (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2023 / September 2024



Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: up to 6 years


School of Arts


The Journalism pathway is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ)

UCAS Tariff Points



Our Media, Journalism and Publishing degree is ideal if you want to work as a journalist, in PR or in publishing. 

This course will give you up-to-date knowledge and skills in digital journalism and publishing with an emphasis on writing and publishing. You can choose either journalism, book publishing or both. 

You’ll learn practical skills in:

  • editorial
  • design
  • video
  • marketing.

Aspiring journalists can take advantage of live reportage opportunities to enhance their writing portfolios.

You will be taught by staff who have worked in the media and continue their connections through research and consultancy. 

Oxford is the home of many global publishing brands, and our industry network extends to leading media organizations such as Bloomsbury, Penguin Random House, Hearst, Conde Nast, Future, Immediate, BBC, Google and more.

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How to apply

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

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 120

A Level: BBB

IB Points: 31


Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 96

A Level: CCC

IB Points: 28


Further offer details

We welcome applications from candidates with alternative qualifications, and from mature students.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: English Language at grade 4/C or above

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


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.

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.

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

Many of our courses consider applications for entry part-way through the course for students who have credit from previous learning or relevant professional experience.

Find out more about transferring to Brookes. If you'd like to talk through your options, please contact our Admissions team.

Application process

Full time Home (UK) applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home (UK) applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home 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 students at the maximum permitted level.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.

Learning and assessment

This course gives you the skills, knowledge and confidence to work in the media in a range of roles. 

There are two pathways through the programme: 

  • Journalism
  • Book publishing

You can choose one or the other, or keep their degree as broad as possible by studying a mix of the two.

All modules in Year 1 are compulsory. They are designed to provide a practical foundation and the opportunity to develop professional skills. You’ll also develop transferable skills that are essential for successful study in Years 2 and 3.

In Year 2 you gain core skills alongside your broader understanding of ideas.

Year 3 offers in-depth study of industry sectors and professional practice.

As you progress through the course, greater emphasis is placed on:

  • independent learning
  • complex problem solving
  • research tasks.

You’ll use these skills in the compulsory module Major Project or Dissertation.

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Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Design and Technology

Media Law and Ethics

Storytelling as Experience

The Creative Industries

Understanding Contexts

Writing and Developing Content

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Essential Journalism

The Book Publishing Industry

Typographic Design for Page and Screen

Media Marketing and Business

Research and Data Analysis

Video Journalism

Optional modules

Fashion Journalism

Sports Journalism

Chinese Language and Culture

International Publishing

Oxford: City and Creative Industry

Print Media and Society

Year 3 (placement year)

Optional modules

Career Development Placement

Career Development Placement The aim of this module is to develop the professional profile and professional confidence of a student through experiential learning opportunities and engagement with external organisations by undergoing work placements, internships and industry experiences. It aims to enable students to manage their own learning and self-direction through identifying opportunities that align to their disciplinary ambitions, situating their practice in a professional context. It offers a range of options including an Enterprise Residency where students can operate as freelancers and develop ideas for a start-up business with the full support of Brookes Enterprise Support.

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

Compulsory modules

Creative Entrepreneurship

Major Project or Dissertation

Optional modules

Children’s Publishing

Death of the Author and the Birth of the Citizen Writer

Digital and Data Journalism

Digital Product

Fiction and Non-Fiction

Magazine Journalism

Media and Propaganda

Popular Culture & the Media

Work Placement

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of learning and teaching methods:

  • Lectures give you a knowledge and study framework to enable you to achieve your learning outcomes.
  • Seminars encourage you to talk with your tutors and peers to test your understanding and ability to apply ideas.
  • Practical workshops let you test, clarify, and apply your skills in, for example, video and audio.
  • Studio modules enable hands-on activities and project work in our dedicated IT suite of Mac computers with industry standard software.
  • The learning platform Moodle offers extra resources and learning materials.
  • Field trips. Industry trips and events let you see what you have learnt during lectures and workshops; they also develop your academic understanding, for example visiting libraries.
  • Online and print publications offer the chance to write and edit copy, and put typographic and design work into practice.
  • Student presentations offer self-evaluation and feedback from visitors from industry.

Field trips

There are the opportunities for field trips and working at live events: for example, visits to industry organisations; international book fairs; media and journalism summits; and working at the Oxford Literary Festival and the London Book Fair. Field trips are optional.


Assessment methods used on this course

The media and publishing industry value skills and knowledge as much as academic achievement. With this in mind the assessment methods for each module have been designed so that you can show your understanding.

The module Creative Entrepreneurship is intended to help you enter the creative industries. We aim to support you in the creation of an effective portfolio of content, across media formats, to aid the progression of your career.

Types of assessment include:  

  • essays on academic or research topics
  • business reports and case studies
  • project work across areas such as design, apps, and different forms of publication
  • presentations in role
  • pitches of new ideas and concepts
  • video reports of news stories or documentary features
  • role plays using professional scenarios
  • team-working assignments.

Study Abroad

You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

After you graduate

Career prospects

This degree is targeted at a career in the media sector or other creative industries. Career options include book, magazine and newspaper publishing, digital journalism, public relations, social media and content marketing, communications, radio and television, NGOs and arts administration. Much of our success derives from our extensive links with industry in the UK and internationally. Our industry network extends to some of the UK’s leading media organisations including Bloomsbury, Penguin Random House, Hearst, Conde Nast, Future, Immediate, BBC and Google.

Our Staff

Alexandra Shakespeare

Working with retail brands and newsstand publications to create compelling content for a variety of audiences, Alexandra is expert at both crafting copy and strategising editorial concepts.

Read more about Alexandra

Free language courses

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.

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Part-time study

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.