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Media, Journalism and Publishing

BA (Hons) - single

School of Arts

What you will study

This course gives students up-to-date knowledge and skills in digital journalism and publishing with an emphasis on writing and authorship. It is distinctive in its examination of the media, both past and present, and its concentration on authorship, journalism and publishing. It teaches theory and practical skills in editorial, design, video and marketing. You can choose either journalism and book publishing or both. Media and media theory are integrated throughout the degree. There are regular field trips and you will complete the programme with a portfolio of content, across media formats.

What next?

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.

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 120

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

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.

  • Ranked at Number 2 for Journalism, Publishing and PR in the 2019 Guardian University Guide
  • Employability score of 97 per cent
  • All of our academics have worked in the media and continue their connections through research and consultancy
  • Oxford is the home of many global publishing brands and media professionals
  • The city has more published writers per square mile than anywhere else in the world, and has been home to a host of famous authors from Tolkien and C. S. Lewis to Philip Pullman and Mark Haddon
  • The Centre has a network of international links that facilitate a range of opportunities from exchange semesters and language learning to international collaboration on projects
  • Our industry network extends to some of the UK’s leading media organizations including Bloomsbury,  Penguin Random House, Hearst, Conde Nast, Future, Immediate, BBC, Google and more
  • Field trips to international book fairs, from Frankfurt to Beijing; visits to media and journalism summits; volunteering at events such as the London Book Fair and the Oxford Literary Festival
  • Live reportage opportunities for aspiring journalists on our programme, enabling students to enhance their writing portfolios

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

This programme gives students the skills, knowledge and confidence to work in the media in a range of roles. It is distinctive in its examination of the media both past and present, and its concentration on authorship, journalism and publishing. Industry functions and key practical skills are addressed alongside the importance of the media in society.

Study modules

There are two pathways through the programme: journalism and book publishing. Students are free to follow one or to keep their degree as broad as possible.

All modules in the first year are compulsory and designed to provide a theoretical and practical foundation and the opportunity to develop disciplinary and professional skills, as well as transferable skills that are essential for successful study in years 2 and 3.

In year 2 you gain core competencies alongside your broader understanding of ideas and concepts. Year 3 offers in-depth study of industry sectors and professional practice.

As students progress, greater emphasis is placed on independent learning, more complex problem solving, and research-orientated tasks. This culminates in the compulsory module Major Project or Dissertation.

As vour courses are reviewed regularly, the module list may vary from that shown.

Year 1

All modules in Year 1 are compulsory

  • Writing and Developing Content
  • Understanding Contexts
  • The Creative Industries
  • Design and Technology
  • Storytelling as Experience
  • Media Law and Ethics

Years 2 and 3

The following modules are compulsory:

  • Essential Journalism
  • The Book Publishing Industry
  • Typographic Design for Page and Screen
  • Media Marketing and Business
  • Research and Data Analysis

The following modules are optional:

  • Oxford
  • Journalism and Popular Culture
  • Print Media and Society
  • International Publishing
  • Chinese Language and Culture

Year 3

The following modules are compulsory:

  • Creative Entrepreneurship
  • Major Project or Dissertation

The following modules are optional:

  • Fiction and Non-Fiction
  • Digital Journalism
  • Death of the Author and the Birth of the Citizen Writer
  • Media and Propaganda
  • Magazine Publishing
  • Children’s Publishing
  • Digital Product
  • Work Placement

Work placements

We have two members of staff who organize work placement opportunities for students; and our website advertises both work placements and jobs in the 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.

Study abroad

There are opportunities to study abroad, for example, in your second year you could go on an exchange to our partner universities in Amsterdam or Stuttgart, or to universities in the USA or Australia.

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.

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

Much of our success derives from our extensive links with industry in the UK and internationally. All members of staff have worked in the media and continue their connections through their research and consultancy. We have excellent relationships with industry and trade organizations, and the OICP brand is widely respected. Our alumni are working in a variety of roles throughout the media and we currently have over 700 members of our alumni group on LinkedIn.

Oxford is the home of many global publishing brands and media professionals. A range of visiting speakers from industry are invited during the programme and we run an annual careers day where students can speed-date with professionals from book, magazine and newspaper publishing. Senior media professionals contribute to the work of OICP through our Industry Advisory Board.

The Centre hosts a web board of vacancies and work experience opportunities.

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

For more information visit the OICP 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.

Teaching and learning

There are two pathways through the programme: journalism and book publishing. Students are free to follow one or to keep their degree as broad as possible. Media and media theory are woven throughout the degree and do not have their own pathway as such, given their integration across the degree. All the modules on the programme complement each other and students are able to shape a degree that reflects both their academic and intellectual interests but also their career aspirations. Other optional modules available include a formal work placement, Print Media and Society, and Chinese Language and Culture.


The programme draws on a variety of learning and teaching methods to support your learning and deliver the range of knowledge and skills required.

  • Lectures give you the knowledge and framework for study that will enable you to achieve the learning outcomes for the module
  • Seminars encourage you to engage in discussion with your tutors and peers to test your understanding and ability to apply ideas, to develop transferable skills, and to encourage deeper learning
  • Practical workshops give you the opportunity to test, clarify, and apply your skills in, for example, video and audio
  • Studio modules enable hands-on activities and the development of project work in our dedicated IT suite of Mac computers equipped with industry standard software
  • The learning platform Moodle is used to offer extra resources and learning materials
  • Field trips: those to the industry and events enable you to see at first hand what you have learnt during lectures and workshops; they will also develop your academic understanding, for example visiting libraries and places of literary importance
  • Online and print publications offer the chance to write and edit copy, and put into practice typographic and other design work
  • Student presentations offer the opportunity for self-evaluation and feedback from visitors from industry


Approach to assessment

The assessment strategy is designed to take a holistic view of the programme, and to ensure that assessment methods are wide ranging and challenging. Assessment methods within each module have been designed to enable students to demonstrate their achievement of the learning outcomes for that particular module. A variety of forms of assessment is used, as is appropriate in a programme where skills and knowledge are of equal relevance to employment and career progression as facility with academic theory and summative assessment. The following are indicative types of assessment:

  • 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
  • Teamworking assignments

The module Creative Entrepreneurship is intended to help students with their personal positioning to engage with and enter the creative industries. The aim is to support students in the creation of an effective portfolio of content, across media formats, to facilitate their career progression.

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

International applicants

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 the home of many global publishing brands and media professionals. The city has more published writers per square mile than anywhere else in the world, and has been home to a host of famous authors from Tolkien and C. S. Lewis to Philip Pullman and Mark Haddon.
  • Oxford is a vibrant, student-friendly place with lots to offer, including a wide range of sporting venues, shops, pubs, cafes, clubs, cinemas, theatres and restaurants. With excellent transport links, it is ideally situated for exploring the rest of Britain and Europe. London is easily accessible by both coach and train


Specialist facilities

The Oxford International Centre for Publishing is based in Headington Hill Hall, built in 1824 for the Morrell family. Classes for the degree programmes take place at the Headington Campus of the University, including in the recently opened John Henry Brookes building. Facilities available to publishing students include a 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 ABC, Nielsen Bookscan, The Bookseller, Business Source Complete, Fame, Global Publishing Information Reports, Logos, and Mintel.

Oxford Brookes is the permanent home of the Booker Prize Archive and hosts a number of specialist publishing collections. As an example, Jane Doe was the professional name used by Nettie (Ada) Lewis (1891–1979) whilst working as a journalist in the 1920s and 1930s. The Jane Doe Collection consists of scrapbooks of Jane's news cuttings, photographs, correspondence, diaries and account books. It offers a fascinating insight into both the working life of a female journalist in the inter-war period and the lives and concerns of her readers.

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.

Course downloads

  • Oxford Brookes Publishing brochure 2016
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