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Media, Journalism and Publishing

BA (Hons)

Key facts


UCAS code

P300

Start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Location

Headington

Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: up to 6 years

Department

School of Arts

UCAS Tariff Points

120

Overview


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.

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

 

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How to apply


Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 120

A Level: BBB

IB Points: 31

BTEC: DDM

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.

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.

Entry requirements

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.

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 with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate 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.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
2019/20
Home/EU Full Time
£9,250

Home/EU Part Time
£750 per single module

International full time
£13,410

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088
2019/20
Home/EU Full Time
£9,250

Home/EU Part Time
£750 per single module

International full time
£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 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
    or
  • 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

Design and Technology*

Media Law and Ethics*

Storytelling as Experience*

The Creative Industries*

Understanding Contexts*

Writing and Developing Content*

Year 2

Essential Journalism*

The Book Publishing Industry*

Typographic Design for Page and Screen*

Media Marketing and Business*

Research and Data Analysis*

Chinese Language and Culture

International Publishing

Journalism and Popular Culture

Oxford

Print Media and Society

Year 3

Creative Entrepreneurship*

Major Project or Dissertation*

Children’s Publishing

Death of the Author and the Birth of the Citizen Writer

Digital Journalism

Digital Product

Fiction and Non-Fiction

Magazine Publishing

Media and Propaganda

Work Placement

* = Required

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

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.

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.