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Publishing Media

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

School of Arts

Publishing is a dynamic, constantly changing and exciting field that cuts across all media and encompasses a vast range of activities in many different industry sectors – magazines, journals, books, and digital. Come and study at one of the leading centres for publishing education in the world, where the undergraduate programme covers all aspects of this high-profile creative industry.

The market-leading publishing degree is based at The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, 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 UK.

We've reviewed our combinations for this course for 2018 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 2018 / 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.

 You will benefit from:

  • teaching from highly qualified staff in a lively and exciting department that provides an excellent standard of teaching
  • excellent employment prospects through unrivalled access to work experience and the department's own vacancy list of jobs in publishing
  • excellent facilities, including a purpose-built publishing IT suite and a range of resources in the library
  • the opportunity to meet industry professionals and publishing celebrities, and a network of alumni in all sectors of publishing
  • specialist careers advice, including our Working in Publishing day, when you can meet a variety of industry professionals
  • the excitement of the world of publishing as you explore the intriguing and creative tension between commerce and culture.

"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, Osprey Publishing

"I went to college in the United States for a semester before coming here but I wasn’t satisfied with my publishing course. So I got online and searched for the best undergraduate English-language Publishing programme in the world. I found Oxford Brookes." Taylor Leonard, BA Publishing

At Oxford Brookes, you can choose to study Publishing Media as either a single honours or combined honours degree. Both courses are designed to introduce you to the essentials of publishing and to encourage you to pursue your own interests through independent study and you can view the course structure here. Part-time study options are available.

Year 1 provides an overview of the whole publishing process - covering books, magazines, and digital - and introduces the key concepts whilst locating publishing in today's culture.

In Year 2 you will look at publishing as a business and have the opportunity to pursue various specialist pathways, such as editorial, history and culture, production and design, marketing, management and magazine journalism. There are modules which explore the changing role of publishing in society, and others which focus on multi-platform digital publishing. Students are also able to focus on independent academic study of their own choosing.

In Year 3, you can pursue your favourite pathways in magazines, digital media, the history and culture of publishing, or to engage in your own research-based project whether a dissertation/major project or independent study around a work placement. Combined honours students will be able to choose a project which spans both their fields of study.

You will have the opportunity to work on an extensive, research-based project which you will complete in your final year. Combined honours students will be able to choose a project which spans both their fields of study.

In the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, research is carried out over a range of interdisciplinary areas including digital publishing, museum publishing, book consumption and the life cycle of books, early twentieth-century publishing history (including publishing in World War I), and late twentieth and early twenty-first century publishing history. This research feeds into the programme through lectures, seminars, and the publications written by staff.

Study modules

As courses are reviewed regularly, the module list you choose from may vary from that shown here. Combined honours students will take fewer modules from this list than those studying for the single honours degree.

  • Publishing Principles and Practice I and II
  • Creating and Editing Text for Publication
  • Introduction to Publishing Technology
  • Introduction to Magazine Publishing
  • Publishing and Book History
  • The Editor
  • Publishing Sales and Marketing
  • Publishing Business
  • Magazine Publishing
  • Publishing in the Digital Age
  • Publishing Media Workflow
  • Cultures of Publishing
  • Print and Society
  • Digital Product
  • Publishing List Development
  • Dissertation or Major Project.

Year 1

Compulsory modules include Publishing Principles and Practice I and II, which give an overview of the publishing industry and the process of publication.

Year 2

Compulsory modules include The Editor, Publishing Sales and Marketing, and Publishing Business. Together these provide an excellent grounding in key publishing functions and the operations of a publishing company.

Work placements

All Publishing students have the opportunity to do work experience during their course. This enables them to apply what they learn in a real environment, gain a greater understanding of how the industry works, and develop a network of contacts that will be invaluable to them in their career in publishing. Typically they have the chance to do a variety of work placements in a range of departments or market sectors.

In the academic year 2016/17 over 50 employers in London and Oxford offered work placements to our students. The companies included Dorling Kindersley, Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Schulster, Taylor & Francis, Wiley and Oxford University Press.

There are also opportunities for work placements in other countries, including in the publishing divisions of international NGOs.

Field trips

The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies organises industry visits to publishers and suppliers and arranges free entry for students to the London International Book Fair. Each year the Centre has a stand at the Fair and hosts seminars on contemporary publishing topics; in the past these have included children's publishing, publishing in the Arab world, publishing in India, social media, publishing and censorship, and the 'greening of books'.

There are annual trips to companies in the UK as well as an international field trip to the Netherlands for Dutch Book Week.

Your course tuition fee covers the cost of all mandatory field trips. The cost of an optional field trip is not included in your course tuition fee, and a separate fee will apply. Please contact our Enquiry Centre (see 'Contact us' for details) if you would like more information about the field trip(s) on this course. 

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.

Teaching and learning

Our staff have wide practical experience in publishing - indeed, these courses are the only ones of their kind where all staff have worked in the publishing industry.

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops - these bring the opportunity to acquire practical skills under tutor supervision. We make significant use of innovative teaching methods such as role play, group work, problem solving and assessed presentations.

Time spent in different learning activities

Year Lectures, seminars or similar Independent study Placement
1 20%80%0%
2 21%79%0%
3 20%80%0%
Year Lectures, seminars or similar Independent study Placement
1 19%81%0%
2 16%84%0%
3 11%89%0%

Approach to assessment

Assessment is mostly on the basis of coursework. Coursework can involve report writing, essays, case studies, or preparation of group or individual presentations. It is designed to help you develop a wide range of transferable skills in research, communication and team working. By the end of your course, you will have built up a personal portfolio which you can show to prospective employers.

Breakdown of assessment methods used on this course

Year Written exams Practical exams Coursework
1 0%0%100%
2 0%0%100%
3 0%0%100%
Year Written exams Practical exams Coursework
1 13%0%88%
2 25%0%75%
3 0%0%100%

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2018/19: £9,250. 2019/20: £9,250.

Home/EU - part time fee: 2018/19: £750 per single module. 2019/20: £750 per single module.

International - full time: 2018/19: £13,150 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

Full-time students should apply for this course through UCAS.

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.

Career prospects

The publishing courses at Oxford Brookes have an outstanding national reputation, and are highly regarded by employers in the publishing industry. We host a vacancy list for jobs in publishing on the website for the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies.

Our graduates can be found in all departments of book, journal, magazine and digital publishing. Some graduates have developed their careers in PR, advertising, charities, the arts and other organisations that are involved in publishing and communications activities. Others have applied their knowledge and skills to industries less obviously related to publishing. An understanding of good communication and the importance of the printed word is valued by employers throughout the public and private sectors.

We offer specialist careers advice including our Working in Publishing day, when you can meet a variety of industry professionals.

Because our publishing department has been established for such a long time and has so much experience and staff depth, a Brookes publishing degree is a valuable ‘brand’ known throughout all sectors of the industry.

Further study

As an undergraduate, you will have the daily experience of working alongside one of the largest and most internationally diverse communities of publishing postgraduates to be found anywhere in the world.

If you decide to continue to postgraduate study, the department offers a renowned master’s in Publishing, which has an international reputation for its excellence. Choose from six postgraduate awards and design your own programme from the wide range of options available, from children's publishing to magazines and digital media.

We can also offer PhD and MPhil supervision in the following areas:

  • The Culture and History of Publishing
  • International, Strategy, Policy and Development.

Projects can also be co-supervised with members of other related departments (eg English, History, History of Art, Modern Languages).

Course downloads

  • Oxford Brookes Publishing brochure 2016
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