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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published
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Changes to programmes