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MA Publishing | MA Digital Publishing

Oxford Brookes University

Which industry sectors are covered by this course?

Alumni of this course have developed their careers across all sectors of publishing, including trade and consumer, educational, academic, and magazines. Publishing is a very desirable industry to work in, and so entering it is very competitive, with companies receiving hundreds of applications for each advertised post. A postgraduate degree in Publishing from Oxford Brookes will help you to beat the competition.

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The course has excellent employment statistics over a number of years and the vast majority of graduates surveyed from this MA programme have gone on to jobs in publishing.

Students are offered a range of support services to help them find a job at the end of the degree - for example the course runs a web board of jobs and work placements, and students benefit from the annual 'Working in Publishing' careers event.

For which creative roles and professions will this course equip me?

Graduates of the course go on to a wide range of jobs in different market sectors, including books, journals, digital and magazines.

Publishing companies that have been the first destination for this course's students include Bloomsbury Publishing, Cambridge University Press, Dorling Kindersley, Egmont, HarperCollins, Hodder Headline, Macmillan, Oxford University Press, Pearson, Penguin Random House and Taylor & Francis. 

Some students have gone on to work in other areas of the book trade, such as at literary agencies, or for literature-related projects such as the Story Museum.

Job titles that students have stepped into on leaving this course include Assistant Editor, Development Editor, Editorial Co-ordinator, Marketing Co-ordinator, Marketing Publishing Manager, Production Editor, Production Manager and Rights Manager.

The course's emphasis on digital skills and knowledge helps graduates to find roles in social media or content development. Evidence from alumni suggests that completing the course can allow students to enter companies at a higher level as well as accelerating their subsequent career path. 

What is the student’s journey through this course?

You can choose between the MA in Publishing and the MA in Digital Publishing.

The courses will prepare you for a variety of different roles in the publishing industry, and both have a very strong vocational base.  You will be taught core skills in the modules Editorial Management, Design and Production for Publishing, and Marketing Management for Publishing. 

You can then choose to specialise in a market sector or publishing function, in the optional modules in, for example, Children’s Publishing, Digital Media Publishing, Digital Publishing Strategy, Magazine Publishing, and Rights Management.

On the cultural side, you can also take a module on the History and Culture of Publishing, and the analysis of the interaction of publishing and society underpins many of the other modules. You have the choice to complete a Dissertation or Major Project.

What kind of ties does this course have with industry?

The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies is one of the leading centres for publishing education in the world. Students come from all over the world to take high-quality courses in the largest department in Europe.

Oxford is the ideal city in which to study publishing. Oxford Brookes is strongly networked to the regional, national and international publishing industry, through its Industry Advisory Board, the Oxford Publishing Society and the Oxford branch of the Society of Young Publishers, as well as its informal contacts.

Oxford is the second biggest publishing hub in the UK, and in an under an hour you can access the London publishing industry as well. Prizes and scholarships sponsored by the industry are offered to the courses' students.

There are 12 permanent members of academic staff teaching on the postgraduate programme – the highest number in the UK – and the courses welcome frequent visits from industry practitioners to the lecture and seminar programme. You will be taught by experts who are currently working in publishing and actively engaged in research, consultancy and industry training.

What are the facilities like for this course?

Oxford Brookes IT Suite   MAClasses for the Publishing programme takes place at the Headington Campus of the University, including in the newly 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. The IT suite has over 40 Mac desktop computers with up-to-date software, including Adobe Creative Cloud. All students have the opportunity to learn and use professional software such as Adobe InDesign.

The library carries an outstanding collection of books, journals and electronic resources relating to publishing built up over many years. Students have access to all relevant databases including Book Facts Online, the Bookseller, Business Source Complete, Fame, Global Publishing Information Reports, Logos, Mintel, Nielsen Bookscan, and Pirabase.

Hear why Ashton Quinn, student of MA Publishing, chose the course:

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