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BA Publishing Media

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.

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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. An undergraduate degree in Publishing from Oxford Brookes will help you to beat the competition.

We have excellent employment statistics over a number of years, and the vast majority of graduates surveyed from our BA course 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 we run a web board of jobs and work placements, and students benefit from our 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 graduates have developed their careers in journalism, PR, advertising, charities, the arts and other organisations involved in publishing and communications activities.

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

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?

Study publishing on its own, or combine it with another subject of your choice – either in equal measure or in a ‘major–minor’ combination.

As part of a combined honours degree, publishing can be combined with a variety of subjects: English, English Language, and Communications, Media and Culture are popular combinations; and Film, History of Art, Music and Film Studies can make excellent partners.

In your first year, you meet publishing in all its diversity, from magazines to books, from paper to digital, from culture to commerce. Most students study the popular introductory magazine publishing module, as well as a module on the industry standard software.

In your second year, you will explore publishing in both breadth and depth through core modules covering editorial, marketing, business, and digital workflow.

In your third year you can pursue your favourite pathways, whether in magazines, digital media, or the history and culture of publishing, and to engage in your own independent research.

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 Lizzie Toole, student of BA Publishing Media, chose this course:

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