M.A. Publishing Studies (distance Learning)

Oxford Brookes University

Tuition fee:
  • £ 3,500 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 5,800 / Year (International)
Start date: January  2016
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: Blended
Educational variant: Part-time
Intensity: Flexible
Duration part-time: 24 months
Part-time variant: Flexible
Structure: Fully structured
Student interaction: Online group works/assignments
Attendance: No Attendance
Teacher support: Continuous support with feedback on request

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Your study is supported by a tutor responsible for a small number of other students who together make up a study group. Further academic guidance comes from the Programme Lead. Assessment is through reports, discussion submissions, essays and independent research topics.

This part-time programme is usually studied over two years. However, you are able to take up to 5 years to complete the necessary credits.

Four core compulsory modules make up the first year and address marketing and sales, digital production and workflow, and editorial as publishing-related topics and research skills as preparation for the later dissertation.

In the second year, you choose one module from each of two groups: either International publishing and rights or Independent study; and then either Culture of Publishing, Journals or Independent study.

Why choose this program?

* a flexible learning programme offering the skills and knowledge necessary for a successful entry into publishing that can be studied from home
* designed to be studied in conjunction with employment in any field, the programme addresses evidenced publishing employers' needs
* unparalleled support from tutors and state-of-the-art learning technologies
* your enrolment at Oxford Brookes within the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies provides you with relevant and tailored learning opportunities. There is no similar distance learning provision offered by higher education institutions in the UK or Europe.
* develop the skills and knowledge necessary to address the marketing, production and editorial functions in publishing, as well as skills in data analysis and writing practices - expertise that is currently in demand by the publishing industry which requires individuals who are able to asses, evaluate and synthesize data.

How this course helps you develop

This course is targeted at individuals who either want to start a career in publishing or who are already working and want to enhance their career with an advanced degree. If you are a recent graduate who wants to enter publishing but are unable to continue with full time study then this programme enables you to develop appropriate knowledge of the industry. If you are already working and want to progress your career or change career, then the topics we cover in this programme provide the basis for this change.


Career destinations for graduates of this programme are centred on the global creative industries that exploit intellectual property. These include editorial, project management, marketing and sales roles, including rights selling in global publishing companies offering print and electronic products. Increasingly, graduates will also be entering the more diverse environment offered by small independent publishing enterprises and medium size companies. In addition, the skills and knowledge gained in this programme enable student to progress in fields which publish data and information, but which are not usually considered as part of the publishing industry; for example, companies in the pharmaceutical and financial services industries publish large amounts of information and require individuals with a knowledge of managing efficient dissemination processes.


You will engage in learning about the publishing industry through core modules. Based around printed materials and supported by online resources which will both engage you and provide a forum for questions and discussion. The course will encourage you to build your knowledge and understanding through problem-based activities. This process is guided by your personal tutor who will communicate with you via email and online contact. The modules are assessed through assignments, usually written reports and essays, which are linked to the teaching units and the learning outcomes.

The MA Publishing by Distance Learning course comprises four core compulsory modules, two elective modules and a dissertation. The modules contribute 20 MA credits each giving a total of 120 credits (60 ECTS) and the dissertation contributes 60 MA credits (30 ECTS) which together provide the total 180 credits (90 ECTS) for a masters degree. You can complete the programme in two years and if you decide on this, the first year involves studying three modules one after the other starting in January with Editorial Management. Marketing and Sales Management follows in May and Digital Workflow Management completes the year starting in September. Alongside the Marketing and Sales and Digital Workflow Management, you also study a long, thin module called Research Skills. This is taught over two periods of 10 weeks, with a break in the summer.

In the second year, you select two elective modules from a choice of three: History and Culture of Publishing, International Publishing and Rights Management, and Journals Publishing. Studying these two modules take you to June. During the summer and through to December, you work on your dissertation.


All applicants should be able to demonstrate a commitment to work in the publishing industry or in a related sector of communications and media.

We normally expect our students to have:

* a good first degree in any subject (i.e. an honours degree at 2:1 or above from the UK; or international equivalents)
* two references.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

193 (Grade B)
TOEFL iBT® test: 100

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.



Why Brookes?
* Our courses are open to a wide range of health and social care professionals providing highly-flexible continuing professional development (CPD) study opportunities with part-time, full-time and mixed-mode options (including opportunities for e-learning, blended and distance learning).
* We support multi and interprofessional learning and teaching, and many of our courses are either fully multiprofessional or offer excellent opportunities for shared learning.
* Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice area and maintain excellent practice links with those areas locally or across the region.
* Many of our lecturers have reputations for excellence and have established links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international level.
* We have a strong research profile, with experienced researchers working in established areas of cancer care, children and families, drug and alcohol, physical rehabilitation and enablement and interprofessional education & collaborative practice.
* Oxford Brookes is rated internationally excellent across a broad range of subjects in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). 70% of our research in Allied Health Professions and Studies was rated as being of international significance, of which 10% was rated as world-leading.
* Oxford Brookes is a student centred institution that is fully committed to each individual achieving their potential. To support this, we offer a broad range of student support schemes to facilitate learning and development
* We have an excellent track record of high levels of student satisfaction, low student attrition rates and high employability.


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