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?
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.
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.
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:
No work experience is required.
Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS we offer you the chance to receive up to £10,000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.
The University has roots in Oxford that go back to 1865 (when it was known as the Oxford School of Art). The present student body is 19,000. It has managed to forge a presence in the city of Oxford as well as maintain a separate identity from nearby University of Oxford.