M.A. Publishing (by distance learning)

Oxford Brookes University

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: January  2015
  • English
Delivery mode: Blended
Educational variant: Part-time

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The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies (2013 entry)is one of the leading centres for Publishing Education in the world. This course offers an unparalleled opportunity to benefit from our teaching whilst remaining in your home and employment. The course can be studied alongside full time employment, and provides the flexibility of learning at a time that suits your schedule. Studying part time you are able to complete the course in as little as two years, although we have built in the flexibility for you to take longer.

You may already be working in the publishing industry but would like the opportunity to extend your knowledge of other areas of this creative industry such as journals, trade and educational publishing. Alternatively you may want to explore the industry with a view to changing career. This course would also appeal to those based outside the UK who would like to solidify their knowledge of the international aspects of the industry.


Course length

Part-time: MA: 24 months, PG Dip: 18 months, PG Cert: 12 months

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

If your first language is not English, an English language level of IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 100 (internet based) is required.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7
CAE score: 75 (Grade B)
TOEFL iBT® test: 100

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