M.A. Publishing

Oxford Brookes University | Oxford , United Kingdom
The MA in Publishing is respected throughout the world. The course gives a solid knowledge of publishing processes and their management, and provides scope to develop specialist skills required for career development.



The MA in Publishing at Oxford Brookes is respected throughout the world. The course gives you a broad understanding of the key issues facing the publishing industry in the 21st century, and provides scope to develop specialist skills required for career development. It also enables in-depth exploration of specialist areas through independent study and the dissertation.

The course provides an excellent overview of every aspect of publishing. It combines relevant theory with practice and, by equipping you with a wide range of publishing and general management skills, including advanced IT skills, will enhance your employment prospects in publishing and related work.

Graduates who have completed publishing courses at Oxford Brookes have been exceptionally successful in obtaining employment soon after graduation and have a strong record of career progression. Publishing courses at Oxford Brookes enjoy a high international standing in the publishing world. We have close links with publishing companies in Oxford and London, and staff have extensive experience in national and international publishing roles.

Why Brookes?

The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes offers the largest range of postgraduate courses in publishing in Europe.

If you choose an MA in Publishing at Oxford Brookes you will enjoy:

  • Excellent employment prospects
  • Unrivalled industry links and networking
  • A great location in Oxford, which is a global publishing centre
  • Unrivalled access to work experience and International internships
  • Specialist careers advice including our Working in Publishing Day
  • A large faculty with a variety of research interests and extensive industry expertise
  • Comprehensive coverage of publishing, from mass market books to magazines
  • Access to a wide range of visiting speakers from the publishing industry who regularly contribute to the programmes
  • A variety of awards to suit your needs and career aspirations
  • Access to unique research resources: specialist publishing collections; The Book Prize Archive; André Deutsch Collection, African Publishing Collection; the Bodleian Library
  • Opportunity to visit international book fairs including Frankfurt and Bologna
  • An industry advisory board with representatives from major publishers such as Bloomsbury, Faber, HarperCollins, Hodder and Random House
  • Links with publishing organizations such as the Independent Publishers Guild, OPuS (Oxford Publishing Society) and the Society of Young Publishers regular events are held at Oxford Brookes
  • An extensive network of alumni throughout the world
  • Opportunity to attend a European Summer school in Florence with students from Slovenia, Germany, Italy and France.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline as early as possible
Tuition fee
  • EUR 14260 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 8560 Year (EEA)

UK/EU £6,995; International £11,600

Start date
Credits (ECTS) 90 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

Course length

Full-time: MA: 12 months, PGDip: 9 months
Part-time: MA: 24 months, PGDip: 18 months

The MA consists of four compulsory modules and two elective modules plus a dissertation or major project. The PGDip consists of four compulsory modules and two elective modules. Compulsory and optional modules are listed below.

In Semester 1 you take: Design and Production for Publishing, Editorial Management, and Marketing Management for Publishing.

In Semester 2 you choose two optional modules to develop skills and knowledge in specialist areas of publishing.

You finish by taking the compulsory module New Product Development. To gain an MA you must also submit a Dissertation or a Major Project (15,000 words or equivalent for major projects).

Modules may change from time to time; an indicative list is shown below.

Compulsory modules

  • Design and Production for Publishing explores the role of the design and production department in the publishing process. It looks closely at current working practices in areas such as design and typography, project management, the evaluation and selection of appropriate media platforms, the buying of raw materials and manufacturing processes, and the use of external resources.
  • Editorial Management explores the strategic role of the editor within the publishing process and the knowledge and skills required for the development of new projects, whether in print or digital form.
  • Marketing Management for Publishing provides a systematic examination of the key concepts and disciplines of marketing and their relationship and relevance to the products of publishing. It includes coverage of the marketing mix, consumer behaviour, segmentation, targeting and positioning, and elements of market research.
  • New Product Development addresses the fundamental issue of how publishers survive and prosper through development of new publishing ideas. Working in groups, students simulate the new product development process, taking marketing, editorial, production and financial elements to an advanced stage and presenting the new product proposals (books, journals, international publishing projects, e-publishing projects, translated or co-published projects) to senior management.

Optional modules

  • E-Publishing enables you to engage with the dynamic nature of a rapidly evolving part of the publishing industry. Through lectures, workshops, and talks from industry speakers, you are introduced to both the strategic and practical sides of e-publishing.
  • International Publishing Management covers the management of publishing organisations in an international context. Focusing on the need to remain competitive and survive in the rapidly changing media communications environment, you access and use a range of analytical tools; explore international management issues through case studies; and develop an understanding of the financial tools available to management to assess performance.
  • Journals Publishing introduces a rapidly changing publishing sector, covering both electronic and paper-based serial publications across science, technology, medicine, the humanities and social sciences, and the arts. Journals publishing is characterised by technological change in everything from workflow and production to online submissions systems. Where journals publishing leads, the rest of publishing often follows.
  • Publishing and Language Issues examines how language issues are affecting the development of publishing in an international context. It looks at these issues from the perspective of publishing in world languages (eg English, French), in major national and international languages (eg Chinese, Arabic), and in more local languages (eg Finnish, Kiswahili, Bengali).
  • Rights Management introduces the management of rights in the fast-moving world of global publishing. As well as looking at the acquisition of rights from the author, and the different rights contracted, the module covers the rights function within the publishing house and its responsibility for licensing a range of products.
  • History and Culture of Publishing examines the culture and ideology of publishing in terms of its development throughout the 20th century, and its contemporary practice. Different theories of print culture and critiques of the role of the publisher in society are reviewed, and there is an examination of ideological challenges to the culture of publishing.
  • Magazine Publishing provides a comprehensive insight into and understanding of the international magazine industry and its place as both a print and electronic product. It covers a range of contemporary issues and business models, exploring the job roles involved in the production of magazines and addressing the issues of editorial content, marketing, branding, technology, law and design.
  • Children's Publishing explores the development of the market sector and the current shape and business practices of publishing for children and young adults. Topics include picture books, co-editions and translatability; the sector's links to other leisure industries, merchandising and content reuse; editing and censorship; age ranging and gatekeeping; literacy and reading campaigns; and promotion.
  • Digital Media Publishing offers an examination of forms of web publishing with particular reference to standards of mark-up and accessibility. It provides an opportunity for the practical investigation of the strategies to publish digital media. Emphasis is placed on keeping content separate from presentation through semantic markup and the use of XML, AJAX and various web server technologies.
  • Independent Study in Publishing offers you the opportunity to design a course of study to suit your own interests and concerns; to organise and carry out a work schedule set by yourself; and to determine a set of learning outcomes and assessment criteria in collaboration with the module leader and a supervisor.

Compulsory for the MA

  • Dissertation or Major Project is the defining and essential component for the award of the MA degree. It is a major in-depth investigation of a subject, theme or issue significant to the study of publishing through research and extended written work (15,000 words or equivalent for major projects).

English Language Requirements

CAE score
193(Grade B)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

IMPORTANT NOTE: The UK government confirmed new requirements for secure English language testing for visa and immigration purposes. Learn more


Our publishing courses attract graduates from a wide range of disciplines who are seeking entry with advanced standing into the publishing industry. We also attract people wishing to update and enhance their knowledge of publishing practice and people working in publishing who are seeking, for the purpose of career advancement, knowledge outside their own specialist field.

Candidates from around the world enrol on the course to learn about publishing within the context of a global industry - in the past three years we have had postgraduate students from over 30 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America.

A good degree in any subject or significant industry experience is required. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a commitment to work in the publishing or communications industries.

English language requirements

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

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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