Taught course

European Master in Publishing (EM)

Oxford Brookes University · Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies

Entry requirements

Applicants should have: a commitment to work in the publishing or communications media industries two references either a good first level (eg BA) degree equivalent to an upper-second or first-class degree in the UK in any subject or significant industry experience proven ability to understand written and spoken French, German or Slovene, and the ability to develop writing skills to university level in one of these languages (indicated by achieving at least B2 level on the European Language Ladder).

Months of entry


Course content

The European Master in Publishing is an integrated international curriculum for the future publishers of Europe which places Oxford Brookes at the heart of the development of European publishing education.

As a graduate from the European Master, you will benefit from:
* knowledge and experience of publishing in a European context
* period of study at a partner institution in another country
* extended work placement in another European country
* a network of contacts in European publishing
* the ability to operate in different linguistic and cultural contexts.

Course content
The European Master in Publishing consists of five compulsory modules, elective modules, a European work placement, and a dissertation. The structure of the course is shown below.
* Semester 1: core modules studied at Oxford Brookes
* Semester 2: specialist modules studied at Oxford Brookes or partner in Paris, Leipzig or Ljubljana
* Semester 3: international work placement
* Semester 4: dissertation

Core 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.

Specialist modules
* New Product Development addresses the fundamental issue of how publishers survive and prosper through the development of new publishing ideas.
* e-Publishing enables you to engage with the dynamic nature of a rapidly evolving part of the publishing industry.
* International Publishing Management covers the management of publishing organisations in an international context.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* Children's Publishing
* Magazine Publishing
* Digital Media Publishing

All students spend Semesters 3 and 4 at one of the European partner universities. The professional placement takes place in Semester 3 when a language learning module is also offered. Semester 4 is spent working on the dissertation.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English, English language qualifications at the level of British Council (IELTS) test 7.0 minimum or TOEFL 100 minimum (internet based), or equivalent.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment100

Course contact details

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