Entry requirements

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. This commitment could be evidenced through voluntary work with communications sections in not-for-profit organisations, through short periods of work experience with publishers and through work with various media during university.


Months of entry


Course content

The course provides an excellent overview of every aspect of publishing, with an emphasis on digital publishing. The MA in Digital Publishing combines theory with practice and provides scope to develop specialist skills required for career development. You will leave the course with a broad understanding of the key issues facing the publishing industry in the 21st century and a wide range of publishing and general management skills, including advanced IT skills, to help you succeed in the industry.

This course is part of a group of publishing courses, run by the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, which 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.

The MA consists of five compulsory modules and one elective module plus a dissertation or major project. The PGDip consists of five compulsory modules and one elective module. Compulsory modules 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 take the two digital modules and choose on additional optional module to develop your skills and knowledge in a specialist area of publishing.

To gain an MA you must also submit a dissertation or a major project.

Compulsory modules
 Design and Production for Publishing
 Editorial Management .
 Marketing Management for Publishing
 E-Publishing
 Digital Media Publishing

Optional modules
 International Publishing Management
 Publishing and Language New Product Development
 Journals Publishing
 Children's Publishing
 Magazine Publishing
 Rights Management
 History and Culture of Publishing
 Independent Study in Publishing

Key teaching methods used:
 lectures that provide you with foundation knowledge and a framework for study
 seminars and workshops that encourage you to engage in discussion with tutors and peers to test your understanding and ability to apply ideas, to develop your transferable skills, and to encourage deeper learning
 computer workshops to give you the opportunity to test, clarify, and apply your IT skills
 field trips to book fairs and to the industry, for example, printers, publishers, retailers, so that you can observe at first hand aspects of the industry taught in lectures and workshops
 work experience and internship opportunities across a broad range of departments and market sectors
 group work role play simulating new product development in a real-life publishing context
 individual supervision in support of self-directed outcomes for the dissertation or major project
 use of resource-based learning materials and virtual learning environment to support your learning.

Study trips and book fairs are a key part of the courses, and each year students can attend the Frankfurt, Bologna and London Book Fairs, as well as attending the publishing summer school with our European Partners in Florence. These trips are optional and the cost is not included in tuition fees.

Information for international students

f your first language is not English, or if you have not studied a BA in English, then an English language level of IELTS 7.0 is required.

Fees and funding

Please see https://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/finance/

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
9 months
part time
18 months

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0)1865 484959