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In autumn 2015 I made the move from Dublin to Oxford for the MA in Publishing at Brookes. I decided that, rather than my original plan of pursuing a career in academia, I would like to work in academic publishing instead. A year and a half on, after first working as an intern, I am now an Editorial Assistant for Bloomsbury Academic’s Digital Division, a an exciting position that I really enjoy.
As well giving me a strong foundational knowledge of publishing, the MA at Brookes also crucially showed me how strong the competition for entry-level positions is in this industry. Thus the Editorial & Digital internship at Bloomsbury really opened a huge door for me.
Posted on 03 Apr 2017 around 11am
After graduating from college in Rome, all I knew was that I wanted to work in publishing. I had no experience, but I did have passion. I knew that if I wanted to succeed in making my dream come true, I had to choose the right place to start. What made me set my heart on this course at Oxford Brookes was that the professors help and encourage students to build connections in the industry, whether through work experience or the many events hosted by the faculty. I had a gut feeling that this was that ‘right place’ I was looking for at which to begin my career. ...
Posted on 25 Jan 2016 around 5pm
Bethan received the Stationers' Foundation Postgraduate Bursary for 2015-16.
Deciding on the right MA course can be incredibly hard; it takes a lot of research, as well as putting an awful lot of thought into what kind of job you are looking for in publishing. For me, the MA in Publishing at Oxford Brookes seemed the ideal introduction to an industry which, from the outside, can seem impenetrable. There was just one catch.
How was I meant to afford all of this? ...
Posted on 18 Jan 2016 around 4pm
I decided that I wanted to study publishing whilst I was in my second year of my undergraduate degree. I previously study a BA Creative Brand Communications degree specialising in Copywriting in Cape Town, South Africa where I was born and lived up until now. I always wanted to go to England and so I decided that furthering my studies abroad would be a good way of learning about a new country, their culture and publishing processes from an international perspective. As my main publishing interest lies in magazines, I first started looking at specific courses in this area, but soon found that I was limited to where I could study and also limited to the knowledge I could gain in other areas of publishing.
Posted on 30 Mar 2011 around 8am
The MA courses at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies offer a whole universe of knowledge and experience in publishing. Before applying for the MA in Publishing Studies, I visited this very website on quite a few occasions and after reading other students’ testimonials I knew I was about to embark on an exciting journey in the academic, social and practical aspects of publishing.
Posted on 24 Mar 2011 around 10am
Ola Wolenska was awarded the Hachette UK Publishing Scholarship for the year 2010-11. She writes about her experiences in Oxford and her work placements at Hachette in London.
Applying to Oxford Brookes University for the MA in Publishing was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I grew up surrounded by books, journals and magazines, having an academic professional for my mum and an aunt in magazines distribution. Literature has had a great influence on my development and who I am right now.
Posted on 08 Mar 2011 around 9am
Polly Silk was awarded the Hachette UK Publishing Scholarship for the year 2009-10. She writes about her experience on the MA Publishing at Oxford Brookes.
Although I had known for some time that I wanted to pursue a career in publishing, before coming to Brookes I had only a vague idea of the ‘big picture’ of the workings of the industry, having worked at a literary agency during the final year of my undergraduate degree. The MA has given me so much: a huge range of practical skills, from operating design software packages to producing marketing plans, and a truly broad overview of the real business of producing and promoting content. The tutors, all either currently or previously involved in the industry, have been amazing; they have given great support and guidance throughout the course and offered students unrivalled networking opportunities through their great range of industry connections. I have had so many new and fascinating experiences on the MA – travelling to the Frankfurt, Bologna and London book fairs, participating in a speed-dating style networking event and, just last month, attending a children’s publishing summer school in Florence.
Posted on 08 Jun 2010 around 8am
Renada Arens was awarded the Macmillan Publishing Scholarship for the year 2009-10. She writes about her experience on the Master’s in Publishing at Oxford Brookes.
‘I have wanted to work in publishing since I was fifteen years old. With that goal in mind, I studied English literature and planned to get an editorial job upon completing my undergraduate degree in the States.
Posted on 24 May 2010 around 10am
Lacey Decker was awarded a John Henry Brookes Scholarship in 2008. She writes below of her experiences on the MA Publishing programme at Oxford Brookes.
My decision to apply for the MA in Publishing at Oxford Brookes University was prompted by my first foray in publishing during my final year of my undergraduate degree at Canada's Memorial University of Newfoundland. Together with a final-year colleague, we obtained a grant from the Faculty of Arts and undertook the publication of an independent collection of creative writing and photography that we titled Paragon, which ultimately contained local, national and international contributors.
Posted on 08 Jun 2009 around 12pm
Arash Hejazi was awarded this OICPS scholarship, open to international students, in 2008. He writes below about his experiences as an MA Publishing student at Oxford Brookes.
Posted on 02 Jun 2009 around 10am