BA Media, Journalism and Publishing

Media, Journalism and Publishing are creative, dynamic, and innovative fields in which to work.  This exciting new programme gives students up-to-date knowledge and skills in digital journalism and publishing with an emphasis on writing and authorship throughout.

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The UK’s creative industries are growing at almost twice the rate of the wider economy. This programme gives students the skills, knowledge and confidence to work in the media in a range of roles. It is distinctive in its examination of the media both past and present, and its concentration on authorship, journalism and publishing. Industry functions and key practical skills are addressed alongside the importance of the media in society.

Students grow their skills in design, multi-platform journalism and publishing and form an understanding of the different ways of presenting information and published content. There is an emphasis on writing, authorship and commercially relevant journalism throughout the programme, and you will come out of the programme with a portfolio of content, across media formats, relevant to roles across the media and in other organizations where there is a need to communicate to external audiences.

The programme provides a rigorous education developing from a foundation of theory and skills, such as in editorial, design, video and marketing, towards more strategic thinking and a focus on industry sectors and professional practice. You will gain an understanding of the different ways of presenting information and published content and graduate with a portfolio of content across many media formats. 

This market-leading degree is based at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing, internationally recognized for its excellence.

  • Ranked at Number 2 for Journalism, Publishing and PR in the 2019 Guardian University Guide
  • Employability rate of 97 per cent*
  • All of our academics have worked in the media and continue their connections through research and consultancy
  • Oxford is the home of many global publishing brands and media professionals
  • The city has more published writers per square mile than anywhere else in the world, and has been home to a host of famous authors from Tolkien and C. S. Lewis to Philip Pullman and Mark Haddon
  • The Centre has a network of international links that facilitate a range of opportunities from exchange semesters and language learning to international collaboration on projects
  • Our industry network extends to some of the UK’s leading media organizations including Bloomsbury,  Penguin Random House, Hearst, Conde Nast, Future, Immediate, BBC, Google and more
  • Field trips to international book fairs, from Frankfurt to Beijing; visits to media and journalism summits; volunteering at events such as the London Book Fair and the Oxford Literary Festival
  • Live reportage opportunities for aspiring journalists on our programme, enabling students to enhance their writing portfolios

‘Brookes has given us some fabulous employees. From an employer's point of view, a Brookes graduate is as good as someone with at least a year's work experience.’  Rebecca Smart, Managing Director, Ebury Publishing, Penguin Random House

*DLHE survey - 2017 leavers

Pathways through the degree

There are two pathways through the programme: journalism and book publishing. Students are free to follow one or to keep their degree as broad as possible. Media and media theory are woven throughout the degree and do not have their own pathway as such, given their integration across the degree. All the modules on the programme complement each other and students are able to shape a degree that reflects both their academic and intellectual interests but also their career aspirations. Other optional modules available include a formal work placement, Print Media and Society, and Chinese Language and Culture.

Journalism pathway

Year 1, semester 1 + 2

  • Writing and Developing Content
  • Understanding Contexts
  • The Creative Industries
  • Design and Technology
  • Storytelling as Experience
  • Media Law and Ethics

Year 2, semester 1

  • Essential Journalism
  • Typographic Design for Page and Screen

Year 2, semester 2

  • Journalism and Popular Culture
  • Media Marketing and Business
  • Oxford: the city and its place within the creative industries
  • Research and Data Analysis

Year 3, semester 1

  • Creative Entrepreneurship
  • Digital Journalism
  • Death of the Author and the Birth of the Citizen Writer

Year 3, semester 2:

  • Magazine Publishing
  • Media and Propaganda: from war to fake news

Book Publishing pathway

Year 1, semester 1 + 2

  • Writing and Developing Content
  • Understanding Contexts
  • The Creative Industries
  • Design and Technology
  • Storytelling as Experience
  • Media Law and Ethics

Year 2, semester 1

  • The Book Publishing Industry
  • Typographic Design for Page and Screen

Year 2, semester 2

  • Media Marketing and Business
  • International Publishing
  • Oxford: the city and its place within the creative industries
  • Research and Data Analysis

Year 3, semester 1

  • Creative Entrepreneurship
  • Fiction and Non-Fiction
  • Death of the Author and the Birth of the Citizen Writer

Year 3, semester 2

  • Children’s Publishing
  • Digital Product