Oxford Brookes University

Book History and Publishing Culture

This course is aimed at anyone interested in the history of the book and the publishing industry, from the introduction of the paperback to the advent of the ebook. The course draws on theories of print culture and book history to identify the ideological challenges to the culture of publishing and the ways in which contemporary practice has been shaped by social, economic and technological developments.

Entry requirements

Good Honours degree or equivalent, in any subject, and be able to supply 2 references (for example, one academic reference, and one from an employer).Exceptionally, if you have qualifications or experience (or both) which demonstrate knowledge and capabilities at the required level. Applicants may be admitted without the standard qualifications. English language requirements: British Council IELTS: level 7.0 or above.

Course modules

compulsory modules: book history, the history and culture of publishing, the dissertation. Elective modules: editorial management, e-publishing, journals publishing, publishing and language issues, rights management; independent study in publishing, romanticisms, 20th-century texts, modern and contemporary poetry, Victorian texts, modern and contemporary fiction, race, empire and colonisation, Britain and Europe 1950 - 1990.

Assessment methods

Assessment for the programme is by written course work. The assignments include researched essays, project work and the opportunity to contribute to an online journal.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time £ 5,310 per Academic year (home fees) 9 months
PgDip Full-time £ 12,340 per Academic year (overseas fees) 9 months
MA Full-time £ 5,310 per Whole course (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 12,340 per Whole course (overseas fees) 12 months
PgDip Part-time £ 2,710 per Academic year (home fees) 18 months
MA Part-time £ 2,710 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Headington Campus Oxford OX3 0BP South East

Key information

School of Arts
Telephone number: 
01865 484959