MA in Book History and Publishing Culture

Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

Program Description

MA in Book History and Publishing Culture

Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

MA in Book History and Publishing Culture

The MA in Book History and Publishing Culture 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 MA in Book History and Publishing Culture 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.

The course is taught by specialists in the field and is closely linked to our renowned MA in Publishing. The core programme focuses on the theory and practice of authorship, textual production, dissemination and reception in the period 1870 to the present day.

In addition, students will have the opportunity to take elective MA modules in Publishing, English and History, enabling the study of the interrelations between these disciplines.

Course content

The MA consists of 180 credits. Sixty credits are derived from the compulsory modules, 60 credits from elective modules and 60 credits from the dissertation.

Compulsory modules

  • Book History: Theories and Approaches (40 credits) includes theoretical debates in the study of book history and anintroduction to research, including archival and primary research. Approaches to print and publishing culture with reference to a range of case studies in 20th-century publishing history are also covered.
  • The History and Culture of Publishing (20 credits) explores print history narratives; propaganda and censorship; publishing and the marketplace; colonialism, postcolonialism and publishing; feminist publishing; media concentration and globalisation in publishing; literary prize culture and the digital text.
  • The Dissertation (60 credits) can cover any aspect of book history or publishing culture, as agreed with your supervisor.

Teaching learning and assessment

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods across the course. Most modules use more than one learning and teaching method. This ensures that students are exposed to a range of different learning opportunities, which helps maintain student motivation and interest.

Some of the key teaching methods we use are:

  • lectures designed to provide students with the foundation knowledge and a framework for study that will enable them to achieve the learning outcomes for the module
  • seminars and workshops designed to encourage students to engage in discussion with tutors and peers to test their understanding and ability to apply ideas, to develop their transferable skills and to encourage deeper learning
  • field trips to book fairs, libraries and publishing archives to enable students to undertake research in print culture and publishing history
  • individual supervision in support of self-directed outcomes for dissertations or major projects
  • several modules make use of resource-based learning materials and virtual learning environment to support student learning through Computer Assisted Assessment and Computer Assisted Learning.

Entry requirements

If you wish to apply you should have a good honours degree or equivalent, in any subject, and be able to supply two references (for example, one academic reference, and one from an employer).

Exceptionally, if you have qualifications or experience (or both) which demonstrate that you have knowledge and capabilities at the required level, you may be admitted without the standard qualifications.

English language requirements

If your home language is not English you must demonstrate that your level of English is appropriate for study at postgraduate level. In addition to the academic entry qualifications, you must have one of the following or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the university.

  • British Council IELTS: level 7.0 or above
This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
12 - 24 months
Part time
Full time
4,840 GBP
Start date Sept. 2016
United Kingdom Oxford, England
Application deadline Request Info
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Duration 12 - 24 months
Price 4,840 GBP
- UK and EU; £11,600 - Non-EU