The lecturers have been great and have challenged us to think about our futures in the media. Thea Softing, Media Undergraduate
Publishing is the hinge that links the creative industries with their audiences and it is the backbone of social media. Our Publishing and Media degree enables you to explore media theory and develop skills that prepare you for work in the magazine, book and online publishing industries, as well as corporate and marketing communications.
Whether you want to self-publish a fanzine or run the periodicals arm of a media conglomerate, you will require entrepreneurial flair and an instinctive knowledge of cultural trends. Our degree will prepare you for this by situating the more industry-orientated and practical skills such as editing and marketing in a solid grounding of media and cultural studies.
The course covers a range of genres from fashion to current affairs and you will work collaboratively with other students to produce high quality publications. During your studies, you will use our industry standard facilities to explore the different delivery technologies and media platforms that proliferate in our increasingly digital age.
In your first year, you will learn about how power, authority and cultural value are represented in the media and explore the ethical and social responsibilities of the mass media. You will experiment with different publishing platforms including magazines, books, newspapers, and online as well as taking a practical, workshop-based module in media production where you will learn about industry-standard production methods at all stages of the production cycle.
In your second year, you will build on your production skills in the Advanced Media Production module, work independently and collaboratively on creative magazine or book projects, and develop research techniques in preparation for your final year project. You will also be able to choose from modules in visual cultures, global journalism or communication techniques.
Your final year of study involves increased specialisation. In the Publishing Cultures module, you will look at two distinct areas of publishing in detail, for example, alternative lifestyle magazines, comics and graphic novels, video blogging or arts publishing. There are a variety of optional modules to choose from and your independent project will allow you to focus on your own area of interest and demonstrate the practical and theoretical knowledge you have gained during your course.
You can find out more information about the course on the programme specification.
This module explores the theory and practice of international and digital communication management. Students taking this module can expect to develop knowledge and understanding of the development and status of public relations in various parts of the world - among emerging as well as developed markets - and to develop advanced skills in the delivery and critical evaluation of public relations practices in international contexts.
To introduce students to the major ethical issues, regulatory frameworks and political debates concerning the advertising and public relations PR industries; to develop knowledge and understanding of the social, cultural and political impact of promotional practices in specific contexts; to develop advanced skills - drawing on the methods and critical vocabularies introduced in years one and two - in analysing and evaluating the social, cultural and political effects of promotional practices.
You will learn through talks by speakers from the industry, demonstrations and practical sessions, as well as lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, where you will debate your ideas with other students, and your own independent study and reading. You will work on creative and practical projects, critical analyses, written assignments, problem-solving exercises and presentations. Specific sessions will hone your IT, essay-writing, research and project development skills.
You will have the opportunity to do a work placement in your final year as part of your independent project.
You will be assessed in a variety of ways: you will produce media texts, practical work and written assignments, including fiction and non-fiction writing, essays, reports, critical analyses and case study evaluations. Presentations will be another form of assessment. Some assessed work will be done in groups.
You will receive regular feedback on your work throughout the course, and will also be encouraged to reflect on your work and your achievements yourself.
Please Note: 2016 applications are only being accepted for direct entry into year 3.
We normally consider applicants who already have 240 credits in an appropriate subject which is compatible with our modules. Your suitability for transfer onto the course will be assessed on an individual basis.
For entry on to year 3 we consider the following qualifications:
Other qualifications will be considered subject to assessment. For a comprehensive list of qualifications accepted by Middlesex, see further information under entry requirements.
We accept the equivalent of the above from a recognised overseas qualification, to find out more about the requirements from your country, see further information under support in your country.
You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components).
Middlesex also offers an Intensive Academic English course (Pre-Sessional) that ranges from 5-17 weeks depending on your level of English. Successful completion of this course would meet English language entry requirements.
As this is a final year entry only degree, applications are by direct entry and cannot be made through UCAS.
Please complete and send our direct application form to the Admissions Office, remembering to include copies of your transcripts and certificates.
If you have any questions please contact the Admissions Office:
Telephone: +44 (0)20 8411 5555
This course is an excellent preparation for a career in publishing or the wider media. You will be well equipped to work in the publishing industry in editorial, marketing, PR or production roles, or in publications, website or media roles for a wide range of companies.
Within the publishing industry, you might choose to work in areas including book publishing; computer game publishing; education publishing; journals and periodical publishing; mailing list and directory publishing; newspaper and magazine publishing; and software publishing.
Publishing and Media Graduate
"The course has allowed me to find out more about what I want to do in the future, and I've especially enjoyed the classes that concentrated on publishing, design and online media. The lecturers have been great and have challenged us to think about our futures in the media.
"In one module we examined publishing online and electronic media. Using Adobe InDesign I designed and produced my own 20 page lifestyle magazine. This has inspired me to study a Masters degree in informatics with the aim of eventually working in web development and graphic design. My time at Middlesex has helped me understand what I need to do in order to pursue this career and reach my goals."