Alumni - Marrisa Joseph, MA International Publishing

Marrisa completed the MA in International Publishing in 2009, and now works at Osprey as a Rights Assistant.

I came to Oxford because Brookes had the most relevant course to the career I wanted to go into; I knew the course would help me get a job in this tough climate and I knew that I wanted to work in Publishing.

The best thing about the course was the knowledge and wealth of experience of the lecturers, alongside a great range of industry professionals who were fantastic guest lecturers throughout the course.

I was attracted to the MA programme by the course content and being able to study the fundamentals needed to prepare for the industry. I also enjoyed doing Business Studies at A Level and the course had elements of this subject.

One tutor I found particularly inspiring was Angus Phillips; he is the course director and is a knowledgeable and helpful person. He was always on hand to help and his experience could answer every question I had.

My time at Brookes directly influenced my career, as I now work for a local company (Osprey) that has links with Brookes. I was told by my employer that I was selected for the job because I had good foundation training at Brookes.

The best thing about my current job is being able to work in all the different departments in the company which is teaching me valuable skills, as well as building upon the training I received at Brookes. 

For those considering applying to Oxford Brookes, it is an enjoyable place to study and make great friends. The support network after studying is also fantastic and I’m glad I came here.

I enjoyed every minute of studying on my course and had a great time living in Oxford as well.

The Publishing MA at Oxford Brookes is a great way to get foundation knowledge of the industry and also study practical elements that boost career prospects. Also being able to choose specialist areas as electives allows you to mould your degree into the areas that you wish to focus on. There are good opportunities for internships through their networks and it’s a great way to make friends that most probably you will end up working with in the future or see at the London Book Fair at the Brookes stand!


Posted on 23 Mar 2011 around 12pm