This course will equip you with the all-round skills and knowledge needed to build a career as a journalist in magazines, whilst providing you with a deep understanding of the wider publishing business. First and foremost you will learn how to write, whether it’s an in-depth interview, a sharp news story, a daily blog or a snappy photo caption.

You will learn how to report, research, interview and edit news stories and features. Using Adobe InDesign, you will develop an understanding of how to plan a page with text, photographs and graphics, sub-edit copy, and write a compelling headline.

You’ll get to grips with mobile journalism, using a phone or tablet to record video and audio, and learn how to edit your material into packages. On newsdays and newsweeks, you’ll produce websites and magazines, working with WordPress, the storytelling platform, InDesign and Photoshop, as well as creating content for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

You’ll also examine the business side of magazines and have the chance to pitch your own idea for a new title to a panel of industry professionals.

Study Details:

MA/PGDip 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Module Details:

  • Magazine Journalism Skills and Digital Production (60 credit points)
  • Media Law (20 credit points)
  • Business of Magazine Project (60 credit points) (this module is taken by MA students only)

Optional modules

You will also study two optional modules. In the first half of the year, you will choose either Journalism, Ethics and Society or Social Media. In the second half of the year you will choose either Public Affairs for Journalists or Visual Journalism.

  • Journalism, Ethics and Society (20 credit points)
  • Social Media (20 credit points)
  • Public Affairs for Journalists (20 credit points)
  • Visual Journalism (20 credit points)

Student Destinations

Previous students on the MA/PGDip Magazine Journalism course have gone on to work in a range of roles as magazine writers in digital and print, production journalists, social media editors, sub-editors, and in PR, digital marketing and promotions.

Recent graduates include:

  • Alyss Bowen, social media editor, online magazine The Debrief
  • Jodie Heginbotham, account manager, The Tonic Communications
  • Georgie Kiely, writer,
  • Davina Merchant, writer, MashableUK
  • Charlotte McIntyre, sub-editor, Slimming World magazine
  • Hannah Rought, senior marketing executive, TimeInc
  • Dave Straw, marketing and comms manager, The London Stadium
  • Stewart Thorpe, reporter, Rail Media.


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Entry Requirements

  • You will need a good honours degree (minimum 2.1) and enthusiasm for, or experience of journalism.
  • Applicants with a 2.2 and substantial experience will be considered.
  • Applications from candidates with non-standard entry qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

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