MA / PGDip

Magazine Journalism

Magazines Journalism Students
  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time (day)
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: 1 / 2 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

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Do you want to work in magazines? Are you passionate about the written word, whether it’s online or in print? Would you like to explore video, design and photography? And understand how publishers are using social media to feed their readers’ appetite for news of all kinds?

This course will teach you all of these things - and equip you with the all-round skills and knowledge you need to become a magazine journalist. Accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and the Professional Publishers Association (PPA).

Our next open event is on Wednesday 13 June, 4 pm - 6.30 pm. Click 'find an open day' to book.

What you'll study

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’ll get to grips with mobile journalism, using a phone or tablet to record video and audio, and learn how to edit your material, whether it’s an extended interview or a 15-second short for sharing on social media.

On newsdays and newsweeks, you’ll produce websites and magazines, working with WordPress, the storytelling platform Shorthand.com, 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.

To underpin your journalism practice, you will gain a solid grounding in media law, public administration and ethics and regulation. You'll also have the opportunity to develop shorthand skills to the NCTJ standard.

  • Modules

    • Magazine Journalism Skills and Digital Production (60 credit points) - You will learn how to write for publication, carry out research, interview and edit your own and that of others. In video production you will be taught how to record using our mobile journalism kits. You will explore photography and design in sessions on visual journalism and work with InDesign and Photoshop to create magazine front covers and layouts. These skills come together in our practical news days and news weeks.
    • Media Law (20 credit points) - You will acquire a full understanding of the scope and effect of media law. You will be taught to recognise the danger areas in publication, evaluating risk and amending or eliminating content. You will also gain an appreciation of the impact of reporting restrictions.
    • Business of Magazine Project (60 credit points) (this module is taken by MA students only) - In this module you will explore the publishing business, gaining an in-depth understanding of its commercial demands. You will work in a group to pitch magazine brand ideas to an industry panel and also create your own, individual commercial magazine concept, including writing a business plan and designing a dummy magazine.

    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) - This module explores a range of ethical dilemmas, with a view to facilitating a responsible awareness of the role of the journalist in society. You will gain an insight into the key concepts regarding the production and practice of journalism. You will also develop a critical awareness of discourses pertaining to the changing form and functions of contemporary journalism within society.
    • Social Media (20 credit points) - This module provides an insight into key concepts, theories and practice of social media as it is deployed in contemporary journalism. It combines practical exploration with consideration of theory and academic discourse.
    • Public Affairs for Journalists (20 credit points) - This module will develop your understanding of the basic features, structures and operations of local and central government. You will continue to develop your journalistic skills as you learn about where to find information and interviewees on political stories.
    • Visual Journalism (20 credit points) - This module addresses the changing role of visual storytelling through an exploration of documentary photography and new forms of visual multimedia. You will be exposed to a range of multidisciplinary material and developing communication technologies which enable journalists to create visual stories.

How you’re taught

Study methods and assessment

Study methods include practical sessions, project work, tutorials, seminars, lectures and independent learning.

Assessment is by a mixture of portfolio work, projects, essays, and exams.

Work experience

You are required to complete a minimum of three weeks of placements with magazines, news organisations or in related field such as PR, marketing and communications.

Previous students have been to Grazia, BBC Good Food, Woman’s Weekly, the Guardian, Slimming World, Wired, Drapers, FourFourTwo, Uncut, Olive, Mashable and Comic Relief, among many others.

We have a close relationship with the Nottingham Post and with The Voice, the London-based national newspaper and website for the African-Caribbean community. Both offer students ongoing opportunities to contribute news, features, vox pops and other content throughout the year. Journalism students have the chance to do work experience with the station and contribute to its programmes and website.

Other placement opportunities are promoted throughout the year by tutors and by the NTU employability team.

Professional practice

Students are encouraged to work to professional standards and are expected to be punctual, meet deadlines, work in teams and contribute ideas.

Learn a new language

The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can enhance your communication skills, enrich your experience when travelling abroad; and boost your career prospects. Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Careers and employability

Your career development

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, bbcgoodfood.com
  • 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.

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.

Written journalism test

All journalism applicants will be asked to submit a written piece as part of their application. View written test. This will be judged against clear criteria. When assessing sample writing manuscripts we are looking for work of at least a satisfactory (pass) standard in terms of language, content, observation, structure and voice.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our pre-masters and foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please email our international team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us?

Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow our step-by-step guide. You can apply for this course throughout the year. Most of our postgraduate and professional courses are popular and fill up quickly though, so apply as soon as you can.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide. Here you’ll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

CourseHome / EU
full-time
Home / EU
part-time
MA Magazine Journalism£7,800£3,900
MA Magazine Journalism (including Alumni 25% discount)£5,850£2,925
PGDip Magazine Journalism£5,200£2,600
PGDip Magazine Journalism (including Alumni 25% discount)£3,900£1,950

All fees stated are for September 2018 entry.

Please note that if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for Year One of study. The course fee for Year Two is subject to annual review.

Fees may be subject to change.

Please see our postgraduate fees, scholarships and bursaries page for more information.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. Please take a look at our postgraduates’ guide funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Find out more about our terms and conditions of study for this course.

CourseInternational
full-time
MA Magazine Journalism£13,250
MA Magazine Journalism (including Alumni 25% discount)£9,938
PGDip Magazine Journalism£8,830
PGDip Magazine Journalism (including Alumni 25% discount)£6,622

All fees stated are for September 2018 entry. Fees may be subject to change.

Please see our postgraduate fees, scholarships and bursaries page for more information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Find out more about our terms and conditions of study for this course.

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