Magazine Journalism MA - a City University degree programme
City's Magazine Journalism MA course prepares aspiring journalists for their first job in a magazine. Students will gain all the essentials in reporting, feature writing, subbing and researching. You'll produce print and online magazines and complete at least seven weeks' work experience.
Suitability - Who should attend?
- You should have an upper second class honours degree in any subject or the equivalent from an international institution.
- You should also have had a minimum of four weeks' work experience in magazines or newspapers.
- The MA in Magazine Journalism focuses primarily on journalism in the UK.
Applicants from outside the UK are encouraged to apply for the MA International Journalism.
Other Suitable Qualifications
Consideration will be given to mature applicants who can demonstrate substantial work experience.
If your first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:
- IELTS: overall score of 7.0 (with 7.0 in the writing component).
Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.
If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study. /p>
The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:
- Students on courses of more than 6 months
- Students on courses of less than 6 months
- Students on a pre-sessional English Language course
Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.
Outcome / Qualification etc.
We have been running Journalism courses at City since 1976. In the 36 years since, over 5,000 students have graduated and are now working in the media in the UK and internationally.
Read alumni stories and see the full list of graduate destinations in the latest issue of our alumni magazine XCity.
City University Journalism alumni occupy top positions in magazines and periodicals. They include:
- Jane Bruton, Editor of Grazia
- Celia Duncan, Associate Editor of Vogue UK
- Phil Hebblethwaite, Editor of The Stool Pigeon
- Anthony Thornton, Editorial Director of IPC Ignite!
See more leading City Journalism alumni in magazines and periodicals.
Training Course Content
The magazine industry has never been more exciting and challenging. This course prepares you for anything you might encounter - whether it's writing a feature for a glossy men's magazine, podcasting an interview, or researching and crafting a story for the newsdesk of a business-to-business publication.
You take ten modules: nine core modules and one elective.
- Journalism practice (40 credits)
- Journalism and society 1 (10 credits)
- Media law (20 credits)
- Public administration (10 credits)
- Online journalism (20 credits)
- Editorial production (20 credits)
- The magazine business (10 credits)
- MA Journalism project (20 credits)
- Specialisms (20 credits)
Choose one of the following two modules:
- Journalism and society 2 (10 credits)
- Journalism innovation (10 credits)
Read the full 2014 programme specification.
All MA Journalism courses at City are practical, hands-on courses designed for people that want to become journalists. As a result, much of your coursework will be journalistic assignments that you produce to deadline, as you would in a real news organisation.
Some courses are taught in lecture theatres, such as Journalism and Society 1 and Media Law, but most are small-group workshops that allow you to develop your journalistic skills and knowledge with the support of our expert academics.
We advise you to be available for classes and assignments from Mondays to Fridays during working hours, and occasionally outside those times.
Academic staff profiles
Barbara Rowlands (Course Director)
Barbara has been a newspaper and magazine journalist for 30 years, and has worked for Agence France Presse, Woman's Own and Today newspaper, among many others. She is a leading health writer and has contributed regularly to The Independent, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Daily Mail, The Times, Observer, a host of consumer magazines including Prima, Essentials, Now, Chat, Candis, Saga and Woman & Home, websites and the specialist press, including Hospital Doctor and Doctor. Read more...
Jason Bennetto (Senior Lecturer and Tutor)
Jason has been a national newspaper and magazine journalist for 20 years. For 13 years he was the crime and security correspondent for the Independent. He has also been the Independent's home affairs correspondent and worked as a reporter on the Independent on Sunday and the Daily Mirror. Since 2007 he has been freelancing for publications including Esquire, The Guardian, New Statesman, Daily Mail, the Observer, and Mail on Sunday Live magazine. This is Jason's second stint at City, having completed the university's postgraduate diploma in newspaper journalism in 1987. Read more...
John Battle (Visiting Lecturer, Media Law)
John Battle is the Head of Compliance at ITN. He advises on legal and regulatory issues prior to broadcast and manages issues/complaints arising post-broadcast. Before working at ITN he worked as a lawyer for two major newspaper companies - as Group Legal Adviser for Associated Newspapers (The Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Evening Standard) for five years and as Legal Adviser at News International Newspapers (The Sun, The News of the World) also for five years. He is a qualified barrister.
Paul Bradshaw (Module leader, Online Journalism)
Paul Bradshaw has been a Senior Lecturer in Online Journalism at Birmingham City University for eight years, where he developed an MA in online journalism to address the rapidly changing world of the industry. He has a background in magazines and editorial website management. He has become one of the world's leading voices about social media after writing a series of articles online about the model for the 21st century newsroom as a challenge to the newspaper and media industry. Read more...
Fred Burlage (Visiting Lecturer, Editorial Production)
Fred Burlage is a sub-editor at The Sunday Times and works on the Sunday Times website. He was chief sub-editor for Business section of The Daily Telegraph (Thursday edition) and chief sub-editor for the Business and Money sections of The Sunday Telegraph.
Professor Roy Greenslade (Module leader, Journalism and Society)
Roy Greenslade has been a journalist for 40 years. During his career he has worked for several national newspapers, including The Sun as assistant editor, the Sunday Times as managing editor, and the Daily Mirror as editor. He has been The Guardian's media commentator for the last 10 years. Read more...
Professor Ivor Gaber (Joint module leader, Public Administration)
Professor Gaber, Director of City's MA Political Journalism, has an outstanding background in both practical political journalism and in academic research in this area. He has co-authored three books and numerous articles on political communications, and has served as a media consultant to a variety of organisations, governments and international bodies. His journalistic career has included senior editorial positions at the BBC, ITN, Channel Four and Sky News. He is an Independent Editorial Adviser to the BBC and a frequent contributor to radio and television networks in the UK and abroad. Read more...
Joy Johnson (Joint module leader, Public Administration)
Joy Johnson has been a professional political communicator for many years and has worked at a senior level in the BBC as political news editor and programme editor responsible for editorial and managerial direction at its Millbank political headquarters. For seven years Joy worked for the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone. She has written numerous articles on politics and regularly blogs for Compass, the social democratic campaigning body. She writes a column for Tribune magazine and is on the editorial board of the British Journalism Review.
Francine Lawrence (Visiting Lecturer, Visual Journalism)
Francine began her career as a graphic designer before joining the National Magazine Company in 1985 to launch and art direct a new magazine - Country Living. In 1987 she won the PPA Designer of the Year Award and in 1988 she won the BSME Mark Boxer Award for her contribution to magazine design. Since 1995 she has worked as an editorial consultant, launching and editing magazines for BBC Worldwide, Redwood Group, John Brown, Publicis Blueprint, Marks and Spencer and ICI Dulux.
Harriet Swain (Visiting Lecturer, Journalism Practice)
Harriet is a freelance journalist specialising in education. She writes mainly for the Guardian, for which she wrote a weekly humorous advice column for two years on student life, and has also commissioned and edited specialist supplements. Her career has included reporting for the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Telegraph, Times, Sunday Times, Independent, Birmingham Post and Mail and the Times Higher Education Supplement.
Adam Tinworth (Workshop tutor, Online Journalism)
Adam is a content, social media and blogging strategist and consultant. He was editorial development manager at Reed Business Information, head of blog development at Reed and former features editor of Estates Gazette. Adam helped to formulate the editorial training programme for the business and directly developed and ran many of the key courses, in particular focusing on blogging, social media and the use of multimedia. Adam is one of the most knowledgeable, insightful and effective exponent of digital journalism/social media in the UK.
- Full-time EU: £9,000
- Full-time Non EU: £18,000
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