City, University of London

City, University of London

Magazine Journalism

his course is suitable for anyone with a first degree in any subject who wants to be a firstclass magazine journalist. Students must have excellent general knowledge and be prepared to work across print and digital platforms with a variety of content. Students will have passion for communicating in words and pictures - and an appetite for fun and hard work is essential. Magazine Journalism students write, design and produce the department's showcase magazine XCity and its website Read the latest digital edition and check out the listings at the back to find out where our graduates are working now. You'll learn the essential skills of reporting, feature writing, subbing, interviewing, researching, and design and layout. You'll produce print and online magazines, and complete at least seven weeks' work experience. The course will give you a thorough grounding in print and multimedia journalism. You will develop professional skills in reporting, interviewing, research, feature writing and production (print and online), benefitting from the experience of leading magazine and specialist journalists and around 30 visiting editors, commissioning editors and editorial directors from the UK's leading publishing houses. Graduates from the course have won the Professional Publishers Association's 'Most Promising Postgraduate Student of the Year' for the last nine years.

Entry requirements

MA: You should hold an upper second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution. You should also have a minimum of four weeks' work experience in magazines or newspapers. As well as new graduates, we also welcome mature applicants with substantial work experience in the industry.

Course modules

Core modules: Ethics, Rules and Standards (30 credits); Journalism Portfolio (30 credits); Editorial Production (30 credits); UK Media Law (15 credits); The Magazine Business (15 credits); Final Project (30 credits). Elective modules: Social and Digital Journalism (15 credits); or Political Headlines (15 credits). Specialisms Choose one of the following specialisms: Lifestyle Specialism (15 credits); International Correspondent Specialism (15 credits); Arts and Culture Specialism (15 credits); Humanitarian Reporting Specialism (15 credits); Finance and Business Specialism (15 credits); Sports Specialism (15 credits); Political Reporting Specialism (15 credits); Entertainment Specialism (15 credits); Security and Crime Specialism (15 credits); or Investigative Reporting Specialism (15 credits).

Assessment methods

All MA Journalism courses at City are practical, hands-on courses designed for aspiring 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. Assessment is part of learning, and course assessments vary to reflect the learning being achieved. They include workshop exercises, studio work, oral presentations, essays, reflections, exams and production (making journalism products), and different forms (written, oral, visual, aural), as well as being individual and team-based.

Sponsorship information

The following organisations have supported students in the Department of Journalism in the past. This is not a guarantee of future sponsorship, and you are advised to check the websites of these organisations for details of future bursary and scholarship schemes: The Stationers' Foundation University Bursary Scheme; NUJ (George Viner Memorial Fund); Postgrad Solutions; and Print Futures Awards.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2019 10,200 per Year 1 (EU) 10 Months
MA Full-time September 2019 10,200 per Year 1 (Scotland) 10 Months
MA Full-time September 2019 20,400 per Year 1 (International) 10 Months
MA Full-time September 2019 10,200 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 10 Months
MA Full-time September 2019 10,200 per Year 1 (England) 10 Months
MA Full-time September 2019 10,200 per Year 1 (Wales) 10 Months

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Northampton Square EC1V 0HB London

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