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Magazine Journalism  MA


City's Magazine Journalism MA course prepares you for a first job in magazine journalism. The course is accredited by the Periodicals Training Council (PTC).

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.

Course Director Barbara Rowlands talks about the MA Magazine Journalism degree

The Department of Journalism is ranked 2nd in the UK for universities to prepare for careers in journalism (QS World University Rankings 2014).

The Magazine MA produces top quality writers, In the eighth year in a row MA Magazine Journalism students at City have won the PPA New Talent awards, a prestigious national award. Read more about 2015's winners.

A film about Journalism at City

Alumni James Harding (former Editor, The Times), Nicole Young (CBS 60 Minutes) and Radhika Sanghani (Telegraph Graduate Scheme) talk about Journalism at City.

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,875
  • Full-time Non EU: £19,000

Start Date:

September 2016

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

  • 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.

English Requirements

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.

Visa Requirements

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.  

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.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2016
Full-time (10 months). We advise our students that they need to be available for classes and assignments from Mondays to Fridays during working hours, and occasionally outside those times.

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.

Course Structure

You take ten modules: nine core modules and one elective.

Core modules

  • Ethics, Rules & Standards
  • Journalism Portfolio
  • Editorial Production
  • Final Project
  • UK Media Law
  • The Magazine Business.

Elective modules

Choose one of the following two modules:

  • Social & Digital Journalism
  • Political Headlines.

And one of the following specialisms:

  • Lifestyle & Culture Specialism
  • International Correspondence Specialism
  • Arts & Culture Specialism
  • Humanitarian Reporting Specialism
  • Finance & Business Specialism
  • Sports Specialism
  • Political Reporting Specialism
  • Entertainment Specialism
  • Reporting the Middle East Specialism
  • Security and Crime Specialism
  • Investigative Reporting Specialism.

Read the full 2015 programme specification.

Teaching and Assessment

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.

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...

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.

Read the full 2015 programme specification.


  • Full-time EU: £9,875
  • Full-time Non EU: £19,000


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.


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.


Work experience is an important part of Journalism training, giving you the chance to put your learning into practice and, more importantly, make contacts in the industry and enhance your employability. All students are encouraged to seek work experience while they study on this course, although this is not a requirement of the programme. This programme does not grant academic credit for any work experience undertaken.

You will have access to all the services provided by City's Career & Skills Development Service to assist you in finding work experience.

Career Prospects

Prominent alumni

We have been running Journalism courses at City since 1976. In the 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.

MA Magazine Journalism

Please submit the following:

All applications are to be submitted online here. Your application must include:

  1. A copy of your degree transcript: We require one of the following: an original transcript; a copy certified by your university; or an electronic scan of your transcript. If you have not yet graduated, you will be required to submit an interim transcript until your final transcript is available. You may submit transcripts from your first and second years of undergraduate study. You will not be able to register as a City student without having supplied your final degree transcript.
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  3. Details of your work experience in journalism: Applicants should be able to demonstrate commitment to journalism through relevant work experience. You should upload details of your journalism work experience in a separate document into any of the available document upload slots.
  4. The following two articles: You may copy and paste these into the "Personal Statement" section of the online application form.
    * Article 1: explain in not more than 200 words why you want to come on our course and what you expect to gain from it.
    * Article 2: interview someone interesting in your local area. Based on this interview you should write a 250-word article.

Application Deadline
We do not operate a formal deadline. However, places on the course tend to fill up by March/April, so do apply in good time.

Application form

Apply online for this course