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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: £9,000 (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 fee to be confirmed November 2015)
  • Full-time Non EU: £18,000 (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 fee to be confirmed November 2015)

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

Elective modules

Choose one of the following two modules:

Read the full 2015 programme specification.

Please note that this course is currently under review and may be subject to change.

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.

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.

Marcelle d'Argy Smith (Visiting lecturer, Journalism Practice)

Marcelle is a writer, radio & TV broadcaster and former editor of Cosmopolitan and Woman's Journal. She writes for various magazines and the Daily Mail, Daily Express, Guardian, Times and New Statesman. She has also served on the boards of two Financial Times companies, been editor and publisher of The International Art and Antiques Yearbooks, run art tours, and had her own weekly news and current affairs programme on Granada Plus. She was awarded an honorary doctorate by City University London in December 2009.

Read the full 2015 programme specification.


  • Full-time EU: £9,000 (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 fee to be confirmed November 2015)
  • Full-time Non EU: £18,000 (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 fee to be confirmed November 2015)


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.

Applications for entry in September 2016 will open in November 2015. Further details will be posted here in due course.

MA Magazine Journalism

You can apply either in hard copy by post or online. Please follow the instructions below carefully.

Please submit the following:

  1. One application form.
  2. Two references. We prefer you to submit one academic reference, and one reference from a journalism-related work placement.
    Please note that you are responsible for ensuring that your references reach us by the application deadline.
  3. 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 your degree transcript as soon as it is available. You will not be able to register as a City student without having supplied your degree transcript.
  4. Details of your work experience in journalism. Applicants should be able to demonstrate commitment to journalism through relevant work experience. Either include these on a separate sheet with your postal application, or copy and paste the details into the "Personal Statement" section of the online application form.
  5. The following two articles. Either include these with your postal application, or copy and paste them 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. (This replaces the "Statement in Support of Application" requested in the application form.)
    * Article 2: interview someone interesting in your local area. Based on this interview you should write a 250-word article.

Application forms

Applications for this course will open shortly.

Return address

Please return all application material, marked "Postgraduate Applications 2016", to: Graduate School of Journalism, City University London, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB, UK.