Courses
  1. Undergraduate
  2. Postgraduate
  3. Research Degrees
  4. CPD
  5. Short Courses
  1. Magazine Journalism
  2. 2019
Courses

MA Magazine Journalism

|
Entry Year:
Learn essential skills, produce print and online magazines, and complete at least seven weeks' work experience.

Key Information

Start date

September 2019

Academic year dates

Duration

10 months

UK/EU

Full-time: £10,200

Non-EU

Full-time: £20,400

Campus

Northampton Square

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for anyone with a first degree in any subject who wants to be a first class 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 Xcityplus.com. Read the latest digital edition and check out the listings at the back to find out where our graduates are working now.


City's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Paul Curran, says this about Journalism courses at City:

"Journalism at City began as a postgraduate department in 1976 and has developed some of the most respected MA Journalism courses in the country.  Alumni include the BBC¹s Sophie Raworth and BBC Head of News James Harding, Sky News' Dermot Murnaghan, Editor of The Sun Tony Gallagher, Justine Picardie, Editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar UK, Channel 4's Ramita Navai  and Al  Jazeera's Barbara Sheera. Recent graduates are reporters, producers, editors and web content providers, across platforms ranging from the Financial Times and the BBC to Buzzfeed and Vice TV. "

Objectives

This hugely successful and well-established course prepares students for a wide range of careers in magazine and features journalism, both print and online, from glossy consumer titles to international news journals.

Skills taught range from writing long form investigative features to arts and culture reviews; polished profile pieces to podcasts and video editing for online; designing and subbing print and online pages and picture editing.

There is a strong entrepreneurial angle to the course and students learn how to research, create and launch new media products and to engage audiences. Accredited by the Professional Publishers Association, students learn from 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 12 years.

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.

Accreditation

Professional Publishers Association

This degree is accredited by the Professional Publishers Association (PPA). Alumni from this course have won the PPA New Talent Postgraduate Magazine Student of the Year Award for 12 consecutive years, including a unique joint top prize for two City Magazine students in 2018.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

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. Student journalism or self published journalism, such as a good quality blog, is also considered relevant and may be enough to secure a place on the MA.

INTO City, University of London

Don’t meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You’ll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the Graduate Diploma in Journalism.

Other suitable qualifications

As well as new graduates, we also welcome mature applicants with substantial work experience in the industry.

English requirements

If English is not your first language, you must get a minimum overall score of 7.0 in the IELTS English language test, including at least 7.0 in the writing component of the test and no lower than 6.5 in any other component. Students from outside the UK might wish to apply for the International Journalism MA, which is specifically designed for a global cohort.

English language programmes

Don’t meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses.

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 six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for 2019 are now open:

MA Magazine Journalism (full time)

All applications are to be submitted online. 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 institution; 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.
  5. All applicants who are considered suitable will be interviewed, either in person or electronically if the candidate is out of the country.
8/10
of the 2016 PPA New Talent awards shortlist were graduates from this course.
92.6%
of graduates in employment six months after completing the course (DLHE 2014-15).
1st
We are ranked 1st in London for Communication and Media Studies in the Complete University Guide 2018
During your course

More about fees

Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of 2%. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).

Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

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.

Alumni views

MA Magazine Journalism alumni Selena Randhawa and Joseph Evans explain how their experience at City helped kick start their careers.

Placements

We actively encourage all our journalism student to undertake work placements during their studies with us. Placements are an essential step in developing their career in journalism as they help students put their learning into practice and make contacts in the industry.

Work placements are not formally assessed or arranged as part of the MA Programme but your personal tutor can advise you of suitable organisations to approach.

Academic facilities

A broadcast from City's journalism television recording studio

You will gain practical skills in our state-of-the-art digital television studio, digital editing suites, radio studios and broadcast newsrooms.

In 2014 we completed a £12m development projects for our Journalism facilities. These facilities were developed in consultation with experts from the BBC and ITN, and were praised by the BJTC. Our facilities include:

  • A television studio: enabling simultaneous multi-media broadcast and a major expansion in the number of news and current affairs programmes produced
  • Four radio studios: enabling an increase in output and the potential to explore a permanent radio station
  • Two radio broadcast newsrooms: high-tech facilities that enable you to learn how to produce a radio programme
  • Two digital newsrooms: impressive modern facilities that enable you to learn the skills required to produce newspapers, magazines and websites
  • Two TV editing and production newsrooms: state-of-the-art facilities that enable you to learn about TV production.

Accommodation

We offer a variety of accommodation options and support services for postgraduate students.

Read more about our postgraduate halls.

Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.

Find out more about private accommodation.

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.

Find out how to apply

Timetables

Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

View academic timetables

Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

Course content and assessment

Teaching and learning

Some modules are taught in lecture theatres, but most are small-group workshops that allow you to develop your journalistic skills and knowledge with the support of our expert academics.

Shorthand

Our students have the option of taking part in a Teeline shorthand course alongside their studies. This costs £100 (refundable if you reach 100 words per minute) and runs across two terms.

Assessment

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.

Modules

The magazine industry has never been more exciting and challenging. This course prepares you for the exciting world of magazines which may be more varied than you imagine - whether it’s writing a feature for a glossy men’s magazine or a lifestyle website, podcasting an interview, or researching and crafting a story for the newsdesk of a business-to-business publication.

All of our MA Journalism students must undertake underpinning core modules in Ethics, Rules and Standards, and a Final Project.

Core modules

  • Ethics, Rules and Standards (30 credits) - You put practical journalism in an ethical context with case studies and there are discussion groups in the second term.
  • Journalism Portfolio (30 credits) - You’ll be taught all the skills that make a great journalist – how to research, interview, report and produce content (news and features) across digital and print.
  • Editorial Production (30 credits) - You learn print and multimedia production packages, culminating in the production of a print magazine (XCity) and website (xcityplus.com).
  • UK Media Law (15 credits) - You learn the basics of UK Media Law to enable you to work in a UK newsroom.
  • The Magazine Business (15 credits) - You are given a solid grounding in all aspects of the print and digital magazine industry through master classes given by industry professionals. You learn about photography, illustration, typography and graphics.
  • Final Project (30 credits) - This module provides you with the opportunity to put into practice all the professional and theoretical skills learnt on the course in the generation of a series of features totalling 5,000 words, or an equivalent multimedia project.

Elective modules

Choose one of the following three modules:

  • Social and Digital Journalism (15 credits) - You learn how to make social media work for you as a journalist
  • Political Headlines (15 credits) - You learn the structure of British Government and how it works; and you meet journalists who report and present it
  • Introduction to Data Journalism (15 credits) - You will learn up-to-the-minute journalism skills using statistics and data to provide and substantiate stories.

Specialisms

Choose one of the following specialisms:

  • Lifestyle Specialism (15 credits)
  • Reporting the Middle East Specialism (15 credits)
  • Arts and Culture Specialism (15 credits)
  • Humanitarian Reporting Specialism (15 credits)
  • Finance and Business Specialism (15 credits)
  • Sports Specialism (15 credits)
  • Health and Science (15 credits)
  • Political Reporting Specialism (15 credits)
  • Popular Culture Specialism (15 credits)
  • Security and Crime Specialism (15 credits)
  • Investigative Reporting Specialism (15 credits).

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

After you graduate

Career prospects

Alumni of City’s MA Magazine Journalism course occupy top positions in:

  • BBC Panorama
  • Bloomberg TV
  • Bureau of Investigative Journalism
  • Buzzfeed
  • CNN
  • Greenpeace
  • Health Service Journal
  • ITN
  • Mobile News
  • New Statesman
  • October Films
  • Sky News
  • The Art Newspaper
  • The Daily Telegraph
  • The Financial Times
  • The Guardian
  • The Spectator
  • The Times
  • Vice News
96.9% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Applications for 2019 are now open:

MA Magazine Journalism (full time)

All applications are to be submitted online. 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 institution; 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.
  5. All applicants who are considered suitable will be interviewed, either in person or electronically if the candidate is out of the country.

Contact details

Request a prospectus

Find out more about City and all our postgraduate degree programmes.

Get your prospectus