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MA / PGDip Magazine Journalism

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Press Journalism

Course type


Course Summary

Course Summary

This course will equip you with the all-round skills and knowledge needed to build a career as a journalist in magazines, whilst providing you with a deep understanding of the wider publishing business. First and foremost you will learn how to write, whether it’s an in-depth interview, a sharp news story, a daily blog or a snappy photo caption. You will learn how to report, research, interview and edit news stories and features. Using Adobe InDesign, you will develop an understanding of how to plan a page with text, photographs and graphics, sub-edit copy, and write a compelling headline. You’ll get to grips with mobile journalism, using a phone or tablet to record video and audio, and learn how to edit your material into packages. On newsdays and newsweeks, you’ll produce websites and magazines, working with WordPress, the storytelling platform, InDesign and Photoshop, as well as creating content for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You’ll also examine the business side of magazines and have the chance to pitch your own idea for a new title to a panel of industry professionals. To underpin your journalism practice, you will gain a solid grounding in media law, public administration and ethics and regulation. You'll also have the opportunity to develop shorthand skills to the NCTJ standard. Students can exit with PGDip award.

Careers and employability

Previous students on the MA/PGDip Magazine Journalism course have gone on to work in a range of roles as magazine writers in digital and print, production journalists, social media editors, sub-editors, and in PR, digital marketing and promotions. Recent graduates include: Alyss Bowen, social media editor, online magazine The Debrief ; Jodie Heginbotham, account manager, The Tonic Communications; Georgie Kiely, writer,; Davina Merchant, writer, MashableUK; Charlotte McIntyre, sub-editor, Slimming World magazine; Hannah Rought, senior marketing executive, TimeInc; Dave Straw, marketing and comms manager, The London Stadium; Stewart Thorpe, reporter, Rail Media.

Different course options

Full time | City Campus | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module will equip you for the world of magazine journalism today. It incorporates the traditional skills of writing news stories and features, creating headlines and standfirsts and sells, sub-editing, design and layout alongside newer elements, such as video journalism using hand-helds and phones, the role of social media and handling user-generated content.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Students will need a good honours degree (minimum 2.1) and enthusiasm for, or experience of journalism. Students with a 2.2 and substantial experience will be considered.

University information

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is one of the biggest and most popular universities in the UK offering a number of benefits for postgraduate students. NTU’s teaching was rated Gold in the national Teaching Excellence Framework. The University offers a variety of taught postgraduate courses and a wide range of research degree options across their eight academic schools. There are many types of postgraduate study on offer including taught...more

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