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  • Duration:

    TBC

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Mode:

    Taught

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Campus:

    Preston

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    MA

Why study this programme?

MA Magazine Journalism is a vocational, one-year course aimed at students seeking to pursue a career in the British magazine industry, both periodicals and supplements.

The Masters in Magazine Journalism, currently accredited by both the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) and the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), is designed to prepare you for a dynamic and developing medium.

Our postgraduate course provides practical training in the specific skills needed by working journalists, particularly in the magazine industry.

Entry Requirements

Upper Second or First classification for your honours degree from a British higher education institution, or an equivalent overseas qualification. Mature students with non-standard qualifications may also apply if they have substantial professional or other relevant experience. It is also important to show initiative and a knowledge of the magazine and newspaper industries. Previous work experience is obviously desirable. Minority ethnic groups and disabled people are under-represented in journalism so applications from members of these groups are particularly welcome.

Overseas students for whom English is a second language need an IELTS score of 8.0.

Programme at a Glance

A total of 180 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

  • Creating Content (20 credits)
  • Newsroom Practice (40 credits)
  • Digital Journalism (20 credits)
  • Law for Journalists (20 credits)
  • Public Affairs: Central and Local Government (20 credits)

Plus 60 modules from the following:

  • Extended Journalism Project (60 credits) OR
  • Standard Journalism Project (40 credits) AND (20 credits from the optional modules below)

Optional Modules

  • Specialist Writing (20 credits)  

The Masters in Magazine Journalism, currently accredited by both Professional Publishers Association and the National Council for the Training of Journalists, is designed to prepare you for a dynamic and developing medium.

The course provides practical training in the specific skills needed by working journalists, particularly in the magazine industry. Throughout the course students will be learning and developing skills in digital journalism, sub-editing and design and more advanced writing styles for features and specialised reporting.

Students will also learn how the magazine industry works, the readers they serve and the business of freelancing as well as the practical journalism skill of shorthand.

Students must pass the coursework and exam components in all modules, achieve 100 words a minute in shorthand for the NCTJ diploma and produce original prototype magazines.

In the third semester you will have the opportunity to develop and produce your own original prototype with a prospectus outlining its possibilities.

Postgraduate Advice Event

The next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be on Thursday 10th November 2016.
For details and registration for this event please visit our Eventbrite page.
Please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

Throughout the course students will be learning and developing skills in digital journalism, sub-editing and design and more advanced writing styles for features and specialised reporting. You will also learn how the magazine industry works, the readers they serve and the business of freelancing as well as the practical journalism skill of shorthand.

UCLan is recognised as one of the leading centres in Britain for the training of journalists. The Master’s degree in Magazine Journalism has an enviable reputation for the quality of its students and their success in obtaining employment in the industry. You will be taught by staff who are professional journalists with backgrounds at all levels, on both national and regional magazines and newspapers and in other media.

We encourage our students to take the NCTJ’s preliminary examinations. Many editors require students to pass these examinations to be employed as journalists. These are external examinations separate from the degree programme. Fees for these papers are included in your tuition fees. The NCTJ also offers bursaries through its Journalism Diversity Fund for people from diverse backgrounds to train as journalists. For more information see www.nctj.com

 

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

Applications

Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £6,300 per year (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

New UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes from 2016/17 academic year.

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Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

The course is currently accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ)

The course is currently accredited by the Professional Publishers Association (PPA)

Professional Accreditation

PPA accredited logo

Learning Environment and Assessment

Students will work in a stimulating editorial atmosphere, learning the basic skills required in a carefully structured programme of lectures and exercises supplemented by visits from guest speakers within the industry. They will spend a semester producing their own magazines, targeted for specific audiences such as business or consumer lifestyles before taking up work placements to showcase their skills and develop contacts within the industry.

Students must pass the coursework and exam components in all modules, achieve 100 words a minute in shorthand for the NCTJ diploma and produce an original prototype magazine.

Graduate Careers

Alice Lipscombe: started her first job in September 2009 as editorial assistant at Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine as soon as she had finished the course and is now Deputy Production Editor.