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The Masters in Magazine Journalism, accredited by both the Periodicals Training Council 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 an original prototype magazine.

In the third semester, you will also have the choice to research the fascinating and developing subject of magazines in a 15,000 word dissertation or to develop and produce your own prototype with a prospectus outlining its possibilities.

The School of Journalism encourages 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


Magazine Journalism Practice
Digital Journalism
Magazine Production
Public Administration
Magazine Project or Dissertation





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