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Study MA Magazine Journalism and you'll get a thorough grounding in all the journalistic essentials that Sheffield excels in: newswriting, interviewing technique, social media, shorthand, media law, filming and video editing, public administration. You’ll look critically at how professional journalists do their job – deciding what works well and what should be better. Then we'll show you how to apply your knowledge to specialised and advanced magazine journalism.

This means page layout and production, and getting your magazine content online. It means understanding the sub-sections of the industry: news, consumer magazines, specialist titles, and business-to-business. It means developing and marketing your own title's brand.

Sheffield magazine students make a name for themselves in the business before they’ve even graduated. They win big at the awards given by publishing industry insiders for student magazines – recent alumni won the Magazine Academy Magazine Brand of the Year and the Digital Only Brand of the Year. And our work placement scheme offers a great chance to start networking as well as sharpen up your skills.


The course comprises seven core modules and one optional module. For completing each module successfully, you gain 15 credits (except for Advanced Broadcast Journalism, which is worth 30 credits, and your dissertation/portfolio, which is worth 60 credits). To be awarded the MA degree you must gain a total of 180 credits.

You may choose to omit the dissertation, in which case 120 credits will secure a postgraduate diploma (PgDip) rather than a masters degree.

Career opportunities

Meet the entry requirements, convince us of your passion, ability and resourcefulness, and we'll be ready to offer you a place. Complete the degree and you could follow the glittering career path of recent graduates – who are employed by all four major UK magazine publishers: Hearst, Time Inc, Immediate, and Bauer. Titles include Radio Times, Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire, Red, The Pool, Men’s Health, Take a Break, Bella, Management Today and OK!

MA Magazine Journalism is tailored to meet the training needs identified by the Professional Publishers Association, which gives official accreditation to the course. So magazine publishers know Sheffield graduates have the skills and knowledge they’re looking for in new employees.

On this course you'll undertake a substantial work experience placement. This is a chance to give a real test to the skills and knowledge you'll be developing back here in the department. The Department of Journalism Studies has a dedicated work placement co-ordinator whose job it is to match you up with a good employer suited to your areas of interest. Check out #jusplacement to see what our students are saying about their current work experience posts.

Our most recent survey data from graduates shows:

  • 90.0% positive outcomes (the proportion of graduates who were available for employment and had secured employment or further study)
  • 80.0% graduate prospects (the proportion of graduates who were available for employment and had secured graduate-level employment or graduate-level further study)

See what Sheffield's postgraduate alumni say in our career case studies section.

Visit the MA/PgDip Magazine Journalism page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!




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