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About the course

Please note that this degree is now closed for 2020 entry.

Course description

Accredited by the Professional Publishers Association

Magazine publishing is a fast-paced and exhilarating section of the media industry. Titles have proliferated across all subjects, and the most successful become multi-platform super-brands. Journalists who work on them need to write beautiful copy, podcast, shoot video, and serve their readers in both print and a dynamic digital landscape.

Take this rewarding degree and we’ll equip you to create your own magazine brand from scratch and captivate the audience you choose. You’ll create news, feature and interview content to fill your title’s pages and screens, and get a handle on managing live web content and social media. You'll grasp the workings of the

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Entry Requirements

- A 2:1 undergraduate degree (we will consider a 2:2 if we are sufficiently impressed by your potential)
- An alternative qualification approved by the University as degree equivalent
- Substantial previous work experience in a media-related role.

English language requirements:
Overall IELTS score of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component, or equivalent.


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Course Content

Where is University of Sheffield


Student Profile(s)

Sian Bradley

I currently work for Take a Break magazine down in Camden. I spend my days speaking to a whole host of people, hearing their stories and putting them down into words for them. It's such fulfilling work and was my first full-time job since graduating. I absolutely wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for the Magazine Journalism course.

Before starting, I mostly wrote articles based on what I'd read online, but the course really pushed me to go out and find my own stories – which has helped me so much in my current job. I became much better at fitting my writing into different house styles and telling stories in an interesting way. I had a knack of rambling in my articles before starting at uni, and now I'm in charge of a page in Take a Break which doesn't have stories longer than 150 words.

But it isn't just the work that helped me start my journalism career. The support of the staff is absolutely amazing. Every time I panicked about work, lecturers would be on hand to answer my many emails! And the support didn't end when the course did. Before my interview with Take a Break, I had a great chat with Yvonne [Illsley, course leader] who had worked there previously (and has worked in so many different genres of magazine). She helped me to prepare for the interview and was ecstatic when I told her I'd been given a role. It's that kind of support that really makes you feel like you can do anything after the course ends.

The best part of the course has to be making your own magazine. Writing the business plan was so much work, but it was all worth it in the end. I've been a fan of darts for a while, and being given free rein to work on a darts magazine was so much fun. I got to speak to people I admired, and it really hit home that I was a journalist. We may have still been going through uni at that point, but everything you do during the course is journalism. You're no longer just a student: you're heading out into the world and putting everything into practice.

I couldn't have asked for a better experience during my course.

Tom Hocking

Towards the end of my MA in Magazine Journalism I found two weeks away from our final project to do some work experience at a small, independent football magazine called When Saturday Comes. It's six and a half years later… and I'm still here. From joining as publishing assistant I have clawed my way up to deputy editor. Over the years I've done everything from sub-editing, commissioning, writing and interviewing to plenty of T-shirt folding.

I love working in a small business where I get to be involved in all aspects of the magazine's production. It's pretty much my dream job, and I don't think I would've ever got it without my MA from the University of Sheffield.

One of the many great things about the course was that it gave me such a breadth of knowledge of the magazine industry. It wasn't just focused on writing, interviewing and news gathering, though that obviously formed an essential part of what we did. It also taught me sub-editing, InDesign layout and digital skills which meant I could be adaptable when applying for a real-life job.

The chance to put these skills into practice by creating a complete magazine from scratch, including everything from business plan to finished product, has proved invaluable throughout my career, as I have dealt with the different aspects of magazine production. It also gave me the versatility to do other freelance work alongside my main job, such as subbing shifts on The Guardian's sports desk.

Alongside the more practical skills it provided, the course also offered something even greater – a sense of camaraderie. From late nights in the newsroom to intense sessions forcing each other not to give up shorthand or flicking through Mark Hanna's immensely useful media law handouts, we all supported each other and pushed other coursemates to produce the best work we could. This was, of course, all overseen by Yvonne Illsley and Peter Genower, whose experience and dedication to the art of magazine making and good journalism really rubbed off on the rest of us. Their support throughout the course was incredible.

I don't know what I'd be doing if I hadn't taken that course, but I doubt it would be as satisfying.

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