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  Magazine Journalism MA / PGDip


Nottingham Trent University    School of Arts and Humanities

Full time & Part time September MA, PGDip 1 year full time, 2 years part time
Communication & Media Studies (7)

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Unleash your passion for the written word with the Magazine Journalism MA/PGDip programme at Nottingham Trent University. Dive into the world of magazines, mastering the art of in-depth interviews, professional video production, and captivating design. Develop essential journalism skills such as writing, reporting, and editing, while also exploring Adobe InDesign for layout planning and mobile journalism for multimedia content creation. Gain insights into the business side of magazines and even pitch your own title idea to industry experts. With a focus on media law, ethics, and regulation, you'll be well-equipped for a successful journalism career. The programme offers practical sessions, tutorials, and work placements with renowned organizations like BBC Good Food and The Guardian. Entry requirements include a good honours degree or relevant professional experience. Join us at the Centre for Broadcasting & Journalism, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including a student newsroom and TV studio. Embrace the power of storytelling and kickstart your journalism journey today.

About the course

Do you want to work in magazines? Are you passionate about the written word, whether it’s online or in print? Would you like to do in-depth interviews, learn how to shoot videos professionally and explore design and photography to create beautiful magazines? If so this is the perfect course for you.

What you’ll study

This course will equip you with the all-around 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.

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Entry Requirements

You will need a good honours degree (minimum 2.1) and enthusiasm for, or experience in journalism.
Applicants with a 2.2 and substantial experience will be considered.
Applications from candidates with non-standard entry qualifications will be considered on an individual basis if they can demonstrate relevant professional experience.


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Student Profile

Bobby Twidale

Graduated in 2021

What made you choose NTU?

The idea came from my younger son, a postgraduate student doing a journalism Masters. I was 52, a recently retired teacher and had just finished building a house. Life suddenly lacked a goal. My son said: ‘You should be doing this degree, Mum. You’d love it.’ I don’t know if he meant his words to be taken literally but soon after, I attended an open day at NTU. On January 1, 2019, I accepted an offer to study a part-time Masters in Magazine Journalism over two years – for once, a new year’s resolution I was enthusiastic about.

As a teacher, I’d attended open days and had already done postgraduate studies in careers education at NTU. I wish I’d got a pound every time I advised one of my pupils to think carefully about which job might get them out of bed each morning with a smile on their face. Now a 50-something career-changer, I wanted to find the thing that would continue to do the same for me in later life. With the wider University’s great record for student satisfaction and the Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism’s reputation for quality teaching, state of the art technology and highly experienced staff, NTU was a natural choice for me.

I quickly bonded with the lecturers. I’d experienced the challenges of the job they were doing and knew how I’d feel with an ex-teacher in my class. At first, I filtered every contribution I made, but the sessions were so interesting I struggled to keep quiet for long.

I’m now working as a freelance journalist for Good Housekeeping, a magazine I’ve read since the age of 18. And I can honestly say I will never forget the rush of joy when I heard The Times would be printing one of my stories as a lead article on page 3 – my first piece in a national newspaper.

To anyone considering joining the 30,000-plus over-35s that, according to UCAS, apply annually to study at a UK university, I would say emphatically: ‘Do it!’ I’ve spent two years on the edge of my comfort-zone, and it’s changed everything. I’m re-energised, un-invisible, and I’ve found the thing that will get me out of bed with a smile on my face throughout my next career.

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