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Magazine Journalism - MA

Course Description

This course is designed to give those aspiring to work in this burgeoning sector the best possible start on the road to success. It addresses subjects such as writing, subediting, production and design techniques, research skills and how to generate lively, interactive content for the web.

Key features

-Our tutors are practising journalists with a range of experience. You will also benefit from guest speakers from national magazines and newspapers in both print and online. Past speakers have included Guardian feature writers Simon Hattenstone and Decca Aitkenhead; Louise Court, editor of Cosmopolitan UK; Luke Lewis, editor of NME.com; campaigning journalist John Pilger; and Jon Snow of Channel 4 News.
-We have a successful partnership with Haymarket Network, the award-winning customer publishing division of the largest private magazine publisher in the UK, providing the opportunity to compete for Haymarket fellowships annually.
-You can choose to study this course in combination with Publishing.

What will you study?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars and practical workshops focusing on hands-on activities, such as writing, interviewing, subediting, magazine production, blogging, and writing and uploading copy for the web. In collaboration with other students, you will produce a magazine (print and online), and will undertake at least one placement on a published title.

You will also have the opportunity to study feature writing, design and production, journalism practices and the business of magazines. Finally, you will carry out a 12–15,000-word dissertation or a related practical project.


Articles, features, news, portfolios, case studies, presentations, essays, dissertation and work-based learning.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules
-Creating Magazines: Content and Context
-Feature Writing
-Journalism in Context: Law, Ethics and the Industry
-MA Journalism Dissertation
-Practical Journalism Project

Optional modules
-Shorthand (Postgraduate)
-Specialist Journalism: Business
-Specialist Journalism: Fashion
-Specialist Journalism: Sport

Visit the Magazine Journalism - MA page on the Kingston University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Taylor Anderson

"Although I had a BA in English, I had no experience as a journalist before I started at Kingston. After searching through a handful of programmes around the UK and the US, I decided on the MA Magazine Journalism course because it seemed extremely practical - I felt it would teach me all of the basics and prepare me for a career in the industry better than any of the others.

"Once I started the course I knew I had made the right choice. I loved learning from lecturers who were also working as journalists in the national press. Producing MOUTH with my peers offered real insight into what it takes to create a magazine.

"The best part of the course for me was the month-long internship. I completed mine at Zest and once I finished the placement the features editor offered me a part-time position as a features assistant. And now, less than a year after graduation, I'm working at Zest full-time. Kingston definitely set me on the right track for what I hope will be a long and successful career as a journalist."


Alumni discount - 20+ Awards

All undergraduate alumni qualify for 10% off postgraduate taught course fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)



All Kingston Undergraduate alumni will receive 10% off postgraduate course fees.

Application Procedure

Automatically assessed on application, please ensure you state that your undergraduate degree was awarded by Kingston University.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

We normally expect candidates to have: a good honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent in an essay-writing subject, demonstrating high standards of literacy; and/or evidence of substantial and demonstrable professional commitment to journalism. We normally invite candidates for an interview with the course director or other senior member of the team. Students based overseas can arrange for an interview by email or telephone.

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