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Magazine Journalism MA

Course Description

Choose Kingston's Magazine Journalism MA

This course, which is accredited by the Periodical Training Council (PTC), 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.

This course is accredited by the PTC, the lead body for best practice in training and development for the magazine and business media industry.

The Journalism department has 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

Journalism Specialism:Arts and Entertainment
Shorthand (Postgraduate)
Specialist Journalism: Business
Specialist Journalism: Fashion
Specialist Journalism: Sport

What this course offers you

"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."
Taylor Anderson, Editorial Assistant at Cosmo Body magazine, Magazine Journalism MA graduate

Grounding for a job in magazines

Our Magazine Journalism MA prepares you to work in the magazine industry. It gets you ready for anything you might come across: from writing features for a women's weekly or putting together a news story for a trade publication to making a video or building a brand. It offers detailed, hands-on grounding in core journalistic skills, including feature writing, news gathering and writing, design, production and media law. Context is provided through the study of the business of magazines, ethics and journalistic practices. You can choose to study Teeline Shorthand as an optional extra.

Industry links and recognition

The course is highly regarded by industry professionals and accredited by the Professional Publishers Association. You will benefit from the input of guest speakers from national magazines, newspapers and websites.

Hands-on experience on a real-life magazine

You will work as part of an editorial team to produce a magazine across digital and print platforms. Mouth, the course magazine, is published and distributed on and around the campus, offering the valuable experience of making a publication for real readers. Mouth magazine was voted runner-up for Best Student Publication in the UK at the Guardian Student Media Awards 2011.

Work placements with the UK's foremost magazine publishers

Our established and award-winning work placement programme offers you the support to find work experience at leading media organisations and national magazines. A full-time work placement officer is available to help with CVs and applications. All students undertake work placements as part of the course.

The journalism department has a successful partnership with leading UK media publisher Haymarket Network offering the opportunity to take part in an annual project, which may lead to employment. Thirteen of our graduates have secured paid work at Haymarket through the project.

Highly competitive fees

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with special conditions in all elements. Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.

Applicants from one of the recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

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

Good honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent in an essay-writing subject, demonstrating high standards of literacy; and/orevidence of substantial and demonstrable professional commitment to journalism.

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