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Magazine Publishing (MSc)

Course Description

Explore the production and operation of print and online magazines on this unique, hands-on course that will prepare you for a career in multimedia publishing.

Do you live and breathe magazines? Do you follow fashion, keep up with celebs or get worked up by sport? Do you see yourself working for your favourite glossy? If so, then MSc Magazine Publishing is for you.

This innovative course will study magazines in their widest sense; print and online. You’ll explore the day-to-day operations of a magazine and learn how to get your foot in the door.

The first postgraduate programme of its kind in the UK, it’s an intensive, practical, hands-on course that will prepare you for a career in multimedia magazine publishing.

See the website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Magazine-Publishing-Postgraduate-FullTime

What you'll learn

You’ll learn the industry-specific skills that will help you succeed in the fast-paced, exciting world of magazine publishing. You’ll discover you how magazines, journals, periodicals, digital and online publications are produced and create your own full-colour magazine.

Through a series of professionally taught workshops, seminars and lectures, you’ll hone your research and production skills, present and pitch proposals, and learn the business of magazine publishing: from writing features, commissioning features, sourcing images, subbing text, generating advertising sales, marketing material and distribution.

The course is taught by experienced staff and is supported by the magazine publishing industry in Edinburgh and further afield through our Industry Advisory Panel. You'll meet industry professionals and authors and take part in site visits to publishers and printers.

The course was developed in consultation with industry and is accredited by the Professional Publishers Association.

This is a one year full-time course starting in September and is split up into three trimesters.

You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a work placement and a dissertation, both of which will enhance your career prospects and allow you to research the area of magazines which interests you most. You may also be interested in MSc Publishing.

Subjects include

- Publishing in context
- The business of magazines
- Creative toolkit

- Magazine publishing
- Journalism, information and society
- Publishing placement and professional development

-In-depth, industry-based research project

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.


We have a strong record of placing graduates in relevant employment because we provide you with the most up-to-date skills required by a rapidly advancing industry.

A work placement module is offered on this course. Your work placement and subsequent employment could be in:
- magazine and journal publishing
- corporate publishing
- digital publishing
- magazine writing
- magazine design, production or printing
- magazine entrepreneur

Visit the Magazine Publishing (MSc) page on the Edinburgh Napier University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above, or equivalent. We look for applicants to have a background in any discipline in order to be eligible for the programme. We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry. As the course involves working with texts, editing and copy writing, a good level of spoken and written English is required. If English is not your first language, it is usually required that you sit an English language test in order to gain entry onto our postgraduate programmes.

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