Magazine Journalism

Study mode:On campus Study type:Part-time Languages: English
Local:$ 8.87 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 16.1 k / Year(s)  
801–1000 place StudyQA ranking:3306 Duration:12 months

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Choose Kingston's Magazine Journalism MA and you will benefit from:

  • experienced lecturers who are practising journalists with a wide range of experience and insider knowledge about working in today's magazine industry;
  • live projects to develop your skills through hands-on experience including producing the award-winning course magazine;
  • first-rate industry contacts through projects with magazine publishers, high-profile guest speakers and professional support to hone your CV and gain valuable work experience;
  • excellent employment prospects with over 95% of graduates from the course gaining jobs in magazines or related areas within six month of graduation;
  • industry standard facilities including exclusive use of a fully-equipped magazine production office and dedicated technician; and
  • a lively location on the doorstep of London and the world's major news and media organisations.

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 Periodicals Training Council (PTC). You will benefit from the input of guest speakers from national magazines, newspapers and websites. Read more in the Events and lectures section.

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

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

Core modules

  • Feature writing
  • Hands-on Journalism
  • Journalism in Context: Law, Ethics and the Industry
  • Magazine Publishing
  • MA Journalism Dissertation
  • Practical Journalism Project

Optional modules

Shorthand (postgraduate)

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

Learn a language

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language for free during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish.

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/orevidence of substantial and demonstrable professional commitment to journalism.InterviewsWe 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. 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. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


This course is accredited by the lead body for best practice in training and development for the magazine industry – the Periodicals Training Council (PTC). This means that you can be confident that the degree prepares you to work in magazines. The PTC accreditation assures employers that you have come from a course which produces journalists who are able to work with a minimum of supervision. To achieve accreditation we have to show that we work closely with industry and meet the PTC's exacting standards.

Kingston journalism department has one of only seven postgraduate magazine journalism courses in the UK that have secured accreditation from the PTC.

Accreditation by the PTC opens doors for students on the course to a range of exciting events and opportunities such as the Magazine Academy Awards, and Magnet, the diversity mentoring scheme. These afford the chance to meet, network and work with some of the leading names in today's magazine industry.
The PTC sits within the trade association for the magazine industry, the Periodical Publishers Association (PPA).

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