Choose Kingston's Magazine Journalism MA and you will benefit from:
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.
Articles, features, news, portfolios, case studies, presentations, essays, dissertation, work-based learning
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.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
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).