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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 6.31k / Year (EEA)
  • / Year (EEA)
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

    UCLans Department of Journalism is recognised as one of the leading centres in Britain for the training of journalists. The Masters degree in Magazine Journalism has an enviable reputation for the quality of its students and their success in obtaining employment in the industry. You will be taught by staff who are professional journalists with backgrounds at all levels, on both national and regional magazines and newspapers and in other media. The Masters in Magazine Journalism, accredited by both the Periodicals Training Council and the National Council for the Training of Journalists, is designed to prepare you for a dynamic and developing medium.The course provides practical training in the specific skills needed by working journalists, particularly in the magazine industry. Throughout the course students will be learning and developing skills in digital journalism, sub-editing and design and more advanced writing styles for features and specialised reporting.

    Students will also learn how the magazine industry works, the readers they serve and the business of freelancing as well as the practical journalism skill of shorthand.

    Students must pass the coursework and exam components in all modules, achieve 100 words a minute in shorthand for the NCTJ diploma and produce an original prototype magazine.

    In the third semester, you will also have the choice to research the fascinating and developing subject of magazines in a 15,000 word dissertation or to develop and produce your own prototype with a prospectus outlining its possibilities.

    The School of Journalism encourages students to take the NCTJs preliminary examinations. Many editors require students to pass these examinations to be employed as journalists. These are external examinations separate from the degree programme. Fees for these papers are included in your tuition fees.

    A total of 180 credits from the following:

    Compulsory Modules

    * Creating Content (20 credits)
    * Newsroom Practice (40 credits)
    * Digital Journalism (20 credits)
    * Law for Journalists (20 credits)
    * Investigating Public Administration: Central and Local Government (20 credits)

    Plus 60 modules from the following:

    * Extended Journalism Project (60 credits) OR
    * Standard Journalism Project (40 credits) AND (20 credits from the optional modules below) OR
    * Journalism Project (20 credits) AND (40 credits from the optional modules below):

    Optional Modules

    * The Modern Journalist (20 credits)
    * Fundamentals of Business for Media Entrepreneurs (20 credits)
    * Specialist Writing (20 credits)
    * Videojournalism (20 credits)
    * International News and Media (20 credits)
    * Journalism Theory (20 credits)
    * Enterprise and Professional Practice (20 credits)
    * Digital Publishing (20 credits)
    * Public affairs and lobbying in context (10 credits)
    * Fundraising and Sponsorship (10 credits)

    UK requirements for international applications

    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.

    Program requirements

    Upper Second or First classification for your honours degree from a British higher education institution, or an equivalent overseas qualification. Mature students with non-standard qualifications may also apply if they have substantial professional or other relevant experience. It is also important to show initiative and a knowledge of the magazine and newspaper industries. Previous work experience is obviously desirable. Minority ethnic groups and disabled people are under-represented in journalism so applications from members of these groups are particularly welcome. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 8 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.

    The National Council for the Training of Journalists offers bursaries for applicants from diverse backgrounds.


    This course is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists, who offer bursaries for applicants from diverse backgrounds.

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