Taught course

Magazine Journalism

University of Central Lancashire · School of Journalism and Digital Communication

Entry 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.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Modules include:

Magazine Journalism Practice
Digital Journalism
Public Administration
Magazine Production
Magazine Project or Dissertation

Information for international students

See www.uclan.ac.uk/international

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
9 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations5
Written coursework / continuous assessment35
Creative work20
Professional practice20

Course contact details

Course enquiries
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