Taught course

Magazine Journalism

University of Sunderland · Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries

Entry requirements

Applications are welcome from holders of, or those who hope to be awarded, an upper second class honours degree or above. However, candidates with a lower second class honours degree may also be considered as will those with significant practical work experience. All applicants will be interviewed prior to acceptance

Months of entry


Course content

The course was one of the first MA magazine journalism programmes in the country and one of only two to be accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ). Students can gain an NCTJ Diploma in Magazine Journalism as well as an MA qualification.

During the course students will develop the core skills of magazine journalism, such as writing, researching, interviews and copy editing for magazines features for print and online. You will receive CV and interview skills support. Copy clinics with professional tutors and visiting guest lectures are all benefits of the programme.

Social media, online, video and production skills are covered on the course, as well as media law, ethics, research skills, media theory and shorthand.

You will be taught to use social media such as Twitter for professional journalism practice. You will also be expected to develop your online profile. You will learn to design and produce magazine pages using industry standard software such as InDesign and Photoshop.

In the final part of the course, students will do a dissertation or practical project, such as produce a 40-page magazine in a genre of their choice, or a magazine website.

Opportunities for students to publish work include the regional magazines, the department's website Spark Online, a regular On Campus page in the Sunderland Echo and in programme magazine projects.

The course is also part of a department with a thriving media research culture with its Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies highly rated as a producer of world leading research. Research interests within the department include football and racism, sexual cultures, post-feminism, environmental reporting and sustainability.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you should have an IELTS (or equivalent) score of at least 7.0. To apply for postgraduate course email your completed application form to admissions@sunderland.ac.uk. http://www.sunderland.ac.uk/images/University_of_Sunderland_Application_Form.pdf

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Alex Lockwood
+44 (0)191 515 2101