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MA PG Diploma

Magazine Journalism

Department of Journalism Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

Our students see journalism’s bigger picture: freedom of expression, ‘fake news’, media ethics and globalisation, as well as digital reporting techniques. That’s why they become great journalists, communications experts and media researchers.
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Course description

This tough but rewarding degree, with highly specialised content, opens up careers in a thriving and intensely competitive section of the media industry. You’ll learn page layout and production, and getting your magazine content online, as well as developing and marketing your own title’s brand. As well as newswriting, interviewing, social media, and video editing, you’ll look critically at how professional journalists do their job – deciding what works well and what should be better. Alumni have a glittering track record of employment and industry awards for excellence.

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Accredited by the Professional Publishers Association

Modules

Core modules

  • Researching News
  • Law for Journalists
  • Ethics and Regulation
  • Magazine Journalism
  • Power and Society
  • Advanced Magazine Journalism
  • Portfolio (PG Dip students omit this module)

Magazine students will also have the opportunity to learn Teeline shorthand.

Optional modules

A range including:

  • Dealing with Data: Statistics for Journalists
  • Communicating with the Media
  • Media, Society and International Crises
  • Propaganda, Media and Conflict
  • Media Freedom: European, UK and US Perspectives

Teaching

The course is a mix of lectures, seminars, group workshops, individual and team assignments.

Assessment

You’re assessed on essays, examinations and practical work that involves conceiving, designing, writing and producing magazines and web pages.

Duration

  • MA - 1 year full-time
  • Postgraduate Diploma - 9 months full-time

Entry requirements

To take one of our MA courses you must have one of the following:

  • A 2:1 undergraduate degree (we will consider a 2:2 if we are sufficiently impressed by your potential)
  • An alternative qualification approved by the University as degree equivalent
  • Substantial previous work experience in a media-related role.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

There are a number of bursaries for students on the journalism, magazine and broadcast courses, from the Scott Trust (owner of The Guardian), Journalism Diversity Fund and others.

Funding opportunities for MA degrees in journalism

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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Contact

journalism-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 2500

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.