Journalism is featured in the top 20 in The Guardian University Guide 2020 and is rated 2nd for student satisfaction with feedback.
From lifestyle titles to business journals, print to digital publications, magazine journalism is highly competitive but this course will help you break into what is a thoroughly rewarding profession.
- Choose our foundation year route if you want to strengthen your knowledge and skills before you progress to stage one of the BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism degree
- Gain an excellent grounding in researching and producing magazine content across multiple platforms
- Get to grips with the latest digital technologies which are transforming the profession
- Specialise in covering a subject you’re passionate about – it could be anything from travel to food, motoring to music
- Gain invaluable experience through work placements, employer-led projects and opportunities to study abroad
- Be inspired by our team of highly experienced tutors with strong media backgrounds and extensive contacts
- Learn in our exceptional facilities which include TV and radio studios plus a fully equipped newsroom
We've developed this course with your future in mind. New technologies are revolutionising media and the ways in which the public buy, read and engage with magazines.
Thanks to digital technologies, people can follow the latest developments in their favourite subjects much more closely – and they expect a high level of expertise from the professionals who report on those subjects. We will equip you with the journalistic expertise and multimedia skills to rise to this challenge.
Studying Magazine Journalism with a Foundation Year provides you with a firm grounding in the skills and knowledge you need and introduces you to the subject of journalism, enabling you to achieve your full honours degree in four years.
New skills for a new era
In an age of digital media, there has never been a more exciting or challenging time to study magazine journalism. This dynamic course will enable you to produce compelling content for both traditional and emerging media platforms. And, unlike with other courses, you’ll have the opportunity to specialise in your area of interest – from celebrity news to lifestyle, motoring to sports, music to gaming, travel to entertainment, or any niche areas.
You'll gain the core journalistic research and writing skills as well as studying media law and ethics. At the same time, you’ll develop a multi-platform mindset, producing print, radio and TV reports as well as creating blogs and podcasts, digital photos, audio/video stories and content for websites and mobile devices.
Meeting industry demand
We are collaborating closely with the magazine industry to ensure that this degree delivers the right level of skills and knowledge. You’ll be equipped not only to work for media magazines but also to join the growing number of professionals who work for brands producing specialist magazines for their customers.
The course has been developed following discussions with leading names in the magazine industry and with companies who use magazines to help market their products and raise their profile. Drawing on these strong partnerships, you’ll be able to extend your professional networks, gain practical work experience and hear guest lectures from experienced magazine journalists.
Hone your journalistic expertise
Throughout your studies, you’ll have significant hands-on experience of gathering and writing magazine content. You will be expected to gain an in-depth knowledge of your area of interest. And you will explore the new and exciting ways that magazines present their content via social media, online and mobile platforms, video and audio.
Exciting work experience opportunities
As part of your course, you’ll boost your CV by gaining practical work experience with a media or brand organisation in the UK or overseas. All our students are expected to have completed at least 15 days of work placement by the time they graduate.
The course features work-based modules where you can expand your professional know-how. We also encourage you to work with charities and other not-for-profit organisations to gain an insight into why media matters so much. In addition, you can contribute to the various print, radio and online news outlets at the University, which is itself a rich source of news and feature ideas.
You'll be based at our main campus at Kedleston Road and at our Markeaton Street site where you'll discover our excellent facilities including three radio studios, a fully equipped television studio, video editing suites, Mac suites and a newsroom featuring the latest software.
You’ll work with industry-standard writing and design software that is used worldwide. It means you’ll be both confident and competent with up-to-the-minute technology – giving you a real advantage when you're looking for a job.
Variety and versatility
Our emphasis is on fostering creative, versatile journalists with experience in a variety of production techniques. On top of this, you will gain expertise in your chosen area of interest, helping you to pursue a career in your specialism.
Alongside your writing skills, we want you to develop a passion for ideas and creative communication, to seek people out and find the human stories behind the headlines. You'll also focus on intellectual and critical development, study research techniques and gain an understanding of audience theory.
Foundation Year - helping you to achieve more
Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you.
Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year.
The key to becoming a great magazine journalist is to learn the essential skills required by all journalists.
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
You will be assessed both for the quality of your journalistic work, and through academic work.
Journalistic assessments will include writing, designing, and the use of images. You will also create video and audio content, as well as producing online content.
Academic assessment will include essays, case studies, extended reports, presentations, process analyses, reflective diaries, report writing and self-evaluation.
As we are helping you to become a professional journalist, most of your assessments will involve you producing journalism.
Personal academic tutoring
Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.
Find out more about personal academic tutoring
September 2020 typical entry requirements
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|UCAS points||72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level||N/A|
|Specific requirements at GCSE|
GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.
|IELTS||7.0 (with 6.5 in each skills area)|
|Interview / Audition||Yes - see interview details|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - MPP
- Pass Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2.
We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
This course develops the broad range of knowledge and skills you need to become a multimedia professional, adept in the production of journalistic content for print, online and broadcast outlets. While it equips you to work in magazine journalism specifically, it also prepares you for careers in broader areas of journalism.
The research and communication skills of a journalist are highly transferable to a huge variety of graduate level careers. Our graduates secure jobs not only in magazines, newspapers and broadcasting, but also with online businesses and social media agencies. While many go on to work in traditional journalist roles, others find careers in PR, marketing, advertising and corporate communications.
Ensuring you’re ‘work-ready’
Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with support from day one of your course to ensure you leave Derby as a ‘work-ready’ graduate - industry aware, motivated and enterprising. Throughout your studies, you’ll also benefit from our Personal Development Planning (PDP) scheme which enables you to reflect on your learning and develop your career ambitions. The support continues once you’ve completed your course too: you are entitled to further help and guidance from the Careers and Employment Service for up to three years after leaving the University.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
Additional information about your studies
Download programme specification
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
Included in your fees
- Access to the Equipment Centre which stocks a huge range of cameras, audio equipment, and accessories which are available for booking by students at no cost
- Mandatory trips to media companies or other interesting organisations. Previous trips have included visiting BBC Radio Derby, the Derby Telegraph, the Nottingham Post and BBC News and Sport at Salford (£5 - £10)
- Various day field trips – for example, these have included Alton Towers, Shrovetide Football, the Bradford National Media Museum, and Escape rooms in the past year
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- Some equipment including storage drives (about £10) and external storage drives (£50 - £100) for use with cameras
Optional costs not included in your fees
- It is useful but not essential to have a smartphone (£50 - £750)
- Some students choose to buy accessories for the phone such as external microphones (approx. £10 - £15) and tripods (£5 - £25)
- Some students also find it useful to purchase their own laptop for use in the field but this is not required (from £150)
- It is also possible that you will want to travel to cover particular news stories - as this is not required by the course, the cost is not covered in your fees
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.