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Study options

Full-time: 3 Years, Part-time: 4-6 Years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

112 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BA (Hons)

Start date



Kedleston Road and Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

Journalism is featured in the top 20 in The Guardian University Guide 2020 and is rated 2nd for student satisfaction with feedback.

This course will help you break into what is a highly competitive but thoroughly rewarding profession.

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 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.

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.

Outstanding facilities

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 recording and editing 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.

Broaden your perspectives

We encourage all students to take part in international study, either through the Erasmus scheme which allows you to spend time at a university almost anywhere in Europe, or through our American exchange programme, in which you will spend a full semester studying at one of our partner universities in the USA:

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What you will study

The key to becoming a great magazine journalist is to learn the essential skills required by all journalists. So, at the start of your degree, you’ll gain a thorough grounding in the basics of finding and telling stories for different magazine formats.

There are introductory modules on print, online, video and audio journalism, and you will build your understanding of the law, ethics and governance of journalism.

As you progress through your course, you will gain more advanced skills and will be given the opportunity to specialise in your area of choice. You will also gain a greater awareness of the business side of magazine publishing.

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Code: 4JN508


The role of the photographer in the media has undergone rapid and fundamental changes over the past decade. The introduction of digital technology and the ubiquitous camera phone, has meant that every journalist is now expected to take photographs. While specialist photographers still exist, more and more media outlets rely on the images captured by their reporters and readers.

This module will teach you the basics for capturing usable photographs and understanding the role that images play in telling a story. You will study how images have been used by the media over time and how a single photograph has the power to change opinion or to capture the essence of a moment or event. You will be encouraged to take photographs on a variety of cameras, ranging from your mobile phone, to more sophisticated DSLRs.

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20 Credits

Code: 4JN510

Introduction to Audio and Video Journalism

This module provides an introduction to audio and video journalism skills. You will develop an understanding of how to construct story ideas in sound and vision and gain an induction to the range of technical skills required for audio and video journalism.
20 Credits

Code: 4JN511

Multimedia Practice

This module aims to advance you to the fundamental skills essential to create an online multimedia publication based on the subject matter of your choice to expected online industry standards.
20 Credits

Code: 4JN518

Introduction to Magazine Journalism

This module will present an introduction to magazine journalism in the print and new media industries. Through the study of relevant source materials, you will study current journalism practice in print and developing practices online.

The module will outline issues facing the industry, as well as presenting research and sourcing techniques applicable to further study. You will be introduced to some of the key laws and regulations affecting journalists.


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20 Credits

Code: 4JN519

Magazine Design

Design and layout are fundamental skills for magazine journalists and this module will equip you with the tools which underpin much of the work you will do on your degree. You will learn design theory and the software that is used to enable the production of a variety of print publications.
20 Credits

Code: 4JN520

Feature Writing

This module is designed to introduce you to the basic practical skills of writing feature articles for publication. The focus of the module will be unpicking the individual elements of feature articles through the study of professional content and then taking this learning to produce your own work.

To enable you to achieve this, you will, with guidance, deconstruct and critically evaluate feature articles from a variety of sources, reflecting the different approaches to delivering content for diverse audiences. You will learn by doing and you will be expected to create a variety of feature pieces. You will work to live industry briefs and, whenever your work is good enough, it will be published in professional publications. On completion, you will also be required to critically reflect on your work, making relevant comparisons to professional feature writing, supported by academic texts.

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20 Credits

Code: 5JN520

Advanced Feature Writing

This module builds on the basic feature writing skills you have learnt during your first year of study. In particular, it will look at how to use different interview techniques to find the information you need to write great features. It also allows for a more formal study of the law and ethics that will guide your work as a journalist.
20 Credits

Code: 5JN521

Magazine Design and Production Project

You will work with other students to bring together the basic writing, design, and production skills you have learnt in previous modules to produce a magazine. This will be a group effort, but you will be marked on your individual participation and contribution to the finished product.
20 Credits

Code: 5JN503

Work-based Learning in Journalism

This module will enable you to link the theory and practice you have learnt on the course so far to current workplace practices and experience. You will undertake work experience within the journalism work environment, which will involve the completion of an agreed project and process analysis.

The work-based learning must be negotiated for no less than 14 days (112 hours) or its equivalent in the form of a project.

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20 Credits

Code: 5JN510

Video Journalism

This module provides you with an opportunity to advance your skills from Introduction to Audio and Video Journalism at Level 4. It will further your appreciation and understanding of the creative and technical processes involved in the production of video journalism.

It will also enable you to contextualise your practice within contemporary journalism, including issues such as ethics, regulation, editorial policy, and audiences. You will develop ways to present compelling ideas for factual video output and refine your appreciation of how to construct stories in pictures and sound. You will also work as part of an editorial production team on a series of news days, which will be part of your assessed work.

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20 Credits

Code: 5JN513

Audio Journalism

This module provides you with an opportunity to advance your skills from Introduction to Audio and Video Journalism at Level 4. It furthers your appreciation and understanding of the creative and technical processes involved in the production of audio journalism. It will also enable you to contextualise your practice within contemporary journalism including issues such as ethics, regulation, editorial policy, and audiences.

You will develop ways to present compelling ideas for factual audio output and refine your appreciation of how to construct stories in sound. You will also work as part of an editorial production team on a series of newsdays, which will be part of your assessed work.

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20 Credits

Code: 5JN514

MoJo: Mobile Journalism

This module is designed to enhance your knowledge and understanding of a diverse range of presentation methods in multimedia journalism. You will deconstruct and critically evaluate a range of multimedia editorial features from a variety of sources, which reflect a number of approaches in delivering to your target demographic.

The focus of the module is on how to use smart devices and associated technologies to tell your story. You will learn how to recognise the importance of matching your story with appropriate technologies to enhance the reader experience. You will learn by doing and you will be expected to create a number of story experiences through technology.

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20 Credits

Code: 5JN517

Public Relations and Media Management

This module introduces you to the differences between working for the media and for the press office of an organisation. Public Relations is about managing a corporate image and reputation. The development of the internet over the past 20 years has given brands – large and small - far more options when it comes to deciding how it wants to talk to its audiences. Traditionally, organisations had to go through the media to talk to their customers or other stakeholders.

Managing the relationship with newspapers, radio and TV was the key role of the press office. Now, while that relationship is still vital, brands can also talk directly to customers through a variety of digital platforms including their website, social media, and apps. This module looks at the work of the press office, and is aimed at equipping you with the knowledge and skills required for a career in this area.

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20 Credits

Code: 5JN522

Specialist Online Magazine Journalism

This online magazine journalism module allows you to acquire knowledge and critical understanding of a genre of journalism of your choice and to progress your digital journalism skills learnt at Level 4. You could choose, for example, sport, fashion or food journalism. You will study your chosen genre’s place in the modern journalistic landscape. You will put into practice your journalistic skills by producing digital output.
20 Credits

Code: 5MR503

Media Research Project

This module provides you with the opportunity to develop a research project relating to a contemporary media debate or issue. You may choose to expand upon a topic covered in other modules. You may relate your case study to the historical issues which underpin your chosen topic. The module includes an introduction to research skills, a further consideration of study skills and an introduction to research methodologies. It prepares you for the Independent Study at level 6.
20 Credits

Code: 5PM501

It Says Here: Popular Music and the Written Word

The American rock writer Greil Marcus has described pop as “an argument where anyone can join in.” And of course many have. From its very beginnings, popular music has been accompanied by literary comment.

This writing has helped publicise and so effectively sell popular music as a commodity; but it has also invested it with significance. In evaluating the function(s) of popular music writing, the module will contextualise its developments in relation to various styles, movements and “moments” – for example, by considering the various forms that popular music journalism has taken.

In so doing, we will not only look at the emergence of the rock writer – and at the idea of the “professional rock fan” as “opinion leader, the interpreter, the ideological gatekeeper” (Simon Frith) - but also at the form and meanings of output from alternative platforms such as fanzines and blogs. We will also address and assess rock and pop’s “literary” claims through examination of a range of artist-generated outputs – such as autobiography, poetry, fiction, screenplay and, of course, lyrics.

The module mixes the critical with the practical. In this way, it builds on work undertaken on Writing for Media - which explored the craft of writing in and for the media industries – by giving you the opportunity to develop writing techniques and strategies appropriate to different popular music contexts and “markets,” whilst encouraging you to develop your own voice.

Assessment is by seminar participation/presentation and portfolio.



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20 Credits

Code: 6JN514

Online Magazine Production Project

This module builds on previous modules to provide a realistic experience of content and production journalism for online. This is a practice-based module where you will work individually or as part of an editorial team to plan, create content, and produce an online magazine site using professional workflows and editorial criteria.

You will work within allocated roles over a defined production schedule to produce multimedia content to a deadline. You will get the chance to specialise in an area of personal interest and to take on a variety of roles to produce web pages.

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20 Credits

Code: 6JN515

Magazine Print Production Project

This is a practice-based double module where you will create content, and then plan and produce a magazine with professional workflows and editorial criteria.

You will work within allocated roles over a defined production schedule to produce content to deadline. We will also seek to partner with an external professional publisher to produce content for its publications. This will be an excellent opportunity for you to experience producing content to professional criteria and to build your portfolio of work for potential employers.

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40 Credits

Code: 6JN508

Entrepreneurial Journalism

This module sets out to equip you to work as a freelance or set up your own business. While the number of journalists employed by mainstream media companies continues to fall, the number of people who say they make their living as a journalist is rising. Many of these extra journalists work for themselves, either running small online sites or selling their journalistic work as a freelance.

This module will cover both the technical side of setting up and running your own business, and the entrepreneurial skills required to come up with a business idea that can work. You will learn the basics of writing a business plan, including understanding revenues, costs, tax, cash flow, and profit and loss.

The module will also help you understand how the digitisation of news and information is changing the media scene, and the opportunities this presents for entrepreneurial journalists. You will look at how to find opportunities and how to exploit them. By looking at successful – and unsuccessful – businesses, you will understand the pressures and the opportunities of working for yourself as a journalist. 

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20 Credits

Code: 6JN509

Radio Journalism

This module provides a deep understanding of current radio broadcast journalism. It examines the history and current position of radio as a broadcast medium set against other modern journalism platforms.

It will take you through newsroom processes, from newsgathering, writing for radio, development of story ideas, treatment and eventual broadcast of these stories. Production values will be of a professional standard, you will explore the techniques used by professional radio broadcaster and learn to apply these with the same high quality.

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20 Credits

Code: 6JN510

Television Journalism

This module will enhance the skills you have learned at Level 5 in Video Journalism, and concentrate on television journalism. You will produce professional standard television output.

It provides an opportunity to take part in the creative and technical processes involved in the production of contemporary television journalism. It will also enable you to contextualise your practice with theoretical debates and issues in ethics, regulation, editorial policy, and audiences. You will develop ways to present compelling ideas for factual TV programmes and refine your appreciation of how to construct stories in video.

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20 Credits

Code: 6JN512

Public Relations and Social Media

PR has been massively changed by the advent of digital and social media. By its very nature, social media is amplified by the public, consequently any work by a press office can quickly become owned and controlled by others in a way that could never happen before the advent of the likes of Twitter and Facebook.

Many businesses were amongst the early adopters of social media – top brands have 10s of millions of followers – and it is a powerful, if sometimes dangerous, tool in the armoury of those promoting an organisation. This module will nurture your skills to become an opinion former through social media with an eye on the media landscape, and analytics, to react, shape and manage your message.


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20 Credits

Code: 6JN998

Independent Study in Journalism

Independent Study provides the opportunity for you to respond to issues raised in the course of your studies, building on themes studied in the modules at levels four and five and/or forging new areas of study.
20 Credits

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.

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How you will learn

We believe that you learn best by doing. As often as possible, you’ll be creating content for print, online, audio and video magazines. You’ll have opportunities to work on real-world projects and complete stories on location as a matter of course. You’ll gather information, interview people and write articles and features with accuracy.

Wherever possible, you’ll work with professional magazine publishers and, if your work is good enough, you will see your articles published.

You’ll be taught by a team which has vast experience in journalism and you’ll gain fascinating insights into the profession thanks to our programme of guest lectures by magazine journalists, broadcasters, historians and commentators. You’ll also go on visits to professional media companies.

Practical experience

Our great contacts with local and national magazines, radio and TV, newspapers and online outlets open the doors to a variety of work experience opportunities for you.

In addition, you can hone your skills by contributing to our student-run media, helping with the radio or TV stations or writing for the Phantom newspaper. We’ll also encourage you to produce content for the online news and magazine websites run by the Students’ Union.

How you'll be assessed

You’ll be assessed in several ways, including academic essays, audio and video reporting, case studies, editing skills, extended reports, journalistic writing, presentations, process analyses, production design and content production, production skills in image manipulation, 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.

Who you'll meet

The course is taught by highly skilled lecturers who have many years of first-hand experience in staff and freelance journalism in print, photography, documentary, radio, TV and online media. Most of them also have national and international awards.

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.

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Who will teach you

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Richard Bowyer
Programme leader

Richard is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism, specialising in print and online journalism. 

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS7.0 (with 6.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionYes - see interview details

Alternative entry qualifications:

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.

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Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees


£9,250 per year*

£1,155 per module*


£14,045 per year


* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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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.

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Teaching hours

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.

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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.

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