Course details

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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Three fully-funded football journalism scholarships

The University of Derby has teamed up with Derby County Ladies (DCL) to offer this amazing scholarship. Three full scholarships are available for women starting the course in 2020.

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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.

You will study modules such as:

  • Introduction to Magazine Journalism
  • Magazine Design
  • Photojournalism
  • Feature Writing
  • Introduction to Audio and Video Journalism
  • Multimedia Practice
  • Advanced Feature Writing
  • Magazine Design and Production Project
  • Work-based Learning in Journalism 
  • Specialist online Magazine Journalism 
  • Video Journalism 
  • Audio Journalism
  • MoJo: Mobile Journalism
  • Media Research Project
  • Public Relations and Media Management 
  • It Says Here: Popular Music and the Written Word 
  • Magazine Print Production Project
  • Online Production Project
  • Independent Study in Journalism
  • Entrepreneurial Journalism 
  • Television Journalism 
  • Radio Journalism 
  • Public Relations and Social Media

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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Find out more about Magazine Journalism

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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.

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.

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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Richard Bowyer
Programme leader

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

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Additional information about your studies

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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.

Included in your fees

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included 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.

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