Magazine Journalism and Production (BA Hons)

Magazine Journalism and Production

BA (Hons)

Set out for career success

Utilise our links with big media brands to get on the inside of this exciting industry.

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Standout opportunities

Contacts and experiences to help you shine.

Aimee Jakes

Former student, Aimee Jakes, now works for Heat, Closer, Grazia and Empire magazines online.


Ffion did a work experience placement with publishing heavyweight, Immediate Media.

Jude Rogers

Lecturer Jude Rogers' CV includes stints NME and The Wire, and she's judged the Mercury Music Prize.

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Learn from industry professionals with glittering careers

Anna Pointer

Anna Pointer

Academic Course Leader in Magazine Journalism and Production

"I started out as a journalist on local newspapers and then worked as a feature writer for the tabloid press. It was during this time that I decided I wanted to work in magazines.

I worked my way up the ladder and eventually became Editor of a celebrity magazine, during an extremely exciting time in showbiz journalism. During my editorship, the shift in celebrity culture and how we consume this kind of news was dramatic. The rise of social media, digital content and reality TV has led the industry to adapt and evolve, and we explore these ongoing developments with our students.

All of the lecturers on this course are still practising journalists, working for a whole range of titles from Grazia and OK! to the Observer and the Sun.

Work experience is absolutely vital in this field, as it's the only way to show potential employers what you can do, and how committed you are to achieving success in a competitive environment. Our extensive contacts in the industry mean we are able to help students set up placements and get that relevant experience."

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Creative direction

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Course Details

Magazine Journalism and Production students.

Course outline

From lifestyle, fashion, music and sports magazines to newspaper supplements, you will develop key magazine production skills, including design, marketing, and business strategy. You will also learn important journalism skills, such as feature writing and video production. The course focuses on both digital and print production, including online magazines and publications for tablets.

This is a new degree, designed, developed and taught by practising magazine and media professionals. You will develop practical skills and an in-depth understanding of the most recent industry trends in preparation for a rewarding graduate career.

The journalism department has strong ties with magazine publishers such as Immediate Media, the home of more than 60 brands including Radio Times, Top Gear, BBC Music Magazine and Good Food. The team also has links with high-profile industry professionals. Former editors of Heat magazine and NME are among guest lecturers who have visited the university. This close contact with industry ensures you will benefit from expert insight into the world of magazine publishing, as well as valuable work placement opportunities.

Cheltenham is home to more than 45 festivals including the internationally renowned Cheltenham Literature Festival. Our students take part in many different media projects to develop their skills and build networks with industry professionals. We also run our own annual media festival which attracts high-profile guests and successful alumni.

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Study style

Students on this course will learn a range of key practical magazine journalism and production skills, including feature writing and multimedia production. You will use Mac computers and the latest industry software in our state-of-the-art newsrooms and studios. In your final year you have the option of doing an academic dissertation or an extended practical project. You will also benefit from completing a work placement as part of the degree, giving you essential industry experience.

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course.

Industry links

The journalism department has strong ties with magazine publishers such as Immediate Media, the home of more than 60 brands including Radio Times, Top Gear, BBC Music Magazine and Good Food. The team also has links with high-profile industry professionals. The former editors of Heat Magazine and NME have been guest lecturers. These close connections with industry mean you will benefit from expert industry insight and valuable work placement opportunities.


  • Publisher
  • Production editor
  • Editor
  • Art editor
  • Designer
  • Marketing executive

Study mode



3 Years (Full-Time)


Park, Cheltenham

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2019 entry*

120 tariff points

Typical offers

BBB at A levels, DDM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2019 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country. If you do not meet the academic and English language requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO University of Gloucestershire, which will help to prepare you for study on this degree. INTO University of Gloucestershire is based at our Park campus and offers a range of courses including International Foundation Art, Design and Media.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

* Selection by interview. Please refer to the interview guide for further information.


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UCAS Codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 3 years full-timeG5M2

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