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Magazine Journalism and Production

BA (Hons)

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What is Magazine Journalism and Production BA (Hons)?

From lifestyle, fashion, music and sports magazines to newspaper supplements, you’ll develop key magazine production skills, including design, marketing, and business strategy. You’ll learn journalism skills, such as feature writing and video production with a focus on both digital and print, including online magazines and publications for tablets.

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

You’ll benefit from connections with magazine publishers like Immediate Media, the home of more than 60 brands including Radio Times, Top Gear, BBC Music Magazine and Good Food.

Study style

You’ll learn practical magazine journalism and production skills like feature writing and multimedia production. You’ll 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’ll also complete a work placement as part of your degree, giving you essential industry experience.

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Entry requirements

    • Because we want to offer this course to creative students with talent and potential (and because we know that exam grades don’t always tell the whole story), we make offers following an interview instead of using tariff points.

      You will need to have, or be studying for, a NQF level 3 qualification – that’s A-level/BTEC/Welsh Baccalaureate or equivalent.

      Once you apply, we will invite you to interview so we can decide whether to make you an offer.

      Check out our Interview Guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants though the entry requirements still apply.

      Some courses require several years of working experiences in the relevant industry.

    • English and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2021 Park, Cheltenham G5M2 £9,250 £14,700
Sep 2022 Park, Cheltenham G5M2

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work as:

  • Publisher
  • Production Editor
  • Editor
  • Art Editor
  • Designer
  • Marketing Executive
  • Journalist.

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. 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.

Focus on digital and print magazine production

The rapid increase in the use of tablets, such as the iPad, has created exciting new opportunities for magazine publishers. You’ll focus on developing digital and print magazine skills, including the production of online magazines and publications for tablets.

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Learn from magazine and media professionals

The course was developed by leading magazine professionals to reflect the very latest industry workings. You’ll be taught by active journalists and learn key skills direct from the media industry

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Study in contemporary spaces

Our new and purpose-built Media Centre provides industry-standard, specialist facilities – including a fully-equipped Mac suite and a dedicated teaching room for Magazine Journalism. Our studios and production spaces form an interdisciplinary hub where students can collaborate and create exciting work together.

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Trips and experiences

Cheltenham is home to more than 45 festivals including the internationally renowned Cheltenham Literature Festival. We also run our own annual media festival which attracts high-profile guests and successful alumni.


Our students take part in many different media projects to develop their skills and build networks with industry professionals.

"I worked my way up the ladder and eventually became Editor of a celebrity magazine"

“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. 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. Our extensive contacts in the industry mean we are able to help students set up placements and get that relevant experience.”

Anna Pointer, Academic Course Leader in Magazine Journalism and Production

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