Magazine Journalism and Production (BA Hons)

Magazine Journalism and Production

BA (Hons)

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Claudia at the University Park Campus.

Claudia enjoyed a two-week placement at OK! magazine, working within the fast-paced fashion and beauty team.

Magazine Journalism and Production student.

Ryan said his work placement at a top celebrity magazine was 'a life-changing experience'.

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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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Hear Holly talk about getting hands-on experience while creating and producing an independent magazine during her course.

Course details

Magazine Journalism and Production students.

Course outline

Our journalism courses are in the UK top 10 for course satisfaction and teaching satisfaction according to the Guardian University Guide 2020.

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

You'll study a variety of modules from 'Feature Writing' to 'Multimedia Magazine Skills'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this 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
  • Journalist

Study mode



3 Years (Full-Time)
4 Years (Integrated Foundation Stage)


Park, Cheltenham

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

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 invite all applicants to interview. Your suitability for the course is assessed and we will confirm your place after we've had a chance to meet you, if we feel you are a good fit. As well as unconditional offers for the right applicants, we make conditional offers based on your achieving certain grades in your A-levels or BTEC qualifications.

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

This course is available with an integrated foundation stage to help you prepare.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required.
Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.


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UCAS Codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 3 years full-timeG5M2
BA (Hons) - 4 years integrated foundation stageG5M3

School of Media

Our School of Media provides industry-standard, specialist facilities so you can develop your creative talent. Our studios and production spaces are an exciting place to work together with students from different subjects on creative projects.

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