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This is an intensive course that trains you to think, write and research like a magazine journalist. It covers features writing, photography and the business of magazines, media ethics and law, reporting, and shorthand. You will also learn how to design and produce magazine pages using software such as Adobe InDesign. In the final stage of the course, you can produce your own magazine or website, with support from our professional journalists.
Offering a year-round programme of exhibitions, events and performances, Sunderland Culture brings big-name artists from the worlds of contemporary visual arts, glass, ceramics and performance to the city, alongside showcasing the best and most exciting local talent. There is a huge range of opportunities for students to visit the venues, take part in events and get involved in the programme. Learn more about Sunderland Culture.
Get to know Spark, Fashion North, Northern Lights, SR News, and Sportsbyte, our students' award-winning websites for local news, local sport, fashion and arts and entertainment.
Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working. The course aims to stretch your creativity and maximise your sense of personal fulfilment.
In Stage 1 and Stage 2, you will have approx 22/23hrs teaching per week. This is arranged so that you have Friday off each week.
The course is taught by respected academics and journalism professionals through a combination of newsroom workshops, seminars and tutorials. You will work on projects both on your own and with others, developing skills in communication and teamwork.
We encourage you to publish your work. The department has strong relationships with local and national media including Johnston Press, NCJ Media and Room 501 Publishing. Assessment methods include essays, projects, presentations, and a major project/dissertation.
Learn the practice of magazine journalism, from interviewing to opinion writing to shaping feature packages, via mobile platforms and social media integrated workshops with a team of fellow trainee and professional magazine journalists live from our Media Hub.
Prepare yourself for the profession of magazine journalism with our widely praised media law and regulation lecturers and seminars with ex-Grazia Deputy Editor Carole Watson.
Understand the language and practice of how magazines launch, restyle and become viable print and online businesses in the changing media landscape. You will conceptualise your own magazine brand and pitch ideas to a panel of leading magazine experts in the region.
Build on your skills with advanced training in photography, mobile journalism, magazine design and production, and the investigative craft of going deeper into your specialist areas whatever they might be, from fashion to film to music to travel.
Preparation for the notorious NCTJ Reporting exam, this module hones your everyday craft of finding sources and getting the angle under time pressure while paying attention to SEO, analytics and social media, run as live news days in our Media Hub. Always relevant for magazine journalists who will need to know how to find a good story and report to deadline.
Enjoy immersing yourself within the complex world of media ethics and focus your analytical and investigative skills on a mini-dissertation project tailored to your own interests, working with key media lecturers such as John Price, and journalism professionals such as Rob Lawson (ex-Sunderland Echo), to fully explore the interrelation of media and society.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Our typical offer is
.We will consider applicants with professional and vocational experience.
If you are suitably qualified, we will invite you to an interview to assess whether this is the right course for you.
We may ask you to undertake a short course that covers essential skills and knowledge, before you join the main Masters course.
We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
If English is not your first language, you should have an IELTS (or equivalent) score of at least 7.0.
The annual fee for this course is:
The part-time fee for this course is £375 per 10 credits.
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
On completing this course, you will be equipped for employment at an advanced level, with opportunities in both print and digital media. Potential roles include working for consumer magazines, writing features in newspapers, and working in various positions across the communications, media and marketing industries.
The course’s accreditation by the National Council for Training of Journalists (NCTJ) will boost your employability within journalism. You can choose, at an additional cost, to gain the NCTJ’s Diploma in Journalism. Recent Sunderland graduates are now working for employers such as NCJ Media, Johnston Press and Media Works. Some graduates have started up their own media organisations.
During the course we encourage you to gain industry experience which will enhance your skills, build up a valuable network of contacts and boost your employability. The Department has good links with regional media organisations and national organisations like IPC and Future plc.
A Masters degree will also enhance career opportunities within Higher Education and prepare you for further postgraduate studies.
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