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The magazine sector is huge, with print and online titles covering almost every subject area you can think of. Journalist roles in this sector are highly sought after, so it’s crucial that you develop the winning mix of professional experience, skills and theoretical knowledge to compete successfully.

Studying Magazine Journalism at Leeds Trinity does all this and more, making your dream job in the magazine, publishing and online sectors an achievable reality. All our lecturers are journalists with experience in a wide range of titles and fields, making them best placed to give you the essential practical skills you’ll need for your career. There’s a strong focus on writing, editing and visuals.

Course structure

Course Benefits

  • You will have the opportunity to take the Diploma in Journalism run by the National Council for the Training of Journalists alongside your degree.
  • Our lecturers are journalists with extensive industry experience.
  • We have excellent industry links.

More reasons to choose Leeds Trinity University

Course Information

You will get an understanding of the business context of magazines, law, regulatory and legal issues. Magazines are found in print and online, so we’ll make sure you understand the different demands of format and delivery for each and, as professional experience is essential in today’s job market, we’ll help you develop a portfolio of work throughout your degree which will allow you to showcase your talents to employers.

You will get to put your skills to the test in a range of live production projects and you’ll also capitalise on our excellent industry links thanks to professional work placements being embedded as a core part of your course.

Read our full course terms and conditions.

​On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following: 
  • Magazine Journalism: Journalism in Society
  • Media Matters
  • Radio Broadcasting
  • Magazine Styling
  • Practical Journalistic Styles
  • Television News for Journalists
  • Digital Media Portfolio
  • Law for Journalists
  • Specialist Magazine Writing
  • Television Journalism
  • PR Management
  • Advanced Documentary Production


*according to the latest figures from HESA

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.  
Modules on this course are delivered through a combination of interactive workshops, practical sessions, lectures and small group tutorials/seminars.

On this course students undertake an extended News Production Project at the end of the first year which features a series of live news exercises and a 20-credit Personal Development and Placement module which features a six-week professional work placement in the spring term of Level 5, sandwiched between periods of preparation and reflection on learning.

At Level 6 students are offered the opportunity to undertake a choice of research-based academic modules and practical journalism projects which provide an extended opportunity for critical thinking and the enhancement of professional skills.

Leeds Trinity Journalism Week is our prestigious annual event which hosts renowned journalists from an array of media organisations.  Leeds Trinity Alumni who have gone on to work at Grazia and Cosmopolitan magazines have returned to share the secrets of their success in talks and workshops for current journalism students.

All students are offered opportunities to develop professional skills, links with employers, mentors and our alumni throughout their programme of study. You will have the opportunity throughout the programme to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering related to your graduate prospects.

We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions, and of e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus.

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

Assessments tailored to this course include live news broadcasts and other live news production exercises, social media exercises and, in the final year, the production of a digital media portfolio tailored to a niche market of each individual student's choice

Students are offered the opportunity to develop their own essay titles/research project subjects in final year modules and the chance to develop their own ideas for practical journalism pieces of work throughout the course.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme.

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class.

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.
Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 112 UCAS tariff points.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language.  
We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses.  We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates before a final decision is made. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time.

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email

UK & EU Students:

​​Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2017-18. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017. Find out more

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find out more

We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:
  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015
  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online​.
  • The NCTJ ​Diploma ​exams incur an additional ​cost which will be spread ​across the three years of the degree​.

Catherine O'Connor

​​​​​​As Head of the School of Arts and Communication, which houses all of the Journalism programmes, I enjoy working with the staff to develop exciting, industry-focused programmes and the opportunity to see how much our students develop and grow during their time at Leeds Trinity.


Academic staff profiles

​The magazine marketplace offers a vast range of opportunities for students, with opportunities to develop journalism skills in specialist areas, as well as gain an understanding of the importance of visuals and design in magazines.

We’ve designed the course to build in as much practical experience as possible and to ensure our students have the skills employers want. 

Choosing to study at Leeds Trinity will develop your online, audio, video and other visual skills, with plenty of opportunities to apply them in the workplace through our professional work placements.

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We received a visit from Laura's tutor that was welcome and rewarding. I felt as though both Laura and our organisation benefited from the overall experience of the placement.

Mark Butler

Assistant Content Manager at WOW247

Professional Work Placements

More about placements

You’ll graduate ready to work in a variety of roles for both online and print magazines, at niche publications, local magazines, business-to-business and consumer publications, as well as in content marketing and social media roles.
Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA Broadcast Journalism and MA Journalismwhich we provide here at Leeds Trinity. 

Our Campus

We can't help but brag – our campus has everything you need for an amazing student life. There is food, drink and entertainment for you and your friends to enjoy, day and night. You'll have access to our £2.2 million sports and fitness centre and find peace and quiet in the Chapel. 
Sleep through your alarm? You can wake up in one of our seven halls of residence, grab your breakfast and head to a lecture all within 15 minutes. 
Our Students’ Union (LTSU) is run by students, for the students so you'll be sure to get the most out of your university life with a range of social activities, clubs and societies whether on campus or in Leeds.

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What is Unistats?
Unistats is the official site that allows you to search for and compare data and information on university and college programmes from across the UK. The site draws together comparable information on those areas that students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study.
Magazine Journalism Unistats
For some of the Unistats in the box to your right, the results you’ll see are actually a combination of results from our other related programmes.
This is because we keep our programme sizes low at Leeds Trinity to create a better learning experience, which means there aren’t enough responses for Magazine Journalism alone to be represented in the Unistats data.
This lack of published data within Unistats for this programme at Leeds Trinity doesn’t reflect the quality of the programme – it just reflects the smaller, more personalised learning experience which Leeds Trinity is famed for! If you need any further information on the Unistats data, please just contact us at or on 0113 283 7150.

2nd in the UK

We're ranked 2nd in the UK for student satisfaction with feedback and assessment, according to the 2016 Guardian University Guide.

Top 15%

We're ranked in the top 15% of all UK universities for teaching quality in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.


​95% of our students are employed or in further study six months after graduating. This places Leeds Trinity in the top 25% of all UK universities for employability, and first amongst all universities in Yorkshire and the Humber.


WhatUni also ranked us 28th out of all 113 UK universities in 2015, thanks to glowing reviews from our very own students. 

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