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MA in Sports Journalism Overview

Key Facts

Start Month: September
Suitable for Tier 4 Student Visa Holders: Yes
Mode of Study: Both full and part-time
Distance / Blended Learning: No

Course Leaflet

Find Out More

Contact Dr Daragh Minogue
Email: journalism@stmarys.ac.uk
Tel: 020 8240 4111

Also Available As: Postgraduate Diploma; Postgraduate Certificate

Journalism and public communications are popular career destinations for young graduates. Journalism, in particular, is an intensely competitive profession and difficult to break into. However, for determined graduates willing to work hard we offer one of the best routes into journalism and the sports media industries. Take a look at some of our graduate success stories.

Our course offers a range of key features that can help you embark on a career as a sports journalist:

  • Taught by award winning journalists and broadcasters
  • Acquire the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism
  • Learn core skills of journalism (news writing, reporting, sub editing, media law, shorthand and public affairs)
  • Acquire ‘essential’ skills in multimedia journalism (including radio and film production, digital photography and online communications)
  • Unrivalled work experience opportunities
  • Receive the best career advice from leading figures in industry
  • Study alongside elite athletes
  • Develop your skills on our online sports magazine and radio station
  • Make your own documentary feature

We use the Apple Mac platform and industry standard technology across the degree. We also employ three technical and learning support officers to help you use all our cameras and other resources professionally. We have a TV and Radio Studio, an editing room, an online magazine and a radio station.


Why this course is different

This was the first MA in Sports Journalism in the UK to be professionally accredited by the NCTJ. Our course is recommended by the editor of Sky Sports News and other leading professionals in the industry. We train you in collaboration with our partners, News Associates, a sports news agency, based in Wimbledon. With our contacts in the media, this offers our students a unique training experience.


What our students say

“I chose this course because it was accredited by the NCTJ. The training was first class and the contacts we made were fantastic. The highlight for me was our tour of Sky Sports News and the Master Class with its editor, Andy Cairns.”
Leigh Walsh, TennisHead magazine

“I wouldn’t be working for the BBC today, if it was not for the MA in Sports Journalism.”
Hugh Woozencroft, BBC Radio 5 Live

"The Masters was a great course which gave me all the tools I needed to gain employment, as I now work at IMG Media helping to produce ESPN's football coverage. The best things about the course are the breadth of skills you learn, all taught by knowledgeable tutors. I would definitely recommend the course if you love sport, have a passion for journalism and want to learn the skills needed to get into the sports media industry."
Chris Moore, IMG Media