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International Sports Journalism MA, PGDip, PGCert

Previous degree


Distance learning available


Student visa accepted?



1 year (full-time)

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023: Top 10 for Student ExperienceThe Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023: Top 5 for Teaching Quality

Share the world’s stories with our International Sports Journalism master’s.

Navigate sports communications in a global context with our International Sports Journalism master’s. You will balance theory and practice covering the following topics:

  • sports writing
  • sport and globalisation
  • digital sports journalism
  • the marketing and sponsorship of sport
  • critical and ethical issues in sports journalism.

Trailblazers in sports communication

We are internationally celebrated for our sports-related degrees. You will study on the world’s first journalism master’s to explore sport and communications in its global context.

Collaborations with industry professionals

We regularly collaborate with industry professionals to inform course content. As a result, you will explore the latest trends and issues in the sports media.

State-of-the-art facilities

You will learn in our industry-standard Media Production Suite, equipped with:

  • a radio studio
  • vocal booth
  • 70-inch TV
  • green screens
  • studio-quality sound-system.

Contribute to the Sport Gazette

Kickstart your career by contributing to our online magazine, Sport Gazette. You will create and edit exciting content alongside industry professionals and other students.

Expert teaching and support

Our academics are award-winning journalists, broadcasters, and researchers. View our staff.


Dr Daragh Minogue

Associate Professor and Course Leader - Sport Journalism

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Course content


The modules listed below are the modules that were available to students in the 2023/24 academic year and are illustrative of what may be offered for 2024/25. 

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Applicants with appropriate professional experience are also encouraged to apply.


Previous degree

Additional requirement information

Applicants should have a desire and capacity to study at postgraduate level for a career in broadcasting, journalism and communications.

We ask every applicant to submit a sample of their journalism with their application. If applicants do not have a recent sample, the programme director will set you a written sports journalism task prior to proceeding to interview. When appropriate, applicants will be interviewed in person or via Skype.

International Requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section.

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

Further Information

For more information about entry requirements please email

Fees & funding

September 2024





Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme. Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken.

For further information about additional costs please see our additional costs webpage

Alumni discount

A 20% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.


You can check on the UK government website to see if you may be eligible for a loan of up to £12,167 to help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate programme.

Home and international students may also be eligible for external sources of funding. International students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

For more information, please look at our postgraduate funding page.

How the degree is taught

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through a wide range of practical journalism tasks, including working on live sports events. You will produce sports news stories and features, write essays, undertake research, work on team projects and participate in group presentations.

Career opportunities

Our courses offer one of the best routes into sports communications. We will train you to become a content creator for the digital age. Our international graduates work all across the world of sport. Check out these profiles:

Our International Sports Journalism master’s will also help you develop essential transferrable skills, such as communication, creativity, and critical thinking.

Contact our Career Services at for further information on jobs and postgraduate opportunities.

Some examples of job roles and areas of work for graduates of International Sports Journalism MA, PGDip, PGCert include:

sports communicationsinternational broadcastingonline sports journalistmarketingpublic relationsother communication sectors

What our students say about this course...

In Rio, no one really lives on campus at University, whereas at St Mary’s it is so different. I became part of a community.

Marina Isidro

Graduated 2012

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September 2024

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