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A one-year professional practice course in which you will develop skills in journalism and digital media production and learn about sports communications in a global context.

  • This course is taught by award winning journalists, broadcasters and academics in the industry standard facilities including multimedia studio space.
  • There is an excellent employability record for graduates finding work within the industry.
  • Students have the ability to specialise in broadcasting, documentary, or digital journalism.
  • Students have the opportunity to write for the course magazine: sportsgazette.co.uk.

Why study International Sports Journalism?

Our master's degree in International Sports Journalism is distinctive in that it's the world’s first International Sports Journalism master's degree which explores sport and communications in its international context.

The emphasis we place on globalisation in different regions and countries and the internationalisation of sports communications provides our students with a unique learning experience and will give them a head start in a demanding digital world.

We offer some of the best work experience opportunities in sports communications and boast one of the best teams of academics, sports journalists and communications professionals in the UK.

Underpinned by the academic theory of communications, we aim to develop graduates with critical awareness and practical journalism skills. The course is two thirds practical and one third theoretical. We collaborate with the sports communications industry on a regular basis to keep our curriculum and research up-to-date. 

Why St Mary's?

Our master's degree in International Sports Journalism is distinctive in a number of respects:

  • It's the world’s first master's degree in International Sports Journalism.
  • The emphasis we place on globalisation in different regions and countries and the internationalisation of sports communications provides our students with a unique learning experience and will give them a head start in a demanding digital world.
  • We have one of the best teams of academics, sports journalists and communications professionals in the UK.
  • Underpinned by the academic theory of communications we aim to develop graduates with critical awareness and practical journalism skills.
  • The course is two thirds practical and one third theoretical.
  • We collaborate with the sports communications industry on a regular basis to keep our curriculum and research up-to-date.
  • We offer some of the best work experience opportunities in sports communications.

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Entry requirements

2:2 Previous degree

Applicants with appropriate professional experience are also encouraged to apply.

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 (or equivalent).

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

Further information

For more information about entry requirements please email apply@stmarys.ac.uk.

Course content

Modules

  • Sport, Globalisation and the Media Core
  • Advanced Research Methods Core
  • International Sports Reporting Core
  • Digital Sports Journalism Core
  • Critical Issues in Sports Journalism Core
  • Essential English for Journalists Core
  • Sports Journalism Project Core

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.

Career opportunities

Our students will graduate with a valuable combination of digital media skills and the knowledge to develop successful careers in international sports journalism and many other communications sectors.

This course is designed for graduates looking to develop careers in the sports industries including sports communications, marketing and public relations. It is also ideal for students who want to break into international broadcasting and online sports journalism

Our programme will also equip you for further study, careers in research and a wide variety of organisations where multimedia journalism skills and specialist knowledge are in high demand.

The Careers Service has more information on graduate careers and part-time work available during your course.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

This course aims to bring together students from all over the world keen to develop their understanding of sports communications and international media practices.

You will learn mostly through practical workshops and discuss industry trends with media professionals, award-winning sports journalists and academics in the field.

You will focus on producing exciting multimedia sports content for different platforms and audiences and develop your written, verbal and visual communication skills.

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.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

September 2021

  • Home: £9,150
  • International: £13,950

Part-time fees

Part-time students will be charged for the modules undertaken per academic year. Module prices are calculated as a percentage of credits against the total credits and cost of the degree.

Tuition fees are subject to an inflationary increase each year, meaning if your course runs over more than one academic year you may pay an increased fee per module for each subsequent year of study. Tuition fee increases for returning students will be capped at the higher of 5% per annum or the rate of Consumer Price Index inflation in the United Kingdom.

Funding

Government-funded loans of over £11,000 are available to many UK/EU postgraduate students.

For guidance about financing your studies, including information about the government-funded loans, please check out Fees & Funding section.

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

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.

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 contact daragh.minogue@stmarys.ac.uk.

Facilities

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Teaching staff

Dr Daragh Minogue Dr Daragh Minogue
Associate Professor and Course Leader - Sport Journalism

daragh.minogue@stmarys.ac.uk

Hugh Woozencroft Hugh Woozencroft
Visiting Fellow

Further information

Sports Gazette