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A one-year practical sports journalism course that is professionally accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).
- Students can acquire the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism in addition to a Master's degree
- Named the best postgraduate journalism degree in the country by the NCTJ (April 2021)
- Excellent employability record for graduates finding work within the industry
- Students are taught by award winning journalists, broadcasters and academics
Why study Sports Journalism?
If you have a passion for sport and want to become a journalist, you need to acquire the skills and knowledge employers are looking for today. Our comprehensive training programme is taught in partnership with award winning journalists who can give you the head start you need.
Why St Mary's?
Each year we select 20 students who will embark on a demanding training course taught by professional journalists, broadcasters and academics.
Our course offers one of the best routes into the industry. We will train you to become a journalist for the digital age covering everything from the traditional match report to the latest skills in multimedia journalism. Our graduates work in every sector of the industry.
You will find them at the BBC Sport, Sky Sports News, BT Sport, ESPN, TalkSport, CNN International, Sky News, The Times, The Independent, The Evening Standard, The Irish Times, Metro, Stats Perform, Snack Media, The Cricketer, The Racing Post, Premier League Productions and the news agencies, Sportsbeat, SNTV and Hayters.
We were the first Sports Journalism MA degree course to be professionally accredited by the NCTJ. In the last three years (2016-2019), the NCTJ Student Sports Journalist of the Year has been won by a St Mary's student.
Editors and sports journalists recommend our course because we train our students to industry standards. They visit the campus regularly to offer career advice, talk about work placements and to keep you up to speed with the latest developments in sport and the media. We guarantee every student a work placement and there are often opportunities to earn while you learn.
We are also committed to diversity in journalism. We have trained more women sports journalists that any other course in the UK.
Dr Daragh Minogue
Associate Professor and Course Leader - Sport Journalism