Students must apply via one of the following online application forms:-
The combination of an MA and NCTJ Diploma will significantly boost your employability as a sports journalist. This is an intensive course that trains you to think, write and research like a journalist; previous study of journalism is not a requirement. This part-time course is spread over two years, which allows you to combine it with flexible paid work and other commitments.
You will learn how to write previews, match reports and sports features, and you will also cover media ethics and law, reporting and shorthand. In the final stage of the course, you will undertake a dissertation or a practical project, such as a sports journalism website or a series of in-depth articles.
On this part-time course you can expect around eight hours per week of contact time in the first year and around 14 hours per week in the second year. Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of commitment and independent working. The course aims to stretch your creativity and maximise your sense of personal fulfilment.
In Stage 1 and Stage 2, you will have approx 22/23 hours teaching per week. This is arranged so that you have Friday off each week.
We encourage you to publish your work. The department has strong relationships with local and national media including Johnston Press, NCJ Media and Room 501 Publishing. Assessment methods include essays, projects, presentations, and a major project/dissertation.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
The David Puttnam Media Centre,
Sir Tom Cowie Campus,
St Peter's Way,
We will consider applicants with professional and vocational experience.
If you are suitably qualified, we will invite you to an interview to assess whether this is the right course for you.
We may ask you to undertake a short course that covers essential skills and knowledge, before you join the main Masters course.
If English is not your first language, you should have an IELTS (or equivalent) score of at least 7.0.
After 6 April 2015 you must take your IELTS exams at one of the test centres listed on the UKVI website. If you took your IELTS exam before 6 April 2015 this does not apply, and your qualification is still valid regardless of which test centre you used.
Part-time fees for this course are £310 per 10 credits.
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
On completing this course, you will be equipped for employment at an advanced level, with opportunities throughout the sports journalism industry. Potential roles include various positions across the communications, media, marketing and sports industries.
The course’s accreditation by the National Council for Training of Journalists (NCTJ) will boost your employability within journalism. You can choose, at an additional cost, to gain the NCTJ’s Diploma in Journalism.
Recent Sunderland graduates are now working with organisations such as Sky Tyne and Wear and Durham County Cricket Club.
During the course we encourage you to gain industry experience which will enhance your skills, build up a valuable network of contacts and boost your employability. The Department has close links with regional organisations including North East Press and NCJ Media. The North East is famous for its sport and you will have opportunities for match visits, press conferences and interviews at local clubs including Sunderland AFC, Newcastle United, Newcastle Falcons and Durham CCC.