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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.
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.
Get to know Spark, Fashion North, Northern Lights, SR News, and Sportsbyte, our students' award-winning websites for local news, local sport, fashion and arts and entertainment.
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 22/23hrs teaching per week. This is arranged so that you have Friday off each week.
Part-time students can expect around eight hours per week of contact time in the first year and around 14 hours per week in the second year.
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.
Learn the exciting practices of sports journalism from interviewing top stars to reporting on breaking sports stories, via mobile platforms and social media integrated newsroom workshops with a team of fellow trainee and professional sports journalists live from our Media Hub.
Prepare yourself for the profession of sports journalism with our widely praised media law and regulation lecturers and seminars with ex-Mirror and Grazia journalist Carole Watson.
Get to grips with the world of sports in government, local accountability and the ways in which politics affects our entire sporting world, from who licences the police at matches to the business of sports at grassroots through to international levels.
Build on your skills with advanced training in photography, mobile journalism, design and production, and the investigative craft of going deeper into your specialist areas whatever they might be, from motor-biking to swimming to cricket to curling (and anything in between).
Preparation for the notorious NCTJ Reporting exam, this module hones your everyday craft of finding sources and getting the angle under time pressure while paying attention to SEO, analytics and social media, run as live news days in our Media Hub. Always relevant for sports journalists who will need to know how to find a good story and report to deadline.
Enjoy immersing yourself within the complex world of media ethics and focus your analytical and investigative skills on a mini-dissertation project tailored to your own interests, working with key sports lecturers such as John Price, and journalism professionals such as Rob Lawson (ex-Sunderland Echo), to fully explore the interrelation of media and society.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Our typical offer is
.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.
We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
If English is not your first language, you should have an IELTS (or equivalent) score of at least 7.0.
The annual fee for this course is:
Part-time fees for this course are £361 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 Sports News, Sky Tyne and Wear, Middlesbrough FC, Norwich FC, the European Golf Tour, 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.
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