Everything you need to know...
- Develop the traditional and new media skills needed to work in sports journalism.
- Benefit from links with major broadcasting and newspaper organisations, and major sports clubs.
- Learn the specialist writing skills, knowledge and expertise in sports reporting.
Sports journalism is one of the fastest growing areas in online media, and a major component of print and broadcast media. This is leading to an increasing demand for graduates with good journalistic and media skills and a sport-focused portfolio This course will help you develop the practical skills and knowledge needed to succeed as a sports journalist or public relations professional.
‘The experiences I gained were valuable because they were practical. They have given me what I need for my career. I had an internship at Manchester United Football Club which was a dream come true. I got to interview Wayne Rooney.'
Taruka Srivastav, MA Sports Journalism, 2017 graduate
How you learn
You are expected to demonstrate high standards of journalism both in content and process, together with a capacity to critically evaluate it. You are also encouraged to identify and undertake relevant work experience with a client. In this way, you can build up a portfolio of journalism demonstrating your ability and experience to potential employers, which will help you in the search for your first job.
Course leaders and tutors
This course is focused on the professional sphere, and modules are designed to give you relevant, real-world experience for your future career.
The course is delivered by a team of journalists with extensive newsroom experience and a strong commitment to practical journalism teaching. Our teaching team include journalists with both recent and current experience working for BBC News, BBC Radio 4, ITV regional news, Radio 5 Live, Yorkshire Post and Sheffield Star.
Our industry links enhance our ability to link you with excellent real-world opportunities. Work experience will take place at a relevant news or PR organisation, and will form the basis of your final module. This can take place in the UK or elsewhere — if you are an international student, you may be able to work in home country.
The experience will help you to build up a portfolio of work to demonstrate your ability to potential employers, and to understand the day-to-day cycle of news and media. Previous students have gained work experience at Olympic events.
We offer you regular one-to-one feedback, given by practicing sports journalists and public relations professionals. We can also offer you opportunities to gain experience and insight through our links to major broadcasting, newspaper and sports organisations, such as professional football clubs.
Read about opportunities and experiences available to you on our Journalism blog.
Emma Spragg’s film follows two synchronised divers from Sheffield as they prepared for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014
This course prepares you for a career in
- newspaper sports journalism
- broadcast sports journalism
- magazine sports journalism
- online sports journalism
- sports public relations
Sports journalism is an extremely competitive field. The industry relies heavily on freelance sports journalists, and the course equips you with the skills necessary to enter the freelance market.
It also provides the publicity skills and understanding of the media which are increasingly sought after by clubs and organisations.
Where will I study?
You study at City Campus
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.City Campus map
Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
Equipment and facilities
On this course you work with
- a radio studio
- green screen technology
- an editing suite
- industry standard broadcast studios (TV and radio)
- green screen technology
- editing suites with the latest hardware and software
- exclusive access to three newsrooms
Normally an honours degree (2.2 or above) or equivalent in any subject.
Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 with 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English. If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English level.
We encourage applications from UK and international candidates who
• have a diversity of backgrounds
• are considering a career in sports journalism
• show the required aptitude and potential
We base our selection criteria on your relevant experience and potential for development.
Previous experience of journalism is preferable, but not necessary. Broad experience or knowledge of sport is helpful.
If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more
Additional information for EU/International students
This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.
The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19
|Module: Online Journalism||Credits: 15||
|Module: Sport And The Media||Credits: 15||
|Module: Sports Journalism||Credits: 15||
|Module: Writing For The Media||Credits: 15||
|Module: Journalism Project / Dissertation||Credits: 60|
|Module: Essential Public Affairs||Credits: 15|
|Module: International Journalism And Pr||Credits: 15|
|Module: Magazine And Production Journalism||Credits: 15|
|Module: Magazine Journalism||Credits: 15|
|Module: Media Law And Regulation||Credits: 15|
|Module: Radio Journalism||Credits: 15|
|Module: Tv Journalism||Credits: 15|
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £7,200 for the course. For part-time study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied.
† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.
Postgraduate student loans
Up to £10,906 available for UK and EU students on most masters courses.
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.Additional costs for Media, PR and journalism courses (PDF)
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