Everything you need to know...
This course aims to provide you with the professional skills and knowledge required for a career in sports journalism and sports media.
You will learn how to research, write and present sports-based news, commentary and features to a high standard across print, online and broadcast platforms.
You will also develop an understanding of sports media and the ethical, legal and regulatory context in which sports journalists work.
‘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 will be encouraged to develop your skills as a reflective practitioner in a supportive learning environment.
You learn through
- Interactive workshops
- Tutorials and academic advising
- Formative and summative assessment
- Independent study
- Guest speakers from sports journalism and sports media
Course leaders and tutors
I teach print and digital journalism on the undergraduate journalism degree and on the postgraduate journalism and PR degrees
The course is delivered by a team of journalists and media practitioners with a strong commitment to practical sports journalism teaching. The teaching team includes journalists who have worked for BBC News, ITV News, Yorkshire Post and Sheffield Star and have freelance experience in journalism and public relations.
We develop connections with regional sports clubs to be able to offer opportunities for students to experience press conferences, player interviews and match-reporting.
The team draws on industry links including with alumni to provide guest speakers and visits as well as to support you in finding work experience. A recent initiative has seen former students working in sports media returning for question-and-answer sessions where they have given advice on work experience, job-hunting and career progression.
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
- club journalism and public relations
- freelance sports journalism
Where will I study?
You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.
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
Learn more about your department
Media, Arts and Communications Facilities Tour
Take a look around the media, arts and communication facilities at Sheffield Hallam University with lecturer Saskia Wilson.
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.
Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
|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: Media Law And Regulation||Credits: 15||
|Module: Crisis Communications||Credits: 15||
|Module: Issues In Global Media||Credits: 15||
|Module: Magazine Journalism||Credits: 15||
|Module: Photography For Journalists||Credits: 15||
|Module: Public Relations And Digital Communication||Credits: 15||
|Module: Radio Journalism||Credits: 15||
|Module: Tv Journalism||Credits: 15||
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £9,340 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 £11,222 available for Home 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, 225.7KB)
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