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Year of Entry 2022/23
MA

Sports Journalism

If you have a passion for sport and writing, this specialist course gives you a head start working in sports journalism and related careers.


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What is the fee? Home: £9,620 for the course
How long will I study? 2 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2022

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Course summary

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.

Graduate view
Taruka Srivastav MA Sports Journalism Graduate

‘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

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

You will be encouraged to develop your skills as a reflective practitioner in a supportive learning environment.

You learn through

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Interactive workshops
  • Tutorials and academic advising
  • Formative and summative assessment
  • Independent study
  • Teamwork
  • Guest speakers from sports journalism and sports media

Course leaders and tutors

Julie Gillin
Julie Gillin
Senior Lecturer in Journalism

I teach print and digital journalism on the undergraduate journalism degree and on the postgraduate journalism and PR degrees

Applied learning

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.

Networking opportunities

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.

Student work

Emma Spragg’s film follows two synchronised divers from Sheffield as they prepared for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014


Future careers

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

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Location

Howard Street
Sheffield
S1 1WB

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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

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Entry requirements

All students

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.


Modules

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.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Online Journalism Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sport And The Media Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sports Journalism Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Writing For The Media Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Journalism Project / Dissertation Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Media Law And Regulation Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Crisis Communications Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Issues In Global Media Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Magazine Journalism Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Photography For Journalists Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Public Relations And Digital Communication Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Radio Journalism Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Tv Journalism Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £9,620 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.

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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.

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Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry. If you require an alternate version of the application form, please email directadmissions@shu.ac.uk.

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