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Sports Journalism MA, PGDip, PGCert

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Sports Journalism

Course type


Course Summary

A one-year practical sports journalism course that is professionally accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists.

Why study Sports Journalism?

If you have a passion for sport and want to become a journalist, you need to acquire the skills and knowledge employers are looking for today. Our comprehensive training programme is taught in partnership with award winning journalists who can give you the head start you need.

Why St Mary's?

Our course offers one of the best routes into the industry. We will train you to become a journalist for the digital age covering everything from the traditional match report to the latest skills in multimedia journalism. Our graduates work in every sector of the industry.

You will find them at the BBC, Sky Sports News, BT Sport, CNN, Perform, IMG and most national newspapers in the UK. Recent graduates have secured sports reporting jobs with Metro, the Manchester Evening News, Scottish Rugby, the Daily Mirror, BBC News, Mail Online, Fulham FC, Squawka, and Sky Sports. Students will also achieve exit awards PgDip and PgCert.

Assessment methods

Our approach to assessment reflects industry practice. There is plenty of scope to be creative. Tasks include writing regular stories for immediate publication, sub-editing, participating in editorial meetings and working in teams on live news days. We work to strict deadlines and you will get the opportunity to present your work to editors at Sky Sports News.

Career opportunities

Our graduate success stories are what we are most proud of. During your studies you will have opportunities to secure work placements and gain valuable industry experience.

You will meet some of our most successful graduates, currently working at the BBC, Sky Sports News, TalkSport, The Cricketer, The Evening Standard, The Chronicle, The Irish Times, Wimbledon, Harlequins and Brentford FC.

You will have the opportunity to meet prospective employers and some of our graduates who are successful freelancers.


It is often said that sport and politics don't mix, but whether we like it or not they do. Understanding complicated political issues at the local and national level is a key skill for any trainee journalist. Indeed, most journalists start their careers on a local paper or a regional radio or television station. Local government is therefore still a significant source for news. It also underpins a lot of sports news. On the public affairs modules, you learn the basics structures of British politics. You will interview politicians and journalists as well as observe politics in action at the Houses of Parliament, City Hall, and Richmond Council.

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Entry requirements

Students normally require a (2:1) good degree in any discipline. In exceptional circumstances, we may accept a student without such a qualification if they demonstrate an aptitude and commitment to sport and/or journalism.