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Sport Journalism MA (PGCert PGDip)

Sport Journalism MA (PGCert PGDip)

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Full time | Moulsecoomb Campus | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Sports Journalism

Course type


Course Summary

Our accredited Sport Journalism MA will prepare you for an exciting, fast-paced and dynamic career in the sport media industry, equipping you with the multi-platform and multimedia skills needed to be highly employable.

The course will suit you if you have studied an undergraduate degree in a non-journalism subject area or are looking to gain a professional qualification to pursue a career in the industry.

National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) accreditation is recognised in the industry a strong indication that new recruits have the skills and knowledge to become effective multimedia journalists in a busy newsroom. In addition to your masters degree, you will also have the opportunity to take the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism. The NCTJ diploma is a widely recognised entry-level qualification for professional practice.

Sports media is a multi-billion pound industry and has played a crucial role in shaping the development of professional sport. Sports journalists must now be as adept at running social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter, filming web video and recording podcasts as covering sports events and interviewing at press conferences.

The course is delivered by media industry professionals and respected academics. Our student journalism website, Overtime Online, will enable you to publish articles to a wider audience and you will spend time in a newsroom environment on placement.

Course structure

The Sport Journalism MA comprises six 20-credit modules that each involve around 30 hours of contact time, plus an independent final project where you will work with an allocated supervisor.

The course is taught by sport media industry professionals and highly respected academics who will help you develop key journalism skills as well as academic research and writing methods.

You will compile an e-portfolio of assorted journalistic work that acts as a showcase to prospective employers.

Your placement will enable you to demonstrate hands-on experience in a sport journalistic environment.

The course is flexible in that it allows you to exit with a postgraduate certificate at the end of one semester (three 20-credit modules) or a postgraduate diploma at the end of two semesters (six 20-credit modules). You must complete the 60-credit research project to qualify for the MA.

For international students, the MA offers an extended masters route with English language study for between two and six months before the course begins.


This degree will open up career opportunities in areas including television, radio, print, web, and PR.

Students can exit with PGDip & PGCert.


Sport Journalism Practice - Core
Professional-based Learning - Core
Digital Journalism - Core
Final Project - Core
Critical Issues in Sport Journalism - Core
Journalism in Society - Core
News Journalism - Core

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Entry requirements

Honours degree in any subject normally with a minimum 2:2 or equivalent from a NARIC-recognised institution, or an HND equivalent plus at least five years of relevant work experience. Other applicants with extensive industry experience will be considered on an individual basis.

University information

Located on England’s beautiful south coast, the University of Brighton is a busy multi-campus university with a diverse body of over 3,800 postgraduate students. The university offers over 200 postgraduate courses, many accredited by professional bodies, and most providing flexible study options so that students can balance their studies with other commitments. For students in need of additional financial support, there is a range of...more

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