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Sports Journalism MA, PGDip, PGCert

Key information

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

Sport has never been more popular. It is a global industry driven by high levels of consumer demand and the revolution in digital communications. These developments are creating new career opportunities for sports journalists, particularly digitally literate journalists who can create engaging multimedia content.

Our graduates are working at the BBC, Sky Sports News, ESPN, BT Sport, Perform, IMG, the Premier League, Metro, Hayters and across the national, regional and digital press. Our graduates also work for sporting clubs and associations or go into sports public relations, sports advertising, corporate sponsorship, events management, sports charities and the betting industry.

Most PG courses start 5th October.

Different course options

Full time | St Mary's University, Twickenham | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



On this module, students either focus on online sub-editing or shorthand. Shorthand remains an invaluable tool for the trainee journalist which editors still value, particularly for telephone interviews or in situations that demand quotes be turned around quickly or where recording equipment cannot be used. To apply for the Sky Sports News Graduate Internship Scheme you need to achieve 100 words per minute. Students who opt out of Shorthand can focus on other core skills that are in high demand in online news including digital production, sub-editing and using data analytics.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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.