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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.

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.

Different course options

Full time | St Mary's University, Twickenham | 1 year | 14-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module is led by award-winning sports partners at News Associates/Sportsbeat. Led by Managing Editor James Toney, author of Sports Journalism: The Inside Track (Bloomsbury, 2012) and sports reporter, Graham Moody, the module covers all the essential skills to become a successful sports journalist. This involves in-class practical exercises and reporting from local and national sporting events. Here, you have the opportunity to practice match reporting and interviews, sometimes at nationally televised sporting events.You will also receive training and guidance in online sports writing with Visiting Lecturer, Julian Shea.

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.