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Sports Journalism MA

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  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught
  • Start Date(s): September 2024
  • Duration: One year full-time, two years part-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

Get ready to dive headfirst into the exhilarating realm of sports journalism.

Imagine yourself right in the action, crafting stories that resonate across all media platforms – from thrilling broadcasts to engaging digital content and impactful written pieces.

Get set to explore how sports coverage is driven by data insights and fuelled by the dynamics of social media, playing a pivotal role in the success of major media brands.

You could be scoring interviews with top athletes, delivering live commentary on the side-lines, breaking down strategic plays, and placing sports within the larger context of history and society.

You will unleash your creative flair in the UK's biggest student newsroom, with access to state-of-the-art TV studios, cutting-edge radio and podcast setups, and the latest industry-standard tools for production and design.

And where better to kick-start this thrilling journey than Nottingham, the ultimate city of sport? Immerse yourself in Premier League football, international cricket, tennis showdowns, ice hockey face-offs, and so much more. With iconic venues like the National Ice Arena, Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, and the National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham is the ultimate playground for honing your sports journalism prowess.

  • Where better to study than the home of the world's oldest professional association football club, which even pre-dates the FA!
  • Study in the industry standard Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism facility set in the heart of the city centre.
  • 100% of NTU's research submitted to the 'Communication, Cultural & Media Studies, Library & Information Management Unit of Assessment was rated world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of research impact - REF 2021.

Industry recognition

Interested in Journalism?

Dip your toe in the water with our Journalism short course programme for professionals that runs throughout the year.

What you’ll study

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Core modules

Sports Journalism Production (40 credit points)

Embark on a transformative journey into multiplatform sports journalism. This module hones career-driven skills essential for writing, digital, and broadcast media. Dive into research, interviews, and broadcasting techniques to develop your technical prowess with audio, video, and editing. Discover the power of social media and ethical journalism and craft impactful content for diverse platforms, from print to online. You will be identifying compelling stories, operating studios, and shaping news narratives, whilst real-world placements and practical experiences drive your growth as a journalist. This module also includes a reflective blog, assessing your readiness for the dynamic industry.

Social Media and Audience Analytics (20 credit points)

Get ready for a captivating module with dual themes. Explore the dynamic realm of social media's impact on journalism and society through critical discourse, drawing from journalism research, media studies, and ethics. Uncover practical tools to craft compelling social media content, backed by audience analytics to elevate your critical thinking, questioning, and creative prowess.

History of Sport (20 credit points)

From ancient civilizations to today, delve into sports' cultural, social, and political contexts. Unearth the origins of global sports, witness their transformation, and discover how societal values impact their development. With iconic figures like Pierre de Coubertin and Jackie Robinson, you will uncover the economic, political, and cultural impact of sports on society. Join us to unravel the profound significance and captivating stories woven into the tapestry of sports history.

Media Law and Ethics (20 credit points)

Enter the dynamic world of media law to grasp its impact and scope. You will acquire the essential professional compliance skills and practical know-how to allow you to navigate areas like defamation, privacy, and copyright. Develop critical understanding of key legal principles for various journalistic platforms and gain practical skills in recognizing publication risks and amending content. Explore the effects of reporting restrictions on journalism to elevate your legal awareness and excel in the media landscape.

Sports Journalism Project (60 credit points)

Embark on the capstone module, showcasing your mastery in journalism or research. Tailor your assessment, whether delving deep into industry dynamics, crafting compelling storytelling, or collaborating on group projects. Explore cutting-edge techniques with a supportive supervisor, engaging in personalized sessions. Your assessment includes a plan, journalistic output, critical commentary, and industry presentation. Choose from:

  1. The Negotiated Dissertation: Unearth industry insights through research, culminating in an 8,000-10,000 word dissertation.
  2. The Individual Negotiated Project: Craft long-form storytelling across mediums, shaping a TV film, radio show, or multimedia feature.
  3. The Group Negotiated Project: Collaborate on a shared topic, creating diverse outputs while retaining individual reflections.
  4. The Negotiated Work-Based Learning Project: Partner with industry experts, moulding your project to real-world demands.

Choose one

Data-driven Investigative Journalism (20 credit points)

Dive into data-driven investigative journalism. Blend industry practices and academic insights to explore data journalism's impact, and discover emerging digital research methods and tools for multiplatform storytelling. Decode statistical information, crafting news stories with open data and unearth data's influence on journalism's societal role.

Podcasting Production (20 credit points)

Immerse in podcasting's dynamics: theory, production, and impact. Master skills for crafting professional podcasts. Explore the intersection of traditional audio with contemporary journalism, while you probe popular narratives, context, and economics. Learn from experts, grasp the podcasting landscape, and hone your podcasting prowess.

Digital Media, Politics and Culture in Asia-Pacific (20 credit points)

An introduction into the pivotal realm of digital media, politics, and culture in Asia-Pacific. Navigate the region's significance in global supply chains and its growing influence, and gain a cosmopolitan view beyond Western discourse, enriched by cultural field trips, guest speakers, and local connections. Craft an academic essay and insightful blog/vlog pieces reflecting the essence of your journey.

Exploring Promotional Cultures (20 credit points)

Explore cross-cultural PR and content creation. Acquire coveted modern communication skills while learning from diverse alumni guest speakers. Embrace teamwork, devising roles for clarity and commitment in industry-relevant group projects.

How you’re taught

Study methods and assessment

Study methods include practical sessions, research, lectures, seminars, workshops and professional practice. Learn from your peers, and guest speakers.

Assessment is by a mixture of portfolio work, projects, essays, and exams.

Work experience

Get ready for hands-on learning that's at the very core of this program. Whether in core or optional modules, the practical aspect immerses you in real journalistic work, making you think and act like a pro.

Picture yourself in the action of over fifteen vibrant NewsDays, where you'll whip up content for our public platforms – websites and social media. Some of these days are even guided by graduates working in the industry. This isn't just a simulation; it's a genuine industry warm-up that blends perfectly with the standards set by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).

And when it's time for your capstone project, let your creativity take the lead. Choose your own adventure, shaping your skills and knowledge into a major piece of work that will interest future employers. In some cases, potential employers might even pitch in with live briefs for your capstone projects. And for those aiming for research-focused careers, fret not – we're keeping the theoretical option alive and well.

But that's not all. We believe in getting you out there to gain some serious experience. You'll spend a minimum of fifteen days on the job, mingling with various organizations and businesses – from your local area to a global stage. It's your chance to learn, network, and shine in the journalism world.

Professional practice

Students are encouraged to work to professional standards and are expected to be punctual, meet deadlines, work in teams and contribute ideas.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study, you also have the opportunity to learn another new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Learning a new language can enhance your communication skills, enrich your experience when travelling abroad and boost your career prospects. Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Careers and employability

Your career development

Graduates will work as sports journalists for regional, national and international sports journalism brands such as the BBC, ITV, Sky Sports, The Athletic, BT Sport and Reach. They will also move into other areas of the media, including digital marketing and PR, content creation for sporting organisations and event/stadium hosts for live sporting events.

Campus and facilities

Our award-winning range of journalism courses is based in the Centre for Broadcasting & Journalism, centrally placed on our City Campus. This multi-million-pound development includes one of the largest student newsrooms in the UK, a fully functioning TV studio with production facilities and three radio studios. Find out more ...

Entry requirements

  • You will need a good honours degree (minimum 2.1) and enthusiasm for, or experience of journalism.
  • Applicants with a 2.2 and substantial experience will be considered.

Applications from candidates with non-standard entry qualifications will be considered on an individual basis if they can demonstrate relevant professional experience.

Written journalism test

All journalism applicants will be asked to submit a written piece as part of their application. View written test. This will be judged against clear criteria. When assessing sample writing manuscripts we are looking for work of at least a satisfactory (pass) standard in terms of language, content, observation, structure and voice.

Recognition of Prior Learning

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or information, get in touch through our enquiry form

You will need the equivalent to:

  • You will need a good UK honours degree (minimum 2.1) and enthusiasm for, or experience of journalism.
  • Applicants with a 2.2 and substantial experience will be considered.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Postgraduate preparation courses (Pre-Masters)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Pre-Masters courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Written journalism test

All journalism applicants will be asked to submit a written piece as part of their application. View written test. This will be judged against clear criteria. When assessing sample writing manuscripts we are looking for work of at least a satisfactory (pass) standard in terms of language, content, observation, structure and voice.

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for September 2024:

Course

Full time Home (UK) tuition

MA Sports Journalism

£9,700

* Please note that if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for Year One of study. The course fee for Year Two is subject to annual review.
Fees may be subject to change.

Alumni Discount

We’re happy to be able to offer a 20% alumni discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU alumni. This discount is currently available for those starting an eligible postgraduate taught, postgraduate research or professional course.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. Please take a look at our postgraduates’ guide funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Scholarships are available for students who have been offered a place on this course for September 2024

Home (UK) students funding

  • Dr Pauline Polkey Postgraduate Bursary - apply
  • UK Postgraduate Masters Scholarship - apply

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. Please take a look at our postgraduates’ guide funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Tuition fees for September 2024:

Course

Full time International and EU tuition

MA Sports Journalism

£17,500

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your postgraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

How to apply

If you are interested in joining us in September 2025, this course will open for applications through the applicant portal from September 2024. Courses starting in January 2026 will be open for applications from July 2025.

Ready to join us?

Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow our step-by-step guide. You can apply for this course throughout the year. Most of our postgraduate and professional courses are popular and fill up quickly though, so apply as soon as you can.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide. Here you’ll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

If you are interested in joining us in September 2025, this course will open for applications through the applicant portal from September 2024. Courses starting in January 2026 will be open for applications from July 2025.

Apply online through our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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