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Journalism/Journalism (Sports)

University of Sunderland
Sunderland, Great Britain
 1173 Points
1 Year
Start date
Sep 2022

Program Description

Learn to be a journalist in our real-world newsroom – the mediaHUB – where you will work alongside journalists from the BBC and national and regional media. Publish your work on our websites and develop a portfolio of content that will launch your career; graduates have gone on to work at BBC News and Sport, Sky Sports News, national newspapers and magazines, football clubs and PR Firms.

Whatever your previous study or experience, this MA will give you all the skills you need to become a journalist. Cover core reporting skills, media ethics and law, video and digital content, and investigative journalism techniques. Stay mainstream, or choose the sports pathway and learn a range of specialist sports journalism skills. In the final stage of the course you will produce your own series of in-depth articles on a subject of your choice. Those who specialise in Sports can graduate with MA Journalism (Sports).

Alongside the MA, you’ll have the opportunity to do the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Diploma in Journalism or Sports Journalism. NCTJ accreditation is widely recognised as a gold standard for courses that turn out highly-skilled, highly-motivated and highly-employable trainee journalists. Previous study of journalism is not a requirement.

A European student fee scholarship and will pay the home tuition fee rate for the duration of your studies.

Entry Requirements

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Bachelor's Degree
Degree from State Technical Institute
English Level
Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)
Cambridge Advanced (CAE)
Pearson Test of Academic Engl.

Information about requirements:

  • A good honours degree in a related discipline

Other accepted qualifications:

  • We will consider applicants with professional and vocational experience.

Other accepted English language qualifications:

  • Secure English Language Test (SELT)
  • O-Level English Language or GCSE English Language: grade C or above (UK Exam board)
  • Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) II: Merit or Distinction

Important information:

  • We may ask you to undertake a short course that covers essential skills and knowledge, before you join the main Masters course.
  • If you do not have the necessary level of English you may need to take one of the University's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) University Preparation Courses before you begin your course.


Stage 1

Practical Journalism

Essential Media Law

Stage 2

Digital and Video Journalism

Investigative Journalism

Stage 3

Journalism Practical Project

NCTJ Diploma in Journalism

The MA modules will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to gain a full NCTJ Diploma in Journalism. This consists of a series of core and optional exams and coursework which you will take throughout the year in addition to the MA assessments. Teaching staff will guide you through this to gain this extra qualification which is vital to getting a job in journalism.

The NCTJ Diploma exams you can do are as follows:

Essential Media Law
Ethics and Regulation
Essential Journalism

Court Reporting
Video Journalism


You will be equipped for a variety of roles throughout the journalism industry:

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Radio
  • TV
  • Online media
  • Sports clubs
  • Brands
  • Commerce
  • The Civil Service
  • Arts
  • Voluntary sectors

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