Taught course

Sports Journalism

University of Sunderland · Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from people who hold - or hope to be awarded - an upper second class honours degree or above. In some circumstances we will also consider people with a lower second class honours degree, as well as those with significant practical work experience. All applicants will be interviewed prior to acceptance and may be required to undergo a writing test.

Months of entry


Course content

This Masters is one of the few postgraduate degrees in the UK to be accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ). The combination of an MA and NCTJ Diploma will significantly boost your employability as a sports journalist. This course is ranked 6th out of the 17 UK NCTJ postgraduate courses by performance.

This is an intensive course that trains you to think, write and research like a journalist; previous study of journalism is not a requirement. You will learn how to write previews, match reports and sports features, and you will also cover media ethics and law, reporting and shorthand. In the final stage of the course you will undertake a dissertation or practical project, such as a sports journalism website or a series of in-depth articles.

We encourage you to publish your work and build up your portfolio. Opportunities for publication include SportsByte, our student-run website covering sport across Sunderland.
An important benefit of a Masters at Sunderland is the relevance of our research expertise, which includes sports and magazine journalism as well as web writing and social media. Sunderland hosts the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies (CRMCS) and our Media Department has been recognised for producing some world-leading and internationally excellent research.

The Journalism Diversity Fund is aimed at people from diverse backgrounds who need help funding their journalism training.

Candidates must be from a socially or ethnically diverse background, be able to demonstrate genuine commitment to becoming a successful journalist and have secured a place on an NCTJ-accredited course.

For more information, please visit http://www.journalismdiversityfund.com

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you should have an IELTS (or equivalent) score of at least 7.0.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Alex Lockwood
0191 515 2101