University of Central Lancashire

University of Central Lancashire

Sports Journalism

Our programme builds on the glowing track record of our well-established undergraduate sports journalism programme. Graduates now work for organisations such as Sky and the BBC and in the media offices of football clubs and other sporting organisations. This programme offers you the chance to learn the multimedia skills and techniques of the sports journalist. Sport is big business, influencing politics, finance, fashion and music as well as being the focal point of community joy and despair; the role of the sports journalist is increasingly important, reporting the action and results that millions want to know about and also scrutinising the activities of those who organise and fund the increasingly varied sports agenda. Students will also learn the essentials of law as it impacts on journalists and study and debate the ethics of journalism and learn about the business of sport. The course is very hands-on and students will learn in realistic newsroom and studio environments. Students also undertake an industry placement, so that they have every opportunity to emerge at the end of the course with excellent contacts as well as a track record of achievement.

Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to have an upper 2nd or above classification for an Honours degree from a British higher education institution, or an equivalent overseas qualification. Applicants with a lower 2nd will be considered if they can demonstrate a commitment to journalism. Mature students and candidates with non-standard qualifications are also considered, if they have substantial professional or other relevant experience.
Applicants may be required to complete a written/oral admissions test. International students are required to have IELTS 7. UK industry accreditation bodies require IELTS 7.5 for their programme of study.

Course modules

Semester 1: Creating content; digital journalism; the sports journalist. Semester 1 and 2: Law for journalists (compulsory for those intending to work in the UK); or international journalism and ethics (compulsory for those intending to work outside of the UK). Semester 2: Newsroom practice (sport) ; the sports business 10 credits. Semester 3: extended project; or standard project. Students who choose the shorter project will need to take an optional 20 credit module in semester 1 or 2, selected from the following: Investigating public administration; the photographic witness; new media practices. Students can also take shorthand as an additional 10th module.

Assessment methods

There are exams in the law and shorthand modules and for the optional public administration module. All other assessment is course work; the assessments will model real-life working experiences; for example, you may be asked to produce a website or a newspaper or provide sports content for a radio or TV news bulletin.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 11,950 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 1,000 per Credit (England) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 1,000 per Credit (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 1,000 per Credit (Scotland) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 1,000 per Credit (Wales) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Preston Campus Preston PR1 2HE North West

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