Postgraduate
MA Sports Journalism and Communication

NUI Galway

Course Overview


The MA Sports Journalism and Communication programme aims to prepare graduates to work as professionals in the journalism and wider media and communications industries with a specialism in sport.

The programme will focus on fostering a critical understanding of our changing media environment and on preparing graduates who will have an insight into the role of sport in the media, as placed within historical, cultural, scientific and business contexts. Graduates will be trained with professional communication and production skills to work as professionals in the industry, across multiple platforms. Students will take a dual approach to their studies, being exposed to academic knowledge and understanding as well as practical skills and reflective practice. Students will also have an opportunity to further specialize and develop a niche in a subject of particular interest via a choice of electives in social and digital media, management and marketing and film. Employ ability, innovation and entrepreneurship skills will be developed via a specialist module and work internship opportunities.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Galway

What is the length of the course?

12 Months (1 Year) Full-time


When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?

September

Placement options


Application Closing Date

Open for an application

Number of Places

15

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 16,500

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits


  • This programme builds on a long standing and established research culture in sport studies in NUI Galway, including the Sport & Exercise Research Group in the Moore Institute for the Humanities and Social Studies.
  • Graduates will be well equipped to work in the media in roles including audience development, podcasting, sports journalism including radio and television reporters and commentators, sports reporters in the news media.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

Once you are ready to start your application, please click on APPLY NOW

As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold a 2.2 minimum (2.1 honors preferred) degree in any subject. We welcome applicants from science, Arts, business and other disciplines. Applicants should demonstrate a passion for sport and we encourage previous experience in student media, blogging, web platforms and/or radio. English language requirement: IELTS of 7.0 overall with not less than 6.0 in any component.

English Requirements

Arts/Business/Law (No less than 5.5 in any Component)
IELTS: 6.5 Overall
TOEFL: 88
Pearson (PTE): 61
Duolingo English Test (DET)**: 110
• Temporary measure for 2020 only in response to COVID-19

Special Entry Requirements

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Career Prospects


Graduates will be well equipped to work in the media in roles including audience development, podcasting, sports journalism including radio and television reporters and commentators, sports reporters in the news media; communications professionals in the wider fields of communications such as working in sports marketing, strategic communication and in public relations and sports lobbying roles for sporting organisations.

Notes


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