The MA Sports Journalism and Communication is a unique, new programme designed to give you a professional qualification to work as a highly competent multiplatform sports journalist or a communications professional in a sports company or sporting organisation/national governing body. You will take part in an intensive, 12-month training programme in print, digital, broadcast and multimedia practice/strategic communication and will gain important contextual understanding about the contemporary world of sports through a unique 'Research in Sport' core module. Other core modules include Journalism Bootcamp, Media Law, Multimedia Newsdays and Media Innovation. You can choose from a suite of specialisms including Strategic Communication; Managing Sport: Public Policy, Administration and Governance; Sport in Film; long-form feature writing; and Data Journalism. You will learn in a dedicated digital newsroom and state of the art new broadcasting facilities and have opportunities to undertake internships at local and national media organisations, sporting bodies and other communications companies.
3 GOOD REASONS TO STUDY THIS COURSE
1. Partners: As a student on the programme you'll have the opportunity to apply for internships with partners including RTE Sport, Connacht Rugby, the GAA and a host of media organisations.
2. Facilities: NUI Galway has invested in state-of-theart media facilities including new digital newsrooms and multimedia labs, radio and television studios, and equipment.
3. Hands on: The programme is taught by industry professionals and includes weekly practical assignments and other hands-on activities.
Minimum Entry Requirements
Applicants will require a QQI Level 8 degree, Second Class Honours, or equivalent, with a 2.1 in a related subject. Where applicants do not meet the formal academic requirements they can apply for entry through the university's Recognition for Prior Learning Policy.
1 year, full-time; 2 years, part-time.
Post Course Info
Graduates will be able to follow employment opportunities where a combination of a high level of information technology skills may be required in conjunction with core humanities skills in communication, analysis, research and creativity. This includes areas such as information and communication technologies; creative arts; cultural heritage; media; teaching and further research.