Sports Journalism & Communication

Your Course
The MA Sports Journalism and Communication is a unique 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' seminar. Other core modules include a sports journalism bootcamp, Multimedia Newsdays and Media Innovation. You can choose from a suite of specialisms including Strategic Communication; Sports Administration and Governance; Sport in Film; long-form feature writing; and Data Journalism. You will learn in a dedicated digital newsroom and new state-of-the-art broadcasting facilities and will have opportunities to undertake internships at local and national media organisations, sporting bodies and other communications companies.

Subjects taught

Module Diet

Module Code & Title ECTS Semester Core / Optional Module Code

Semester One
Journalism Bootcamp 10 1 Core DJ6115

Research in Sport 10 1 Core FM6118

Sports Journalism 10 1 Core DJ6109

Semester 2
Multimedia Newsdays 10 2 Core DJ6112

Social and Digital Production 5 2 Elective DJ6121

Data Journalism 5 2 Elective DJ6104

Sport and Film 10 2 Elective FM6117

Social Marketing and Environmental Sustainability 10 2 Elective MK5132

Feature Writing 10 2 Elective DJ6100

Media Law 5 2 Elective LW871

Journalism Innovation, Employability, and Entrepreneurship 10 2 Elective DJ6120

Semester 3

Final Project for journalism, media and communication 30 3 Elective XXXX
Dissertation: Journalism, media and communication 30 3 Elective XXXX

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
To be accepted you should normally have a minimum Second Class Honours degree (ideally at 2.1 honours or higher) or equivalent, though applications from a wide range of backgrounds will be considered. To apply, send your CV, a personal statement of no more than 500 words detailing your interest in the programme and your career aspirations, and at least one sample of your work, e.g., a blog post, student media, short piece for radio, television or other media. We also welcome applications from people with prior experience in journalism looking to update their skills; high performance athletes; and sports administrators looking to further their careers.

Application dates

Applications will be considered in two rounds. Round 1 closing date - 30th April 2022. Round 2 closing date - 31st July 2022.


ECTS weighting 90


1 year, full-time.


Fees: EU
€8,500 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Tuition
€8,276 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Student levy
€224 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Non EU
€16,500 p.a. 2019/20

Enrolment dates

Next start date September 2019

Post Course Info

Career Opportunities
Graduates of the programme will work in a variety of roles in local, national and international media organisations; in sporting organisations and national governing bodies; in sports communications and governance; and in wider communications roles.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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