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.

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.

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


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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