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Your Course

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.


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.

Entry requirements

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.

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities

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.

Further enquiries

Professor Sean Ryder

T: +353 91 493 009


Application date

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.

1MAD1, full-time; 1MAD2, part-time

When To Apply: NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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