BA (Hons) Sport JournalismP314

    Course Overview

    Duration: 3 years full-time
  • Become a highly-employable sports journalist with Plymouth Marjon University. BA (Hons) Sport Journalism is an established, professionally-focused degree, equipping you with all the key skills you’ll need to work in the industry. From the very beginning of the programme, you will be shown exactly what it’s like to work as a professional journalist in today’s media.

    Because the programme can be tailored in line with individual ambitions, our graduates have gone on to secure sought-after jobs in their chosen specialist fields. So whether you see yourself in newspapers, magazines, television, radio or the web, you’ll build up outstanding employability when you study with us.

    The University has invested significantly in the development of our JAM (Journalism and Media) centre. At the heart of the centre lies an industry-standard newsroom, packed with all the recording and broadcasting kit currently used by the pros. Students also enjoy full access to professional software for editing film, magazine, newspaper and online output. There’s also an in-house radio station, which our journalism students all help to run. The JaM centre is open 24 hours a day for our journalism and media students, and we do not charge for equipment hire.

    Our Sport Journalism degree focuses on relevant practical skills, taught in real settings with a professional focus. From newspaper and magazine journalism, through sports photography and film-making, to presenting and producing sports news on television and radio, we make sure our students get to explore as much of their potential as possible. We also help our students to specialise in a particular topic which fits with their professional ambitions.

    We run regular live news days to replicate industry expectations across print, radio, the internet and TV. Students can also make weekly contributions to our online newspaper, radio station and TV news programme. If you are into sport and you want to get into sport journalism, this is the course for you. We spend our time making the news, watching sport and preparing you for a media career. If you can't be on the pitch, court, field or track, you can be right next to it instead.

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All modules are compulsory:

1st Year
  • Journalism research
  • Journalism production skills
  • Written journalism
  • Live news production
  • Law and ethics
2nd Year
  • Journalism research
  • Radio journalism
  • Written journalism
  • Work-based learning
  • Live news production
  • Visual journalism


3rd Year
  • TV journalism
  • Data journalism
  • Live news production
  • Magazine journalism and digital content
  • Honours project

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

The course is taught in our state-of-the-art Journalism and Media Centre where you will have access to iMacs, iPads, professional cameras and lenses, recording equipment and editing suites all loaded with the latest industry-standard software.

As a result, we have a long list of graduates who have gone on to work in the media departments at professional sports clubs, newspapers, magazines, national radio stations and websites, as well as in the sports PR and marketing industry. 

Current Students


Course Leader

The programme is taught by Sarah McAdam who specialises in photography & film making and Mike Baker, currently a sports journalist with The Guardian and 20 years’ experience as a sports journalist and editor.


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    We are fully accredited by the European Journalism Training Association (EJTA) and have built a strong programme that is driven by the industry.  Accreditation ensures that our programme delivers what we say and what the industry wants.

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