Global Sports Journalism MA

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  • MA Global Sports Journalism, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 1 year
    • Pound 10800 per year
  • MA Global Sports Journalism, home applicant, part time

    • Home Applicant
    • Part time, 2 years
    • Pound 1800 per 30 credit module
  • MA Global Sports Journalism, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 1 year
    • Pound 15420 per year

What makes this course different

Teaching staff

The staff teaching this course have extensive journalistic experience in industry that allows them to guide and support students from a place of knowledge. Supporting the main staff will be experienced guest lecturers and speakers.

Course aims

This is the only MA course in the UK for students to learn about football journalism around the globe and explore how this sport has transcended the pitch and back pages.


No other course provides learning and development at an MA level, focusing specifically on football in its global journalistic, and wider social, political, economic and cultural contexts.

Course modules

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Your future career

Your future career

The Global Sports Journalism course will provide graduates with the skills and knowledge of how to produce engaging content.

The course content will look at sports journalism across the globe and provide graduates with skills and awareness. For students already in employment this course will provide three options - an opportunity for a career pivot, to further develop their journalism skills and specialism of football and its globalisation or act simply as a course to grow and develop your understanding of sports journalism from around the world. Students will learn topics that will enable them to produce insightful content and demonstrate significant expertise in the area.

Potential career pathways in journalism include:

  • reporter, either as a freelancer or working within a media outlet
  • researcher, either as a freelancer or working within a media outlet
  • PR and marketing roles for agencies
  • in-house media for clubs and governing bodies

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

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Developing this MA course has been an honour, as football has played an integral part in our media and academic careers. We have covered and researched the sport for a combined 30 years across the multi-media football landscape. We are eager to pass that collective knowledge on to students to enable them to explore how football, both on and off the pitch, has dominated every aspect of our lives, to foster a new generation of football journalists with a global perspective on the sport, and who will shape the evolution of the football media."

MA Global Football Journalism

How we support your career ambitions

We offer dedicated careers support, further opportunities to thrive, such as volunteering and industry networking. our courses are created in collaboration with employers and industry to ensure they accurately reflect the real-life practices of your future career and provide you with the essential skills needed. You can focus on building interpersonal skills through group work and benefit from our investment in the latest cutting edge technologies and facilities.

Career Zone

Our dedicated and award-winning team provide you with careers and employability resources, including:

  • Online jobs board for internships, placements, graduate opportunities, flexible part-time work.
  • Mentoring programmes for insight with industry experts 
  • 1-2-1 career coaching services 
  • Careers workshops and employer events 
  • Learning pathways to gain new skills and industry insight

Mental Wealth programme

Our Professional Fitness and Mental Wealth programme which issues you with a Careers Passport to track the skills you’ve mastered. Some of these are externally validated by corporations like Amazon and Microsoft.

Our Mental Wealth programme

We are careers first

Our teaching methods and geographical location put us right up top

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship support 
  • We are ranked 6th for graduate start-ups 
  • Networking and visits to leading organisations 
  • Support in starting a new business, freelancing and self-employment 
  • London on our doorstep

What you'll learn

This course was renamed in March 2024. It was previously titled MA Global Football Journalism.

You'll look at current trends and topics and how sport reflects the society we live in. You'll also explore cultural differences and how sports journalism is affected across the world.

You'll explore the business and politics that drive so many sports news stories, from Super Leagues to the MLS, and importantly you'll learn how to produce multimedia content that tells these stories to a variety of audiences. You'll also have the opportunity to develop other relevant skills including commentary and production.

How you'll learn

You'll be taught by a range of staff, many of whom run are journalists or have extensive journalism experience, which ensures that the practice-led research which is disseminated in the studio, or actually takes place there, is relevant to industry and practice. It also means that design studios are well placed to take advantage of the myriad of professional networks which staff bring with them. Within each module are a design component and support/contextual component with the intention that knowledge and skills are always introduced and developed in relation to studio projects.

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled lectures, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This will typically involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and Moodle.

Academic support

Our academic support team provides help in a range of areas - including learning and disability support.

Dedicated personal tutor

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your Academic Advisor. This is the member of staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at UEL and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer.


Each year you will spend around 300 hours of timetabled learning and teaching activities. These may be lectures, workshops, seminars and individual and group tutorials. Contact hours may vary depending on each module.

The approximate percentages for this course are:

  • scheduled teaching - 300 hours
  • guided independent study - 900 hours

Your timetable

Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm. For undergraduate students Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Class sizes

In the classroom you will be taught in groups of 18-20 students. However, this can vary by academic year.

How you will be assessed

Your assessments will take the form of coursework and practical assignments. There are no exams.

Feedback will be offered continuously throughout the course either individually or in groups. We aim to provide feedback on your assessments with 15 days working days of your deadline date.

Campus and facilities

Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD

Who teaches this course

This course is delivered by School of Arts and Creative Industries

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.