Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 Years, Part-time: 4-6 Years

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2023/24)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2023/24)

UCAS points

104-112 (September 2023 entry)

UCAS code

P503

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road and Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

From the Olympics to Wimbledon or the Rugby, our nation’s passion for sports coverage has never been stronger. If you would like to be involved in covering sporting events as a sports journalist, then this course delivers the skills, knowledge and practical experience you need.

This degree is focused on equipping you with the skills you will need. Media technologies have revolutionised how journalists work, and how people receive their sports news. Sporting fans can follow their chosen sport much more closely – and they expect a high level of expertise from those covering it. This course will equip you with the professional knowledge and multimedia skills to rise to the challenge.

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Multimedia sports

There has never been a more exciting or challenging time to study sports journalism. This dynamic course enables you to produce compelling content for both traditional and new emerging platforms.  Unlike other courses, you have the option to specialise in a sport of your choice – from minority sports through to cricket, rugby and football.

You will learn core journalistic skills such as writing, interviewing, research and study media law and ethics. You will also create content for print, radio and TV, alongside creating blogs, podcasts, audio/video stories for the web and social media. We want to develop your passion for sport and help you find people and hear the human stories behind the headlines.

Meeting industry demand

We are collaborating closely with leading names in sport and media to ensure this degree delivers the right level of skills and knowledge. You’ll be equipped not only to cover sport as a journalist but also to work as a content producer for various sports clubs.

The course has been developed following discussions with major media companies like the BBC, national and local newspapers, sports industry bodies and sports clubs themselves. Drawing on these strong partnerships, you’ll be able to extend your professional networks, gain practical work experience and hear guest lectures from experienced sports journalists.

Hone your expertise in news gathering

Throughout your studies, you will gain significant hands-on experience of gathering and reporting on your chosen sport. You will also analyse media coverage and learn how social media has transformed sports journalism.

You are expected to gain an in-depth knowledge of your sport, covering every level grassroots, to the biggest names in international sport. You will learn the business, finance, the use of data in sport and critically explore current key issues in sport.

Exciting work experience opportunities

There are opportunities for students to report on a variety of sports events, volunteer or have paid roles with various sports clubs. We work closely with media organisations such as Reach Plc to enable you to have your work published.

You are encouraged to work with charities and other not-for-profit organisations to gain an insight into how they operate. In addition, you can contribute to StoryHub or contribute to our student-run media and produce content for the online news and sports websites run by the Students’ Union.

Outstanding facilities

You'll be based at our Markeaton Street site in Derby, which has a purpose-built journalism facility. This includes three radio studios, a fully equipped television studio, video editing suites, Mac suites and a newsroom featuring the latest software. Our radio studios have recently been refurbished and fitted with Calrec technology — a leading range of broadcast audio mixing consoles and equipment. All large media companies are now migrating to this technology, so we're ahead of the game.

This means you’ll be confident using industry-standard technology, giving you a real advantage when you're looking for a job.

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Three fully-funded football journalism scholarships

The University of Derby has teamed up with Derby County Football Club Women to offer this amazing scholarship. Three full scholarships are available for women starting the course in 2021.

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What you will study

The key to becoming a journalist is to learn the essential skills so, at the start of your degree, you will learn the basics of finding and telling stories. As you progress you will develop more advanced skills in multimedia content production.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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Undergraduate Open Days

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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How you will learn

We believe that you learn best by doing. We use a practice-based learning approach in most of your workshops which means you will often be creating stories for online, audio, video or social media. You will also have lectures, seminars and participate in newsdays.

You will be taught by a team of lecturers who have a range of experience in journalism. Your learning is supported with guest lectures by sports journalists, broadcasters, historians and commentators and trips.

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed on the quality of your journalistic work and your academic work. Journalistic assessments include writing stories, producing video or audio stories, podcasts, and producing online content.

Academic assessments include essays, case studies, reports, presentations, reflective diaries, and self-evaluation. 

Who you'll meet

The course is taught by highly skilled lecturers who have many years of first-hand experience in print, photography, documentary, radio, TV and online media.

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

Niall Hickman
Programme leader

Niall is a Lecturer in Journalism.

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Entry requirements

2023 entry

These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2023 entry.

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points104-112
A LevelBBC-BCC
T LevelMerit
BTECDMM
GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade 4/Grade C (or above) or equivalent qualification
Access to HEPass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 15, Merit: 24, Pass: 6

Offers will be made initially based on your application, including predicted grades and/or grades you have already achieved. You may be given the opportunity, within your offer letter, to submit a portfolio. If you submit a strong portfolio we will make you an unconditional offer, to reflect the quality of your work and your potential.

Additional entry requirements

English language requirements

IELTS: 7.0 (with at least 6.5 in each skills area)

Fees and funding

2023/24 Fees (August 2023 - July 2024)

 Full-timePart-time
UK

£9,250 per year

£1,155 per 20 credit module

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.


UK students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Applications for September 2023 are now open. Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS.

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Careers

This course develops the broad range of knowledge and skills you need to become a multimedia professional, adept in the production of journalistic content for print, online and broadcast outlets. While it equips you to work in sports journalism specifically, it also prepares you for careers in broader areas of journalism.

The research and communication skills of a journalist are highly transferable to a huge variety of graduate level careers. Our graduates secure jobs not only in newspapers, magazines and broadcasting but also with online businesses and social media agencies. While many go on to work in traditional journalist roles, others find careers in PR, marketing, advertising and corporate communications.

Ensuring you’re ‘work-ready’

Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with support from day one of your course to ensure you leave Derby as a ‘work-ready’ graduate - industry aware, motivated and enterprising. Throughout your studies, you’ll also benefit from our Personal Development Planning (PDP) scheme which enables you to reflect on your learning and develop your career ambitions. The support continues once you’ve completed your course too: you are entitled to further help and guidance from the Careers and Employment Service for up to three years after leaving the University.

Contact us

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Additional information about your studies

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Please also note that due to the current Covid-19 situation, if your course offers fieldtrips, the location of these may change or be cancelled. If this happens, you will be communicated to in advance and we will do our very best to seek out other practical opportunities to ensure your experience is not affected.

The information provided on this page is correct at the time of publication but course content, costs and other individual course details do change from time to time and are updated as often as possible, so please do check these pages again when making your final decision to apply for a course. Any updated course details will also be confirmed to you at application, enrolment and in your offer letter.

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Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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