Course details

Study options

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

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2019/20)

International fee

£13,250 per year (2019/20)

UCAS points

112 (September 2019 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

Journalism at Derby has been ranked in the Top 20 in The Guardian University Guide 2019.

From the Olympics to Premiership football, our nation’s passion for sports coverage has never been stronger. If you’d like to be part of the action as a sports journalist, this course delivers the skills, knowledge, practical experience and professional contacts you need.

We've developed this course with your future in mind. New technologies are revolutionising media and the ways in which people receive their sports news. Today’s digital technologies allow people to follow their chosen sports much more closely – and they expect a high level of expertise from those reporting on sport. We will equip you with the professional knowledge and multimedia skills to rise to this challenge.

New skills for a new era

In an age of digital news, 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 emerging media platforms.  And, unlike with other courses, you’ll have the opportunity to specialise in a sport of your choice – from minority sports through to cricket, rugby and football.

You'll gain the core journalistic research and writing skills as well as studying media law and ethics. At the same time, you’ll develop a multi-platform mindset, producing print, radio and TV reports as well as creating blogs and podcasts, digital photos, audio/video stories and content for websites and mobile devices.

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 for the growing number of media relations roles in the sports industry.

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’ll gain significant hands-on experience of gathering and reporting news and information on your chosen sport. You’ll also analyse traditional media coverage and the way in which social media and individual blogs are transforming sports journalism.

You are expected to gain an in-depth knowledge of your sport, covering every level from local grassroots players to the biggest names in international sport. We focus on the governance and business aspects of sport too, reflecting how these are never far from the headlines.

Exciting work experience opportunities

As part of your course, you’ll boost your CV by gaining practical work experience with a media or sports organisation in the UK or overseas. All our students are expected to have completed at least 15 days of work placement by the time they graduate.

The course features work-based modules where you can expand your professional know-how. We also encourage you to work with charities and other not-for-profit organisations to gain an insight into why media matters so much. In addition, you can contribute to the various print, radio and online news outlets at the University, which is itself a rich source of news and debate around sport.

Outstanding facilities

You'll be based at our main campus at Kedleston Road and at our Markeaton Street site where you'll discover our excellent facilities including three radio studios, a fully equipped television studio, video editing suites, Mac suites and a newsroom featuring the latest software.

You’ll work with industry-standard recording and editing software that is used worldwide. It means you’ll be both confident and competent with up-to-the-minute technology – giving you a real advantage when you're looking for a job.

Variety and versatility

Our emphasis is on fostering creative, versatile journalists with experience in a variety of production techniques. On top of this, you will gain journalistic expertise in your chosen sport, helping you to pursue a career in your specialist area of interest.

Alongside your traditional reporting skills, we want you to develop a passion for ideas and creative communication, to seek people out and find the human stories behind the headlines. You'll also focus on your intellectual and critical development, study research techniques and gain an understanding of audience theory.

Broaden your perspectives

We encourage all students to take part in international study, either through the Erasmus scheme which allows you to spend time at a university almost anywhere in Europe, or through our American exchange programme, in which you will spend a full semester studying at one of our partner universities in the USA:

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Three fully-funded football journalism scholarships

The University of Derby has teamed up with Derby County Ladies (DCL) to offer this amazing scholarship. Three full scholarships are available for women starting the course in 2019.

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What you will study

The key to becoming a great sports journalist is to learn the essential skills required by all journalists. So, at the start of your degree, you’ll gain a thorough grounding in the basics of finding and telling stories for different forms of media. 

There are introductory modules on print, online, video and audio journalism, and you will build your understanding of the law, ethics and governance of journalism. 

As you progress through your course, you will develop more advanced skills and will be given the opportunity to specialise, not only in the sport of your choice but also in different media platforms such as TV, radio, online or print.

You will study modules such as:

  • Introduction to Sports Journalism
  • Event Reporting
  • Photojournalism
  • Sports Reporting
  • Introduction to Audio and Video Journalism
  • Multimedia Practice
  • Advance Feature Writing
  • Video Journalism

Options:

  • Work-based Learning in Journalism
  • Specialist Online Sports Journalism
  • Public Relations and Media Management in Sport
  • Audio Journalism
  • Media Research Project
  • Multimedia Journalism
  • International Study Modules
  • Multimedia Portfolio
  • Online Production Project

Options:

  • Independent Study in Journalism
  • Print Production Project
  • Entrepreneurial Journalism
  • Radio Journalism
  • Television Journalism
  • Public Relations and Social Media in Sport
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There’s still time to visit us before the UCAS deadline. Come to our Open Day on 9 January to find out if studying Specialist Sports Journalism at Derby is right for you. Meet our expert teaching team, 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. As often as possible, you’ll be creating content for print, online, audio and video platforms. You’ll have opportunities to work on real-world projects and complete stories on location as a matter of course. You’ll gather sports news, interview people and write reports and features with accuracy.

You’ll be taught by a team which has vast experience in journalism and you’ll gain fascinating insights into the profession thanks to our programme of guest lectures by sports journalists, broadcasters, historians and commentators. You’ll also go on visits to professional media companies.

Practical experience

Our great contacts with local and national radio and TV, newspapers and online outlets open the doors to a variety of work experience opportunities for you. We work closely with media organisations to enable you to have your work published.

In addition, you can hone your skills by contributing to our student-run media, helping with the radio or TV stations or writing for the Phantom newspaper. We’ll also encourage you to produce content for the online news and sports websites run by the Students’ Union.

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed both for the quality of your journalistic work, and through academic work.

Journalistic assessments will include writing, designing, and the use of images.  You will also create video and audio content, as well as producing online content.

Academic assessment will include essays, case studies, extended reports, presentations, process analyses, reflective diaries, report writing and self-evaluation. 

As we are helping you to become a professional journalist, most of your assessments will involve you producing journalism. In the first year, you will be assessed through essays and in-class tests.

Who you'll meet

The course is taught by highly skilled lecturers who have many years of first-hand experience in staff and freelance journalism in print, photography, documentary, radio, TV and online media. Most of them also have national and international awards.

Entry requirements

September 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionYes - see interview details
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

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Fees and funding

2019/20 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

£1,155 per module

International

£13,250 per year

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

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

Apply by 15 January to start in September

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UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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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.

Programme leader

Keith Perch

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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, state-of-the-art 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.

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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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