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Course summary

Want to bring your sports knowledge to radio, the internet or television screens? Solent’s sports broadcast journalism master’s degree is an advanced course designed to help bring you closer to a career working in video or audio production in the world of sport. Taught by industry professionals and academics, this is a challenging course where teaching is led by professional standards and industry practices. On this advanced-level course, students learn how to source, gather and deliver professional sports content on numerous different video and audio platforms across a wide variety of sports. The course also encourages students to develop their editorial and technical skills and build relationships with external clients, whilst creating a portfolio of video, audio and academic material to showcase their abilities to potential employers. With an increasing demand from sports audiences for innovative approaches to storytelling and high-quality production, broadcasters must constantly update their practices and utilise social media to research and promote their work. Understanding and adapting to changes within this fast-moving industry is core to the teaching on this master’s degree. Regular ‘news days’, where students will need to respond, gather and produce stories for a same-day news and radio output, are built into the course programme to further increase students’ exposure to a realistic broadcast environment and prepare them for the deadlines and quick-thinking they’ll need to demonstrate to become a sports broadcaster. This course is for: This course is well-suited to those with a sport or journalism background who wish to move into sports broadcasting across traditional and digital platforms. The course content is ideal for students wishing to gain a deep understanding of the technical and practical aspects of broadcasting.

Modules

Year One:

  • Sports Broadcast Production
The module begins with teaching in how to produce TV and radio content, plus law and ethics, broadcast specialisms (commentary, voice training, social content). Weekly industry-style news days then form the rest of the module as you refine and perfect your TV and radio skills through nine-hour days with live output and real deadlines, including reacting to breaking news.
  • History and Context of Sports Broadcasting
This is an academic module looking at the history of sports broadcasting and the global issues surrounding sport, for example: commercialisation, racism, corruption/match-fixing, mega events, sports politics, gender, disability, migration, and how it has become a multi-billion pound business which dictates policy. Year Two:
  • Sports Documentary-making
This module provides an opportunity to move away from live sports output and investigates longer-form features and documentaries for TV or radio. You will be taught new production techniques, plus the processes involved in pitching and getting a documentary commissioned.
  • Professional Practice and Media Law (with a 12-week professional placement)
This module looks at you career goals and identifies skill-sets and development needs. As part of this module you will undertake a three-month work placement in the broadcasting industry which will give you real-world experience and enhance your CV to help you gain employment after completing the course.
  • Final Major Project
You will use the knowledge learned from your theory and practical modules to produce an extended radio or television feature that demonstrates your professional attainment as your major final project.


How to apply

International applicants

Applicants who require a visa to study in the UK should apply for the full-time course option.

Entry requirements

- 2:2 in related degree or international equivalent, or extensive professional practice - Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are: - IELTS minimum 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in reading, listening and speaking. - TOEFL IBT 92 with a minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 20 in reading, listening and speaking - Duolingo English Language Test - 115 overall with minimum of 100 in each component or equivalent. Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5IELTS minimum of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in reading, listening and speaking
TOEFL (iBT)92TOEFL (IBT) minimum of 92 overall with a minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 19 in reading, listening, and speaking. TOEFL is only valid for EU students

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £3950 Year 1
Northern Ireland £3950 Year 1
Scotland £3950 Year 1
Wales £3950 Year 1
Channel Islands £3950 Year 1

Additional fee information

Extra course costs While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact [email protected].

Sponsorship information

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Sports Broadcast Journalism (Part-Time) at Solent University (Southampton) - UCAS