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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 8.5k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 9.5k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English


    This course is one of our specialist journalism courses that lead to both an honours degree and a NCTJ Diploma in Journalism. This combination of qualifications will significantly boost your employability as a journalist.

    You will develop the core skills of sports journalism including writing previews, features, sports news stories and match reports. You can increase your practical experience by taking on reporting, editing and/or managerial roles on SportsByte – our student-run website covering sport across Sunderland.

    In the final year, you will produce your own sports magazine, newspaper or series of in-depth articles, plus go on an industry placement.

    All our teaching staff have worked as senior journalists. Teaching is enhanced by our department’s cutting-edge research, of which a high percentage has been ranked world leading or internationally excellent by the Research Assessment Exercise.

    Facilities at our Media Centre are excellent and 95% of our journalism students have been able to access specialised equipment when they needed to, according to the National Student Survey.

    Right from the start, you’ll notice Sunderland’s supportive atmosphere. We make sure that it’s easy to receive advice from tutors and there are daily ‘drop in’ sessions staffed by a rota of professional journalists.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline 15th January/October Tuition fee
    • GBP 8500 Year (EEA)
    • GBP 9500 Year (International)
    Start date September 2015 15th Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

    Course Content

    Modules on this course include:

    Year 1 (national level 4)

    • Sports Journalism: Issues & Practice (20 Credits)
    • Introduction to News, Magazine & Sports Journalism A (20 Credits)
    • Writing & Research for Journalism & PR (20 Credits)
    • Online Video Journalism (20 Credits)
    • Critical Issues in Journalism & PR (20 Credits)

    Year 2 (national level 5)

    • Sports Journalism 1 (20 Credits)
    • News and Online Writing (20 Credits)
    • News Journalism (20 Credits) OR Magazine Journalism (20 Credits)
    • Media Law (20) Credits) OR Essential Media Law (10 Credits)
    • Reporting Public Affairs (20 Credits) OR Essential Public Affairs (10 Credits)
    • Journalism & PR Studies (20 Credits)

    Final Year (national level 6)

    • Sports Writing 2 (20 Credits)
    • Media Ethics (20 Credits)
    • News Practice OR Magazine Practice (each includes sports journalism placement) (20 Credits)
    • Sports Journalism Practical Project (40 Credits)

    A further 20 Credits is required each year, to be made up from optional modules such as:

    • Broadcast Sports Journalism
    • Business of Sport
    • Media Photography
    • Arts and Entertainment Journalism
    • Social Media Practice
    • Media and Cultural Studies
    • Media Production - Radio, TV and Video
    • Film Studies
    • Foreign Languages

    You will have the chance to learn shorthand with three hours a week of free tuition on top of your normal classes. We expect students to reach speeds of at least 100 words per minute.
    Part-time study

    If you study this course on a part-time basis you will typically complete 40-80 credits in a year, rather than the 120 credits of full-time students. All modules are taught during the day time and you will be studying alongside full-time students.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6 CAE score : 60(Grade C)

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


    Our typical offer will be in the region of 260 points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (for example 1 x AVCE double award).

    We accept a maximum of 20 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications.

    We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number.

    Other acceptable qualifications:

    BTEC National: 260 points from a BTEC Certificate or Diploma.

    Access Courses: We would require successful completion of an Access to Higher Education course that is accredited by the Quality Assurance Agency. We would also require a minimum of grade C in GCSE in Mathematics and English Language or the equivalent as part of your course.

    Scottish Highers: Our typical offer is for 260 points.

    Irish Leaving Certificate: Our typical offer is for 260 points.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Sunderland.


    Scholarships on offer include cash bursaries, reduced tuition fees, free accommodation and free public transport.

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