Develop the practical skills and knowledge needed to succeed as a sports journalist or public relations professional. Sports journalism is one of the fastest growing areas in online media, and a major component of print and broadcast media. Print Journalists are also in demand for the publicity departments of major sports clubs and organisations, which are also expanding rapidly. This is leading to an increasing demand for graduates with good journalistic and media skills and a sport-focused portfolio.
On this course, you learn how
You also gain public relations and media liaison techniques, such as how to devise and organise media opportunities and how to write • web pages • press releases • news items • personality features • promotional material.
We teach you the skills and knowledge required by employers. This involves a mix of traditional reporting skills and an understanding of the emerging technologies in the media industries that affect the way journalists record and report the latest stories. You learn about a range of technical and journalistic skills such as
You learn how to manage the print and broadcast media at sports matches and events and how sports publicity and marketing departments are organised and run.
You produce and process sports publicity material for media use and discuss the major issues affecting sports worldwide including • commercialism • globalisation • racism • hooliganism • political regulation and interference • sponsorship • match fixing.
We offer you regular one-to-one feedback, given by practising sports journalists and public relations professionals. We can also offer you opportunities to gain experience and insight through our links to major broadcasting, newspaper and sports organisations, such as professional football clubs.
There may also be opportunities to further your learning through work placements, working with sports publications, the sports departments of newspapers, or in the media departments of sports clubs and organisations.
Read about opportunities and experiences available to our students on our Journalism blog.
Gain the relevant skills and knowledge for a career in
Sports journalism is an extremely competitive field. The industry relies heavily on freelance sports journalists, and the course equips you with the skills necessary to enter the freelance market.
It also provides the publicity skills and understanding of the media which are increasingly sought after by clubs and organisations.
Sport has become complex with an increasing number of sporting disputes requiring legal expertise. The programme is designed to help you understand, analyse, critically evaluate and unlock complex sporting disputes.
It is aimed at law graduates, law practitioners, sports administrators and sports agents. You learn the important elements of assistance, advice and representation in sporting relationships and you gain an expertise in unlocking and resolving sporting disputes, as well as understanding the regulation of sporting activities and relationships.
The programme offers 3 unique pathways of • anti-doping law • football law • international sports marketing and sponsorship. You gain an insight into the practice and procedure of sports law with an emphasis on the practical elements of unlocking complex sporting disputes.
Experts guide you through the practice and procedure of the highest and most important sports law forums, such as the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC), UK Anti-Doping and many others.
Emphasis is given to case studies, with a continuous analysis of the practical aspects of sports law. You analyse important current cases with your tutors and you are offered the opportunity to work with them in real-life sporting scenarios. Examples include anti-doping litigation, football contracts with emphasis on employment and European competition law aspects, injuries on and off the field, intellectual property rights, sponsorship contracts negotiation and alternative dispute resolution.
You explore placement opportunities and you maximise your career development opportunities, through Sheffield Hallam's unique external links with experts and sporting organisations throughout the world. Continuing professional development opportunities are also available for practitioners.
Full-time distance learning (online) - 1 year
Part-time distance learning (online) - 2 years
Starts September (full-time and part-time) and January (part-time only)
Assessed by coursework and/or viva. There is a choice of dissertation by research or a business consultancy project and CPD accreditation.
The programme offers unique employment and placement opportunities, particularly in the fields of anti-doping law and football law. You develop your transferrable and vocational skills and become more marketable in a very niche and competitive discipline of law. With a sports law expertise you may enter a competitive, demanding and exciting market.
You may practice at the highest level of sports law, advising private clients or sports federations, or you may decide to work for or even lead sporting organisations.
You may also enter the sports marketing and sponsorship field or you may decide to practice as a sports agent. The options are endless and the programme offers you the skills to become successful in this field.