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  • Understand to a sophisticated and comprehensive level the distinct world of multi-media football journalism and its employment opportunities in related industries
  • Develop industry-standard, career-focused practical skills and expertise
  • Work collaboratively with other students and colleagues and demonstrate innovative and self-resourcefulness
  • Create original multi-media football content across a range of platforms and formats, utilising a full range of contemporary technologies
  • Research and reflect on the increasing diversity of the football landscape both in the UK and abroad.
  • Research and interpret the diverse sociological, cultural economic, and political contexts of football in the UK and internationally
  • Identify and understand the nature and implementation and benefits of diversity across the football media landscape
  • Reflect critically on football research and academic enquiry
  • Seek and utilise placements and work experience across a diverse range of industry settings

What makes this course different


Teaching staff

The staff teaching this course have extensive journalistic experience in industry that allows them to guide and support students from a place of knowledge. Supporting the main staff will be experienced guest lecturers and speakers.


Course aims

This is the only MA course in the UK for students to learn about football journalism around the globe and explore how this sport has transcended the pitch and back pages.



No other course provides learning and development at an MA level, focusing specifically on football in its global journalistic, and wider social, political, economic and cultural contexts.


You'll learn how football has established itself as a dominant global phenomenon both on and off the pitch. You'll look at current trends and topics and how football reflects the society we live in. You'll also explore cultural differences and how football journalism is affected across the world.

You'll explore the business and politics that drives so many football news stories, from Super Leagues to the MLS, and importantly you'll learn how to produce multimedia content that tells these stories to a variety of audiences. You'll also have the opportunity to develop other relevant skills including commentary and production.


This course is subject to validation. You can still apply for this course while it is being approved.


  • Core Modules
    Optional Modules

    Broadcast Journalism

    This module will equip students with the essential skills necessary to work as journalists in a television or radio newsroom. Following an introductory stage during which we will cover broadcast regulation, students will look at some of the best practice available in this area, before being familiarised with some of the techniques and technology of broadcast newsrooms. They will then be coached on how to research, write and produce reports for both radio and TV, before producing and delivering their own broadcast content.


    Media and Marketing Communications

    The relationships between media and advertising are changing profoundly as they converge across digital platforms. Once settled relationships are being disrupted as advertising becomes more integrated within media and yet also more decoupled as advertising systems track and address users directly. A multi-layered convergence is underway: a convergence of marketing communications and media across corporate arrangements, production practices and identities, cultural forms, and relationships with users. This module explores the changing relationships between advertising, public relations, media and other environments where promotional communications occur, such as retail, fashion, music, sports and digital outdoor screens.

    The module considers changing relationships between brands and communications across media industries and practices and draw on a range of practitioner, industry, academic, regulatory, civil society and critical perspectives. The module brings together knowledge and capabilities to serve those seeking to work in branded content and digital marketing as well as those interested in investigating promotional screen industries, practices and promotional cultures. The module draws on media industries analysis, social and cultural theory, political economy, business, law and a range of contemporary critical and theoretical approaches to marketing communications. It combines practical training with investigation and study of relationships between public relations, marketing communications and media.


You'll be taught by a range of staff, many of whom run are journalists or have extensive journalism experience, which ensures that the practice-led research which is disseminated in the studio, or actually takes place there, is relevant to industry and practice. It also means that design studios are well placed to take advantage of the myriad of professional networks which staff bring with them. Within each module are a design component and support/contextual component with the intention that knowledge and skills are always introduced and developed in relation to studio projects.

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled lectures, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This will typically involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and Moodle.

Academic support

Our academic support team provides help in a range of areas - including learning and disability support.

Dedicated personal tutor

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your Academic Advisor. This is the member of staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at UEL and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer.


Each year you will spend around 300 hours of timetabled learning and teaching activities. These may be lectures, workshops, seminars and individual and group tutorials. Contact hours may vary depending on each module.

The approximate percentages for this course are:

  • scheduled teaching - 300 hours
  • guided independent study - 900 hours

Your timetable

Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm. For undergraduate students Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Class sizes

In the classroom you will be taught in groups of 18-20 students. However, this can vary by academic year.


Your assessments will take the form of coursework and practical assignments. There are no exams.

Feedback will be offered continuously throughout the course either individually or in groups. We aim to provide feedback on your assessments with 15 days working days of your deadline date.


Docklands Campus

Docklands Campus, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD


The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

What we're researching

Research on this course will look at a variety areas including the diversity, socioeconomic impacts, and political and cultural contexts of football both in the UK and internationally.

Developing this MA course has been an honour, as football has played an integral part in our media and academic careers. We have covered and researched the sport for a combined 30 years across the multi-media football landscape. We are eager to pass that collectve knowledge on to students to enable them to explore how football, both on and off the pitch, has dominated every aspect of our lives, to foster a new generation of football journalists with a global perspective on the sport, and who will shape the evolution of the football media.


With football still one of the most popular sports in the UK and on the planet the desire and need for content has never been more relevant. The Global Football Journalism course will provide graduates with the skills and knowledge of how to produce engaging content about the sport.

The course content will look at football journalism across the globe and provide graduates with skills and awareness. For students already in employment this course will provide three options - an opportunity for a career pivot, to further develop their journalism skills and specialism of football and it's globalisation or act simply as a course to grow and develop your understanding of the football journalism from around the world. Students will learn topics that will enable them to produce insightful content, and demonstrate a significant expertise in the area.

Potential career pathways in journalism include:

  • reporter, either as a freelancer or working within a media outlet
  • researcher, either as a freelancer or working within a media outlet
  • PR and marketing roles for agencies
  • in-house media for clubs and governing bodies