Seven reasons you should study journalism at ASAPES
At the Azerbaijan State Academy of Physical Education and Sport, we're taking sport journalism to the next level
Welcome to the Master’s with MEDIA AND MORE. Our MA Sport Journalism programme - the first in the Caucasus region - delivers practical multimedia learning for graduates and communication professionals. Here’s what makes it special ...
It’s professional. Join us to learn modern digital skills from expert tutors with international experience. Leave us with the knowledge and confidence to work in the mainstream media, PR, or as a freelance.
It’s intensive. One academic year of full-time learning, plus one semester to complete a media project or thesis. Everyone does TV, radio, online, social, data journalism, mobile, PR and more.
It’s affordable. Our subsidised programme is amazing value for graduates and professionals who want to take their career to the next level. The cost: 2,500 AZN for Azerbaijani nationals and 2,500 USD per year for international students.
It’s in English … the international language of sport. You’ll need around IELTS Level 5 to join. If you need to improve your English, our custom language courses can help.
It’s international. We work closely with our UK partner Sheffield Hallam University to keep the programme at the top of its game.
It’s MORE THAN MEDIA. Our students take modules in entrepreneurship, freelance skills, PR and more, taking you beyond journalism to become a multi-skilled communication professional.
It’s at ASAPES! Make your mark at the academy that breathes sport, learning alongside tomorrow’s Olympic athletes, coaches, managers and medical experts.
Is MA Sport Journalism the right programme for you? Find out here
When we put 'professional, intensive and affordable' at the heart of our programme, we had YOU in mind
Our MA programme is for graduates, working journalists and communication professionals. We are passionate about collaboration and innovation and believe in diversity, welcoming applications from those with disabilities.
You’ll need to bring an open mind and a strong desire to pursue a career as a journalist, in PR or other branches of the media.
You will be a self-starter, love speaking to people and relish working on your own as well as part of a team.
In addition to formal learning, students are expected to contribute to the programme’s online, TV and radio channels. You will also be supported in undertaking work experience with local media or sporting organisations, requiring the commitment demanded in any professional media environment.
Have a question? Contact Programme Manager Ellada Mustafayeva: email@example.com.
Don’t expect classroom-style learning. You are here to take charge of your future and leave with the confidence to make your mark in the media. Your journey starts the first day you walk through the door.
Your English will need to be IELTS Level 5 as a minimum by September and we have special English tuition to help you get there. See the section on English language for more information.
If you are already working, we know how difficult it is to afford the time and money to take a career break and return to full-time education. That’s why our programme is intensive (one academic year from September to May, followed by a further semester to complete a practical media project or academic thesis, plus professional practice). The cost? 2,500 AZN per year including UK study trip for Azerbaijani nationals. (2,500 USD for international students).
For international students, Baku is an exciting city rich in culture and big in sporting ambition, hosting regular international events at world-class venues, including F1, gymnastics, martial arts and athletics.
Accommodation and living costs are very reasonable and Baku is regarded as a safe city with excellent transport links around the region, making this programme an excellent choice for those in Turkey, Iran, the Middle East and former Soviet neighbours.
Need more information? Contact Programme Manager Ellada Mustafayeva: firstname.lastname@example.org.
MA Sport Journalism curriculum: What will you learn?
We are pioneering a new approach to multimedia journalism education in Azerbaijan. And it's you who reaps the benefits
The Master’s diploma in Sport Journalism comprises three semesters, each of 14 weeks. The first semester lasts from September to December, the second from February to May and third, again, from September to December.
Semesters one and two are the main teaching semesters, with (in general) students attending the Media Center four mornings per week. You can expect reporting and academic assignments in addition to classes.
Semester three is focused on work experience and the choice of pursuing an academic thesis or practical project, such as video documentary or multimedia project. Students are not required to attend a full schedule of teaching sessions during this semester.
Students from Azerbaijan also have the chance to undertake a study trip to UK, in association with our partner Sheffield Hallam University.
Key features of the curriculum:
- In the first two semesters, all modules are compulsory, including online, mobile video, radio, television, data, photojournalism, media law and ethics.
- Underpinning the first two semesters are Professional Newsroom Skills modules, which immerse students in a live newsroom environment, creating multimedia stories for the programme’s online, TV and radio channels.
- Modules in Entrepreneurial Journalism, Marketing and PR help prepare students to work with diverse sporting organisations, as freelance journalists and media project managers.
- Social media isn’t treated as a separate module - it’s embedded across the programme.
- The programme has close links with media organisations and sports federations, helping to connect students with career opportunities and workplace experience. Visiting experts help maintain the programme’s professional edge.
Is your English good enough? Our expert language tuition can help
English is critical to your future career. And our quality teaching packages will help you get there
Our programme is for students who realise that a good command of English is essential for their future careers.
Candidates must possess a standard of English equivalent to IELTS Level 5 or above by the start of programme in September, with a real determination to continue improving.
We know that improving your English may be a challenge. That’s why we offer English language teaching packages for those who need it.
If you are then invited for interview, we may offer you a place on condition that you attend our foundation course and reach the base level by the time the programme commences. The course lasts 12 weeks, up to the start of programme. The course is offered at a competitive rate, and is paid by the student. Students who have already reached the base level may still choose to take the foundation course, by agreement with our programme and English teaching leaders.
At the end of the foundation course, foundation course students take a second assessment. If your language skills are good enough to continue with the programme, but still require improvement, you may be required to attend a further improvement course during the first semester.
IELTS package. Students can choose to pursue IELTS certification as a self-financed option during the programme. IELTS courses are paid for by the student.
As a student of MA Sport Journalism, your studies will be based at our Media Center on the ASAPES campus in Ganjlik, Baku.
Designed as a multimedia, flexible learning space, the centre features fully operational radio studio and main space that doubles as a learning hub and television studio.
Students learn to use professional-quality television cameras and other digital equipment.
Mobile journalism is an important part of our programme, and students have access to iPod Touch-based mobile kits used for on-the-go video and radio reporting.
If you want more from your media Master's, join us
Before applying, please first ensure you have read all parts of the information regarding the programme and asked any questions. We’re here to help.
First, contact us if you are interested to join us in September 2019. We’ll provide information on the programme and guide you through the process from there. Contact Programme Manager Ellada Mustafayeva (email@example.com).
Azerbaijani nationals are required to pass the first-level state Master’s examination, before being considered for interview and test, set by the academy’s journalism team.
International applicants do not have to follow the same process required for Azerbaijani nationals. In addition to an interview process, international students have to submit their graduate diploma for verification (called nostrification) and successfully meet the visa criteria for study in Azerbaijan.
Certificated IELTS Level 5 or above is required for international students, unless your undergraduate diploma was taught in English.
You are making a big commitment by joining our programme and we want to help you make the right decision.
If you would like to visit the ASAPES campus in Ganjlik, Baku, to meet tutors and see at first hand the academy that breathes sport, you are welcome.
Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org