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This course stands out from others because it is integrated with our award-winning radio station, Spark FM. There are opportunities for practical experience at every stage. Read more
This course stands out from others because it is integrated with our award-winning radio station, Spark FM. There are opportunities for practical experience at every stage.

Course overview

This Masters develops skills that are relevant not only in radio but also TV, film and multi-platform production. It’s an outstanding way to gain a fast start in any area of production.

The production modules cover areas such as targeting ideas for audiences, budgeting, research, editing, live studio production and post programme evaluation.

‌MA Radio has been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick, the industry kitemark of quality, following a rigorous assessment process by experts working in the Creative Industries. The Creative Skillset Tick is awarded to practice-based courses which best prepare students for a career in the industry.‌

We are accredited to teach the industry-leading SADiE6 editing system. We also teach two systems for music playout: RCS Selector and Master Control.

You will be taught by professionals who currently work in radio, producing their own programmes for BBC so you can be sure that the course is completely up-to-date.

The practical work will be supported by contextual studies. The final stage of the course takes the form of research leading to a dissertation, or a major practical project with a contextual report.

Sunderland’s Media Department has been recognised for producing some world-leading and internationally excellent research. Our research expertise includes broadcast technology, radio formats, programming, participatory radio, voice in radio and cinema, radio drama, and women and radio.

All production material will be broadcast on Spark FM and you can expect to be actively involved in running the 24/7 Community Radio station based in the campus Media Centre. Spark FM has won many awards including four golds at the Student Radio Awards 2012.

For more information on the part time option of this course, please view this web-page: http://www.sunderland.ac.uk/courses/artsdesignandmedia/postgraduate/radio-part-time/

Course content

The content of the course is shaped by your personal interests with guidance and inspiration from Sunderland's supportive tutors.

Radio 1 (60 Credits)
-Radio Studies 1
-Radio Station Management 1
-Production Management and Research

Radio 2 (60 Credits)
-Advanced Radio Production and Broadcasting (40 Credits). This module will include a portfolio of work with a choice from: radio feature, documentary, radio drama, commercials, experimental radio, podcasts and Spark FM production and presentation. Plus either:
-Radio Studies 2 (20 Credits)
-Radio Station Management 2 (20 Credits)

Radio 3 (60 Credits)
-You will complete a supervised dissertation on a topic of your choice. As the culmination of the course, it will build on all the skills and knowledge that you have gained up to this point.

Teaching and assessment

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working.

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars, workshops and practical demonstrations. Your active involvement in our on-campus radio station, Spark FM, is integral to your learning experience. Theory and practice will go hand in hand as you plan, undertake and evaluate projects and programmes. You will have high levels of contact with tutors, who give regular feedback and support, and you will also work in groups to develop skills in communication and teamwork.

Sunderland’s tutors have recent experience of working in public service, commercial and community radio. In addition, the University has long-standing links with radio industry organisations such as the UK Radio Academy, Community Media Association and Northern Arts.

Facilities & location

Sunderland is the only university in the North of England with a full-time community radio licence. Spark FM broadcasts from purpose-built studios at the David Puttnam Media Centre. This is a centre for excellence in training students, with continual investment in industry-standard equipment.

Radio studios
We have six radio studios including the transmission suite for 107 Spark FM. It broadcasts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with a target audience of 15-24-year-olds. There is a radio drama/music recording/general purpose studio and four voice over booths.

Digital editing
There are over 30 workstations capable of using Abode Audition and the state-of-the-art SADiE6 editing systems.

Other media facilities
We have two TV studios complete with green rooms and control rooms. Equipment includes four Steadicam rigs plus dolly, track and mini crane and we also have over 40 full HD tapeless field camera systems.

There is a 203-seat cinema with full HD projection, 7.1 surround sound facility and the capability to play 3D feature films. We have a live Sky feed and off-air recording facility, including DVD and Blu-ray recording, plus extensive footage archive/library.

University Library Services
We’ve got a wide range of books, journals and e-books on relevant topics, with many more available through the inter-library loan service. Useful resources for your studies include archival sound recordings with over 12,000 hours of recordings.

Employment & careers

Postgraduates are highly employable and, on average, earn more than individuals whose highest qualification is an undergraduate degree. On completing this course you will be equipped for roles in the radio industry, and also throughout the broader media industry.

Recent Sunderland graduates have moved into jobs at a variety of radio stations and companies, including BBC Radio 1, 6Music, 5live, BBC Radio Drama, Sun FM, Metro Radio and BBC Newcastle. Sunderland graduates are also employed at radio stations in Europe, USA and Australia.

A Masters degree will also enhance career opportunities within Higher Education and prepare you for further postgraduate studies.

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Radio reaches 95 per cent of the world’s population every day and is alive and as vital as ever. In 2016, the United Nations recognized the role of local radio in communities around the world as a life-saving source of local information during times of crisis. Read more
Radio reaches 95 per cent of the world’s population every day and is alive and as vital as ever. In 2016, the United Nations recognized the role of local radio in communities around the world as a life-saving source of local information during times of crisis.

If you love radio broadcasting, Humber’s Broadcasting – Radio graduate certificate program can help you develop the skills to make engaging and entertaining radio. The only program of its kind in Canada, this program helps you become a successful broadcaster. Imagine combining the experience of your undergraduate discipline and life experience with your new-found radio broadcasting skills! Many of our graduates are now household names in their communities and within the broadcast industry.

You will get a real-world taste of what it takes to make good radio. In-depth courses give you hands-on experience in radio writing, announcing, production, management, sales, programming, promotion, market research, interviewing techniques, news and sports writing, broadcast journalism, radio reporting and performing, newscasting, and hosting live news and music programs. You will produce exciting digital content including video and podcasts in Humber’s radio production studios.

The curriculum is designed in collaboration with leading industry experts, ensuring you’re learning current and relevant material. Course content is always updated to reflect current needs, such as the relationship with social media and other new media. Our faculty is comprised of the top performers in their disciplines, shaping what you hear each day on the radio. They are on-air personalities, creative producers, writers, news and program directors and managers, and they want to share what they know with you. Once you have gained a taste of the different aspects of the industry in the first semester, you will choose one of four pathways in the second semester:
• on-air announcing
• news and public affairs
• client services/creative production
• marketing/sales and management.

Your pathway class meets weekly and requires at least one “station operations” lab in the radio station each week. For the rest of each week, you will study together with all other students in the program. Students entering the on-air announcing and news pathways will need high standing in related first-semester courses and will be required to audition.

Hands-on training is provided at Humber’s student radio station, 96.9 FM, which broadcasts to much of Toronto, Peel and York regions. You will create original content in our digital studios and then experience the thrill of bringing it to air to listeners everywhere via FM stereo radio and live Internet streaming.


Semester 1

• COMM 5002: Writing for Radio 1
• RBC 5000: Basic Announcing
• RBC 5001: Broadcast Equipment
• RBC 5002: News Development
• RBC 5004: On-Air Performance 1
• RBC 5005: Sales Development 1
• RBC 5006: Introduction to Radio and Evolving Media

Semester 2

• RBC 5501: Station Operation (Major)
• RBC 5502: Radio Lab
• RBC 5503: Effective Speaking
• RBC 5504: Career Preparation for Radio
• RBC 5505: Creative Content Development
• RBC 5507: Radio Programming
• WORK 5505: Radio Placement

Work Placement

One of the very exciting aspects of the program is the 160-hour work placement following your second semester. Opportunities are available at radio stations and related media outlets in Toronto and across Canada. We work with you to identify a suitable placement, which is typically unpaid. Many students secure placements in Toronto, southern Ontario and across Canada. Some students find work placements outside Canada. It’s up to you – the skills you learn at Humber will help prepare you for a radio career anywhere in the world.

Your Career

Our graduates perform daily on hundreds of radio stations across Canada. Our alumni are staff at stations operated by Canada’s leading broadcasters such as Newstalk 1010, CHUM FM, SportsNet 590 The FAN, 680News, CBC Radio One and Radio 2, SiriusXM, and other major market stations such as 660News Calgary, CHED Edmonton and CFRA Ottawa. Some graduates prefer the adventure of broadcasting from smaller markets including Bracebridge, Ontario; Lloydminster, Alberta; Merritt, British Columbia; and Yellow knife in the Northwest Territories!

Radio is expanding: The Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has granted more than a dozen new FM radio station licenses since 2014. Satellite, Internet, pay audio channels, audio and advertising production houses and new media, including podcasting, also require creative employees highly skilled in radio and digital media techniques.

How to apply

Click here to apply: http://humber.ca/admissions/how-apply.html


For information on funding, please use the following link: http://humber.ca/admissions/financial-aid.html

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This programme provides an opportunity for postgraduates with some knowledge and experience of radio to explore the medium in depth, both in theory and practice- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-radio/. Read more
This programme provides an opportunity for postgraduates with some knowledge and experience of radio to explore the medium in depth, both in theory and practice- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-radio/

-Facilities available are broadcast-standard with professional standard post-production suites
-Three sound studios are linked into a networked sound/ENPS electronic newsroom with subscriptions to news agencies broadcast services such as Sky, IRN, PA and AFP
-We also have our own student radio station broadcasting online and with an FM restricted service licence
-The course tutor is a practising broadcaster, and an experienced sound engineer runs the studio
-Our students have won industry awards, and our graduates are working at local, regional, national and international level
-The MA has been accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council
-MA Radio students are taught online production skills and fully involved in publishing multimedia journalism and creative features with a sound focus on their dedicated public platform Londonmultimedianews.com


The MA programme in its 20-year history has had the privilege of participating with students from all over the world from Mongolia, Japan and China to Australia, USA, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Egypt and many other countries. Home, EU and international students of all ages and backgrounds work together in a 70% practice to 30% theory practice Masters degree.

Students have an excellent record of employment and career development. MA Radio alumni include international award-winning foreign correspondents, the directors of national broadcasting channels, creative programme makers and broadcast journalists of distinction. But the course is also aimed at providing rich and valuable transferable skills so former students also find they have the springboard and confidence to develop and excel in other professional fields.

Award-winning students and graduates

MA students are consistently winning significant awards for their work. For example in 2012 MA Radio students had considerable success in the Charles Parker student radio feature awards and the Broadcast Journalism Training Council Awards for Best Radio News Feature and Best Online News Website as a result of their work for EastLondonLines.co.uk. Since 2013 MA Radio students have been working on a more specialist externally published broadcast online dimension.

In fact Goldsmiths MA Radio students have a longstanding tradition of success in the Charles Parker awards as you will see in the profile of winners between 2004 and 2012 and the fact that MA Radio students took Gold and Silver in the 2013 awards and their work was broadcast on BBC Radio 4Extra. Our graduates are winning awards for their work too, including Best Radio Feature at the UK Sony Awards

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Tim Crook.

Modules & Structure

You work in practice and theory groups, and take modules that cover:

-radio features and drama
-radio journalism and documentary
-key media law and ethical issues in relation to UK and US media law
-the cultural history of radio (primarily in Britain and the USA)
-adapting prose, film and theatre for radio dramatisation

Throughout the year, the programme includes workshops and seminars by visiting professionals and artists in the radio journalism and radio drama fields. We are happy to support work experience placements in professional newsrooms and radio drama productions. The programme offers students the opportunity to learn Teeline shorthand, television recording techniques and online applications for radio.

We also encourage you to support the Goldsmiths student radio station Wired FM.


Portfolio of recorded work; unseen examination; essay; 30-minute radio drama script.

Skills & Careers

Throughout the MA you'll become familiar with a wide range of production techniques and practices, and an awareness of contemporary news values, media law and the operational practice of news stations.

You'll also develop valuable transferable skills including teamwork and communication skills.


Please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/ for details.

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The MA Radio Documentary is designed to fulfil the need for radio and audio producers who can create high-quality programmes across different platforms in today's fast-paced digital age. Read more
The MA Radio Documentary is designed to fulfil the need for radio and audio producers who can create high-quality programmes across different platforms in today's fast-paced digital age. Offered in partnership with the BBC, you will have the opportunity to work alongside experienced producers in different fields. As well as giving you the chance to put your skills into practice, you'll also gain real-world understanding of the cultural industry and its supply chain.

The course is appropriate for graduates with a passion for radio and an interest in journalism. It offers a unique industry-aligned path of study for those who want to develop a sustainable career in radio or production in the cultural industries sectors. It is also suitable for those already working in the cultural or creative sectors who wish to develop a specialist knowledge and understanding of radio documentary production, and enhance their employability.

Course detail

Based at the arts-focused Bower Ashton Studios, this full-time course will immerse students into radio for the digital age. Through a mix of practical and critical analytical learning, you will develop the skills required to work across many areas of radio, including journalism, content production, podcasting and documentary making.

There is a strong emphasis on developing your technical skills alongside those needed to compete in the business of radio, such as commissioning, pitching and getting documentaries to air. You will also gain experience through placements in some of Bristol's most innovative cultural organisations, and work on your own projects with mentoring from industry.


The course benefits from Bristol's rich activity in the cultural and media industries. In addition to teaching from faculty staff, guest speakers from the BBC and independent media production companies will play a key role in delivering the course.

You will be assigned live briefs to prepare for professional commissions in the public and private sectors. BBC staff will help design the live briefs to prepare you for professional commissions, whether for the BBC or commercial clients. You will be expected to work to real deadlines under real-world conditions, giving you the understanding needed to step into entry level posts in all aspects of radio and audio content production.


This course provides a distinct and bespoke learning experience. Both practical and theoretical teaching is delivered by highly esteemed current and former BBC radio production professionals.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and expert-led technical workshops in audio collection techniques, sound, recording, radio studio work and digital editing using industry-standard software.

There will be field visits to documentary producers and regular guest speakers from the BBC to enhance learning and bring valuable industry insight.


Students will take part in a work shadowing scheme. This will allow you to see the day-to-day workflow of producing radio documentaries.

You will be encouraged to take up placements on multi-platform outlets to gain insights across all relevant digital media.

Indicative partners include Watershed, Arnolfini, Ujima Radio and BBC News.


You will be assessed through a combination of practical work, research portfolios, exams, essays and presentations.

Careers / Further study

We aim to equip you with the skills and understanding suitable for entry level posts in the radio factual broadcast sector including documentary, formats and presenter-led features.

The course partnership with the BBC brings opportunities for engagement, collaboration and ultimately employment. The BBC highly values the talent, fresh ideas and enthusiasm of our students.

Successful graduates go on to secure work in production companies and post-production facilities as broadcast assistants, junior researchers, production assistants and studio managers.

There are also options to teach and to progress to PhD study.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx


- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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This programme will not have a 2016 intake as the content is being extensively improved. A one-year course that will provide engineering and science graduates with a thorough knowledge of modern radio and mobile communication systems. Read more


This programme will not have a 2016 intake as the content is being extensively improved.

A one-year course that will provide engineering and science graduates with a thorough knowledge of modern radio and mobile communication systems.


Mobile radio encompasses a diversity of communications requirements and technical solutions including cellular mobile radio and data systems (eg GSM, GPRS, 3G, 4G, WiMax) and Personal Mobile Radio as well as various indoor radio systems including Bluetooth, WIFI, Wireless Indoor Networks (WINs or LANs). In view of the huge size of the market for these enhanced systems providing flexible personal communications, it is important that industry equips itself to meet this challenge. This MSc course aims to provide industry with graduates who possess a thorough knowledge both of actual modern radio systems and of the fundamental principles and design constraints embodied in those systems.


The course spans 50 weeks of full-time study and is divided into teaching and project modules. The teaching block is based on 6 modular courses, each comprising approximately 40 hours of lectures (or lecture equivalents) with additional directed study and practical work. All of these modules are augmented by specific case studies, applications and tutorials.


Radio Systems Engineering
A radio receiver design is analysed in detail so that design compromises may be understood. Topics include gain, selectivity, noise figure, dynamic range, intermodulation, spurious output, receiver structures, mixers, oscillators, PLL synthesis, filters and future design trends. This course also includes familiarisation with industry - standard design packages. Introduces key concepts in conventional and novel antenna design. It incovers the following topics: basic antenna structures (eg wire, reflector, patch and helical antennas); design considerations for fixed and mobile communication systems; phased array antennas; conformal and volume arrays; array factor and pattern multiplication; mutual coupling; isolated and embedded element patterns; active match; true time delay systems; pattern synthesis techniques; adaptive antennas; adaptive beamforming and nulling.

Mobile Radio Systems and Propagation
The aim of this module is to investigate the nature of radio propagation in mobile radio environments. This will be achieved through the examination of several modern mobile radio systems. The effects of the propagation environment will also be considered.

Spectrum Management and Utilization
The electromagnetic spectrum is a finite resource which has to be properly managed. This module will address issues related to spectrum management. Topics covered will include: spectrum as a resource; space, time and bandwidth; international regulation organisations and control methods; definitions of spectrum utilisation and spectrum utilisation efficiency; spectrum-consuming properties of radio systems; protection ratio; frequency dependent rejection and the F-D curve; spectrum management tools, models and databases; spectrally-efficient techniques; efficient use of the spectrum.

Electromagnetic Compatability (EMC)
This module provides an introduction to EMC. Topics include fundamental EM interactions and how these give rise to potential incompatibilities between systems; current EMC legislation; test environments and test facilities.

Communication Systems and Digital Signal Processing
Students are introduced to a range of concepts underpinning communications system design. DSP topics include the theory and applications of: real-time DSP concepts/devices; specialist filter applications; A/D and D/A interface technology; review of Fourier/digital filter applicable to DSP; modem design: modulation, demodulation, synchronisation, equalisation; signal analysis and synthesis in time and frequency domain; hands-on experience of DSP tools and DSP applications.

Low Power/Low Voltage Design and VHDL
This module introduces the low power and low voltage design requirements brought about by increasingly small scale sizes of circuit integration. The module also introduces students to VHDL, which is widely used in industry today.

Design Exercise (RF Engineering)
This self-contained exercise aims to introduce the student to aspects of RF engineering, system specification, design and implementation. A design, such as a 2GHz receiver, will be taken through to practical implementation.

Radio Frequency and Microwave Measurements
This covers the theory of EM waves, propagation and scattering. It introduces the student to methods and instruments to measure important EM wave properties such as power and reflection coeffcients.

Active RF and Microwave Circuits
This module provides the student with an appreciation of; noise in microwave systems (basic theory, sources of noise, noise power and temperature, noise figure and measurement of noise); detectors and mixers (diodes and rectification, PIN diodes, single ended mixers, balanced mixers, intermodulation products); microwave amplifiers and oscillators (microwave bipolar transistors and FETs, gain and stability, power gain, design of single stage transistor amlifier, conjugate matching, low noise amplifier design and transistor oscillator design).

Following a course on research skills and project planning, each student carries out one major project from Easter to September focusing on a real industrial problem. Some projects are carried out ‘on-site’ with our local and national industrial partners. The basics of project planning and structure are taught and supervision will be given whilst the student is writing a dissertation for submission at the end of the course.

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This is an intensive, hands-on writing course that is ideal if you want to specialise in dramatic scriptwriting for television and radio. Read more
This is an intensive, hands-on writing course that is ideal if you want to specialise in dramatic scriptwriting for television and radio.

The course is aimed at you if you have scriptwriting potential or wish to develop your television and radio writing skills to professional standards. During your time with us, you will enhance your knowledge of storytelling and the demands of television and radio, with the goal of mobilising your creative potential for the 21st-century scriptwriting marketplace.

Key benefits:

• Study at our MediaCityUK campus in industry-leading facilities
• Participate in masterclasses run by industry professionals
• Work on a one-to-one basis with an experienced professional scriptwriter on your final MA project.

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/tv-and-radio-scriptwriting

Suitable for

Students come from a wide range of employment and educational backgrounds but what they all have in common is the potential to be a professional screenwriter. Ideally, you will have a passion for storytelling in all of its forms and a desire to communicate a message creatively to an audience. You will have some awareness of the different TV and radio programme formats and a willingness to share your work and learn from others.

Programme details

This course enables you to develop your professional scriptwriting goals by providing the opportunity for you to learn not just scriptwriting skills but an awareness of the demands of the broadcast industries served by these skills and how to address an audience through genres developed specifically for broadcast media. You will be enabled to work autonomously and in groups to solve problems of storytelling, plot and characterisation and to demonstrate an awareness of the commercial demands of the industries you will serve. The ability to advance your knowledge of scriptwriting and the industries of television and radio are provided on this course and you will also experience the opportunity to develop new skills such as pitching script and story ideas and communicating in more traditional academic formats like essays alongside your existing scriptwriting ability. Issues of employment are addressed in modules where you will develop an appreciation of the existing broadcasting landscape and also through the provision of optional modules in year two which enables you to acquire dedicated training in scriptwriting for genres or working in a collaborative creative environment.


This course is taught on a part-time basis, with teaching delivered on a Thursday evening. The Masters award consists of four core taught modules followed by the MA Project (60 credits). The PgDip requires the completion of four core modules. The PgCert requires completion of the first two core taught modules. All modules are delivered over a 12 week semester.

Module titles

• Storytelling and the Moving Image: The Short Film
• Forms and Genres in Film
• Storytelling and the Moving Image: The Feature Film
• MA Film Project


• Scripts (70%)
• Essays (20%)
• Reflective statements/critical analysis (10%)

Career potential

As well as establishing themselves as successful scriptwriters, our graduates have also entered occupations including producer, storyliner, script editor, and story consultant with employers as diverse as Coronation Street, Hollyoaks, EA games, Hat Trick, Sony and SEGA.

Our graduates have predominately entered the scriptwriting and satellite professions in roles such as producer, script editor, storyliner, and story consultant as well as narrative director and narrative and speech design for video games. All of these professions involve knowledge not just of the detail of scriptwriting but also of industry practices and conventions.Richard Smith's Trauma starring Colin Firth and Mena Suvari was, we believe, the first MA script project to progress to feature film production.

Our graduates have worked on Emmerdale, Coronation Street, Shameless, Hollyoaks, The Street, Heartbeat and Doctors and have written plays for BBC Radio 4.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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Radio is constantly adapting and evolving – it is the soundtrack of 21st-century life. It brings us constant news, information and music on conventional channels and on the latest digital, agile devices. Read more
Radio is constantly adapting and evolving – it is the soundtrack of 21st-century life. It brings us constant news, information and music on conventional channels and on the latest digital, agile devices. Taught at our Warrington Campus, our MA course aims to equip you with academic, editorial and creative skills to engage fully with the first electronic mass medium.

This course aims to help you gain the skills, knowledge and experience required to work in the radio industry.

Our radio station, The Cat Radio, is the heart of the course and is where students learn and develop their radio production skills – often live on air. The station won an I Love Student Radio Award for Best Training Initiative in 2016. The station is broadcast on AM and online and is regulated by Ofcom.

You will be taught by award-winning staff who still work in the industry, so you can be sure their practice is up to date. Guest speakers feature regularly – from the BBC and commercial radio.

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The Broadcast Journalism MA at City is highly rated in the industry as evidenced by the range and number of alumni working in broadcasting, the awards won, and the industry placements offered. Read more
The Broadcast Journalism MA at City is highly rated in the industry as evidenced by the range and number of alumni working in broadcasting, the awards won, and the industry placements offered.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for students with a first degree, looking to become well-rounded broadcast journalists. You will have a keen interest in TV and radio news and current affairs plus sport, lifestyle and national and international politics. Though this course is NOT about presenting on screen or on air, you must be prepared to present your material on camera or mic, and write and direct material for others to perform. The MA in Broadcast Journalism is essentially about visual and audio communication of topical information, and requires a desire to communicate through essential team working. City provides an alumni network second to none in the UK broadcast industry; and provides possibly the best employment opportunities of any postgraduate broadcasting course in the UK.


The MA in Broadcast Journalism produces award winning young journalists and has a superb reputation. You will learn learn comprehensive TV and radio skills. The course benefits from a large cohort of 50 students with great networking and peer support. Teaching groups of 15 ensure daily personal contact with Professor Lis Howell; TV reporter Colette Cooney; Dr Abdullahi Tasiu; and key visiting staff like Talksport’s Sandy Warr and former Reuter’s producer Lloyd Watson.

New from autumn 2016 Broadcast Journalism aims to offer hour long TV news programmes on news-days produced by students gaining practical training. Newswriting, television and radio journalism are taught in groups of fifteen and larger groups through lectures, workshops and broadcast simulation.


Work placements are an integral part of the Broadcast Journalism MA. MA Broadcasters arrange their own placements - with help from academics if necessary. You must have 15 days of work experience whilst on the course. This usual happens during the the Christmas break. The size of the City cohorts past and present means unique networking opportunities with present students and 4,000 alumni. But at the same time every student is given personal help in finding a placement and help ultimately to find a job in broadcasting. Every student counts.

Organisations who have hosted City students in the past include:
-BBC local radio stations across the UK
-Blakeway Productions
-Hardcash Productions
-ITN Sport (Olympics)
-October Films
-OR Media
-Plum Films

Academic facilities

In 2014 we completed a £12m development project for our Journalism facilities. These facilities were developed in consultation with experts from the BBC and ITN and were praised by the BJTC. They include:
-A television studio: enabling simultaneous multi-media simulated broadcast and a major expansion in the number of news and current affairs programmes produced.
-Four radio studios: enabling an increase in output and the potential to explore a permanent radio station.
-Two radio broadcast newsrooms: high-tech facilities that enable you to learn how to produce a radio programme.
-Two digital newsrooms: impressive modern facilities that enable you to learn the skills required to produce newspapers, magazines and websites.
-Two TV editing and production newsrooms: state-of-the-art facilities that enable you to learn about TV production.

Teaching and learning

Some courses are taught in lecture theatres, but most are small-group workshops that allow you to develop your journalistic skills and knowledge with the support of our expert academics.

Activities include lectures, practical work in groups and individually, personal tutorials, and independent learning

This pathway is taught by professors, senior lecturers and lecturers, with industry practitioners as visiting lecturers, and a number of key industry visiting speakers.


All MA Journalism courses at City are practical, hands-on courses designed for aspiring journalists. As a result, much of your coursework will be journalistic assignments that you produce to deadline, as you would in a real news organisation.

Assessments vary from module to module but include coursework, practical work both in groups and individually, a Final Project, a written timed test, and essays.


All of our Broadcast Journalism MA students must undertake core modules in Ethics, Rules and Standards and a Final Project. As a Broadcast Journalism student you will take a module in Newsgathering for TV and Radio; a module in Newsdays and Longer From film-making; and a module in Studio Production. Teaching hours are between Mondays to Fridays during working hours, and occasionally outside those times.

Core modules
Ethics, Rules & Standards (30 credits)
Final Project (30 credits)
Newsgathering for TV and Radio (30 credits)
Newsdays Production (30 credits)
Studio Production for TV or Radio (15 credits)
UK Media Law (15 credits)
Political Headlines (15 credits)

Elective modules
Journalism Innovation (15 credits)
Social & Digital Journalism (15 credits)

Career prospects

96.8% of graduates from this course were in employment six months after completing the course (DLHE survey 2014-15).

Alumni include famous names such as:
-Sophie Raworth (BBC)
-Dermot Murnaghan (Sky News)
-Barbara Serra (Al Jazeera)
-Jo Whiley (BBC Radio).

Recent graduates of the MA Broadcasting include:
-Ramita Navai, Emmy Award-winning documentary maker
-Chris Mason (BBC Political Reporter)
-Isobel Webster (Sky News)
-Darren McGaffrey (Sky News)
-Minnie Stephenson (ITN)
-Cordelia Lynch (Sky News Washington)

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This is a professional training course for working writers. Most scriptwriters work across several media, and the course reflects this. Read more
This is a professional training course for working writers. Most scriptwriters work across several media, and the course reflects this. All our tutors are award winning writers with an insight into what it takes to make it in the industry. We aim to turn out writers who understand the structure and craft of drama, have a finished script they can use as a calling card, know the industry in all its variety, and can pitch and sell their work.

The MA is taught in seventeen weekends of intensive workshops. It is not, however, ‘low residency’. There are as many hours of teaching as on Bath Spa University’s established MA in Creative Writing.

The course is taught at our beautiful Corsham Court campus where we have state of the art performance, capture and editing facilities. Our students also have opportunities to see their work for the stage performed and to shoot excerpts from their screenplays. We work closely with the School of Music and Performing Arts, and their students will have the opportunity to help act in and produce our work.

Although this is an intellectually challenging postgraduate course, there is no ‘academic’ side detached from the working side. Everything theoretical is geared to help the students as writers.

The MA in Scriptwriting also offers each of its students a free copy of Final Draft scriptwriting software, a must for professional Scriptwriters.


The course is full-time from October to September, or part-time over two years, and is taught in modules. The first trimester runs from October to January and there are two modules, each delivered in three intensive weekends.

One is the module on Dramatic Structure. This aims to give you an understanding of the full range of ways that plays and scripts can work. You are introduced to dialogue, character, genre, and the different media. But the emphasis is on how to tell a story - a well made plot. Students will read and view widely, but the academic side is not separate from the working side. This module is to help you write.

The other module in the first trimester is a workshop in Writing Theatre and Radio. This is delivered in three intensive weekends. All of the time is devoted to the students’ own work, and much of the time we work on our feet. At the end of the trimester each student finishes a 45 to 60 minute play or radio script, and a 3,000 word essay that explains the structure of that script.

The second trimester, from February to June, also has two modules. One is Professional Skills, again over three intensive weekends. All our experience is that the ability to write alone is not enough to make your way in the various industries of theatre, television, film and radio. You also need to be able to pitch, and to talk intelligently and flexibly about your own work and others’. One of our tutors facilitates this module, and various industry professionals come in for a day each to inform, rehearse and challenge you.

The other module this trimester is Workshop in Screenwriting, also over three weekends. Here you write a script for film or television. We pay particular attention to genre, to the visual and time requirements of the screen, and to writing for particular markets. At the end of this trimester each student finishes 50 to 60 minutes of TV, or a short film script, or a treatment for a full-length film plus at least 45 minutes of polished script.

The third trimester runs from June to the end of September. Here there is only one double module, the Final Script Workshop. The workshops meet over five intensive Saturdays.

In this module each student writes a full length play, a full length film script, or the equivalent in television or radio. This script can be a development and reworking of earlier pieces, but will often be completely new work. At the end of September students submit this script.

The final assessment is based on four things. The most important is this script. The second is a 1,500 word essay explaining exactly where in the market it is aimed and how it is shaped to fit that niche. The third is a cold pitch for this script. When we speak of the market, we are thinking quite broadly. Some students will want to write for Hollywood, British independent films, soap operas, or theatre. Others will want to write radio plays, documentaries, puppet shows, theatre in education, training videos or school plays. The emphasis is, however, always on getting your work to a stage where it is ready to be produced. The fourth is a practical realisation of a short excerpt of an original work stage, screen or radio play. Students are expected to co ordinate this realisation themselves with advice and support from their tutor and using the University’s resources.


All courses will be taught by intensive workshops. Over the years we have found this is far and away the most productive way of teaching writing. It is particularly suited to scriptwriting, which is very much a social and collective art.

Tutors and visiting professionals:
All of our tutors are writers working in the industry. Among those working on the course will be:

• Ursula Rani Sarma (Course Director) writer for theatre, radio and screen
• Steve May who writes radio and novels
• Lucy Catherine who writes theatre, television and film
• Robin Mukherjee who writes theatre, television and film
• Hattie Naylor who writes film, theatre, radio and opera libretti
• Jonathan Neale who writes theatre, radio and novels

In the second semester we have visits from several professionals in the industry. Each conducts a one-day workshop with students, outlining the industry and giving them rigorous practice in pitching their work. Typically, we will have an agent, a TV producer, a radio producer, a theatre director or literary manager, and a film script editor.

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The development of DAB, internet radio and podcasting is creating exciting opportunities for radio producers, and this course will enable you to take advantage of these new technologies – as well as more traditional media – to communicate with audiences in a creative and exciting way. Read more
The development of DAB, internet radio and podcasting is creating exciting opportunities for radio producers, and this course will enable you to take advantage of these new technologies – as well as more traditional media – to communicate with audiences in a creative and exciting way.

You will engage with the crafting of radio programmes on a variety of media platforms in production genres including Drama and features alongside your theoretical study of Narrative Construction. Professional development is explored and you will have the opportunity to engage with industry, with guest speakers, station and events visits. The course builds towards a final production project in which you will create a complete 30-minute programme to broadcast standard. An alternative research-focused option is available if you feel that is more suited to your strengths.

Production lecturers on the course have experience of working for leading national radio stations and our industry guests cover a range of production genres. You will develop in areas suited to your own strengths under their expert supervision, and can even test your skills in industry during the course, with the opportunity to take up a placement for three to four weeks if you wish.

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The UK has a world leading comedy pedigree, but no industry recognised comedy training course - until now. Read more
The UK has a world leading comedy pedigree, but no industry recognised comedy training course - until now. The new 18 month part-time NFTS Diploma in Writing and Producing Comedy will enable students to develop all forms of scripted and unscripted comedy including, sitcoms, sketch shows, and panel shows for radio and tv. The course is run in partnership with Channel 4.

Quick Facts

- 18 Month Course
- Part-time
- Course starts in January
- Next intake: January 2017
- UK and EEA applicants only

- The world's first Diploma course in Writing and Producing Comedy.
- Delivered in partnership with Channel 4
- Part-time, evening course
- Regular Industry speakers
- Develop and write an original show and make a taster tape.


Visit the website https://nfts.co.uk/our-courses/diploma/writing-and-producing-comedy


This course commences in January each year. Students will be taught by NFTS writing and producing tutors supported by guest sessions from the people responsible for some of the UK’s most iconic UK shows including Peep Show, Father Ted, Have I Got News for You, Spitting Image, Horrible Histories and Green Wing.

The course advisory board includes:

Ash Atalla – The Office, Cuckoo, Trollied
Dawson Bros – The Peter Serafinowicz Show, That Mitchell & Webb Look, Big School
Sam Bain - Peep Show, Fresh Meat, Rev
Richard Boden – Blackadder, 'Allo 'Allo, IT Crowd
Gregor Cameron – Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show, Fighting Talk
Saurabh Kakkar – Head of Development – Comedy – Big Talk
Graham Linehan – Father Ted, IT Crowd, Count Arthur Strong
Arabella McGuigan – Smack the Pony, Brass Eye
Caroline Norris - Horrible Histories, The Armstrong & Miller Show, Dead Ringers
John O’Farrell – Spitting Image, Have I Got News For You, Novelist
Richard Preddy – Green Wing, Campus
Lucy Robinson - Co-Founder Little Comet Film & TV/Head of Comedy Brothers and Sisters
Helen Spencer -Salford Comedy Festival, Salford Sitcom Showcase, Jesting About
Lorna Watson & Ingrid Oliver – Watson & Oliver

The course is part-time (one evening a week and occasional Saturdays) over eighteen months and is delivered in central London. You will be expected to spend at least 8 hours a week working on assignments for the course. You will leave the course with a portfolio of material developed during the course, this could include a ten-minute taster tape of an idea you have developed, or a full script and some sketches and one-liners.

Specifically you will learn about:

- Comedy landscape
- Radio comedy
- Sketches
- Panel shows and formats
- Characterisation
- Story structure
- Narrative TV comedy
- Script editing
- Topical one-liners
- Outlines and treatments
- Pitching
- Commissioning processes
- Working with performers
- Compliance issues
- Working with writers
- Writing briefs

Students graduate able to:

- generate comedy programme ideas
- write or produce a narrative comedy, sketch show or comedy entertainment show
- pitch ideas to commissioning editors
- work with writers and help them develop their ideas

So you think you’re funny? Apply Now!


The NFTS want to encourage applications from the brightest and best talent out there….from all backgrounds. We are actively seeking to redress imbalances within the Industry by encouraging applications from under-represented groups, and have bursaries of £4650 on offer to 2 of the successful candidates. Bursaries will be awarded to stand out talent who can demonstrate that without this funding they would not be able to afford the course, or who can demonstrate they bring a unique and distinct perspective and voice to the course.


The course is made up of a number of modules and workshops, you learn by ‘doing’ as well as understanding theory and developing a variety of practical and creative skills.

Module 1: Writing and producing sketch shows
 A sketch needs a premise, a core funny idea that is its reason to exist. As soon as a sketch begins, the audience looks for this premise and it needs to be apparent. You will learn how this works by writing sketches for different shows and getting feedback on them from established sketch performers and producers. You will have your material read by experienced sketch performers, and the chance to have your material performed for an invited audience.

Module 2: Topical one-liners, formats and panel shows. Topical one-liners for Have I Got News for You, The News Quiz and other topical shows is often the entry point for writers. You will learn by a mixture of practice, theory and feedback, the basics of writing topical jokes. You will learn how to develop your own format or panel show idea.

Module 3: Radio Comedy 
Many comedy writers and producers have worked in both television and radio with many shows starting out on radio and moving to television. It is the entry point for many established comedy writers and producers. You will develop and test your skills by developing material for Radio 4 and pitch ideas to radio comedy producers.

Module 4: Writing/Producing an existing sitcom 
You will learn about writing for a situation and a bunch of characters that already exist, concentrating on pitching appropriate story ideas to the creators of those shows. You will also learn about script editing and how to give notes.

Module 5: Writing a TV narrative comedy 
You will develop an idea for a television narrative comedy (sitcom), pitch it, and write the first draft of a script.

Module 6: Graduation project 
Working on your own, or in a pair, you will develop a sitcom, comedy drama or sketch show for TV or radio. You will write one episode, and either shoot a taster tape or have some scenes performed by professional actors or produce a radio show.


Comedy course participants will have full access to the NFTS’ optional creative stimulus strands, including: Passport to Cinema (weekly screenings of classic and pre-release films in the state-of-the-art campus cinema); and NFTS Masterclasses (major creative figures from film, television and games screening their work and discussing with students in the campus cinema. Recent speakers include Graham King (producer, Hugo, The Departed), Guy Ritchie (Director, Sherlock Holmes), Danny Boyle (Director, Slumdog Millionaire) and Ian Livingstone (former President and CEO, Eidos).


Many of the people on the course advisory board will also teach on the course. In addition the course is supported by Channel 4 commissioners and executives.


- Two TV or radio sketches of no more than 400 words each. One of these should be set on a polar landscape.
- An outline for a comedy series, no more than 600 words
- Two short proposed story outlines for an existing sitcom. Each of the 2 episode outlines should be no more than 200 words. The sitcom we want you to write for is Bluestone 42
Each of your 2 stories should have a beginning, middle and an end. Make sure you do your background research and ensure you understand how Bluestone 42 operates as a sitcom


You can apply directly to us at the NFTS by clicking on the link below:

- APPLY FOR WRITING AND PRODUCING COMEDY COURSE - https://nfts.co.uk/sign-me-up/apply-now/?nid=656

You can apply online, or download a word document of the application form to submit via email
When selecting your course, please ensure that you have read the entry requirements and details of the supporting materials that should accompany your application.


We are happy to receive applications 24/7 and 365 days a year up until the deadline. That said, there is no particular advantage to submitting your application very early. The important thing is that your application shows us your latest work and tell us about your most recent filmmaking experiences.

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This programme will not have a 2016 intake as the content is being extensively improved. Read more


This programme will not have a 2016 intake as the content is being extensively improved.

The MSc in Wireless Systems & Logistics Technology provides industry with graduates who possess a thorough knowledge of actual modern radio systems and of the fundamental principles and design constraints embodied in those systems as well as a solid appreciation of the benefits of such systems to the Logistics Industry. The main course components include radiowave propagation, radio systems design, digital signal processing techniques, the rapidly expanding field of mobile radio systems, item-attendant data and RFID/AIDC systems. In line with the overall philosophy of the new University of Hull Logistics Institute, students of the course will study the foundations of Logistics & Supply Chain Management alongside management-oriented students and will enhance their experience through this perspective. Each of these subject areas is addressed by the current research interests and undergraduate teaching of the Logistics Institute and the related Centre for Communications Systems and Technology. The output from many of the Radio Communications area's projects over the past five years forms an important contribution to the course material, particularly in the areas of radio system design, propagation analysis and monitoring and signal processing.

Aims and Objectives

* Enable participants to become reflective practitioners in the areas of radio communications and applications of item attendant data, with particular applications in Logistics
* Provide a theoretical underpinning of RFID, Short Range Radio and more general radio communications systems
* Develop participants understanding of the requirements for appropriate support technology in business
* Develop research and critical thinking skills.

Distinctive features

* A broadly-based course which addresses up-to-the-minute systems and issues
* Utilises industrial case studies to convert theory into practice
* Utilises industry-standard hardware and software
* Development of project skills through Industrially relevant 5-month project

The course has clear links with the mobile communications and Logistics industries which currently offer very good career prospects having shown an almost explosive increase of activity related to the mobile communications industry both in the UK and elsewhere. In particular there has been a recent upsurge of interest in Logistics Technology and RFID with many major industries establishing initiative in the field. Graduates of the course will be suitable for entry into engineering posts in these industries or in government service related to the fields of radio systems and communications equipment design, Logistics and AIDC equipment manufacture and marketing.

It is intended that candidates will gain both subject-specific skills (from specialist taught courses) as well as more general communications skills gained from interaction with other students, assignments and investigative project work.

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Whether you have already begun your career in journalism, or you are planning to start it, this course will give you the practical and intellectual skills necessary to pursue a career in either broadcast journalism (TV and radio), working as a multimedia online journalist, or print journalist for newspapers and magazines. Read more
Whether you have already begun your career in journalism, or you are planning to start it, this course will give you the practical and intellectual skills necessary to pursue a career in either broadcast journalism (TV and radio), working as a multimedia online journalist, or print journalist for newspapers and magazines.

The course has a strong practical focus, you will be expected to develop story ideas and contacts, and gather your own material for your course work assignments. Your stories could be local, national or international.

The University is proud of its state-of-the- art media resources, newsrooms and studios, and our journalism graduates emerge multi-skilled. Our teaching staff are highly experienced journalism professionals, and our department and its students have won many awards. Graduates go on to good jobs around the world, many at well-known international organisations such as Al Jazeera, BBC, CCTV, CNN, Phoenix TV, Reuters, The Economist, and The Washington Post.

Course content

There’s a strong emphasis on learning through ‘hands-on’ experience, often in small teams, using our broadcast quality facilities, and preparing you for the new world of multi-platform journalism.

The course is taught over two semesters, followed by the largely self-directed Final Project, with the opportunity of work placement. Unlike most journalism MAs you can undertake a practical Final Project: a TV or radio documentary, a print portfolio or an online project. Some students choose to write a 15,000-word dissertation instead.

You will have the chance to air your work on Smoke Radio, (http://www.smokeradio.co.uk) the University’s multi-award-winning internet radio station, or post items onto one of the University’s two news sites ? Westminster News Online (http://www.wnol.info) or our local community website, The HA1 (http://www.theHA1.co.uk).

Associated careers

Although designed to prepare you for a career in journalism, this course could also lead to a career in public relations, communications, or any other profession requiring effective communication and practical skills. In recent years MA students have been able to go as ‘embedded journalists’ on Royal Navy and NATO training exercises, sometimes on board ship, as well as visits on exchange to Moscow State University’s Faculty of Journalism, and to the European Commission and Parliament in Brussels.

Our journalism graduates are now working at Al Jazeera, Associated Press, BBC Arabic and Persian TV, BBC Radio Five Live, BBC Radio Four, BBC Three Counties Radio, BBC World Service, Central China Television, Indian news channels NDTV, UTV and CNN-IBN, LBC Radio, Reuters, Sky News, Sky Sports, The Economist website, The Guardian, The Washington Post, and many other news organisations around the world.

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On this programme you will learn about recent advances in mobile communication systems with full coverage of both radio-frequency (RF) and data communication networks. Read more
On this programme you will learn about recent advances in mobile communication systems with full coverage of both radio-frequency (RF) and data communication networks. The programme content will reflect the current migration to tetherless networks. In addition to studying the latest protocols used by mobile communication systems, you will also learn to apply the principles of RF engineering to the design of such systems.

You will be taught by experienced research and teaching staff with expertise in the specialist fields and you will be learning about the latest theories, techniques and technologies. You will need an understanding of both generic and domain-specific research techniques, and the ability to apply them in your own work. A module in research methods enables you to develop these techniques, moving from generic skills, such as the design and evaluation of experiments, to focus on the specific skills that you will need for your own project. An important outcome of the module is a well-structured report, augmented by the use of appropriate artefacts and media, presenting your proposals for your specialist project.

In the first two semesters of the programme you take modules exploring a variety of current research topics in electronics and related areas. At the end of the programme you complete a project which enables you to demonstrate your understanding of the principles and concepts that you have learned and your ability to apply them to a substantial piece of development or investigative work.

Why choose this course?

-The School has over 25 years' experience of teaching electronic engineering and has established an excellent international reputation in this field
-We offer extensive lab facilities for engineering students, including the latest software packages
-Learn about mobile communication systems, tetherless networks and all the latest protocols


You will typically be employed in the design and implementation of advanced digital systems and networks in the communication and control industries. Within your area of expertise, you will be making independent design decisions on mission-critical systems.

Teaching methods

Our enthusiastic staff is always looking for new ways to enhance your learning experience and over recent years, we have won national awards for our innovative teaching ideas. In addition our staff are active in research and useful elements of it are reflected on the learning experience. Learning tools such as StudyNet, unique to the University of Hertfordshire, are extremely useful for the learning environment of the student.


-Advanced Reconfigurable Systems and Applications
-Broadband Networks and Data Communications
-Digital Mobile Communication Systems
-Information Theory and DSP in Communications
-MSc Project
-Mixed Mode and VLSI Technologies
-Operations Management
-Operations Research
-Wireless, Mobile and Ad-hoc Networking

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RWCMD enjoys a very good reputation within the acting profession. Through collaborations with professional organisations, visiting directors, actors and casting agents, we provide our students with experience of real working conditions and enable them to make vital contacts within the industry. Read more
RWCMD enjoys a very good reputation within the acting profession. Through collaborations with professional organisations, visiting directors, actors and casting agents, we provide our students with experience of real working conditions and enable them to make vital contacts within the industry.


To apply for entry to the MA Acting for Stage, Screen & Radio programme in September 2017, you will need to use the UCAS Conservatoires at http://www.ucas.com/conservatoires

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