Masters degrees in Radio Production equip postgraduates with the techniques to design and produce content for radio broadcasting purposes, including news stories, live music and other day-to-day events.
Taught MA courses are typical for this subject, though research-based MRes and MPhil courses may be available at some institutions. Entry requirements typically include an appropriate undergraduate degree such as Journalism or Media Studies.
Radio Production is no longer a case of simply producing content for digital audio broadcasting (DAB) purposes. With constant technological innovations and lifestyle changes, other radio formats such as internet radio and podcasting are increasing in popularity.
A Masters in this field will explore both these factors, providing training in practical instrumental techniques for radio production, as well as a scrutiny of radio’s cultural significance, impact and adaptability.
Pre- and post-production techniques such as script-writing and narrative construction, audio recording, sound design and music will be scrutinised across genres such as news and drama. Other formats, such as features and advertising, are also considered.
Careers in radio may include radio show hosting, news reporting, broadcasting assistance and producing. Other roles may include commercial production, news editing and broadcast journalism.
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.
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.
Creating and shaping content for defined audiences and channels is central to the course and will develop your understanding of the radio industry. The Radio Live module introduces students to outside broadcasts and live recording and broadcasting, and new media and social media are integral to our work.
The course is located at Warrington Campus, which lies between Manchester and Liverpool and is close to MediaCityUK.
You will learn via a mix of lectures, tutorials, workshops and industry guest lectures, and will have 24-hour access to professional resources, including editing suites and radio studios.
Dependent on the time of year and modules studied, the contact hours for a full-time student will be up to nine hours per week. The expected individual learning activity for a full-time student will be approximately 32 hours per week.
Assessment is through group and individual practical work and written coursework. The Radio Project will enable you to pursue your particular interests through either a dissertation or research by practice.
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The radio and audio industry is changing; podcasting has led to an appetite for audio content across the globe, like never before. Telling stories in sound is an integral component of this course and you’ll engage with the crafting of radio programmes and podcasts in various production genres including drama, music radio, documentaries and features, while learning how this practice is contextualised both historically and theoretically.
You’ll be taught through a mixture of workshops, tutorials, lectures and seminars with full access to a range of studios, recording and editing equipment. You will also have the opportunity to broadcast on the MA managed radio station BIRSt.co.uk. Throughout the course you will engage with industry through guest speakers, station and events visits. You will develop in areas suited to your own strengths under the expert supervision of your tutors, and can even test your skills in industry, with the opportunity to take up a placement for three to four weeks if you wish. The course builds towards a final production project in which you will create a complete 30-minute programme to broadcast standard or a research-focused option is also available.
Radio Production is part of a larger framework of Media Production courses collaborating to explore cross-media storytelling in production. Graduating students from the course have gone on to enjoy successful careers in the radio and audio industry and within academia - some are leaders in their field.
The course creatively combines academic rigour with current industry know-how.