About This Masters Degree
Broadcast technologies are continually evolving and converging with other information and media distribution formats, including the web, games and virtual environments. The UK has traditionally a recognised high calibre in the TV production and technology industries.
This course aims to capitalise and maintain the UK expertise in this area, along with the requirement to continually evolve the delivery of technology in this rapidly changing area.
The course is designed both to prepare recent graduates for a technical/commercial career and to provide a route to the specialisation needed for a research career. It should also be suitable for past graduates of internet and communications related courses who may have worked for several years and wish to update their knowledge at the forefront of the discipline.
The study programme is designed to enable you to acquire and develop a thorough technical and theoretical understanding focusing on vocational and practical skills directly relevant to industry. Alongside the development of technical and analytical skills, students will also develop team and professional development skills through group work, peer review and reflective evaluation and consideration of legal and ethical issues.
Key FactsDelivered in Conjunction with the BBC, this course includes a one week, practical, hands-on residential at the BBC’s Academy at Wood Norton in Worcestershire.
This course has been developed in consultation with the BBC, Creative SkillSet, the Sector Skills Council for the Media Industry in England and other organisations in the Broadcast Industry.
This course provides the skills and knowledge to enable you to undertake a variety of technical roles in the Broadcast Industry, such as Broadcast Engineer, Broadcast System Engineer, Broadcast Systems Developer, Broadcast Solution Architect, Broadcast Infrastructure Engineer, Broadcast Support Engineer.
Why Choose Us?The one week residential at the BBC Academy includes hand-on practical sessions using BBC facilities, delivered in conjunction with BBC training staff.
Once a month, Creative Networks brings together people involved with screen-based and sound media industries creating networking opportunities with people who work in the Industry.
The School of Digital Media Technology works closely with its sister School of Computing, Telecommunications and Networks (CTN) on this course. CTN is recognised both nationally and internationally for the high quality of our teaching and research and extensive industry partnerships. It is also established as one of the leading academies for Microsoft and Cisco Systems.
Course StructureCourse Structure
The study programme is designed to enable you to acquire and develop a thorough technical and theoretical understanding focusing on vocational and practical skills directly relevant to industry. Alongside the development of technical and analytical skills, you will also develop team and professional development skills through group work, peer review and reflective evaluation and consideration of legal and ethical issues.
The course addresses broadcast technology in four main themes, and is designed to be delivered either as a stand-alone course or as part of a Skillset Build Your Own MSc.
The Web technologies theme covers web-based technologies including essential architectures and security, protocols and standards. The theme then expands the concepts to more advanced architectures and technologies required for industrial web-based media.
The Media Distribution Architectures theme covers network architectures and solutions and their developments in the broadcast media industry.
The Production theme explores the technology behind media production, specifically how production workflow is evolving as media becomes less linear and is delivered to the interactive and multi-device viewing public. A necessary element in this theme is asset management and description. The Production Technology module addresses the studio-level technologies.
The Media Technology and Formats theme addresses signal technologies in their acquisition, presentation, compression and encoding in preparation for storage and transmission.
A Research Methods module prepares students for the final semester Masters Project dissertation, completed in the third semester, as well as industry research activities beyond.
Our ResearchWe are rapidly developing our research base in broadcast technologies and is working with a number of UK and European organisations in a number of initiatives including image and video processing, broadcast distribution, personalised and interactive media.
ModulesTheme 1 - Web Technologies
Web Technologies [10 Credits]: Web Standards and protocols, Web Hosting, Security, privacy, Client / Server side technologies, databases and management, personalisation architectures and management, service oriented architectures, agent systems
Theme 2 - Media Distribution Architectures
Networks Technologies [20 Credits]: web technologies - IP networks, routing, addressing, LANs, WANs, client / server systems, P2P, transmission technologies - optics, radio, cable, and telco networks
Media Solutions and Architectures [20 Credits]: Headend servers, middleware, conditional access, DRM, triple/multiplay services
cable, satellite, digital terrestrial TV, telco IPTV, OTT webTV, mobile, high power transmission valves; content delivery networks, user terminals, interaction and personalisation services
Theme 3 - Production
Production Technologies [10 Credits]: studio production, chroma keying, studio technologies - sound, lighting, camera techniques
real time, mobile (outside) broadcasts, health and safety, power supply and distribution
Workflow Methods [20 Credits]: metadata, ontologies, asset management; file transformation; taxonomy; content management architecture, interactive, personalised TV, social network production, user generated content, multiscreening
Theme 4 - Media Technology and Formats
Media Acquisition and Presentation [10 Credits]: capture - cameras, sensors; monitors and other user interface devices, electronics systems, audio and vision mixers
Compression Encoding [20 Credits]: compression - audio, iImage, video, codecs, containers, modulation, multiplexing, DAB, DVB, DMB object-based media, UHD, 3DTV
Theme 5 - Research Methods
Research Methods [10 Credits]: Practical and critical awareness of research method, writing for publication and for project analysis, preparation for the research and dissertation element of the course.
MSc Digital Broadcast Technology
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We would normally expect you to hold at least a Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline such as Digital Broadcast Technology, Broadcast Engineering, Computer Science, Electronic Engineering or Networking. However, we can also consider your application without standard entry qualifications if you can provide evidence of the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully complete the course.
Sept 2015: Home/EU - £11,500; Overseas - £14,200