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MA/PGDip Broadcast Journalism

Course Description

This one-year vocational course equips postgraduate students with the essential skills and knowledge to pursue a career in radio and television journalism in the UK. The Masters degree builds on the strengths of the prestigious postgraduate diploma course and offers students the chance to produce an extended practical broadcast project.

The course is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council. In 2009, we received the Course Award for “General excellence in broadcast journalism training” from the BJTC. The MA/PGDip Broadcast Journalism course at UCLan has been working closely with the radio and television industry since it started in 1981. Professional broadcasters visit Preston regularly, to work with the students – supervising radio and TV news days and giving guest lectures on specialist topics. Our students are also deserved award winners; most recently, Postgraduate Broadcast student Cristina Garlington won Sky News’ Royal Wedding Student Video Competition in May 2011.

We provide training and support in an environment that enables students to reach the high standards of professional competence demanded by the industry. Entry into the profession is competitive and most employers recruit new journalists only if they have completed a recognised postgraduate course.

Post graduate broadcast journalism students begin their course with an eight-week intensive introduction to practical journalism. Students also begin a digital module that will enable them to develop the skills and strategies needed to exploit the changing media landscape and to respond to the challenges presented by the emergence of multiplatform production. In these first weeks, students enjoy a realistic and useful appreciation of collaborative and multi-skilled journalism since all our postgraduate journalism students will study and practice together. During these first eight weeks, the broadcast students will also begin their medium-specific practical training – filming, recording audio, editing, writing and presentation skills.

In week nine, students will move into their broadcast newsroom module which will enable them to further develop and practise their radio and TV skills.

Then, as we move into semester two, with their digital skills in place, they will take part not only in broadcast news days, but also cross platform events with other trainee journalists.

All the students undertake an extensive work placement in the weeks leading up to and including the Easter break.


Practical Journalism (Single Module)
Digital Journalism (Single Module)
Broadcast Newsroom Practice (Double Module)
Law for Journalists (Single Module)
Public Administration (Single Module)
Extended Project (Triple Module)

Most assessed work is in the form of practical assignments. For radio, students submit a portfolio of work, including a news bulletin, interview and news package. For television, students work on a variety of assignments.

For Law and Public Administration students must produce an essay and pass a final examination.

Learning Environment:
Greenbank Building has five sound studios, each with professional mixing desks and computers, a large talks studio, and a television studio, with remote cameras, lighting, Autocue, control room and AVID digital editing suite.

The broadcast newsroom is equipped with telephones, digital editing workstations, ENPS and Burli news management systems, AVID iNews and news feeds from Independent Radio News and the Press Association.

The course enjoys excellent support from the broadcast industry. Students benefit from frequent guest lectures and industry speakers as well as editors and producers from radio and TV who visit regularly to work with the students.

The work placements in the Spring are an essential part of the course and students are expected to spend at least three weeks in a BBC or commercial radio newsroom and one week at a television programme or company.

Visit the MA/PGDip Broadcast Journalism page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You will normally be expected to have a first class or 2:1 degree from a British higher education institution, or an equivalent overseas qualification. The degree may be in any subject, although complementary subjects, such as English, Politics or a foreign language are especially useful. You will also need a very good standard of written English and in normal circumstances, a good speaking voice.

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