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Broadcast Journalism (MA/PgDip)

Course Description

This practical, vocational programme is designed to produce graduates with the skills and knowledge employers would expect of professional journalists starting their careers.

About the programme

The programme has an outstanding employment record. Recent graduates have found work at the BBC and STV; a host of commercial radio stations such as Radio Clyde and Heart; and busy media offices and a range of high-quality journalism employers.

Your learning

Taught primarily in the University’s purpose-built television and radio studios in Ayr, students take six modules (20 credits each at SCQF 11):
• News Journalism – students compile and broadcast radio bulletins. Newswriting, interviewing, editing, and online content are taught. Professional voice coaching is also an important element of the module.

• Journalism Law and Regulation – the main legal and regulatory issues that confront working journalists are taught and analysed.

• Television Journalism – students make television packages, conduct live two-ways, write out of vision scripts, and present live television news bulletins.

• Advanced News Journalism – There is greater emphasis on presentation skills, online and social media content in this module, which requires students to file video, audio and written work for the web.

• Journalism and Public Affairs – students engage with the major debates surrounding the reporting of global issues, government and politics.

Plus one of either:
• Features and Packaging – you will be expected to produce and voice radio and video packages to a professional standard.

• Global Media Contexts – students are introduced to a range of critical and cultural debates and themes including environment, digital media, convergence, the past, and indigenous media.

By successfully completing these six modules you will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits). If you wish, you may continue to MA level (180 credits), which gives you the opportunity to produce a television or radio documentary.

Professional input is vital: lecturers have extensive experience of both BBC and commercial broadcasting. There is a course of guest lectures and talks from working broadcast journalists and editors as well as a series of industry visits.

Practical experience

Work placement is an integral part of the programme. Each student is sent on placement, often to commercial radio stations, which have actively recruited from the programme.

Our Careers Adviser says

We only accept students who we believe have a realistic chance of building a career as a broadcast journalist. This helps to sustain the excellent reputation of the University among employers, leading to the jobs record outlined above.

Professional recognition

The programme is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council.

Financial support

In session 2015/16 the Postgraduate Diploma element of this programme carried SAAS postgraduate loan funding for eligible students. Check http://www.saas.gov.uk for 2016/17 loan info.

Great facilities

Accreditation by Creative Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for Creative Media, has led to the creation of the UWS Creative Media Academy. Operating across our campuses and through the UWS Glasgow Creative Enterprise Cluster, the Academy offers:
• A wide range of practice-led programmes

• First-rate facilities including an £81million investment in our new campus at Ayr

• Teaching in skills which are in demand by the creative industries

Research excellence

Our vibrant research culture spans a wide range of areas, including:
• providing advice on the cultural and educational aspects of the Olympic and Commonwealth Games

• student and industry collaboration on the creation of transmedia projects that offer real research and development potential and generate new online experiences for mobile and tablet users

• practice-led research in popular music, theatre, broadcasting and the visual arts

• new media art, ethics and emerging media technologies

• collaboration with leading arts festivals and venues including CCA Glasgow and Film City Glasgow

• creative writing for fiction, film, theatre and TV, working with leading broadcasters and arts companies

• cultural policy, cultural practice and cultural economy in Scotland and Europe, from small island communities to large urban areas

• participatory arts and media practice, community regeneration and public art

• journalism, politics and media representation

• the future of journalism and social media

• independent film and new media

Visit the Broadcast Journalism (MA/PgDip) page on the University of the West of Scotland website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Andrew Murray

"I can honestly say the root of everything I’ve done in my career is the UWS Broadcast Journalism programme. The lecturers are superb and provide a level of support and education that you won’t get elsewhere. Simply being able to say on your CV that you’ve been on the UWS programme immediately puts you one step ahead when you’re applying for jobs in the competitive world of news."

Andrew Murray
UWS Broadcast Journalism graduate

Newcomer of the Year award winner at the Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards 2013 and named in the Radio Academy ‘30 under 30 list’ 2013


Entry Requirements

University degree in any discipline or an equivalent qualification. Mature applicants with other qualifications and experience within the broadcast industry may be considered at the discretion of the Course Leader. Applicants will also be expected to take a writing and voice test, as well as an interview. Overseas students must also meet UWS English language requirements.

Course Fees

Scottish/EU Students £3,400, Rest of UK Students £3,400, International Students £11,000

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