The MA Broadcast Journalism programme builds on the strengths and achievements of the postgraduate diploma course, which has been running since 1981. Currently accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC), the course has a reputation for the quality of its students and their success in obtaining employment in the industry.
UCLan is committed to producing broadcast journalists who are realistically skilled and highly employable. The postgraduate Broadcast Journalism is designed to prepare students for working in the broadcast industry, so the emphasis is on learning by doing. You will learn in a newsroom environment, producing interviews, stories and packages for radio and television and online. You will also gain a thorough understanding of media law and public administration.
This course is eligible for a BAFTA Scholarship. Selected students will receive up to £10,000 to cover course fees, an industry mentor and free access to BAFTA events around the UK.
You will normally be expected to have an upper second or first class honours 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. Mature students and candidates with non-standard qualifications may also apply, if they have substantial professional/relevant experience. All applicants are expected to show knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment, which may be demonstrated by a record of relevant work experience.
Candidates are required to submit a formal UCLan application form as well as a supplementary exercise. MA Application pack
Candidates for whom English is not the mother tongue, should be able to demonstrate high standards, at IELTS 7.5 or equivalent, in all four elements of reading, writing, speaking and listening. The focus of the course is the UK broadcast industry, and includes UK law and public administration.
180 credits required for MA
All the students undertake an extensive work placement which will enable them to reinforce and develop their broadcast skills and knowledge.
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 currently 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.
Postgraduate broadcast journalism students begin their course with an 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. Students will also begin their practical skills and medium-specific training – including filming, recording audio, editing, writing and presentation skills.
Then, after the Christmas break, 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.
The date of the next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be confirmed soon, in the meantime please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.
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.
For the Masters award, students will demonstrate their practical skills and critical understanding of the medium by producing an extended broadcast project under the supervision of a module tutor.
The course has a reputation for producing employable and talented broadcast journalists – with graduates working across BBC radio and TV, ITV Granada, Sky News and Sport and of course throughout commercial radio stations across the country. However, the skills and experiences our graduates learn on the course, prepare them to successfully compete for jobs in many disciplines. For example, we have recent graduates who work in the following areas:
Essentially, the skills and competencies which form the basis of the course, are valuable and transferable. That means our graduates are able to take advantage of employment opportunities which are wide-ranging and diverse.
Graduates of this course have gone on to successful careers in local radio and regional TV, network TV and radio, and television research. Tutors work closely with students to help prepare them for employment. This includes advice on writing CVs and preparing for interviews.
Caroline Hawtin is an experienced senior broadcast journalist, having worked in BBC Local Radio and television for twelve years; producing and presenting news and features across the board from magazine programmes to news and current affairs. Caroline also worked in regional BBC TV current affairs, researching and producing documentaries. Since 2007, Caroline has been teaching practical broadcast journalism and theory at all levels from Foundation Entry level to 3rd Year and Postgraduates. Caroline took over responsibility for Course Leadership of the postgraduate programme in 2010.
Direct Line: 01772 895692, e-mail: CHawtin@uclan.ac.uk
Clare Cook graduated from the University of Hull with Special BA (Hons) in European Studies and has since completed her National Certificate Journalism and NCTJ. She became a fellow of the Higher Academic Institute with her PG Certificate in Teaching and Learning. She is an award-winning journalist having worked with Newsquest and was a Press Gazette nominee on an exclusive French murder investigation. She has worked for ten years on various national and regional print newspapers and magazines. She worked as chief celebrity sub editor for new! magazine before moving into academia. Clare is research active within the area of journalism, media theory and practice. She is a member of the Media Innovation Studio and the Journalism research group.
Kevin Duffy was employed as a full-time staff journalist for over 20 years before he began lecturing in the subject. He entered the journalism industry as a freelance reporter/photographer and his career includes four years as a newspaper editor and four years as a TV news reporter.
You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.
For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
Full-time: £6,300 per year (UK/EU)
Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.
The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes from 2016/17 academic year.
The course enjoys superb links with industry – across the region and nationally. Many former postgraduate broadcast journalists who now work in BBC and commercial radio and TV, make regular return visits – to pass on their invaluable knowledge and insights as well as providing one-to-one feedback on radio and television newsdays.
Our MA Broadcast Journalism programme is recognised as providing “general excellence in broadcast journalism training" by its accrediting body – the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).
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 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.
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.
Work experience is a vital part of the programme and is often the starting point for paid employment. We ensure students are fully aware of the opportunities available to them and encourage them to make the most of the unprecedented access to our network of industry contacts. The official 6 week placements will normally take place in early summer – after students have completed their major project. However, we actively encourage all our students to make the most of any opportunities to participate in on-going placements during weekends/holiday periods.
By the end of the course we expect you to have acquired the skills and knowledge required to carry out the work of a professional broadcast journalist and be capable of operating independently in a confident and reflective manner.
To achieve this, the course sets out to: