Full Time: One year Semester One: three full days teaching Semester Two - four full days teaching
At UCLan we’ve been teaching postgraduate journalism for more than 30 years. We are proud of our history - and we are still leading the way with our innovative MA Broadcast Journalism programme. The course has a reputation for the quality of its students and their success in obtaining employment in the industry.
The programme is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council and we’re committed to producing broadcast journalists with the technical and practical journalism skills to work successfully in a modern digitalised newsroom. The emphasis is on ‘learning by doing’. You will learn in a newsroom environment, producing interviews, stories, reports and packages for radio, television and digital platforms. You will experience live location reporting, filming, editing and also learn the latest digital and social media skills from experts based in our Media Innovation Studio. You will also gain a thorough understanding of media law and public administration.
Our enviable list of alumni gives us an unrivalled network of contacts who not only return to the University to give guest lectures and master-classes but also inform and influence our teaching through their professional expertise and advice. Our alumni are generous in providing work placement opportunities to our current students. So, if you are determined to have the best possible start to your professional career, make us your first choice.
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.
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 skills taught are also transferrable to multimedia roles and associated careers. The Masters degree offers students the chance to produce an extended practical broadcast project.
The course is currently accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council. The MA 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. 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.
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The course focuses on broadcast journalism but also adopts a multimedia approach to teaching. You will learn how to tell stories across all platforms and have the opportunity to explore your own interests.
You will be able to do live location reporting, a skill which all journalists need as communications technology continues to evolve.
Your practical work on the Digital Journalism module will link closely to cutting edge projects and research carried out by tutors from our Media Innovation Studio, such as Drone Journalism and interactive journalism.
Students have access to an extensive range of recording equipment and TV and radio studios. Specialist teaching rooms are equipped with MAC editing equipment and broadcast and print news production software. The university also has a studio space for TV production, an excellent library and various open learning zones and cybercafés with internet connected computers.
You will have international opportunities. Past students have gone to Amsterdam, Zambia, China and New York to work on a variety of unique projects, funded by student bursaries.
This course is held in high esteem within the industry, and is currently accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC). We endeavour to keep up-to-date with technological changes in the sector and students work across the different mediums to hone skills in broadcast and digital journalism. 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 master's 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.
“My year at UCLan set me up for the next 20 years, and more, of constant employment in a field I love. It gave me all the tools and confidence I needed to build my career'
ITV Presenter and Chancellor of the University of Central Lancashire
“My year at UCLan provided me with the perfect base for 32 years in journalism so far... It gave me a high quality basic training, which enabled me to walk into a newsroom on work experience (at the Warrington Guardian) and hit the ground running. So much so, that they offered me a job! I also made friends for life, many of whom have reached the top of their own chosen areas of the media”.
Gillian Parkinson, Editor
Lancashire Post/Blackpool Gazette
NW Editorial Director
“I have no doubt, the rigorous and basic training in journalism I received there prepared me for a career which has taken me from papers, (I was offered my first job on a weekly paper after doing the course) into TV as a reporter and producer and finally into my current role as a TV news presenter anchoring a live half hour news programme, which I have now done for over 20 years. Everyone on my course got good jobs and went on to have successful careers in the media - it certainly was the best start to what is one of the most exciting and interesting careers out there!”
Presenter, Calendar ITV Yorkshire
“My broadcast journalism course at UCLan certainly set me up for a career in the industry. It gave me practical tools and knowledge, as well as firing up the enthusiasm and drive you need to take it on.“
BBC Sports Presenter
“Studying journalism at Preston for just one year gave me the foundation to build a 32-year career in the media. The course not only equipped me with the vital tools of the trade but some priceless principles including the ability and confidence to pursue and execute quality writing and the importance of integrity journalism.”
Assistant Editor of Daily Express
Other postgraduates include: Richard Frediani, ITV News Senior Programme Editor and UCLan Honorary Fellow; Tessa Chapman, Chief Correspondent Channel 5 News; Anthony Baxter, reporter and presenter LondonLive and formerly Radio 1 Newsbeat; Kris Jepson, Reporter ITV News and formerly producer Al Jazeera, Alex Wallis, Regional News Editor for Global Radio North West.
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If you're thinking of studying a master's or doctoral degree you could be eligible for a loan from the Government to help you study.
For additional help with financing your studies, UCLan offers a range of Postgraduate scholarships, studentships, bursaries and the Alumni loyalty discount.
The course enjoys superb links with industry – across the region and nationally. Many former postgraduate broadcast journalists now work for BBC and commercial radio and TV, in news, factual and entertainment sectors. Our students also utilise their broadcast skills to work in multimedia roles, such as writing/reporting for news websites, marketing and PR and other related careers where their skills are transferrable and valued. UCLan has developed partnerships with key broadcasters such as ITV, BBC and commercial radio groups to provide students with work placement and freelance opportunities.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts – BAFTA offers scholarships to British citizens in financial need who will be starting an eligible course this year. Applicants for the MA Broadcast Journalism programme will be eligible to apply.
In addition, overseas students from Mainland China or Hong Kong are also eligible for a BAFTA Scholarship to study in the UK.
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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).
The School of Journalism, Media and Performance has a wealth of state-of-the-art technology and multimedia facilities to ensure graduates are up to speed with the latest industry developments. We have invested more than £250,000 in upgrading these facilities.
Students are assessed in a variety of ways, including: production of live news days; the editing and production of digital material for an online website to deadline; production of pre-recorded packages; writing and interviewing assessments; academic essays; individual and group presentations; formal examinations; coursework. Assessment is both formative and summative and is closely aligned to learning outcomes.
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 six week placement period 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:
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.
Final year undergraduate and postgraduate journalism students have the opportunity to get involved in our annual cJAM employability event. cJAM shakes-up the traditional career fair format and gives UCLan students face-to-face time with up to 30 successful industry professionals all of whom have come to the event with the offer of valuable work placement opportunities. The cJAM event format consists of four main components: