This practical, vocational
programme is designed to
produce graduates with the skills
and knowledge employers would
expect of professional journalists
starting their careers.
Please note that this course is recognised as by Scottish Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for access to postgraduate tuition fee and cost-of-living loans for UK and EU applicants. See the Useful Information
section for more details.
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 Programme 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.
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.
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
- 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
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
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.
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.
The programme is accredited by the
Broadcast Journalism Training Council.