Broadcast Journalism

UCAS codes

Course contact

Elizabeth McLaughlin
0800 027 1000 (freephone UK) / +44 141 849 4101

Qualifications and durations

Diploma (full-time) 32 weeks (maximum) MA is completed during summer trimester


Start date(s)

  • September

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.
This MA programme equips students with the necessary skills, knowledge, understanding and other attributes expected of professional broadcast journalists at the start of their careers. It is also designed to encourage students to engage critically with, and make informed judgments on, current professional practices and ethical issues.

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.

Students will apply specialised techniques and also, at masters level, plan and carry out a significant project of original research, culminating in a documentary or broadcast portfolio.

Pg Certificate

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.

Pg Diploma

Journalism and Public Affairs – students engage with the major debates surrounding the reporting of global issues, government and politics.
Collaborative Project - a highly focused and individualized programme of professional development
Creative Skills – includes a work placement


Masters project – complete a sustained piece of professional creative work such as a television or radio documentary and reflective, critical essay.
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.

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.
I can honestly say the root of everything I’ve done in my career, and everywhere I’ve been, is in the UWS Broadcast Journalism course. 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 course immediately puts you
one step ahead when you’re applying for jobs in the competitive world of news.
Andrew Murray, Newcomer of the Year award winner, Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards 2013/Named in the Radio Academy ‘30 under 30 list’ 2013
"It's clear that without the training and experience gained by studying at UWS I wouldn't be where I am in my career. From practice 'news days', to learning media law, all of the knowledge gained during my Postgrad is put to daily use. The teaching provided is second to none, with regular visits from industry professionals. Employers are regularly impressed with the quality of graduates from UWS. One just needs to look around my newsroom to see the large number of people who studied the course; proof that it's a well-respected and clear route into the profession."
Alan Jenkins, Broadcast Journalist, STV:

Useful Information

  • Financial Support

    This course is recognised by SAAS (Student Awards Agency for Scotland) for access to postgraduate loan funding towards postgraduate tuition fees and living costs. Check the SAAS website for details of loan eligibility criteria for UK and EU students.