Broadcast Journalism

UCAS codes

Course contact

Ewan Crawford
01292 886423

Qualifications and durations

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


Start date(s)

  • September
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.

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

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.