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.
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.
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.