The course places a great deal of emphasis on professional practice in contemporary radio production. Students will become proficient in industry standard digital equipment while gaining a deeper understanding of current techniques and strategies relating to prerecorded radio packages and live speech/music based radio broadcasting. As well as enriching their practical skills, students are expected to engage in debates and evaluate existing research on the subject, as well as critically appraise professional practice and their own scholarly work. It encourages them to commit to their own continuing professional development.
Candidates should have a 2:1 Bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant subject area and should be able to demonstrate evidence of work in, or a familiarity with, the international media. We welcome non-traditional applications, particularly from applicants with substantial professional or production experience. Prior experiential learning is an acceptable route to the course.
Our close links with business and the professions mean that our courses are always relevant, up-to-date and meet the exact needs of the current marketplace. Wherever possible, we involve employers in planning the curriculum, while many of our lecturers come from and maintain their links with industry, ensuring they are up to speed with the latest developments. Employability will be an integral outcome of your studies.
Placements: Placements within local community radio as well as commercial stations are provided, subject to availability of positions.
Further Studies: For anyone interested in taking their research interests forward into an MPhil or PhD speak to the course director about your particular area of expertise
Topics covered in this Master’s degree are: Professional skills base as it relates to both freelance and corporate environments, Pitching and commissioning process of original radio concepts, Production skills and multi-track digital editing, Microphone techniques, Portable recording skills, Web-based skills, In-depth audience research, Feature/programme planning and construction, Talent casting and direction, Project management, Team working skills, Compliance and legal considerations.
At the end of the course, you will be able to map the core knowledge of the key theoretical approaches to understanding the professional practices in radio production, existing intellectual challenges faced by the industry, and scholarly and professional techniques. You will be able to work independently and in teams to produce radio programmes for global media organisations, having developed innovative research strategies to deal with complex issues in original cases.
Each taught module consists of 10 class sessions, in which students will be introduced to topics through lectures, seminar discussions and workshop activities. Each week, students are set independent study tasks, often based upon production activities, and there are two further weeks of directed study. There will often be guest lectures from leading practitioners in the field and we place a strong emphasis on lecturer and peer review of student presentations and work-in-progress. These sessions are supported by structured material available on the university’s Moodle online system. Many modules make significant use of new social media, and students will be asked frequently to contribute to forums, write blogs, or produce podcasts to chart personal and professional development and to engage with the work of others. As the taught module progresses, each student will participate in three tutorials to support professional development and plan learning. Two weeks of each semester are set aside for key extension work, which can include a work-based placement.
Modules: Radio Production (30 credits) , Social Enterprise Radio (30 credits), Production Lab or Research Methods (30 credits), MA by Practice or MA by Dissertation (60 credits)
You will make radio programmes, online audio products, and develop imaginative social enterprise models for radio or audio production. You will produce a major radio project or dissertation.
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