Do you have a passion for TV? Are you fizzing with ideas for fresh, exciting content? Do you want to know how to get ideas out of your head and onto the screen? This could be the course for you.

The first of its kind in Scotland, this MSc focusses on development and production of factual content for broadcast television. Developed with industry and taught by experienced practitioners, this course is focused on the practical side of television production - growing ideas, developing proposals and making programmes.

You’ll learn how to generate great ideas and quality factual content, how the modern business of television works and how issues of editorial and ethics affect programme-makers today.

Practice is at the heart of everything we do. Developed to mirror professional practice in the industry, teaching will include masterclasses, workshops and pitching panels with experienced professionals.

The course will cover core areas of factual TV:

  • factual formats
  • specialist factual
  • access-led documentary

Within these modules, you’ll explore ethical issues of representation, consent, trust and editorial control while learning about the business of factual content.

You’ll build up your practical skills with a series of creative challenges:

  • developing ideas in response to an industry brief
  • pitching your ideas
  • receiving regular feedback from staff and visiting experts

You’ll also develop and produce filmed pieces as part of the Access Documentary module.

Alongside practical projects, you’ll develop essential career skills through an industry experience module. You’ll be supported in researching and securing a placement, developing your own network of contacts and making the first steps towards work.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 Our close partnerships with industry offer excellent opportunities for networking and industry experience

#2 98% of our postgraduate leavers are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2015/16)

#3 We’re ranked 1st in Scotland and top 10 in the UK for Media and Film Studies (The Guardian University Guide 2018)

Course details

Our MSc TV Content Development and Production covers:

  • Development
  • Factual Formats
  • Access Documentary
  • Specialist Factual
  • The Business of Television

You’ll gain in-depth knowledge of professional broadcasting, and develop as insightful programme makers through project-based learning and critical analysis of editorial and ethics. You’ll develop a broad range of development and production skills and techniques.

Both the module content and the range of visiting lecturers will reflect current practice. The course explores:

  • commissioning
  • developments in television and online platforms
  • the regulatory, commercial and ethical aspects of production

You’ll have plenty of opportunity to apply your learning through developing both programme ideas and filmed work.


Developed to mirror professional practice in the industry, teaching will include masterclasses, workshops and pitching panels with experienced professionals. You’ll receive one-to-one supervision from our dedicated, enthusiastic and industry-experienced academic staff.


Assessment will include development projects and filmed pieces.

Fees - 2018/2019

  • Overseas students: £15,250
  • Home/EU: £6,300
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Last updated November 14, 2018
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6,300 GBP
Overseas students: £15,250; Home/EU: £6,300
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