Key Programme Information
Programme length *
Subject to staff availability.
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Arts, English and Languages
* 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.
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MA Broadcast Literacy
Speaker - Dr Derek Johnston , Programme Director
This MA/PG Diploma offers an integrated programme of study in the theoretical, applied and creative aspects of contemporary broadcasting. Students will be introduced to theoretical approaches to broadcasting, as well as to basic techniques useful for broadcast practice.
The programme is designed to appeal to graduate students in the Humanities and Social Sciences, particularly those with backgrounds in English, politics, history, journalism, cultural studies and creative writing. Previous academic study of or practical experience in the media is not essential, though it would be beneficial.
Based in the School of English, the MA in Broadcast Literacy offers a combined academic and practical approach to the study of broadcasting, encouraging students to consider both aspects individually and together.
Students are encouraged to develop their own interests throughout the degree, guided by the staff, whose backgrounds cover academia, industry and broadcast journalism.
The degree draws upon our relationship with BBC NI, together with other media organisations and professionals, in order to offer students a better understanding of contemporary broadcasting through an ongoing programme of guest speakers and events.
All students undertake the two core introductory modules which ground the rest of their study in basic skills and concepts relating to both the theory and practice of broadcasting. While their options may then lead them to focus more on either the academic or practical aspects of the course, throughout the degree both aspects are brought together.
This means that the academic theory should inform the reflective aspect of the practical modules, while the experience of creating programming should allow students to better understand the theoretical material, its benefits and its limitations.
In addition to the substantive modules offered by the School of English, students will take part in a programme of research training offered by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. This provides training in core research skills, as well as a range of options for developing additional skills in an interdisciplinary forum.
- Introduction to the Analysis of Broadcasting
- Introduction to the Practice of Broadcasting
- Broadcasting Genre
- From Page to Stage
- Media Discourses of Crime and Deviance
- The Radio Documentary
Plus a dissertation comprising independent research on a topic that develops from the taught modular coursework, and reflecting the background of work conducted across the first two semesters. This may be traditional academic work, a practical project or a combination of the two.
Assessment & Feedback
Written and practical assignments. All practical assignments are accompanied by a reflective essay.
Learning and Teaching
Morning and Afternoon
MA: a good 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.
PGDip: normally a 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.
Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL)
Admission to the programme(s) under Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) is permissible in the following circumstances:
- A lower level of performance in an Honours degree, in combination with suitable experience
- Applications be demonstrating experiential learning in combination with a sub-Honours degree level qualification
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.
Additional Information for International Students
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required.
*Taken within the last 2 years.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme. Please click the links below for more information:
- English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
- Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English
How To Apply
Applicants for Postgraduate programmes are strongly advised to carefully read the important information and follow the steps set out here before submitting their application via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal.
If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.
Dr Derek Johnston
School of English
Tel: 9097 5103
Queen’s University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2017 Entry
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
This programme is designed to offer a range of highly useful skills, experience and understanding regarding broadcasting and contemporary media, which would be useful in a range of careers, including broadcasting, journalism, marketing, press and public relations, advertising and teaching. Some students choose to continue their studies to PhD level on a chosen, specialised topic in Broadcast Literacy.
Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
Fees & Funding
There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.
For tuition fee information see www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/TuitionFees/
From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.
A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.
Funding is available on a competitive basis; for the most recent information please see the Postgraduate Studies section of the School website.
For fees and funding information please see the University's Graduate School website.