The creative industries are among the most important, and successful sectors in the UK economy. Television and radio, whether broadcast or streaming services, are not only economically important, but they are also key areas for providing communication, information and entertainment, for supporting culture and for exporting it. These media connect people locally, nationally and around the world.
This PG Diploma offers a programme of study combining the theoretical, applied and creative aspects of contemporary television and audio production. Students will be introduced to theoretical approaches to broadcasting and streaming, developing their understanding of the social and cultural roles of these media, as well as to a variety of production techniques vital to the production of factual television, audio, VR, AR and interactive media.
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.
Media and Broadcast Production highlights
- The degree draws upon our relationship with a wide range of media organisations and professionals, giving students access to a range of events and opportunities to engage with the lively media production landscape in Northern Ireland and beyond.
- Students are encouraged to develop their own interests throughout the degree, guided by the staff, whose backgrounds are diverse and cover media research, documentary (video and audio) production, interactive media, virtual reality and broadcast journalism
World Class Facilities
- Students will utilise equipment and facilities acquired and designed in collaboration with BBC NI and local industry representatives.
- Based in the School of Arts, English and Languages, the MA in Media and Broadcast Production offers a combined academic and practical approach to the study of broadcasting and creative media production, encouraging students to link theory and practice for a more robust learning experience.
1. Full Time
Semester One: Three compulsory modules
Semester Two: Two compulsory modules and one option
2. Part Time
Year One, Semester One: Two compulsory modules
Year One, Semester Two: One module
Year Two, Semester One: One compulsory module
Year Two, Semester Two: Two modules
Introduction All modules are subject to change and availability. Listings here should be taken as indicative.
Media and Broadcast Analysis
This module introduces students to the academic analysis of broadcasting and media. In doing so, the aim is to provide students with an understanding of a range of different methods for conducting their own research, and for understanding other academics' research. Through considering these ideas and elements, students should develop their understanding of the media and broadcast environment in ways that aid their practical work as well as allowing them to consider how their own work, as well as that of others, can be interpreted by different audiences. Students should provide their own examples of programming and material, but will also be supplied with examples, including archival material, audience research, etc.
The Radio Documentary and Narrative Podcasting
This module develops the skills needed for students to produce a multi-faceted industry-standard radio feature, incorporating interview clips, sound effects, music and a script. The module takes students through the production process from the initial idea, through the gathering of material, to scripting and editing. The module examines the history of the radio documentary and analyses changes in the genre.
This module introduces students to the practices of radio and television broadcast journalism. This includes consideration of the regulatory and ethical framework surrounding broadcast journalism, writing and performing for broadcast, as well as recording and editing sound.
Television Documentary Practice
This practice based module will explore documentary filmmaking in the context of television and broadcast commissioning structures on the island of Ireland and the UK. Students will be encouraged to combine their theory and practice to become informed practitioners, aware of the commissioning structures and current industry practices, yet capable of reflecting critically on their own practice.
This module examines the uses and significance of genre in broadcasting. It covers theories of genre, the relationships between genre in different media (including literature and cinema), and the uses of genre by broadcasters, producers and audiences. Through the module, students will develop their own case studies focussing on a genre of their choice, practicing and enhancing their independent research skills as they build their individual assessed project. They will engage with questions around how genres are formed and used, why people categorise things in genres, how genres interact with policy and taste formations, and how generic descriptions and canons change over time. This will all contribute to a final assessed essay based on the work developed throughout the module.
This module introduces the production of interactive and non-linear forms of new media as emergent alternatives to traditional linear forms of media. New media is explored through both a practical exploration of interactive formats; and by considering critical debates around aesthetics, power, force, significance and form in a series of new media texts, artefacts and systems. The module situates practices in an environment that is ceaselessly evolving and explores new technologies such as virtual reality, immersive media and interactive documentary for web/mobile devices. This module offers a practical introduction to software authoring tools and an exploration of disruptive new technologies as they emerge.
People teaching you
Contact Teaching Hours
Medium Group Teaching
3 (hours maximum)
Most modules consist of ten weeks of seminars or workshops, each session lasting two to three hours per module.
Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial
0 (hours maximum)
Students are encouraged to consult with their module tutors outside of class time, especially in developing their individual interests and projects, including assessed work.
Most teaching will take place Monday to Friday,9am-6pm. Occasional events, usually optional, may take place outside of this. Students will also have to find time for independent study and for undertaking group work, particularly on practical modules.
Employment after the Course
This programme is designed to offer a range of highly useful skills, experience and understanding regarding broadcasting and contemporary media, which are 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 MA and/or PhD level on a chosen specialised topic.
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.
Learning and Teaching
As a combined practical and analytical degree, students will engage with a number of different types of learning and teaching through this programme.
Core to the Masters programme is the development of skills of independent learning, picking up from those acquired at undergraduate level. Students are expected to guide their own studies based on their own interests, in consultation with the academic staff. This includes self-directed research, development of individual research projects and responsibility for reading and acquiring knowledge around the subject, in addition to set research tasks and academic reading.
Learning is supported by a range of online resources and tasks, organised through our Virtual Learning Environment, Canvas. This can include provision of guidance on tasks, supplementary information and reference material, quizzes and self-tests, as well as formative and summative assessments.
Practical work involves engaging with a range of tasks outside of scheduled class time, including setting up and conducting interviews, recording material, planning and developing projects. Much of this work will be conducted in small groups.
Some sessions will be taught as seminars, working in small groups to discuss particular topics.
The practical aspects of the degree are largely taught through workshops, combining hands-on practice with discussion of the underlying concepts and appropriate techniques. These are typically taught in our audio studio, television studio or edit suite.
Assessment associated with this course area outlined below:
Written and practical assignments. All practical assignments are accompanied by a reflective essay.
Students on the PGDip Media and Broadcast Production have access to a range of resources and facilities to support their learning. These include the University’s general resources, including:
the McClay Library for research resources;
the Graduate School, for its opportunities to engage with a range of fellow graduate students, to receive training and support, and to take part in a range of initiatives and opportunities intended to help students make the most of their time at Queen’s.
Specific facilities to support practice work include the Edit Suite, with 24-hour access and use of industry-standard editing software for audio and video. There are also the recently-constructed audio and television studios, utilising high-end industry-standard cameras. Students can also make use of portable resources for location recording, whether one-person reporting kits, or for a multi-person video shoot.
Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in an Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences subject.
Applicants with qualifications below 2.1 Honours degree standard may be considered if they can demonstrate appropriate relevant experience. The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL). Please visit http://go.qub.ac.uk/RPLpolicy for more information.
Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible and ideally no later than 12th August 2022 for courses which commence in late September. In the event that any programme receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close the application portal. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Application Portal against the programme application page.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
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.
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.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
- Academic English: 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.
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Fees and Funding
Northern Ireland (NI) 1 £6,450 Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 £6,450 England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £7,250 EU Other 3 £17,700 International £17,700
1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled or pre-settled status, are expected to be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly Student Fees Regulations. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB are expected to be charged the GB fee, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.
2 It is expected that EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI will be eligible for NI tuition fees, in line with the Common Travel Agreement arrangements. The tuition fee set out above is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.
3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.
All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2021-22, and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.
Fees for 2022-23 will be published in December 2021.
Additional course costs
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.
Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.
Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.
If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.
Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.
There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
Media and Broadcast Production costs
There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.
How do I fund my study?
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 £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
How to Apply
When to Apply
The deadline for applications is normally 30th June 2021. In the event that any programme receives a high volume of applications, the university reserves the right to close the application portal earlier than 30th June deadline. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Entry Portal (DAP) against the programme application page.
Terms and Conditions
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions.
Fees and Funding