BA | Undergraduate

Broadcast Production

Entry year
Entry requirements
3 years (Full Time)
UCAS code
  • Overview

    Broadcast Production is an intensely practical, industry aware degree, designed in collaboration with BBC Northern Ireland and other local broadcasters. This pathway is for those interested in careers in programme-making for television, radio, journalism, and other new and emerging digital media platforms. This degree aims to introduce you to the widest possible experience of modern broadcasting combined with critical thinking and excellent online skills. Whether it is for online or live, in front or behind the camera or microphone, you will gain substantial practical skills supported by the kind of theoretical and critical skills employers tell us they want in new entrants to the creative industries.

    Broadcast Production Degree highlights

    Broadcast Production is one of the most practical and vocationally biased television and radio content creation degrees offered at any Russell Group University in the UK.

    Global Opportunities

    • You will have the opportunity to apply for study abroad for a semester through student exchange on this degree in Europe or North America.

    Industry Links

    • It is an exciting time to get involved in broadcasting. Northern Ireland now has one of the fastest growing creative sectors in the UK economy. Broadcast programme making for entertainment, news, documentary, current affairs and online is a huge part of the industry here. Work placement therefore will be a significant aspect of the course, connecting to many of the local production companies. An industry advisory panel has been set up to offer advice on developments in the industry, keeping content and teaching practice relevant to the needs of employers in this area.
    • Queen’s has recently signed a collaborative agreement with BBC Northern Ireland, to promote opportunities for placements for our students and research/training between both organisations. An internationally known visiting Broadcast Industry Fellow will be resident twice each academic year to deliver a series of workshops and masterclasses to students on this pathway.

    Career Development

    • A degree in Broadcast Production will give students a distinct advantage as they enter the work place. This highly practical course will allow you to build up a portfolio of outputs for you to share with potential employers. An online channel will be created to showcase the best work from the department also. The new skillsets developed such as building digital content for online distribution and social media are highly sought after by employers and provide an excellent background for work in the creative industries and broadcasting.

    World Class Facilities

    • Access to a television studio with broadcast quality LED lighting and green screen facilities; off-line and on-line editing suites, utilising industry software such as Avid Media Composer, DaVinci Resolve and Avid Pro Tools; access to the Sonic Arts Research Centre for audio training and industry standard audio recording and post production equipment; full high-definition cameras are available as are substantial lighting and sound kits for location work.

    Student Experience

    • We are an Avid Authorised Learning Partner for Pro Tools and Media Composer, offering certified industry-approved training integrated into the degree – a highly sought-after qualification internationally. Broadcast Production benefits from close relationships with the BBC NI, UTV, Northern Ireland Screen and the Belfast Media Festival with industry professionals connecting to teaching right across the programme from many of the production companies across Northern Ireland.

    EU Referendum

    Information on the implications of Brexit for prospective students.

  • Course content

    Course Structure

    Year 1 ModulesSix core modules:
    • Broadcast analysis I*
    • Broadcast production skills I*
    • Sound recording principles*
    • Broadcast analysis II*
    • Broadcast production skills II*
    • Editing for Film and TV*

    *Compulsory modules
    Year 2 ModulesThree optional modules from:
    • Broadcast Journalism
    • The Radio Programme*
    • Sound design for Screen
    • Interactive & Immersive Media*
    • Broadcast Popular Genres
    • The Television Programme*
    • Screen Industries in Europe
    • Creative Writing for Radio

    *Compulsory modules
    Year 3 ModulesCompulsory modules:
    - Broadcast Media Project I (Practical)*
    - (Practical)**

    Optional modules:
    - Work Placement
    - Professional practice (Practical)
    - Gender and broadcasting
    - Language in the media
    - Broadcasting in post-conflict society
    - Dissertation (theory)
    - Broadcasting & Identity

    **Double weighted

    People teaching you

    Dr Declan Keeney
    Lecturer (Education)

    Arts, English and Languages

    Contact Teaching Times

    Large Group Teaching6 (hours maximum)
    6 hours of lectures
    Medium Group Teaching6 (hours maximum)
    6 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week
    Personal Study24 (hours maximum)
    22–24 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities, etc.
    Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial2 (hours maximum)
    2 hours of tutorials (or later, project supervision) each week.

    Learning and Teaching

    On the BA Broadcast Production programme we provide a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners.

    • E-learning technologies
      Information associated with lectures and assignments is often communicated via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Queen’s Online. A range of e-learning experiences are also embedded in the degree through, and could include, for example: interactive group workshops in a flexible learning space; podcasts and interactive web-based learning activities; opportunities to use IT programmes associated with design in practical workshops and project-based work etc.
    • Lectures
      Introduce basic information about new topics as a starting point for further self-directed private study/reading. Lectures also provide opportunities to ask questions, gain some feedback and advice on assessments (normally delivered in large groups to year group peers).
    • Practicals and workshops
      Where you will have opportunities to develop technical skills and apply theoretical principles to practical broadcast industry contexts.
    • Self-directed study
      This is a vital part of life as a Queen’s student when important private reading, engagement with e-learning resources, reflection on feedback to date and assignment research and preparation work is carried out.
    • Seminars and tutorials
      Significant amounts of teaching are carried out in small groups (typically 10-15 students). These provide the opportunity for students to engage with academic staff who have specialist knowledge of the topic, to ask questions of them and to assess their own progress and understanding with the support of peers. You should also expect to make presentations and other contributions to these groups.
    • Supervised projects
      In final year, all students take a double module which provides the opportunity to specialise in a chosen area such as radio or documentary production and work collaboratively on a broadcast media project, to be screened publicly at the end of the semester and online. You will receive support from a supervisor who will guide you and provide feedback.


    The teaching will be carried out by academics and practising filmmakers, journalists, theorists, and industry mentors. This degree will prepare students for either successful careers in the television and broadcasting industries, or to continue their study at MA and PhD level, all in the context of a Russell Group University. Innovative:

    • A dedicated online channel for assessed work will be a crucial aspect of the accessed work carried out by students. It offers students the chance to develop a significant portfolio of work – this online channel will feature the best of student’s assessed work on a publically facing website. Giving students the opportunity to both build an extensive portfolio of published work but also a platform to share this work with potential employers.
    • Extensive portfolio of work created during degree.


    As students’ progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work.

    • Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:
      • Feedback provided via formal written comments and marks relating to work that you, as an individual or as part of a group, have submitted.
      • Face to face comment. This may include occasions when you make use of the lecturers’ advertised “guidance and feedback hours” to help you to address a specific query.
      • Placement employer comments or references.
      • Online or emailed comment.
      • General comments or question and answer opportunities at the end of a lecture, seminar or tutorial.
      • Pre-submission advice regarding the standards you should aim for and common pitfalls to avoid. In some instances, this may be provided in the form of model answers or exemplars which you can review in your own time.
      • Feedback and outcomes from practical classes.
      • Comment and guidance provided by staff from specialist support services such as, Careers, Employability and Skills or the Learning Development Service.

      Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work.


    World class facilities are available to students studying Broadcast Production at QUB. The school is an Avid Authorised Learning Partner and as such offers industry standard teaching built in to specialist modules across the programme. Students can therefore qualify as an Avid Certified Professional in Media Composer for editing film and television images and/or ProTools for postproduction sound. These qualifications are highly sought after and run alongside the delivery of the degree. A film studio with industry standard LED lighting is available, online and offline editing suites, radio studios, sound post production and mixing facilities and of course green scene are all available. These resources are located on campus around University Square and in the world renowned Sonic Arts Research Centre.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

    A level requirements
    Irish leaving certificate requirements
    Access/Foundation Course
    Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 70%.
    International Baccalaureate Diploma
    33 points overall, including 6,5,5 at Higher Level
    BTEC Level 3 Extended/National Extended Diploma
    QCF Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits), with 120 credits at Distinction grade and 60 credits at Merit grade

    RQF Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma (1080 Guided Learning Hours (GLH)), with at least 660 GLH at Distinction grade (minimum 240 GLH to be externally assessed) and 420 GLH at Merit grade
    A minimum of a 2:2 Honours Degree
    All applicants
    There are no specific subject requirements to study Broadcast Production.

    Selection Criteria

    In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance below on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.

    Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by individual University Schools. Once your on-line form has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.

    Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.

    Applicants for this BA programme offering A-level/BTEC Level 3 qualifications must have, or be able to achieve, a minimum of five GCSE passes at grade C or better (to include English Language). Performance in any AS or A-level examinations already completed will also be taken into account and the Selector checks that any specific entry requirements in terms of GCSE and/or A-level subjects can be fulfilled.

    Offers are normally made on the basis of three A-levels. Two subjects at A-level plus two at AS would also be considered. The offer for repeat candidates is set in terms of three A-levels and may be one grade higher than for first time applicants. Grades may be held from the previous year.

    Applicants offering two A-levels and one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent qualification), or one A-level and a BTEC Diploma/National Diploma (or equivalent qualification) will also be considered. Offers will be made in terms of performance in individual BTEC units rather than the overall BTEC grade(s) awarded. Please note that a maximum of one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent) will be counted as part of an applicant’s portfolio of qualifications. The normal GCSE profile will be expected.

    Applicants offering other qualifications, such as Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, will also be considered.

    For applicants offering a HNC, the current requirements are successful completion of the HNC with 2 Distinctions and remainder Merits. For those offering a Higher National Diploma, some flexibility may be allowed in terms of GCSE profile but, to be eligible for an offer, the grades obtained in the first year of the HND must allow the overall offer to be achievable. The current entrance requirements are successful completion of the HND with 2 Distinctions, 10 Merits and 4 Passes overall. Any consideration would be for Stage 1 entry only.

    The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted but, in the case of BA degrees, these are not the final deciding factors in whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.

    A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking would not normally be considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking four A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.

    If you are made an offer then you may be invited to a Faculty/School Visit Day, which is usually held in the second semester. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University and to find out more about the degree programme of your choice and the facilities on offer. It also gives you a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen's.

    If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the University Admissions Service (, giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.

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    International Students

    For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

    English Language Requirements

    An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at:

    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.

    International Students - Foundation and International Year One Programmes

    INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.

    These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.

    INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

  • Careers

    Career Prospects

    A degree in Broadcast Production will give students a distinct advantage as they enter the work place. This highly practical course will allow you to build up a portfolio of outputs for you to share with potential employers. An online channel will be created to showcase the best work from the department also. The new skillsets developed such as building digital content for online distribution and social media are highly sought after by employers and provide an excellent background for work in the creative industries and broadcasting. Graduates in related areas of the School have gone into a diverse range of careers.

    Employment after the Course
    This new course is designed for those interested in factual programme making for television, radio, journalism and online media content creation. Many of the skills acquired are transferable across different disciplines but primarily this highly practical course will most appeal to those seeking employment in the creative industries.

    Employment Links
    The course has already built strong links with local broadcasters, such as BBC Northern Ireland and other relevant organisations, like Northern Ireland Screen. Many of these organisations are members of the industry advisory panel for the degree.

    Alumni Success
    Graduate Careers in related areas of the school: Film Studies and Production
    Our graduates have gone into a diverse range of careers, including the following:
    Claire Campbell (Researcher, BBC NI)
    Daniel McCabe (Production Trainee, BBC)
    Niall McEvoy, (on set VFX supervisor, HBO, Game of Thrones)
    Grace Sweeney (Camera Department, HBO, Game of Thrones)
    Michele Devlin, (Director of The Belfast Film Festival)

    What employers say

    "When people come to a newsroom now, they are expected to master a whole load of disciplines. We multi skill, we get people to do a bit of everything, that really works for us as a model and means that people are really empowered to take ownership of their videos, this course will be fantastic at encouraging this.”

    Jon Laurence, Digital News Editor at Channel 4 News

    Additional Awards Gained

    The internationally acknowledged ‘Avid Certified Professional’ qualification in Media Composer and/or ProTools is available to students on this pathway.

    Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

    Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills

    In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

  • Fees and Funding

    Tuition Fees

    Northern Ireland (NI) £4,275
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £9,250
    Other (non-UK) EU £4,275
    International £16,400

    Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.

    Additional course costs

    All Students

    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. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.  

    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 final year 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.

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    Broadcast Production costs

    An Avid Authorised Training Manual for Media Composer is required at level 1 at a cost of approximately £45. Broadcast Production will provide all of the film, sound, media equipment and editing suites needed. Students are not expected to purchase their own camera, microphones, laptop or editing software. Students are required to purchase a USB 3 hard drive at a cost of approximately £90 for personal use.

    How do I fund my study?

    There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.

    Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at


    Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.

    International Scholarships

    Information on scholarships for international students, is available at



  • Apply

    How and when to Apply

    How to Apply
    Application for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).  Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at:

    When to Apply
    UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2019 from 1 September 2018.

    Advisory closing date: 15 January 2019 (18:00).

    Late applications are, in practice, accepted by UCAS throughout the remainder of the application cycle, but you should understand that they are considered by institutions at their discretion, and there can be no guarantee that they will be given the same full level of consideration as applications received by the advisory closing date.

    Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.

    The Institution code for Queen's is QBELF and the institution code is Q75.

    Further information on applying to study at Queen's is available at:

    Apply via UCAS

    After an offer is made this will be notified to applicants through UCAS. Confirmation will be emailed by the Admissions and Access Service and this communication will also include Terms and Conditions ( which applicants should read carefully in advance of replying to their offer(s) on UCAS Track.

    Additional Information for International (non-EU) Students

    1. Applying through UCAS
      Most students make their applications through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for full-time undergraduate degree programmes at Queen's. The UCAS application deadline for international students is 30 June 2019.
    2. Applying direct
      The Direct Entry Application form is to be used by international applicants who wish to apply directly, and only, to Queen's or who have been asked to provide information in advance of submitting a formal UCAS application. Find out more.
    3. Applying through agents and partners
      The University’s in-country representatives can assist you to submit a UCAS application or a direct application. Please consult the Agent List to find an agent in your country who will help you with your application to Queen’s University.

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