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MA Radio Production

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    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

The radio and audio industry is changing; podcasting has led to an appetite for audio content across the globe, like never before.  Telling stories in sound is an integral component of this course and you’ll engage with the crafting of radio programmes and podcasts in various production genres including drama, music radio, documentaries and features, while learning how this practice is contextualised both historically and theoretically.

You’ll be taught through a mixture of workshops, tutorials, lectures and seminars with full access to a range of studios, recording and editing equipment. You will also have the opportunity to broadcast on the MA-managed radio station BIRSt.co.uk.

Throughout the course you will engage with industry through guest speakers, station and events visits. You will develop in areas suited to your own strengths under the expert supervision of your tutors, and can even test your skills in industry, with the opportunity to take up a placement for three to four weeks if you wish. The course builds towards a final production project in which you will create a complete 30-minute programme to broadcast standard or a research-focused option is also available.  

Radio Production is part of a larger framework of Media Production courses collaborating to explore cross-media storytelling in production. Graduating students from the course have gone on to enjoy successful careers in the radio and audio industry and within academia - some are leaders in their field.

The course creatively combines academic rigour with current industry knowhow. 

Key information

Next start date:

September 2019, September 2020

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

1 year full-time

Entry requirements:

For 2019 entry: A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Download the programme specification (pdf 870kb)

Your application

For MA Radio Production we are looking for applicants who:

  • Enjoy working with other people
  • Are flexible with time and energy levels
  • Are creative, and enthusiastic
  • Can adapt to varying demands/workloads
  • Are genuinely excited by radio.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Careers

Former students are now employed at a range of high-profile organisations, including the BBC (Radio 4,World Service, BBC local radio, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2), online stations and podcasts, commercial radio and independent production companies; many have found success as freelancers.

Costs and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the Postgraduate Loan (subject to fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.

Find out more about living expenses for postgraduate students

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. In addition to production expertise, academics with in-depth knowledge across radio history, community radio, radio journalism, women and radio and other subjects all contribute to the community of radio specialists on the MA Radio Production course. The teaching team comprises leading academics and active practitioners with experience of working for the BBC, the commercial sector, and international broadcasters and podcasting organisations. Please note that teaching staff can change.