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.