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English - Broadcast Literacy

Overview
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.

Why Queen's?
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.

Course Details
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.

Entry requirements

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

International Qualifications
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.

•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

Duration

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
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.

Further enquiries

Dr Derek Johnston
School of English
Tel: 9097 5103
Email: pgenglish@qub.ac.uk
WWW: http://www.qub.ac.uk/english

Subjects taught

Modules include:
Core:
•Introduction to the Analysis of Broadcasting
•Introduction to the Practice of Broadcasting
•Optional:
•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.

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Special Features
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 particularly 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.

Assessment method

Assessment & Feedback
Written and practical assignments. All practical assignments are accompanied by a reflective essay.

Learning and Teaching
Morning and Afternoon

Application date

Postgraduate Taught

In general, there are no closing dates for the majority of courses (those with closing dates will be highlighted in the Course Finder). However we advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

Postgraduate Research

There is no standard closing date. You should however check both the University’s website and refer to the relevant School/Institute webpage for information on deadline dates for postgraduate funding applications, as these will also determine when your application for admission should be submitted.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2017

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