Broadcast Journalism

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801–1000 place StudyQA ranking:3978 Duration:12 months

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We provide training and support in an environment that enables students to reach the high standards of professional competence demanded by the industry. Entry into the profession is competitive and most employers recruit new journalists only if they have completed a recognised postgraduate course.

For the Masters award, students will demonstrate their practical skills and critical understanding of the medium by producing an extended broadcast project under the supervision of a module tutor.

This one-year vocational course equips postgraduate students with the essential skills and knowledge to pursue a career in radio and television journalism in the UK. The Masters degree builds on the strengths of the prestigious postgraduate diploma course and offers students the chance to produce an extended practical broadcast project.
The course is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council. In 2009, we received the Course Award for General excellence in broadcast journalism training from the BJTC. The MA/PGDip Broadcast Journalism course at UCLan has been working closely with the radio and television industry since it started in 1981. Professional broadcasters visit Preston regularly, to work with the students supervising radio and TV news days and giving guest lectures on specialist topics. Our students are also deserved award winners; most recently, Postgraduate Broadcast student Cristina Garlington won Sky News Royal Wedding Student Video Competition in May 2011.

Postgraduate broadcast journalism students begin their course with an intensive introduction to practical journalism. Students also begin a digital module that will enable them to develop the skills and strategies needed to exploit the changing media landscape and to respond to the challenges presented by the emergence of multiplatform production. In these first weeks, students enjoy a realistic and useful appreciation of collaborative and multi-skilled journalism since all our postgraduate journalism students will study and practice together. Students will also begin their practical skills and medium-specific training including filming, recording audio, editing, writing and presentation skills.
Then, after the Christmas break, as we move into semester two, with their digital skills in place, they will take part not only in broadcast news days, but also cross platform events with other trainee journalists.
All the students undertake an extensive work placement which will enable them to reinforce and develop their broadcast skills and knowledge. Year 1 (180 credits required for MA)

* Creating Content (20 credits)
* Newsroom Practice (40 credits)
* Digital Journalism (20 credits)
* Extended Journalism Project (60 credits)
* Law for Journalists (20 credits)
* Investigating Public Administration: Central and Local Government (20 credits)

You will normally be expected to have an upper second or first class honours degree from a British higher education institution, or an equivalent overseas qualification. The degree may be in any subject, although complementary subjects, such as English, Politics or a foreign language are especially useful. You will also need a very good standard of written English and in normal circumstances, a good speaking voice. Mature students and candidates with non-standard qualifications may also apply, if they have substantial professional/relevant experience. All applicants are expected to show knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment, which may be demonstrated by a record of relevant work experience. Candidates are required to submit a formal UCLan application form as well as a supplementary exercise. International applicants should be aware that a very high standard of written and spoken English is required. The focus of the course is the UK broadcast industry, and includes UK law and public administration. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 FCE score : (read more) Cambridge English: First (FCE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at an upper-intermediate level (IELTS 5.5-6.5). It is an international English language exam which provides the perfect foundation for success in study and work. Take Cambridge English: First to prove your ability to use everyday written and spoken English when applying to study abroad. 80 (Grade A) IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

UCLan offers a range of Scholarships and Bursaries to it students:

* UCLAN FINANCIAL BURSARY 2014
* BURSARIES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
* EARLY PAYMENT BURSARY FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
* ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIP
* INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
* NHS BURSARIES
* PHARMACY AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH BURSARY
* POSTGRADUATE JOURNALISM BURSARY
* POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR EASTERN AND CENTRAL AFRICAN STUDENTS
* POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
* SCHOLARSHIP FOR SELF-FUNDED INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN PARTNER INSTITUTIONS
* SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS FROM INDONESIA
* SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDENTS FROM PALESTINE
* UK GOVERNMENTS GLOBAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME
* UNDERGRADUATE JOURNALISM BURSARY
* UNDERGRADUATE UCLAN SPORT SCHOLARSHIP

Accreditation

The course enjoys superb links with industry across the region and nationally. Many former postgraduate broadcast journalists who now work in BBC and commercial radio and TV, make regular return visits to pass on their invaluable knowledge and insights as well as providing one-to-one feedback on radio and television newsdays.Our MA Broadcast Journalism programme is recognised as providing general excellence in broadcast journalism training" by its accrediting body the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).

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