International Broadcast Journalism - MA

Attendance:
Full Time
Starting:
September 2016, September 2017
Campus:
Fees:
£9,500 for UK/EU Full Time 2016 entry (view all fees)

Learn the skills and get the necessary experience you need for your career in international broadcast journalism with this MA course. It is taught by experienced professionals and you will gain a thorough grounding in all aspects of radio and television journalism.

Work on real stories and gain hands-on experience covering all aspects of radio and TV journalism in the UK context with debate and discussion about the profession in the wider world. You will be taught by broadcasting professionals, using industry-standard equipment in our state-of-the-art studios.

Graduates of this course have gone on to a variety of exciting careers in the broadcasting industry, including working at Time Magazine, CNBC-TV, and even running their own online radio station.

What's covered in the course?

This practical programme will give you an in-depth understanding of broadcast journalism in a UK context. You will be expected to immerse yourself in the subject, by listening to and watching a lot of news broadcasts in all their forms. You will then be taught how to identify and where to find news stories yourself.

Along with the basic rules of reporting you will be taught how to produce bulletins and current affairs programmes as well as to analyse the process, reflecting on the ethical, legal and professional standards you must meet as a journalist. The course culminates in an extended practice-based professional project where you will test your initiative and mastery of the key skills you have gained.

Throughout your MA you will receive the support of our expert staff, who all have long-standing careers in the broadcasting industry, working with local and national radio stations, freelancing in television, online and print journalism, and working with the BBC.

Our outstanding links with organisations such as the BBC and Sky News mean that you have lots of opportunities to meet working broadcast journalists and senior industry figures. Our visiting professors include Rick Thompson, a former senior editor with the BBC and Professor Tim Crook from Goldsmiths College, the University of London, who has written a number of books on media law and radio production.

You will learn how to use the technology that puts the news ‘on air’ in our multi-million pound Media Centre in the Parkside Building. You have access to the same equipment that would be available to you in a real news broadcasting environment, from radio studios and audio recorders to TV cameras to digital editing software.

“It was my dream to do a post graduate course in journalism and you have been so wonderfully supportive in helping me realise my dream. Thank you for making this day possible. I owe you a lot for all your patience, time and valuable teaching. It is a very big deal for us here to go abroad to study. To be honest it's frightening! But you were like these two people I could share anything with. Thank you!” International student

Why Choose Us?

  • The course is designed for overseas journalists and students who want hands on experience of broadcast journalism from a UK perspective. The final MA qualification is achieved through an investigative journalistic project, rather than a dissertation.
  • The school is recognised as a key centre of excellence in interactive media training, television production and education by Creative Skillset, the UK Sector Skills Council for the audio visual industries.
  • The state-of-the-art facilities in our £62m Media Centre are industry standard, and include the largest TV studio floor of any UK university, and one of only two MILO motion capture cameras in universities in Europe.
  • Over the last 10 years, students from the School of Media have worked on placements with big industry names including BBC Online, Channel 4 Online, The Guardian, Maverick Television, AMTV, ITN, and many more.
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This course is open to International students

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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Citilink Indonesia

And in jobs such as:

  • Digital Marketing Production Assistant

New £10,000 postgraduate loans

You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,000 available for postgraduate study.

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Entry Requirements

UK students
Essential

Applicants should possess a prior degree or equivalent, or have considerable experience in a related field and be able to demonstrate outstanding ability and potential.

Applicants should have proven interest in the subject at the very least, though actual experience in the media is preferred. They should have a strong and inquiring mind and a tendency not to take no for an answer.

EU/International students
Essential

Good spoken and written English are vital. IELTS level 6.5 is a minimum.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MA Sep 2016 FT 1 year £9,500
Sep 2017 FT 1 year TBC

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MA Sep 2016 FT 1 year £12,000
Sep 2017 FT 1 year £12,000

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Additional costs

Our courses include activities such as performance, exhibitions, field trips and production of works or artefacts which may require you to purchase specific equipment, instruments, books, materials, hire of venues and accommodation, or other items. Many of these activities are essential and compulsory parts of your learning experience.

The link below gives you an estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

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This course is not available part-time

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Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 for some courses and options?

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Stage 1: Postgraduate Certificate

This course is available to study full-time over one year. Target modules are available for study as stand-alone courses.

Please note: as the course is going through a five-yearly standard review process, some of the details of these modules may change.

Modules explained:
Broadcast Journalism
30 credits

This module is comprised of a series of workshops, in which you will examine what’s meant by news in the UK broadcast industry. You will learn the skills and understanding you need to identify, explore and write news stories in their differing formats.

Professional Practice
30 credits

In this module, you will explore the techniques, process, and practices of the broadcasting industry. Using the state-of-the-art equipment in the Media Centre you will learn to use the technology that puts news stories ‘on air’, from the digital recording and editing equipment to the radio studios, as well as doing pieces to camera and conducting interviews.

Stage 2: Postgraduate Diploma

Modules explained:
Globalisation and Communication
30 credits

This theory of practice module explores international journalism, and how the requirements, regulations, and ethical codes differ across a range of countries. You will explore and critically examine the changing shape of journalism and the expanding demands on young professionals.

Production Lab
30 credits

This theory of practice module explores international journalism, and how the requirements, regulations, and ethical codes differ across a range of countries.

You will explore and critically examine the changing shape of journalism and the expanding demands on young professionals.

Stage 3: Masters

Modules explained:
MA by Practice
60 credits

This module encourages your initiative and independent practice, taking place largely outside of the classroom with the support of a tutor. You will originate, execute and deliver an individual and extended practice-based professional project at the forefront of your field.

You will be required to call on the key skills you have learned, along with your knowledge and engagement with current opportunities in the field of production.

This course will give you an in-depth understanding of the key issues that face the world of journalism, fully preparing you for your future career in the field.

With independent study tasks based on journalism activities and a thorough exploration of professional techniques, processes and practices, you will leave with a wide range of marketable and desirable skills. To best prepare you for your future career, assessments are based as practically as possible in most modules.

Each taught module of the MA consists of lectures, practical examples, discussions, and workshop activities. There is an emphasis on lecturer and peer review of your work-in-progress and presentations. Throughout the course there will be guest lectures from leading practitioners in the field.

You will have access to industry-standard facilities in our multi-million pound media centre. You’ll learn how to use industry-standard equipment and software in both radio and TV, from the Avid edit system, to the digital radio studio suite and the Burli news production system.

Assessment methods

Assessments are as practically-based as possible in most modules.

Overseas opportunities

Many of our students travel to their home countries to complete their final MA projects, but other overseas opportunities have included working with NRK radio in Norway and reporting from a World Health Organisation conference in Italy.

Further Study

Upon completion of your MA, you may be interested in taking your research interests forward into an MPhil or PhD. Speak to the course director about your particular area of expertise.

Trips and visits

During the course, you will have the opportunity to visit newsrooms and other broadcasting environments. As this course also covers the institutions on which you’ll be reporting, you will have the chance to visit UK courts, Parliament and other institutions. 

Enhancing your employability skills

This MA will equip you to think and act as a broadcast journalist. You will be able to find stories, develop contacts and obtain interviews, make features for radio and television as well as use social media to get your message across. The emphasis on innovation and using your initiative is key to dealing with the complex issues you will encounter in your career and you will gain much experience in honing these skills.

You will develop excellent communication skills, and the ability to explain your findings and critical evaluations of professional practice to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

You will spend much of your time using the equipment that is found in a real news environment, including the TV studios, radio studios and broadcast-standard edit suites.

There is an emphasis throughout the course on both independent and teamwork, best preparing you for a real-life work environment.

Placements

There is no compulsory placement element to the MA, but if you wish to undertake a professional placement you will be supported by the course tutors.

In the past, students have undertaken internships and placements with organisations including the BBC, France Television, NDTV and NRK Norway.

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OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Graduate jobs

Our former students work for a range of news organisations including Time Magazine, Doordashan TV News (India), Guangzhou TV (China), the International Atomic Energy Authority, Telesur’s English language service based in Venezuela as well as national broadcasters in Malawi, Zambia and Nigeria. Some also run their own businesses.

Ana Ortiz RocaUsing the skills she learned in her degree and the contacts she made during her time at the university, Ana Ortiz Roca launched her own online radio station, Radio Brithispana, following on from an idea she explored in her final project. Ana used the radio studios in the School of Media to record the show, and has plans to convert Radio Brithispana into a conventional radio channel, as well as an online one.

Using industry software

You’ll learn how to use industry-standard equipment and software in both radio and TV, from the Avid edit system, to the digital radio studio suite and the Burli news production system.

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Our international students

Birmingham City University is home to a dynamic international community with students from over 80 countries at the university. We are based in the heart of Birmingham, a thriving multi-cultural city, close to fantastic transport links around the country as well as Birmingham International Airport close nearby.

This course was designed and developed specifically with overseas students in mind. Students gain hands on experience of UK radio and TV journalism and share their experience with colleagues from a range of nationalities and backgrounds.

The International Broadcast Journalism MA is particularly popular with students from China, Nigeria, the Bahamas, Thailand, and India.

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our international broadcast journalism course is most popular with international students from:  

Bahamas

Bahamas

Parkside - City Centre Campus
Parkside - Milo Studio
Parkside - Photography Studio

Birmingham School of Media is recognised as a key centre of excellence in interactive media training, television production and education by Creative SkillSet, the UK Sector Skills Council for the audio visual industries.

State-of-the-art facilities

You will learn in our state-of-the-art facilities - including the £62m fully-digital Media Centre - located on the City Centre Campus. You will enjoy access to extensive studio and workshop space including four TV studios, six radio studios and broadcast-standard edit suites, as well as cutting-edge equipment and software.

Facilities include the largest TV floor of any university in the UK, a ‘green screen’ and the MILO motion control camera - we are one of just two universities in Europe to offer MILO technology.

Edit Suites

Our four broadcast-standard edit suites are based on the industry-standard Avid editing system, used in almost all films and the majority of UK television. Two of the suites are specialised for Audio Finishing and Colour Grading. Our six digital radio studios are all linked an equipped with the best news and production software.

Dubbing Suites

You will have access to our full broadcast-standard dubbing suites, which are based on a multi-layered ProTools desk and can dub both film and TV with up to 120 simultaneous sound sources. We also have an ADR (Additional Dialogue Recording) booth and the ability to record Foley (additional live sound).

Professor Diane Kemp

Professor of Broadcast Journalism

Diane worked for BBC radio and television as a broadcaster, reporter and producer and for a number of commercial radio stations before joining the University. She is course director of several postgraduate broadcast journalism courses and is deputy chair of the UK’s national accreditation organisation, the BJTC.

Bob Calver

Senior Lecturer

Bob has more than four decades of journalistic experience, including 18 years as a reporter, producer and editor with the BBC. He has worked in regional newspapers, for online news sites and for magazines. Alongside his role at the University, where he teaches broadcast journalism and media law to postgraduate students, he edits two magazines - one of which he also owns and publishes. This work forms the basis of his current PhD by practice research.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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