English [Broadcast Literacy]


In Belfast City

£ 4,000 + VAT


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  • Location

    Belfast city (Northern Ireland)

  • Duration

    1 Year

  • Start date

    Different dates available

Missed the recent webinar?  The recording is now available to watch: MA Broadcast Literacy  Speaker -  Dr Derek Johnston , Programme Director Click here to watch the recorded webinar 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.



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Belfast City (County Antrim)
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University Road, BT7 1NN

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About this course

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...

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  • Broadcasting
  • Broadcast
  • English
  • Literacy
  • Media
  • School
  • Humanities

Course programme

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.

Modules include:


  • 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.

Assessment & Feedback

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

Learning and Teaching

Morning and Afternoon.

Additional information

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...

English [Broadcast Literacy]

£ 4,000 + VAT