Taught course

International Television Industries

Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of Media Arts

Entry requirements

UK Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1); or equivalent; Students with relevant professional or creative experience will also be considered.

Submit an essay, in English, entitled 'An analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the broadcasting industry in my country'. This should be up to 2000 words in length.

English language requirements:

IELTS score of 6.5 with 6.5 in writing and no sub-score below 5.5, for non-native English speaking applicants.

Months of entry


Course content

This innovative course examines the different ways in which broadcasting is organised around the world. It has a particular emphasis on the production techniques of British television, approaching them through a comparative international lens.

The course has regular visiting lectures from leading figures in the UK's television industry, including the department's own VIsiting Professors James Quinn (Commissioner for Sky Arts) and renowned producer, director and writer Tony Garnett. In the past, we've had visiting lecturers including Alex Graham (Executive Producer of Who Do You Think You Are), James Quinn (Documentary Commissioning Editor, Sky) and Karen Mullins (Project Manager for London Olympics, Rugby World Cup).

You'll study a major BBC drama series from conception through to scripting and production, such as the series Casualty, with time to visit the production base in Cardiff. You'll study with scholars with experience of TV industries around the world, and hear from guest lecturers from London's TV industry.

  • Take control of your own short TV or radio programme, creating something at the expected UK professional standard of such productions.
  • Make use of our exclusive 24-7 media labs and post-production rooms, complemented by our impressive range of professional location filming equipment, TV and sound studio facilities, supported by our committed and approachable technical team.
  • Becomefully conversant with the nature of television as a medium: scheduling, genres, formats – and the more up-close narrative techniques of TV series arcs and character development.
  • Learn how TV shows are traded around the world, how broadcasting is put together and regulated, and how the industry changes from place to place. Giving you practical skills and insight into media scheduling and budgeting.

Information for international students

IELTS score of 6.5 with 7.0 in writing and no sub-score below 5.5 for non-native English speaking applicants.

See our International pages for more information.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

See our Postgraduate fees and funding pages to find out more about funding options, including loans, grants, scholarships and bursaries.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Professor John Ellis