Entry requirements

An undergraduate honours degree or international equivalent or evidence of relevant acquired experience in industry is required.

Months of entry


Course content

Course overview

This course aims to provide you with the core skills needed to work in the radio industry and podcasting.

Radio is ever-evolving but the skills required remain the same. This course will equip you with the knowledge and ability required to build a career in the industry. You will engage with how to become a creative content designer and maker – producing radio shows, podcasts, station sound, documentaries, conducting interviews or even outside broadcasts.

You will be taught by experienced staff who continue to work as broadcasters and have access to four studios, a dedicated editing suite and two production rooms. You will have the chance to produce and present content for the campus station which broadcasts 24/7 – The Cat Radio.

Why study Radio Production with us?

This course aims to equip you with the skills, knowledge, experience and confidence required to work in the radio industry or podcasting. You will be taught by award-winning staff who all still work in the industry, so you can be sure their practice is up to date. Guest speakers feature regularly and there are opportunities for industry visits and to attend media/radio-related events.

Teaching takes place in a real-life environment and students have access to all of the studios and kit 24/7. Lectures are a mixture of workshops, seminars and tutorials.

Our award-winning radio station, The Cat Radio, is the heart of the course. Students learn and develop their production and presentation skills – often live on air. The station is broadcast on AM and online and is regulated by Ofcom. The Cat Radio website is also used as an outlet for audio produced by students – including podcasts, interviews, documentaries or dramas.

Former graduates have gone on to enjoy successful careers. Positioned in the heart of the North West, we are in close proximity to a number of broadcasters.

How will I be taught?

The course is located at Warrington Campus, which lies between Manchester and Liverpool and is close to MediaCityUK (www.mediacityuk.co.uk).

You will learn via a mix of lectures, tutorials, workshops and industry guest lectures, and will have 24-hour access to professional resources, including editing suites and radio studios.

Dependent on the time of year and modules studied, the contact hours for a full-time student will be up to nine hours per week. The expected individual learning activity for a full-time student will be approximately 32 hours per week.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through group and individual practical work and written coursework. The Radio Project will enable you to pursue your particular interests through either a dissertation or research by practice.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Department of Media