Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Broadcast Journalism

University of Portsmouth · School of Creative Technologies

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class honours degree in a relevant subject such as Journalism or Broadcasting, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.

Months of entry


Course content

Why take this course?

This course will equip you for the demands of the modern newsroom. This requires journalists not just to possess traditional writing skills, but also to be familiar with the latest technology.

MSc Broadcast Journalism enables you to choose your own pathway:

  • As a journalist graduate who wishes to specialise in a number of technical aspects of TV and broadcast and presenting
  • As a graduate from Humanities and Social Science backgrounds wishing to express your ideas in recognised TV and broadcast formats
  • As a television and broadcasting graduate wishing to develop your media practice to a higher level

What will I experience?

On this course you will experience:

  • Industry-like production news days, broadcasting in collaboration with the Faculty TV channel (CCITV) and the community radio station (Express FM) situated within the Faculty
  • Immersion in radio and television news through a mix of hands-on practical classes, workshops, seminars, presentations, live broadcasts, essays and independent study
  • Working with Industry Partners on live broadcasts from a professional newsroom

What opportunities might it lead to?

You will develop strong academic, creative and technical abilities. As a result, you will have the skills to work in various areas of the current broadcast journalism industry or as part of the wider creative industries – e.g. as a video journalist, producer (radio, TV), editor, sub-editor, journalist, production manager, presenter, reporter, news commentator or researcher.

As a graduate of this programme you will be well placed to pursue the following career routes:

  • broadcast journalism
  • video journalism
  • TV studio work (gallery, studio) – presenting/reporting
  • research and development in TV
  • production management
  • online journalism

Module Details

There are two routes you can take through the course depending upon your background and interests. You will work with both a creative/technical specialist and an academic supervisor to develop a bespoke Development Plan (professional, technical or academic).

The two routes are:

  • Broadcaster route – subjects are focused on the technical and practical nature of broadcasting
  • Journalist route – subjects are mainly focused upon journalist content

Core units include on this course include:

  • Studio Production & News Programme Making
  • Video Journalism & Social Media
  • Research Methods – Masters Project

Options to choose from include:

  • Journalism and Society
  • Broadcast Skills
  • Journalism Practice
  • Radio
  • Advanced Broadcast Journalism

Programme Assessment

The MSc Broadcast Journalism is a taught Master’s course that offers practical experience of making TV and radio. You will benefit from the broadcasting skills and facilities from the School of Creative Technologies and the journalistic skills of the School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies. Staff have industry expertise in broadcasting and broadcast journalism.

In addition to written essays, you will be assessed by a range of practical assignments, including complete news packages.

The project unit at the end of the course offers you the opportunity to apply the taught material from the earlier stages of the course directly to a practical outcome.

Student Destinations

The MSc Broadcast Journalism course is gives you the practical experience you need to succeed in an increasingly competitive market of media convergence. The School of Creative Technologies and the School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies both have an excellent track record of Industry internships and work placements. Students have worked on placements with industry names, such as ITV, Sky, Sky Sports, Gearhouse Broadcasting, IMG, Discovery Channel and AVID.

By replicating industry practice, you will build your skills throughout the course to be able to produce complex radio and TV productions that report on events live in real time.

As a graduate of this programme, you will be well placed to consider the following career routes:

  • broadcast journalism
  • video journalism
  • TV studio work (gallery, studio) – presenting/reporting
  • research and development in TV
  • production management
  • online journalism

Information for international students

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

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