MSc Broadcast Journalism - University of Portsmouth

Broadcast Journalism

Part Time2yrs

Full Time 1yr

Hone your broadcasting and presenting skills

Course Overview

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


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Structure & Teaching

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 in this year currently include:

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

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.


Teaching and 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.

How are you assessed?

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.

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Facilities & Features

TV studios and broadcast hub

The School of Creative Technologies has its own Broadcasting Studio based around a Tricaster, and is the main user of the University's purpose built TV and Radio Studios. Here, you'll use professional cameras (Sony, JVC, Canon) and professional grade audio equipment (Sennheiser, Sony, Mackie).

Our TV studios allow the production of all types of television and film work including Chroma Key (green screen) technologies. We also have a radio studio, a virtual reality lab and motion capture facilities within the faculty.

CCI channel

You will be able to take part in your very own TV shows or produce broadcast-quality documentaries and news packages using our CCI TV channel. TV has no boundaries and you will be able to easily promote yourself via the work you are producing. We are also fully equipped for outside broadcasting with mobile TV studios (DataVideo, BlackMagic Design) and a MiniCaster Satellite system. All this equipment enables you to get lots of practical experience and it ensures you are working to an industry standard.

Big screen

The City of Portsmouth and the University of Portsmouth have collaborated on a unique venture that allows the CCI TV Channel to broadcast live to the main civic centre, and show other prerecorded media content (short films, documentaries, etc). The Big Screen is viewed by approximately 25,000 people each week, and this provides an amazing platform for students who wish to exhibit their work or present TV programmes.

Budgeting for your studies

There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.

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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

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

Career planning

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.

We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.

In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.

Benefits of Postgraduate Study

Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.

  • Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
  • Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
  • Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
  • Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
  • If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.
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Discover the benefits of studying a postgraduate course in the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries. This CCi TV video features lecturers from the faculty and a current Masters student.

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