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MA in Radio

This programme provides an opportunity for postgraduates with some knowledge and experience of radio to explore the medium in depth, both in theory and practice.

About the department
Media & Communications

1 year full-time.
If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline. Find out more about funding opportunities for home/EU applicants, or funding for international applicants.


Because the programme is accredited by the UK Broadcast Journalism Training Council media groups such as the BBC, ITV, Scott Trust and Channel 4 occasionally provide bursary schemes. Check the BJTC website for details.

The Department of Media and Communications offers fee waivers for this MA. If you have confirmed an offer by 1 May 2014 you'll automatically become eligible for the fee waiver scheme that will fund waivers equivalent in total to 13 full time home/EU fees. International students are also eligible for the scheme.  

You'll become familiar with a wide range of production techniques and practices, and an awareness of contemporary news values, media law and the operational practice of news stations. You'll also develop valuable transferable skills including teamwork and communication skills.
See our tuition fees.
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BJTC logo: Winner of BJTC Award for Excellence
in Teaching Broadcast Journalism 2007-8

  • Facilities available are broadcast-standard with professional standard post-production suites
  • Three sound studios are linked into a networked sound/ENPS electronic newsroom with subscriptions to news agencies broadcast services such as Sky, IRN, PA and AFP
  • We also have our own student radio station broadcasting online and with an FM restricted service licence
  • The course tutor is a practising broadcaster, and an experienced sound engineer runs the studio
  • Our students have won industry awards, and our graduates are working at local, regional, national and international level
  • The MA has been accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council


The MA programme in its 20 year history has had the privilege of participating with students from all over the world from Mongolia, Japan and China to Australia, USA, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Egypt and many other countries. Home, EU and international students of all ages and backgrounds work together in a 70% practice to 30% theory practice Masters degree.

Students have an excellent record of employment and career development. MA Radio alumni include international award-winning foreign correspondents, the directors of national broadcasting channels, creative programme makers and broadcast journalists of distinction. But the course is also aimed at providing rich and valuable transferable skills so former students also find they have the springboard and confidence to develop and excel in other professional fields. 

MA students are consistently winning significant awards for their work. For example in 2012 MA Radio students had considerable success in the Charles Parker student radio feature awards and the Broadcast Journalism Training Council Awards for Best Radio News Feature and Best Online News Website as a result of their work for From 2013-2014 MA Radio students will be working on a more specialist externally published broadcast online dimension. 

In fact Goldsmiths MA Radio students have a longstanding tradition of success in the Charles Parker awards as you will see in the profile of winners between 2004 and 2012 and the fact that MA Radio students took Gold and Silver in the 2013 awards and their work was broadcast on BBC Radio 4Extra. Our graduates are winning awards for their work too, including Best Radio Feature at the UK Sony Awards

What you study

You work in practice and theory groups, and take courses that cover: radio features and drama; radio journalism and documentary; key media law and ethical issues in relation to UK and US media law; the cultural history of radio (primarily in Britain and the USA); adapting prose, film and theatre for radio dramatisation.

Throughout the year, the programme includes workshops and seminars by visiting professionals and artists in the radio journalism and radio drama fields. We are happy to support work experience placements in professional newsrooms and radio drama productions. The programme offers students the opportunity to learn Teeline shorthand, television recording techniques and online applications for radio.

We also encourage you to support the Goldsmiths student radio station Wired FM.

About the Department of Media & Communications


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Portfolio of recorded work; unseen examination; essay; 30-minute radio drama script.

Applying and entrance requirements

You can apply directly to Goldsmiths via the website by clicking the ‘apply now’ button on the main programme page.

Before submitting your application you’ll need to have: 

  • Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments.
  • The email address details of your referee who we can request a reference from.
  • A personal statement. This can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online.
  • If available, an electronic copy of your educational transcript (this is particularly important if you have studied outside of the UK, but isn’t mandatory).

You'll be able to save your progress at any point and return to your application by logging in using your username/email and password.

When to apply

We accept applications from 1 October for students wanting to start the following September. 

We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you haven't finished your current programme of study. It's very common to be offered a place that is conditional on you achieving a particular qualification.

If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an earlier application deadline – 14 February is the deadline if you're applying for AHRC funding. The programme is accredited by the UK Broadcast Journalism Training Council media groups such as the BBC, ITV, Scott Trust and Channel 4 occasionally provide bursary schemes. Check the BJTC website for details.

Find out more about funding opportunities for UK/EU students and international students.

Selection process

CDs or URLs of your audio/radio work and other forms of multimedia may assist your application. When submitting your application, please also submit (upload under 'additional') an example of your recent work in a related field, or include links to a page hosting that work. Failing which, please post an example of that work to: Admissions Office, Goldsmiths, New Cross, London SE14 6NW, UK. Please make sure you include your application reference number (which you will receive when you enter your online application) and the MA degree title. Please see ‘Returning your work’.

We 'batch' applications for this programme. This means that we'll wait until the closing date and then assess all applications together, to make sure they receive equal consideration. Therefore you won't receive a decision from us until after the closing date.

Entrance requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in a relevant/related subject. 

You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

We also accept a wide range of international equivalent qualifications, which can be found on our country-specific pages. If you'd like more information, please contact the Admissions Office.


Due to the popularity of this programme we ask you for a deposit of £450 to secure any offer made to you after applying for the programme. The deposit will be credited against your tuition fees when you enrol.

English language

If your first language is not English, you normally need a minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS (including 7.0 in the written element) or equivalent. 

Please check our English language requirements for more information.

Find out more about applying 

Contact us 

Get in touch via our online form


+44 (0)20 7919 7766

International (non-EU)

+44 (0)20 7919 7702


Professor of Race and Cultural Studies

Management Team Secretary

BARASSI, Veronica

BASS, Tracy

BELL, Ceiren

, Nicholas
Technical Adviser AV Support

MA Secretary

Professor of Media and Communications

Associate Lecturer


BULL, Neil
Senior Technical Adviser Radio

CHEAL, Jacqui
Practice Manager

Technical Adviser Film/TV


Professor of Film and Television

CUCH, Laura
Technical Adviser, Photography

, James
Professor of Communications

DAVIS, Aeron
Professor of Media and Communications

DOBSON, Hayley
Undergraduate Secretary

Senior Lecturer

Technical Adviser Digital Media

Senior Technical Adviser TV/Film

FENTON, Natalie
Professor of Media and Communications
Joint Head of Department


FRANKLIN, Marianne


Emeritus Professor of Broadcast Journalism

MA Secretary

HALL, Alan
Associate Tutor

Joint Head of Department

Senior Lecturer

Resources Assistant

, Sarah
Professor in New Technologies of Communication

KHIABANY, Dr. Gholam
Senior Lecturer


, Terry
Senior Lecturer

, Peter
Senior Lecturer


LEYS, Colin
Honorary Research Professor

LOVE, Jacob
Technical Adviser Photography

Lecturer in Film and Screen Studies

Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications


Senior Lecturer

Senior Department Business Manager

Professor of Communications

MOOR, Dr. Liz
Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications

MOORE, Dr. Rachel

Professor of Communications




SAHA, Anamik

SMITH, Nigel
Senior Technical Adviser Film/TV

SMITH, Dr. Richard
Senior Lecturer

SMITH, Robert
Senior Lecturer

STANTON, Dr. Gareth
Senior Lecturer

Undergraduate Programmes Secretary

Associate Tutor

Senior Lecturer in Film and Screen Studies

WALTER, Matthew
Senior Technical Adviser Digital

, Stefan
Technical Adviser Video/Film

ZYLINSKA, Dr. Joanna
Professor of New Media and Communications

Modules & structure

The MA is composed of the following modules:

  • Creative Radio (60 CATs)
  • Radio Journalism (45 CATs)
  • Media Law and Ethics (30 CATs)
  • Sound Story telling and Narrative Intertextuality (15 CATs)
  • Asking the Right Questions (15 CATs)
  • Radio Studies: A Cultural Enquiry (15 CATs)
Code Module title Credits
tbc Creative Radio 60 CATs

Producing audio features; primarily in the documentary and dramatic form. 10 sessions during Autumn term and five sessions during second half of the Spring term. Week-day access to facilities during the Summer term. Full tutorial support during the Summer term.

tbc Radio Journalism 45 CATs

Ten sessions on Local Radio Journalism in Autumn Term. Five sessions on national and international radio journalism are held in the Spring Term. Six further sessions develop advanced radio journalism skills in the context of multi-media followed by a short four-session module in digital video reporting. During the first five weeks of the Summer term, three sessions each week are devoted to running live rolling radio news broadcasting and the editorial management and focus on audio publication of the multi-media community news site, East London Lines. At other times the students are expected to complete at least three weeks of work experience/internship in a radio news/journalistic environment and obtain a pro-forma assessment by the supervising news editor.

n/a Media, Law and Ethics 15 and 30 CATs

Tim Crook

The module investigates the nature of media law and ethical regulation for media practitioners primarily in the UK, but with some comparison with the situation in the USA and references to the experiences of media communicators in other countries. The students are directed towards an analysis of media law as it exists, the ethical debates concerning what the law ought to be, and the historical development of legal and regulatory controls of communication. The theoretical underpinning involves a module of learning the subject of media jurisprudence- the study of the philosophy of media law, media ethicology- the study of the knowledge of ethics in media communication, and media ethicism, the belief systems of media communicators. The module evaluates media law and regulation in terms of its social and cultural context. It is taught in one and a half hour lectures and two-hour seminars that involve the discussion of multi-media examples of media communication considered legally and/or morally problematical. The module delivers considerable practical knowledge of how to navigate media law and apply it to multi-media publication.

Reading: The module book is Comparative Media Law & Ethics written by the convenor with a companion website at; Media Law (Fully Revised 5th Edition 2008) by Andrew Nicol and Geoffrey Robertson: Harmondsworth, Penguin Book; McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists (21st Edition 2012) by David Banks and Mark Hanna, Oxford, Oxford University Press; Law for Journalists by Francis Quinn (3rd Edition 2011) London, Pearson Longman; Journalism Ethics and Regulation by Chris Frost (3rd Edition 2010) London, Pearson Longman; Ethics for Journalists by Richard Keeble (2nd Edition 2008) London, Routledge; The Ethical Journalist by Tony Harcup (2007) London, Sage; Media and Entertainment Law by Ursula Smartt (2011) London: Routledge.

tbc Sound Story Telling and Intertextuality of Narrative 15 CATs

This module explores the common aspects of sound narrative in different practice media. Ten two-hour workshops during the Spring term.

tbc Radio Studies – A Cultural Enquiry 15 CATs

Exploring academically the cultural history and practice of radio. 20 seminars/lectures. Sound Story Telling and Intertextuality of Narrative
This module explores the common aspects of sound narrative in different practice media. Ten two-hour workshops during the Spring term.
Asking the Right Questions Researching skills for journalism. Ten two-hour lecture/seminars during the Autumn term.

Graduate profiles

AM Sakil, Communication Specialist, UNICEF Bangladesh

MA in Radio, graduated 2004

"I often wonder whether I would have reached this level, if I were not at Goldsmiths!"

I worked for BBC World Service in Bangladesh as a producer/cameraman for TV news from 2000 to 2003. While I was at Goldsmiths during 2003-2004, I worked for BBC Bengali Service in London as a newsreader-cum-reporter. I have also been the stringer for Radio Netherlands covering Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan and voiced numerous features for them from 2002.

Even before my graduation at Goldsmiths in 2004, I got a job with AFP as their Bangladesh Correspondent. In 2005, I moved to UNDP Bangladesh as their Communications Manager and stayed there until taking up a more challenging position at UNICEF Bangladesh in 2011. Being the Communication Specialist of UNICEF Bangladesh, I am responsible for leading the media relations and various advocacy projects of UNICEF Bangladesh. 

I have reached a level in my career which I never imagined. With great humility, I am pleased to report that the knowledge and confidence gained through Goldsmiths gave me the opportunity to moderate the press conference of United Nations Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki-moon in Bangladesh twice in 2008 and 2011.

I treasure my life at Goldsmiths! To date, it has been so rewarding that I often wonder whether I would have reached this level, if I were not at Goldsmiths! I feel proud and privileged to have graduated from Goldsmiths.

Student Work

Charles Parker Student Feature Awards, Bronze Medal - Michael Umney

Michael Umney, a former MA Radio Student, was awarded with the Bronze Medal Charles Parker Student Feature Awards 2012, and an edited version of his feature was broadcasted on BBC Radio.

The awarding piece Keeping an Open Mind is a portrait of Joseph “Joey” Mellen, a British-born author ofBore Hole, a book about his attempts at self-trepanation, influenced by Bart Hughes. The portrait has been enlivened with music, which Joey had mentioned during the interview and with a cut up technique in which his vocalisations of certain noises are isolated and re-worked, as well as a condensed, layered explanatory sequence.

You can hear Keeping an Open Mind here. Or you can link to Micheal Umney’s other pieces on his Soundcloud

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