MA in Radio

  • Length
    1 year full-time
  • Department
    Media and Communications

Course overview

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.

  • 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
  • MA Radio students are taught online production skills and fully involved in publishing multimedia journalism and creative features with a sound focus on their dedicated public platform

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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. 

Award-winning students and graduates

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 Since 2013 MA Radio students have been 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

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Tim Crook

Modules & structure


You work in practice and theory groups, and take modules 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.


The MA is composed of the following modules:

Module title Credits
  Creative Radio 60 credits
  Radio Journalism 45 credits
  Media, Law and Ethics 15 and 30 credits
  Sound Story Telling and Intertextuality of Narrative 15 credits
  Radio Studies – A Cultural Enquiry 15 CATs


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

Download the programme specification for this degree to find out more about what you'll learn and how you'll be taught and assessed.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.


We are ranked:
22nd in the world for communication and media studies**
1st in the UK for the quality of our research***

Media and Communications

We’ve also been ranked by LinkedIn as one of the top graduate universities for media professionals, because so many of our graduates go on to find jobs in the industry.

The department includes some of the top academics in the world for this discipline – the pioneers of media, communications and cultural studies. They actively teach on our programmes, and will introduce you to current research and debate in these areas. And many of our practice tutors are industry professionals active in TV, film, journalism, radio and animation.

We also run – our 24/7 student news website – which gives students the opportunity to gain experience working in a real-time news environment.

And we run regular public events featuring world-renowned writers and practitioners that have recently included Danny Boyle, Gurinda Chadha, Noel Clark and Tessa Ross. So you’ll get to experience the latest developments and debates in the industry.

Find out more about the Department of Media and Communications

**QS World University Rankings by subject 2015
***Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings


Skills & careers

Throughout the MA 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.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths


AM Sakil

"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."

Entry requirements

You should usually have a first degree at 2:1 level but consideration is given to those with a professional background in radio and media, and there is special entry for applicants who could not go to university because of social circumstances.

Applications are also assisted by including evidence of broadcasting or programme production.

Equivalent qualifications
We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us.

For this programme we require:

IELTS 7.0 (including 7.0 in the written test)

If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

How to apply

You apply directly to Goldsmiths using our online application system. 

Before submitting your application you’ll need to have:

  • Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
  • The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
  • 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)

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’.

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.

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.

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. 

Late applications will only be considered if there are spaces available.

If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an earlier application deadline.

Selection process

Applicants are interviewed and asked to complete a voice and short written test.


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.

Find out more about applying.

Fees & funding

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

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.

MA Radio applicants with a confirmed offer in 2015 were eligible to apply for the Jay Merriman-Mukoro scholarship.

Find out more about tuition fees.

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