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MA in Radio

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

Course overview

Navigate new adventures in sound on this award-winning, industry-accredited MA. Bring your existing knowledge and experience to analyse radio from a theoretical and practical perspective.

Radio has the potential to be transformative, to further the human experience. It’s a medium that creates a sense of intimacy while continually generating questions. This is a programme that empowers you to create something permanent, something with a life beyond your own – something only sound can achieve.

The questions we explore

The MA poses questions about the influence of radio as a medium and the power it has to stir emotions, evoke feelings, and conjure vivid mental images. We look at the ways in which recording technologies can preserve and hold on to an aspect of our existence – be that a cultural exchange or an artistic communication – and how we can inspire future generations with the work we create. 

The processes we use

The degree blends theory and practice so you’ll work within professional standard broadcast and post-production suites and use sound studios linked to a networked newsroom. We also have our own student radio station broadcasting online with an FM restricted service licence. As an MA Radio student you can also learn online production skills and publish sound-specific features on Londonmultimedianews.com

The approach we take

We adopt a reflective, humanitarian approach to storytelling because we think that to develop the creative imagination, we need to embrace all kinds of belief systems. It’s why our students go and spend time within communities, continue questioning, continue listening, and research everything from academic journals to novels. 

We give you the space and time to consider how different strands of thought and aspects of communication intertwine. And we don’t get in the way of talent; we encourage and support it. 

Come and develop your own idea of the sonic arts and create everything from investigative journalism to interactive soundscapes.

Contact the department

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

Modules & structure

Overview

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.

Modules

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

Assessment

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.

Department

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 EastLondonLines.co.uk – 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

Staff

Skills & careers

Our graduates go on to work as broadcast journalists, creative programme makers, and foreign correspondents – and 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 (BJTC) Awards for Best Radio News Feature and Best Online News Website.

In 2013 MA Radio students took Gold and Silver in the Charles Parker awards, and in the 2015 BJTC awards all the awards for Best Radio Feature and Best Radio Documentary went to Goldsmiths radio students. Our MA Radio alumni are also winning awards in the UK and abroad for their professional work too.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths

Student profiles

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.

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.

Jay Merriman-Mukoro Scholarship for MA Radio 2016-2017

  • Fee waiver
  • £5,000 London Living Grant
  • 4 week paid internship at the BBC
  • 4 week paid internship at Nutopia- international documentary production company

43 year old Jay Merriman-Mukoro was a brilliant creative radio and television programme maker who won a BBC scholarship to attend the MA Radio Programme in 2003-2004. In April 2014 he lost his life in a drowning accident in Barbados just after beginning lecturing at Goldsmiths in sound and visual story telling.

In his career Jay travelled the world from Africa to the USA to make programmes that gave voice to people not normally seen and heard. Jay combined a devotion to radio and sound with visual creativity. Jay’s legacy has been an inspiration for Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) media workers in Britain. 

To apply for the scholarship you need:  

1) To have applied and been offered a place on the MA Radio programme for the academic year 2016-17 

And at least one of the following criteria:

  • You left school before the age of 18 and did not resume your education for at least three years;
  • You have a recognised impairment, or long term health condition or a specific learning difficulty and can provide documentary evidence of this
  • You were a care leaver on application to undergraduate study at university – (Someone who had been in the care of your local authority for a period of 13 weeks or more, including during your 16th birthday) and you can provide evidence of this
  • Your socio-economic circumstances make it impossible for you to be able to afford the fees and undertake full-time enrolment on the programme. You will need to provide evidence of this. See the Jay Merriman application form for more information.

All applicants will be required to write 500 words on how interested you are in using radio and multimedia creatively to tell stories about disadvantaged communities.  

Winners of the scholarship will attend an award event and have their Creative Radio programmes hosted on Jay Merriman-Mukoro’s memorial website. 

To apply for this scholarship download the Jay Merriman application form. The deadline for applications is 12 noon 31st July 2015. 

If you have any questions about the scholarship email Professor Tim Crook (t.crook@gold.ac.uk)

Please not that Goldsmiths cannot guarantee the delivery of internship offers from outside media employers and such offers can be withdrawn and terminated at any time at the discretion of the employing host organisation.

Find out more about tuition fees.

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