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Length

1 year full-time

Scholarship information

Funding available

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.

This course is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council

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.

This degree is part of our School of Journalism. Find out more about what we do and other degrees we teach.

Promise of performance

This minimum 70% media practice one year programme aims to provide teaching and learning to a minimum professional standard in creative radio, radio and multimedia journalism, radio/audio documentary and drama, and live radio broadcasting.  
 
This is combined with advanced teaching and assessment in media law, regulation and ethics in the international context, use of voice in broadcasting, radio/sound news gathering, production and publication online and by broadcasting, journalistic research and preparation of commissioning proposals for broadcasting networks.
 
Students are expected to meet the standards and requirements of the UK Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) accreditation, and that includes obtaining a minimum of 15 days internship/work experience in a professional news and broadcast journalism production workplace, as well as having a professional understanding of public affairs, interpretation of media statistics, applying maths in journalism, and effective working knowledge of current affairs

Contact the department

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

What you'll study

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 30 credits or 15 credits
  Sound Storytelling and Intertextuality of Narrative 15 credits
  Asking the Right Questions: Research and Practice 15 credits
  Radio Studies – A Cultural Enquiry 15 credits

Assessment

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

Download the programme specification for the 2018-19 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

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

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.

International qualifications

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

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 with a 7.0 in writing to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

Fees, funding & scholarships

Find out more about tuition fees.

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

The Jay Merriman-Mukoro Scholarship offers a fee waiver, living grant and professional opportunities to UK/EU students on the MA Radio programme who meet certain criteria.

Find out more about the Jay Merriman-Mukoro Scholarship and how to apply.

Scholarships

 

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

          Please see our guidance on writing a postgraduate statement

  • 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. Find out more about providing 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.

Deadline for applications

There is no deadline for applications, but the programme is oversubscribed so applicants are encouraged to apply early.

How are applications considered?

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Decisions are usually made within one month of a completed application being received.

Are applicants interviewed?

Yes. Interviews held in person on campus, by Skype, or if necessary by telephone.

Is a portfolio required?

It is advisable though not compulsory for applications to provide evidence of work they have done in audio, radio whether broadcast or online.

What we look for in a personal statement

We look for a passion for radio and sound. We also ask for you to explain why you have applied for this particular course, and what you hope to achieve.

Find out more about applying.

Staff

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

What our students say

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."

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