Navigate new adventures on this long-standing MA radio practice and audio production programme. Bring your existing knowledge and experience to analyse radio from a theoretical and practical perspective.
- Radio and audio have 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 Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies has been ranked 2nd in the UK for 'world-leading or internationally excellent' research (Research Excellence Framework, 2021) and 12th in the world (2nd in the UK) in the 2022 QS World Rankings for communication and media studies.
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 newsgathering, production and publication online and by broadcasting, journalistic research and preparation of commissioning proposals for broadcasting networks.
- Students are expected to meet professional and industry standards through their attendance on this programme. This includes obtaining a minimum of 15 days of professional experience in a radio and audio journalism production environment. Through attendance on this programme the students are expected to demonstrate a professional understanding of public affairs, interpretation of media statistics, applying maths in journalism, and an effective working knowledge of current affairs.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Richard Shannon.