Radio, Audio and Podcasting MA

Postgraduate Certificate / Master's Degree

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ABOUT

Springboard yourself into a career behind the mic or behind the scenes. Get practical experience in radio production, presentation and station management. Graduate with skills that are relevant, not only, in radio, audio and podcasting, but in the growing and developing world of audio production.

Overview

Radio and podcast production is still a major growth area in the audio sector and this course offers great opportunities to master the skills required to stand out from the crowd. The course is integrated with our award-winning radio station, Spark Sunderland and offers practical experience in radio production, presentation and station management alongside opportunities to create your own creative podcasts and podcasts for external clients. 

The production modules cover a variety of genres including live studio and feature production, podcasting, multiplatform and visualisation skills. You will learn how to pitch ideas to specific audiences, budgeting, research, advanced interviewing, editing and creative post-production techniques. This highly practical vocational coursework will be supported by contextual studies. The final stage of the course takes the form of research leading to a major practical project or a dissertation with a contextual report and evaluation.

This course is industry recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen-based industries, and carries the ScreenSkills Select quality-mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries.

Why us?

  • We’re the only university in the North of England with a full-time community radio licence. We’re fully integrated into the multi award-winning Spark Sunderland
  • The only MA Radio and Podcasting course in the UK to be accredited by ScreenSkills Select – the quality mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the creative industries
  • You’ll receive your own copy of a SADiE6, a high-end professional digital editing system, for the duration of the course, as well as receiving training and experience in using ProTools and other industry standard editing systems for broadcast and podcasting
  • Our academics are currently working in public service, commercial and community radio, podcasting and audiobooks production
  • Our alumni have forged careers as podcast producers and presenters as well as finding careers in the radio world as reporters, producers, presenters and programme controllers; in the BBC, commercial radio and independent production sectors – some in high profile TV roles such as BBC News Sports Correspondent Katie Gornall
  • Benefit from our industry contacts including BBC and Commercial Radio Community Media Association, The Royal Television Society and The Radio Academy and Northern Arts

Course structure

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working. We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars, workshops and practical demonstrations. Your active involvement in our on-campus radio station, Spark Sunderland, is integral to your learning experience as well as a commitment to practical podcast production projects. Theory and practice will go hand in hand as you plan, undertake and evaluate projects podcasts and programmes.

You will have high levels of contact with tutors, who give regular feedback and support, and you will also work in groups to develop skills in communication and teamwork.

Assessment methods include essays, projects, presentations, and a major project/dissertation.

Modules include:

  • Radio and Podcast Studies (30 credits)

Radio is a resilient medium, constantly reinventing itself, and the industry is evolving fast, creating new opportunities for audio producers in broadcast, online, and podcasting sectors. You’ll be introduced to the contextual history of radio, radio studies, radio management and podcast studies and engage in current debates about radio, audio and podcasting. You’ll develop critical reading and essay writing skills, knowledge and understanding of the different sectors of the UK radio and audio industries. You’ll also develop skills and awareness of key roles in radio, producing and managing content and people, in community radio and other broadcast/online projects in the mediaHUB and our multi-award winning University community radio station, Spark.

  • Radio and Podcast Production (30 credits)

The expansion of podcasting means that creative audio skills are more relevant than ever. Learn the core skills you need to plan and produce creative work for established radio networks and these new digital spaces. Gain the research and production skills to enable you to develop and produce your own portfolio of audio content, including skills in visualisation. We will also give experiences to help you navigate the process used to pitch skills to the BBC, where you will get feedback from experienced producers. The BBC have commissioned programmes pitched to this module including ‘The Egg Dealer’ and ‘A Journey Through English’. Will your idea be next?

  • Audio Industry Project (30 credits)

Whether you intend to work in the BBC, in commercial radio, in podcasting or as a freelance creative producer, this module will enable you to develop and realise audio, radio and podcasting projects. These projects will be supported by visiting industry speakers and workshops that will develop your knowledge and skills of managing programming, broadcast and online content, people, partnerships and resources. You will also explore business opportunities within the creative audio sector and develop skills to evaluate and critique your work and develop critical management skills for different sectors of the radio, audio and podcasting industries. Media Law and compliance workshops with direct relevance to broadcast and online will prepare you for identifying potential issues and pitfalls in live and prerecorded work.

  • Advanced Radio and Podcast Production (30 credits)

This module will teach you the skills to make your podcast stand out amongst the boundless competition; the radio industry may feel like a gated community but we’ll give you the keys to unlock your potential in creative audio production. You will take your podcast and radio production skills to the next level – producing creative content for Spark and other distribution platforms. You will create a portfolio of work that challenges the current and established formats in the audio industry and beyond. 

  • Radio, Audio and Podcasting Masters Project (60 credits)

In this final module, you will consolidate your experiences into a final project that showcases your skills as a content creator. It might be that you want to produce creative drama, or explore stories or ideas through documentary. You might want to show your skills as a live radio producer by creating work on Spark, or even manage projects at the station. Equally, you could use that great podcast idea you have and produce it as part your first step into the world of freelancing. But, don’t be limited by our ideas, this is your chance to make your mark and develop your niche!

 

Facilities

The David Puttnam Media Centre is a thriving place to study and experience media. We are the is the only university in the North of England with a full-time community radio licence. Spark Sunderland broadcasts from our purpose-built studios. Rub shoulders with BBC Newcastle and Tyne & Wear TV, who are both based in the building. Volunteer with award winning Spark Sunderland, write for one of our suite of websites or edit Spark Magazine in our MediaHUB. Get hands on in TV and Radio Studios, Journalism and Digital editing suites. Learn from experts in this centre of excellence for training.

Entry requirements

Applications are welcome from holders of an honours degree in a relevant subject. All applicants should be able to demonstrate practical and critical and conceptual skills.

Students requiring the necessary practical skills are encouraged to attend undergraduate modules in radio or the Radio Summer School.

If English is not your first language, you will need a British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall score of 6.5, with at least 5.5 in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking (or equivalent).

After 6 April 2015 you must take your IELTS exams at one of the test centres listed on the UKVI website. If you took your IELTS exam before 6 April 2015 this does not apply, and your qualification is still valid regardless of which test centre you used.

Career ready

Postgraduates are highly employable and, on average, earn more than individuals whose highest qualification is an undergraduate degree. On completing this course you will be equipped for roles in the radio industry, and also throughout the broader media industry.

Career opportunities

Recent Sunderland graduates have moved into jobs at a variety of radio stations and companies, including BBC Radio 1, 6Music, 5live, BBC Radio Drama, Sun FM, Metro Radio and BBC Newcastle.

Our former students are also employed at radio stations in Europe, USA and Australia.

Industry-relevant teaching

The only MA Radio and Podcasting course in the UK to be endorsed by ScreenSkills Select – the quality mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the creative industries.

For employers, courses that are recognised by ScreenSkills Select signpost work-ready graduates and apprentices that understand and have links with the screen industries.

Graduates from courses that are recognised by ScreenSkills Select can apply to Trainee Finder, a service that matches trainees with companies across the UK’s animation, film, games, high-end TV and VFX industries.

 

If English is not your first language you should have at least one of the following qualifications (or equivalent) as a minimum.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

You need an overall score of 6.0, with at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) will also be accepted if the applicant’s element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS. After 6 April 2015, you must take your IELTS exams at one of the test centres listed on the UKVI website.

Pearson Test of English Academic

You need an overall score of 59 with no less than 59 in each skill.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

You need grade C or above.

Cambridge Certification in Advanced English (CAE)

You need grade C or above.

 

 

Deadlines

26 January 2022 – UCAS deadline

Applications for all UCAS Undergraduate courses, except those with a 15 October deadline, should arrive at UCAS by 6pm on 26 January 2022. This is the ‘equal consideration’ deadline, which means course providers must consider all applications received by this time equally. 

25 February 2022 – UCAS Extra opens

If you’ve used all five choices, and you’re not holding any offers, you can add another choice using Extra.

19 May 2022 – University decision deadline

If you applied by 26 January and you’re still awaiting a decision from one of your choices, we have until today to decide whether we’re making you an offer. Any choices that are still outstanding after this will be made unsuccessful.

9 June 2022 – Deadline to reply to offers

If you receive all your university decisions by 19 May, you must reply to any offers by today (except if you are using Extra to find a place), otherwise they’ll be declined.

30 June 2022 – Final day to make an application to five universities

You can still apply with up to five choices until 6pm today. After this, your application will automatically be entered into Clearing. 

4 July 2022 – Final day to apply for a course in Extra 

This is the last day to add an Extra option to your 2022 application. If you don’t hold any offers after this, you will be able to add an additional choice using Clearing. 

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Expenses (GBP)

Tuition (per year)

14250

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Application Fee

0

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Program expenses

University & General Expenses

REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Level of Education
Min GPA (max=100)

60

IELTS
6.00

accommodation

The university offers three different student residential buildings, all of which are within walking distance from the university campuses. All students that are residing in these buildings can take advantage of the free transport that the university offers. What is more, all the dorms are equipped with facilities like fridge, Shower, toilet facilities, Wi-Fi, bed Wardrobe, Washbasin and mirror, as well as car parking and bicycle storage.
The first student residence of the university is called Scotia Quay that costs up to £95.50 per week. Each room is suitable for up to 5 students. the second one is named Panns Bank costs about £77.79 a week and is also suitable for families of four. Lastly, Clanny House also costs around £77.79 per week and is suitable for couples as well as single students.

After Graduation

All the students have the opportunity to seek help from The Careers and Employability Service, a team dedicated to helping students find proper and suitable employment either during or after their education.
Students are encouraged to take on part-time vocational roles in order to gain perspective on the reality of the labor market and also earn extra cash. As a matter of fact, the university helps and guides them during this process. It helps students find part-time jobs that do not impact their studies or temporary jobs that can be done during vacations and breaks. Students also have the chance to take part in paid or unpaid internships and job placements that are related to their field of study.
The Careers and Employability Service also helps students with finding employment after graduation. They help students with the resumes, CVs, job applications and job interviews.

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Radio, Audio and Podcasting MA

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Postgraduate Certificate / Master's Degree

The University of Sunderland in England

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