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Radio, M.A.

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  • 12 months
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Navigate new adventures in sound on this award-winning, industry-accredited Radio programme, offered by Goldsmiths, University of London. Bring your existing knowledge and experience to analyse radio from a theoretical and practical perspective.

About

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 Radio programme, offered by Goldsmiths, University of London, 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.

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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Creative Radio
  • Radio Journalism
  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Sound Storytelling and Intertextuality of Narrative
  • Asking the Right Questions: Research and Practice
  • Radio Studies – A Cultural Enquiry

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Apply early to avoid disappointment
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18340 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18340 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8380 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8380 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Jay Merriman-Mukoro Scholarship

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

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