MA Journalism (Audio, Docs and Podcasts)

Entry year
Course code
Film and Journalism
City Campus
One year
Programme leader
Dr Anne Harbin

This course is open for applications.

We are continuing to interview applicants to this course but will do so via Skype or alternative means.

Page last updated 1 July 2020


Work alongside independent and BBC audio producers, and award-winning academics, to gain valuable experience, insights and contacts for your career in audio journalism.

Why study journalism (audio, docs and podcast)?

Today's fast-moving digital age has opened up enticing opportunities for journalists wanting to work in audio and radio.

Producers are needed to create high-quality programmes for podcasts, radio and audio documentaries - and graduates specialising in this field will build a compelling set of skills to develop a highly versatile portfolio career.

Why UWE Bristol?

Offered in partnership with the BBC, our MA Journalism (Audio, Docs and Podcasts) is for graduates with a passion for radio, and an interest in journalism and audio documentary making.

Working with award-winning audio producers, you'll learn to develop your own radio documentaries and podcasts, as you build experience of audio collection techniques, sound and recording, working in a studio and using digital editing software.

Based at the arts-focused Bower Ashton studios, you'll be immersed in audio and radio for the digital age, putting your skills into practice, and delving into the cultural industry and its supply chain.

There's a strong emphasis on developing your technical expertise, alongside the skills needed to compete as a producer, such as commissioning, pitching and getting your documentaries to air. You'll also gain useful online skills to develop your own websites and podcasts.

You will build experience on placements in some of Bristol's most innovative cultural organisations, get to pitch your work to Radio 4 commissioners, and work on your own projects with mentoring from industry.

Where can it take me?

By the end of the course, you'll be equipped to secure audio journalism work on a freelance or staff basis, in production companies and post-production facilities. You could work as a broadcast assistant, junior researcher, production assistant or studio manager.



You will study:

  • Advanced Media Law
  • Introduction to Media Law
  • Journalism Collaborative Project
  • Multimedia Journalism 1
  • Podcasting and Programming
  • Professional Practice in Journalism
  • Radio Pre-Production.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you. 

Learning and Teaching

This course offers a mix of practical and theoretical teaching, using lectures, seminars and expert-led technical workshops, to build your skills in journalism, content production, podcasting and documentary making.

The course benefits from Bristol's rich activity in the cultural and media industries. As well as teaching from faculty staff, guest speakers from the BBC and independent media production companies will play a key role.

Field visits to documentary producers will enhance your learning and bring valuable industry insight. BBC staff will help design live briefs to prepare you for professional commissions, whether for the BBC or commercial clients.

You will be expected to work to real deadlines under real-world conditions. 

You will build a portfolio to show to potential employers, and get to specialise in different areas, depending on your interests.

See our glossary of teaching and learning terms.

Study time

Formal learning takes place over two to three contact days a week and you will be expected to do the same amount of hours in self-directed study. Outside of class time, you will need to prepare course readings, and complete writing and research exercises, essays, production exercises and projects.


You will be assessed through a combination of practical work, research portfolio, exams, essays and presentations.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.



You will take part in a work shadowing scheme, to get first-hand experience of producing audio and radio documentaries.

We'll encourage you to take up placements to gain insights across all relevant digital media.

We have relationships with many of the city's cultural and creative organisations, including Watershed, Arnolfini, Ujima Radio and BBC News.

Get help to find your placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

Study facilities

You'll have access to the latest industry-standard equipment and technology within our Bower Ashton Campus's media studios.

Facilities include live radio studios with access to the latest audio software and recording equipment.

Bower Ashton is part of our City Campus, a powerhouse of inspiration and collaboration, which spans Bristol and also includes renowned contemporary arts centres Spike Island, Arnolfini and Watershed.

You'll have access to a range of teaching and learning spaces, a library, student support services and extensive technical resources, and get to connect and collaborate with some of the best creative and cultural organisations in Bristol.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

You'll have the skills and confidence to put yourself forward for entry level posts in the radio factual broadcast sector including documentary, formats and presenter-led features.

Our partnership with the BBC brings opportunities for engagement, collaboration and ultimately employment. The BBC highly values the talent, fresh ideas and enthusiasm of our students.

You could go on to secure freelance or inhouse work in production companies and post-production facilities, working as a broadcast assistant, junior researcher, production assistant or studio manager.


Supplementary fee information

See our funding pages for more information. 


Entry requirements

We are looking for highly motivated, creative students who are passionate about telling stories. Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in an art or media related subject area or equivalent, or relevant professional experience.

International applicants

For country specific entry requirements, please find your country on the Country Information pages.

Selection process

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview, where you will be expected to talk about your previous work (from audio, film, design, photography, writing, digital media, etc) and discuss the ideas you have for the stories you want to tell. Skype or telephone interviews will be arranged for international applicants.

English Language Requirement

International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with 6.0 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The University accepts a large number of UK and international qualifications in place of IELTS. To find details of acceptable tests and the required grades please visit English Language requirements.

English language support

If you meet the academic requirements but require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Students who successfully complete the pre-sessional course can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking an IELTS or equivalent.

Read more about our pre-sessional English programme.

How to apply

Read more about postgraduate applications.  

We accept applications throughout the year but if you are working to a funding deadline, you should build this into your application process.

For further information