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MSc Television Content Development and Production

The first of its kind in Scotland, this MSc focusses on development and production of factual content for broadcast television. Developed with industry and taught by experienced practitioners.

Television Content Development and Production

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc
  • Start date September
  • Duration MSc full-time: 12 months
  • Mode of study Full-time, Campus based

Do you have a passion for TV? Are you fizzing with ideas for fresh, exciting content? Do you want to know how to get ideas out of your head and onto the screen? This could be the course for you.

The first of its kind in Scotland, this MSc focusses on development and production of factual content for broadcast television. Developed with industry and taught by experienced practitioners, this course is focused on the practical side of television production - growing ideas, developing proposals and making programmes.

You’ll learn how to generate great ideas and quality factual content, how the modern business of television works and how issues of editorial and ethics affect programme-makers today.

Practice is at the heart of everything we do. Developed to mirror professional practice in the industry, teaching will include masterclasses, workshops and pitching panels with experienced professionals.

The course will cover core areas of factual TV:

  • factual formats
  • specialist factual
  • access-led documentary

Within these modules, you’ll explore ethical issues of representation, consent, trust and editorial control while learning about the business of factual content.

You’ll build up your practical skills with a series of creative challenges:

  • developing ideas in response to an industry brief
  • pitching your ideas
  • receiving regular feedback from staff and visiting experts

You’ll also develop and produce filmed pieces as part of the Access Documentary module.

Alongside practical projects, you’ll develop essential career skills through an industry experience module. You’ll be supported in researching and securing a placement, developing your own network of contacts and making the first steps towards work.

  • Top reasons to study with us
  • Flexible learning

    If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

  • Research

    The University of Stirling's media research has been awarded a Grade 5 rating three times in a row in the Higher Education Funding Councils' Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), with 70% of its research classed as 'World Leading' or 'International excellence'. The Stirling Media Research Institute (SMRI) enjoys an international reputation for the quality of its work, regularly attracting a diverse array of international visitors. The SMRI has a purpose-built research facility for the use of its members. Current research is focused on:

    • Cultural Creativity
    • Film and Television
    • Journalism
    • Media and Communications Policy
    • Public Relations
    • Sport Media
    • Digital Media
    • Media Archives and Cultural Memory
  • Academic requirements

    A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2:1 preferred) or equivalent in a Media or Communications subject such as Film and Television, Broadcast Production, or Journalism. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate work experience are encouraged to apply.

    You’ll be required to submit a written proposal of 600 words for an original factual television programme.

  • English language requirements

    If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

    • IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C or above
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B or above
    • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component
    • IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20

    More information on our English language requirements

  • Pre-sessional English language courses

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

    Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses.

Our MSc TV Content Development and Production covers:

  • Development
  • Factual Formats
  • Access Documentary
  • Specialist Factual
  • The Business of Television

You’ll gain in-depth knowledge of professional broadcasting, and develop as insightful programme makers through project-based learning and critical analysis of editorial and ethics. You’ll develop a broad range of development and production skills and techniques.

Both the module content and the range of visiting lecturers will reflect current practice. The course explores:

  • commissioning
  • developments in television and online platforms
  • the regulatory, commercial and ethical aspects of production

You’ll have plenty of opportunity to apply your learning through developing both programme ideas and filmed work.

 

Modules

The module details given below are subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes. The modules outlined below represent those offered in 2018/19 on this course of study.

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Course Details

  • Fees and costs

    Fees shown are per year (fees are different for each course)

      2018/19 2019/20

    Home/EU Students

    Fees shown are for full-time, one-year Masters course*

    If you’re domiciled in Scotland, you may be eligible to apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover your tuition fees and associated living costs. Students domiciled in the EU can also apply for tuition fee support, although may not be eligible to receive funding to support living costs.

    If you're domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, you should be eligible to apply for a loan from your regional body.

    English students apply for a loan of up to £10,609 per year as part of the UK Postgraduate Loan Scheme, Welsh students can apply for a non-means tested loan of up to £13,000 from the Welsh Government and Northern Irish students are eligible to apply for support of up to £5,500.

    *Fees for students who apply for a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate will be paid on a pro-rata basis.

    If the course is taken over two years then the fee will be split evenly over the two years. Fees are not pro-rated for students who enrol on a Masters course and decide to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma - the full fee is charged.

    £6,300 TBC

    Overseas (Non-EU) Students

    Fees shown are for full-time, one-year Masters course. Fees for students who apply for a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate will be paid on a pro-rata basis.

    If the course is taken over two years then the fee will be split evenly over the two years. Fees are not pro-rated for students who enrol on a Masters course and decide to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma - the full fee is charged.

    £15,250 £15,950

    Please note: You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. If you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

  • Scholarships

    If you have the talent, ability and drive to study with us, we want to make sure you make the most of the opportunity – regardless of your financial circumstances. That’s why we offer a wide range of scholarships and funding opportunities available.

    To explore our scholarships and learn more about funding opportunities, use our scholarship finder.

  • Additional costs

    If you choose to attend your graduation ceremony, you will be liable for an additional charge. There is no charge if you wish to graduate in absentia. Learn more about additional fees.

  • Cost of living

    If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

    EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support. .

    Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling

  • Payment options

    We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay

  • 98% of our postgraduate leavers are in employment within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2015/16)

You’ll be given many industry experience opportunities throughout the course. You’ll greatly enhance your employment prospects through working with professional briefs and interacting with a wide range of professionals currently working in factual production.

Several leading production companies offer placement opportunities to students on the course. Production professionals also contribute to the delivery of many modules. In responding to relevant briefs set alongside industry, you’ll cultivate communication, team working and interpersonal skills to a professional level. Pitching regularly to senior industry personnel will help you to acquire the entrepreneurial skills required of a 21st century media professional.

Real industry connections

The University also enhances its research and teaching through meaningful connections with the media. Since 2017, we've played host to Focus on Scotland – a factual television festival that attracts leading figures from the industry and gives students an opportunity to meet with them first-hand. Watch highlights from the 2018 event below.

 

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