MSc Factual Television

A unique course in Scotland, this MSc focuses on factual content for broadcast television. Developed with industry and taught by experienced practitioners.

Factual Television

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September 2021, September 2022
  • Duration MSc full-time: 12 months
  • Mode of study Full-time, Campus based, Stand-alone modules

This MSc Factual Television gives you the tools you’ll need to create factual content for broadcast. Developed with industry and taught by experienced practitioners, this course is focussed on practice: growing ideas, developing proposals and making programmes.

You’ll learn how to develop factual content, how the modern television industry works and how issues of editorial and ethics affect programme-makers today.

Hands-on experience is at the heart of everything we do in production at Stirling. Our courses mirror professional practice in the industry: teaching includes masterclasses, workshops and pitching panels with experienced practitioners.

The course will cover core areas of factual TV:

  • programme development
  • documentary
  • factual formats
  • specialist factual

During this course, 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 industry briefs
  • pitching ideas
  • getting feedback from staff and visiting experts

You’ll also develop and produce filmed pieces as part of the 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

Work placements

This course is focussed on supporting you to grow your experience, skills and network of contacts in the industry, in preparation for launching your career. Your tutors will support you in finding an industry placement and/or mentor from the industry during the spring and summer semesters. Our students have secured placements with BBC Scotland, STV, Channel 4, Tern Television, Firecrest Films, Lion Television, and many more. 

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.

Faculty facilities

Our students learn practical skills using industry-standard kit – broadcast quality cameras and edit software including Avid and Premiere Pro.

Research overview

University of Stirling Communication, Cultural and Media Studies research was ranked first in Scotland for research impact in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), with 70% of our research classed as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'. The  (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

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