Television Content Development and Production


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


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 offers a unique focus on television development and production for broadcast.  Developed in partnership with industry and taught by experienced practitioners, this programme is squarely focussed on the practical side of television production: growing ideas, developing proposals and making programmes.

Students will learn how to create 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 and access-led documentary. Within these modules, students will explore ethical issues of representation, consent, trust and editorial control and learn about the business of factual content.

Students will build their skills with a series of creative challenges: developing ideas in response to an industry brief, pitching their ideas and receiving regular feedback from staff and visiting experts. Students will also develop and produce filmed pieces as part of the Access Documentary module.

Alongside practical projects, students will develop essential career skills through an industry experience module.  Each student will be supported in researching and securing a placement, developing their own network of contacts and making the first steps towards work.

Assessment will include development projects and filmed pieces.

Key information

EU Applicants
EU students enrolling for a postgraduate taught degree in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 academic year will be admitted as Scottish/EU fee status students and will be eligible for the same tuition support as Scottish domiciled students.

  • Qualification: MSc
  • Location: Stirling Campus
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  1. Fantastic production teaching in production coupled with advanced study in editorial and ethics.
  2. Learning through experience, assessment through project-based and written work.
  3. Our close partnerships with industry offer excellent opportunities for networking and industry experience.
  4. One-to-one supervision from our dedicated, enthusiastic and industry-experienced academic staff.
  5. Access to state of the art kit and post-production facilities.

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Entry requirements

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. 

Applicants will be required to submit a written proposal of 600 words for an original factual television programme.




English language requirements

IELTS - 6.5 with 6.0 in each skill.


If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses.

Flexible Learning

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

Fees and costs


2018/19 Overseas £15,250
2018/19 Home/EU £6,300






Fees for all new applicants to postgraduate taught courses are held at the level set upon entry.

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Structure and teaching

Structure and content

This MSc in TV Content Development and Production (180 credits) covers Development, Factual Formats, Access Documentary, Specialist Factual and the Business of Television. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of professional broadcasting, and develop as insightful programme makers through project-based learning and critical analysis of editorial and ethics. Students will 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 programme explores commissioning, developments in television and online platforms and the regulatory, commercial and ethical aspects of production. Students will apply their learning through developing both programme ideas and filmed work.


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In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

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Careers and employability

Career opportunities

Industry experience opportunities is an important aspect of this programme, and students will greatly enhance their employment prospects through working to professional briefs and interacting with a wide range of professionals currently working in factual production. Several leading production companies offer placement opportunities to student on the course. Production professionals also contribute to the delivery of many modules, and in responding to relevant briefs set alongside industry, students will develop communication, team working and interpersonal skills to a professional level. Pitching regularly to senior industry personnel will also develop the entrepreneurial skills required of a 21st century media professional.


98% of our postgraduate leavers are in employment or further study withing six months of graduating - Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2015/16
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