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MA Community Radio

1 year 2 years School of English & Journalism Lincoln Campus [L] Validated

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Lincoln offers the only MA Community Radio programme in the UK, providing hands-on experience of producing and presenting, and an understanding of community radio’s relationship to the wider media industry.

The University of Lincoln is home to Siren FM, the country’s first Ofcom-licensed, campus-based community radio station. This Master’s provides the opportunity to become involved in Siren FM’s output, with unparalleled practical experience for a senior role in radio.

This programme is taught by expert academics with more than 25 years’ experience in community broadcasting, who conduct pioneering research into the subject. A programme of high-profile guest speakers, including John Pilger and Dorothy Byrne, offers all students in the School of English & Journalism the chance to learn from some of the industry’s most experienced practitioners.

Research Areas, Projects & Topics

Research topics include:

  • Community Radio Theory and Production
  • Community Radio Management
  • Arts Reporting
  • International Human Rights
  • Comparative Media History.

Days Taught

Wednesday and Thursday

How You Are Assessed

Assessment is mostly continuous, via essays, portfolios, reports, presentations and case studies.

Interviews & Applicant Days

All candidates are interviewed.

Entry Requirements

A minimum 2:2 honours degree

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each element, or equivalent.

Key Contacts

Alex Lewczuk
+44 (0)1522 886245

+44 (0)1522 886097

Masters Level

Arts Reporting (Option)

This module deals with the skills of the reviewer, whether in literature, film, exhibition, TV, theatre, or the creation of other media artefacts.

Comparative Media History (Option)

Comparative Media History: This module enables the student to appreciate trends and changes within media industries worldwide on a comparative basis between countries and between platforms.

Contemporary Issues in Sports Journalism (Option)

This module is a ‘must’ not only for aspiring sports reporters, but also for those who take an interest in how sport issues relate to the world of news and current affairs.

Core Broadcast

You will learn the key skills to become broadcast journalists and adapt those skills to your specialist field. This module allows you to experience first hand the differences between the broadcasting and print mediums in an increasingly ‘converged’ media landscape. Radio production provides an excellent means of improving verbal communication skills for all involved.

Core Writing

You will learn the key skills required to write as journalists and then focus those skills in arts journalism. The module offers an essential introduction to reporting, researching, interviewing, news values and news writing necessary for employment in all areas of the profession.

Ethics in Science and Environmental Journalism (Option)

This module follows on from the Law and Journalism and Society modules in Semester A to provide more in-depth reflection on philosophical issues and an opportunity for students to consider more fully the kind of dilemmas that they are likely to encounter as working journalist.

Final Project or Dissertation (MACR)

Dissertation, portfolio of articles, radio documentary, chapters for a book or webpages.

Students spend the final semester during the summer on self-directed learning, having already decided on the form of media product that they will produce. Each person is allocated their own tutor for support and guidance. This final project provides an opportunity to research and make an in-depth study of the student’s chosen subject. Whatever the platform for delivery, this is a challenging piece of long-form work that will attract the interest of future employers and prove that the student can achieve a truly high standard, reflective investigation and product at Masters level.

International Human Rights (Journalism) (Option)

Integrating theory and practice, students are given a grounding in the fundamental contemporary world issues, as well as the opportunity to participate in discussions and to do their own research and writing on selected areas of conflict.

Research and Professional Placement

You will be able to take up a work placement in one or several different media organisations of your choice and receive prior guidance, together with career advice. Tutors will help with research of the employment market, arrange international, national or local work placements and support students as they build their individual career profile, CV and work experience.

This module also provides methodological understanding, support and advice on the final project. You will then prepare a presentation and a written proposal for a dissertation, a documentary project, or a portfolio of articles.

Specialist Reporting and Production

In this module students decide on a specialist subject area, study the nature of correspondents’ work in their chosen field, and also prepare longer 'feature' pieces aimed at specifically targeted audiences. Writing and research skills are relevant to all media platform.

Special Features

Siren FM, based on the University’s main campus, is the country’s first Ofcom licensed community radio service based at an English university. The current Chair of the Community Media Association is also Managing Editor of Siren FM.

The programme benefits from the considerable range of visiting speakers within the School of Journalism, regular dealings with OFCOM and over 20 years broadcasting expertise.


Placements can be arranged on an individual basis.

Career and Personal Development

Within the expanding world of access radio nationally and internationally, this course is designed to provide opportunities for students who wish to actively pursue employment in the sector and those who have a passion for the development and growth of the broadcast and audio media world.

The substantial growth of access and community radio services over the past two years has created a major opportunity for a programme which can provide appropriate academic and practical skills in the area.

Tuition Fees

   2015/16 Entry*  2016/17 Entry*
Home/EU £6,880 £7,100
(including Alumni Scholarship 30% reduction)
£4,816 £4,970
(including Non-Alumni Scholarship 20% reduction)
£5,504 £5,680
International £15,602 £15,700
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)
£13,602 £13,700
 Part-time Home/EU  £38 per credit point  £39 per credit point
 Part-time International  £87 per credit point  £87 per credit point

* Academic year September- July
** Subject to eligibility


A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters courses will be introduced in the UK, beginning from the 2016-17 academic year. Under the new scheme Individuals will be able to borrow up to £10,000 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Masters qualification.


As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Masters Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.


For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.