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Start Date(s): September


MA (one year full-time) 

PgDip (nine months full-time)

Fees 2018-19:

2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.

UK - £7,560

International - £13,860

In Brief:

  • Make use of our industry standard TV production facilities at our campus based in the media hub that is MediaCityUK
  • Take your post-production skills to a professional standard
  • Implement your knowledge through live briefs and opportunities for industry placements – this course isCreative-Skillset accredited
  • Based at MediaCityUK
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

This course will equip you with a solid grounding in the specialist skills and advanced theory that apply to post-production practice.

During your time with us, you will tackle self-directed and team-orientated industry briefs. This will give you a practical understanding of the creative processes, production workflow and industry techniques looked for by employers.

Download the guidelines to apply for this course here.

Course Details

On successful completion of the course, you’ll be able to demonstrate an advanced knowledge of creative and technical skills in your chosen specialism of media production.

Full-time study option

The Creative Development Projects (CDP) module offers you a chance to develop skills appropriate to your programme of study within an atmosphere and philosophy of innovation and experimentation. The module is built around programmes of lecture/ seminars and workshops in which you will develop your creative and critical skills through applied theory and practical work. You may work in production teams.
A series of lectures aims to develop your appreciation and engagement with critical approaches to contextualising and informing students’ practical creative work. The lectures examine the theory and practice of media production and contextualise the contemporary broadcasting and film environment.
Through a series of lectures, seminars and tutorials that aim to develop your specialisms, the module will examine the practice and theory of media production readying you for pitching your ideas to a panel of academics and industry practitioners, and developing your creative and critical skills through applied theory and practical work.
A series of lectures, seminars and workshops aim to develop production craft specialisms in readiness for production in Semester 2 and 3 if appropriate. The module will examine and enhance the practice and theory of media production advancing your creative and technical skills. Where appropriate this would provide opportunities to prepare you for your final Major Practice Research Module (Semester 3).
This is an opportunity to demonstrate both the theoretical and practical skills that you’ve gained over the two previous semesters. You will demonstrate your creative, technical and critical skills through self-directed practice and research that demonstrates original and innovative work within the field of contemporary media practice.


This is an opportunity to demonstrate the theoretical skills that you’ve gained over the two previous semesters. You will demonstrate your creative and critical skills through self-directed research that demonstrates original and innovative work within the field of contemporary media practice.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a 2:1 degree with an appropriate amount of media production, technology and design experience.

For the MA programmes in Media Production you will be required to submit a project proposal related to your chosen specialist field, to support your application. A brief written synopsis (max. 500 words) of your ideas would also be required. Please note that this would be for discussion purposes at the interview only.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Suitable For

Media practitioners and students. You’ll find the course particularly valuable if you want to build on your knowledge of post-production and current media practice. The course also provides a direct pathway for progression from a number of our undergraduate courses.

Fees 2019-20

Fees for entry in 2019 will be displayed shortly.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Full-time International£13,860

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships and Bursaries

For more information please see our funding section.

The University of Salford is participating in the British Council Great China Scholarship programme. This means students in China interested in studying on this course can apply for one of two £5,000 scholarships. Further information can be found at


The teaching of this course is comprised of seminars, workshops in storytelling and production practice, study of broadcast and editorial guidelines, independent research, collaborative project work and film screenings.

The aim is to support your learning with an effective blend of theory and creative practice and to encourage ownership of your learning through self-directed projects.


Methods of assessment depend on the module and elective pathway you are taking. They include:

  • Creative projects portfolios and productions
  • Live briefs
  • Critical reflections
  • Presentations
  • Essay

Each module has its own assessment package and this is structured appropriately to reflect the module content. Practical-based modules are assessed by project and a reflective critical evaluation.

Postgraduate Staff Profile

“My background is primarily in post-production and I have worked for the University since 1993 in a variety of roles, from technical support to academic leadership. I have been a key member of a number of teams within the School of Arts & Media that have seen the transition from analogue to digital-media production. Since our move to MediaCityUK, I have worked with a number of broadcast and post-production companies to bring industry expertise and knowledge to the students on the course through a series of guest lectures and workshops. I helped in the initial development of both the MA in Wildlife Documentary Production and the MA in Media Production: Post-Production, and I was successful in gaining Skillset accreditation for both courses. I have also taught internationally at the International Film and TV School (EICTV) in Cuba and delivered and wrote a number of short courses and workshops for the school, between 2000 and 2010. These included CPD’s school staff and students, including a short three-week course in wildlife-film-production techniques.”

Fraser Durie Programme Leader


Career Prospects

This course is your route to careers across media. Roles could involve audio and video editing, special-effects work and audio dubbing. Past students have taken work placements with 360 Media, Granada, Sumners Post Production, Films @ 59, Flix Facilities and the BBC Natural History unit.

Alumni Profile

Jake Whiston, Graduated 2012

Shortly after completing the course, Jake joined Lime Pictures in Liverpool as assistant editor.

Miles Aspey Graduated 2012

Joined Deltatre working predominately in BBC Sport. Left in July 2013 to work as an assistant editor for Formula One Management.

Sarah David Graduated 2013

Post Production assistant at Online Post Production.

Links with Industry

To develop your skills and employability, there are opportunities on our Media Production courses to work on live briefs and gain valuable work experience. Previous students have worked with:

  • CBBC
  • Framestore
  • BBC Writersroom
  • BBC Natural History Unit
  • Nine Lives Media production company
  • Sumners Post Production Facility House
  • BBC Fast Train, BBC Academy, BBC Red Nose Day and BBC Turn Up the Talent
  • Sheffield Documentary Festival, Salford Media Festival, One World Media Festival

The following prominent speakers have delivered guest lectures:

  • Sir David Attenborough
  • Joe Godwin (Director of BBC Childrens)
  • Steve Hewlett (Media commentator / Guardian Columnist)
  • Tony Palmer (Documentary filmmaker)
  • Jackie Priddle (Aardman Animation Producer)
  • BBC Stepping Out and Audience Research Team


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