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Start Date(s): September; January


One year full-time
Two year part-time

Fees 2018-19:

2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.

UK - £7,560

International - £13,860

In Brief:

  • You will be based in MediaCityUK and surrounded by a wide range of TV and media production companies, post production houses and TV studios.
  • You will receive bespoke guidance from current broadcast and media production managers across a wide range of genres. You will also develop your networking skills through engagement with the industry with particular emphasis with the media professionals based at MCUK.
  • You will have the opportunity to work on industry live briefs and / or undertake work experience. The flexibility of the programme will also allow you to continue with your career outside the course.
  • Based at MediaCityUK
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

This course is designed for students who want to work in the field of Production Management within TV and Media. You will gain practical industry experience the planning, organization, execution  and delivery of TV production in the genres of documentary, studio and drama.  

You will gain hands-on experience of dissecting and managing production workflow and develop the skill of creative problem-solving and people management techniques from industry professionals.  

Located in the heart of MCUK, you will have the opportunity to network with industry production managers in seminars, masterclasses, tuition and industry aligned projects.   This course has strong links with BBC, ITV, True North, Dock 10 and many other high profile production companies across the UK.

There will be plenty of opportunities to get involved with industry projects  and to apply for work experience with the Media Industry.

Course Details

This course embraces a range and diversity of practices and aims to:

  • Provide the skills needed to professionalise careers through industry work-based learning, projects working with industry in production and post production management.
  • Develop creative, critical, analytical and intellectual competencies appropriate to Masters level degree study, which is informed by current industry practice.
  • Enhance your knowledge and understanding of professional, contextual and collaborative frameworks and equip you with creative problem solving and team leadership skills

Course Structure

The programme structure consists of five modules:

  • Production Management for Factual Programming (30 credits)
  • Production Management for Drama (30 credits)
  • Production Management for Studio and OB  (30 credits)
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Practice  (30 credits)
  • Practice Research Project (60 credits)


  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Full-time Mode

For the full-time study option:

  • Semester 1 - October to February
  • Semester 2 - February to June
  • Semester 3 - June to September

Part-time Mode

Year One

You will take two of the following modules:

  • Production Management for Factual Programming  (30 credits)
  • Production Management for Drama (30 credits)
  • Production Management for Studio and OB (30 credits)
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Practice (30 credits)

Year Two

You will take two of the following modules:

  • Production Management for Factual Programming (30 credits)
  • Production Management for Drama (30 credits)
  • Production Management for Studio and OB  (30 credits)
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Practice  (30 credits)
  • Practice Research Project (60 credits)


  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Entry Requirements

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

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

Graduates who want to gain a Master’s qualification in Production Management with a view to working in TV production management in either Drama, Documentary or Studio and OB productions.

Production Co-ordinators who want to develop their career skillset in order to become Production Managers.

Production Co-ordinators who have experience in one genre but want to broaden their intellectual and practical experience of other TV production genres in order to make themselves more flexible and resilient in the workplace.

Degree Grade: 2:1 and above.

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


This course uses a range of teaching and learning settings including lectures, seminars/workshops, tutorials, situated learning (e.g. ‘live’ projects) and independent and online learning.    

The combination of these aims is to develop an environment that allows students to progressively take ownership and direction of their learning so that they may develop as independent, life-long learners.  

The process of Masters level study is one of dense critical self-reflection; this is achieved by including self-directed projects where students have the opportunity to negotiate their learning and assessment requirements.

Indicative to the course are:

  • Formal lectures
  • Seminar presentations
  • Workshops
  • Critical analysis and independent learning.

Award specific learning activities include exercises from industry; team and peer-based learning, site visits, visiting professionals, work placements, online activities, working with industry mentors.

Independent Learning
When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. We advise you should take around 42 hours of independent study per week. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library, the learning zone and


Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework etc to add up to 100%


You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

We aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working

You will be assessed throughout the course on:

  • Body of work and contextual research: e.g action research/ production portfolios.
  • Reflective journals: log or sketch-book/statement/critical writing/seminar or other presentation*  

All submissions are comprised of a body of practice plus a contextual and critical research portfolio, and reflective logs/journals and case studies.

*You can negotiate the format of your submissions, in response to the needs and priorities within your practice, and in line with contemporary professional practice habits.

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Maire Tracey

Lecturer in TV and Radio Production : Maire Tracey is an award-winning Producer and Director working for the UK, international broadcasters, BBC and ITV for the past 15 years.  She has produced specialist factual documentaries internationally in China and America and has expertise in a wide range of programming from history to science to factual entertainment.  She has developed and taught on modules on the BA TV and Radio.

Ric Michael

Lecturer in TV and Radio Production: Ric Michael is an innovative and experienced media writer, producer and media trainer with a successful track record of ground-breaking work in music, comedy and television.  As Head of Development at leading UK TV production company, Baby Cow, he established a reputation for bringing through and nurturing new talent – skills he uses in delivering creative media modules at Salford University digital MediacityUK campus.


Career Prospects

Students with previous TV experience as a Production Co-ordinator can expect to apply for jobs as Production Managers in either their genre or apply for jobs as Production Managers in other TV genres.

Students with no previous TV experience can expect to apply for jobs as production co-ordinators with the expectation that, with the skillset you acquire, you will be fast-tracked to becoming a Production Manager.

Links with Industry

All of the lecturers teaching on the MA in Production Management have extensive industry experience working in the production of Drama, Documentary and Studio. The course has strong links with ITV,  BBC, True North, Nine Lives, Blakeway North.  

External speakers from the above companies will work with the students through guest lectures, live briefs and seminars.  

Production Executives and Production Managers at ITV and True North and the BBC have expressed their desire to work with graduates from the MA in Production Management.   They have collaborated with the university to ensure that students taking this course acquire the appropriate skillset needed to work in this field.

Further Study

Graduates from this course pursue professional practice via a range of enterprise, employment and self-employment strategies and contexts.

Continuing practice-based and driven research is supported via MPhil/PhD courses at the University of Salford.

Graduates can become associate members of the School of Arts & Media Research Centre or other Research centres as appropriate to individual practice drivers.


The MA Production Management is located in the heart of MediaCityUK and surrounded by production companies, ITV, BBC , Dock 10 and post production houses.  The advantage of this location include:

  • Visits to studio productions for example Coronation Street, Jeremy Kyle, University Challenge, Lime Pictures etc.
  • Visits to facility houses for example, Dock 10, The Farm, Flix etc
  • Media Industry speakers

Opportunities to work on industry aligned projects and undertake work-based learning and work experience

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