Media Technology
BSc (Hons)

Based at MediaCityUK
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Media Technology at Salford

1.

Students were 100% satisfied with their course (NSS, 2015)

2.

Merge engineering theory with production know-how and practical course work

3.

Opportunities to learn cutting-edge technologies from industry practitioners and to work on industry live briefs

Course Summary

The rapid growth in communications, High Definition 4K and UHDTV, the internet and mobile technologies has created a demand for graduates with broad technical skills, specifically in operational areas, systems design, broadcast engineering and networked media technology. This course will enable you to learn the theory behind video, audio, IT and IP practices which lay the foundation for a variety of technical industries including broadcast and cinema, radio, TV and internet-delivered media.

This course combines engineering theory with production know-how. You will learn about the principles and functions of video, audio and multimedia systems while gaining core skills and knowledge in electronics, design systems and the technical characteristics of Digital Cinema, standard definition and High Definition  and Ultra High definition Television. You will also learn about the requirements for radio and TV broadcasting in Britain and Europe by completing a project on a technology area of your choice.

The course has an impressive employment record in broadcast technical operations, broadcast engineering and systems design. Students gain work as broadcast engineers in transmission and distribution companies or in systems design companies as proposals engineers, technical sales, engineering or project management. There are multiple generations of our graduates working with and for each other in a number of leading broadcast companies including the BBC, SIS, TSL, Blackmagic design, MTV Networks, Newtek, ITV.

The Media Technology programme has full accreditation by Creative Skillset, giving industry and academic recognition to the programme and its contribution to the sector.

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BSc (Hons) Media Technology student Adam on his final project to design an outside broadcast truck for the World Cup, exhibited as part of the Create@Salford Festival at Salford's MediaCityUK campus.

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Final year BSc Media Technology student Daniel on his project being shown as part of the Create@Salfrd Festival at MediaCityUK.

Kevin Linsay,

BSc (Hons) Media Technology graduate

“This course gave me a good grounding in all areas of television engineering thanks to the wide range of modules available. As an uplink engineer for news gathering companies, in the heart of Baghdad or Kabul, the most useful tools have been the ones given to me by the University. The course didn’t just give me a degree and through that a job, but also it gave me several very good friends that work in the industry and the know-how to get jobs in a very competitive field.”

Course Details

Course Structure

Year 1

The Media Technology degree course offers a common first year of topics and lecture material. This establishes the foundations and core elements to the work that will be undertaken in your second and third years.

Year 2

In year 2 on Media Technology  you will be focusing on broadcast engineering, technical operations and systems design.

Year 3

In year 3 you will complete an Honours project on a technology area of your choice and will learn about the requirements for radio and TV broadcasting at present in Britain and Europe.

Year 1

  • Audio Theory and Practice
  • Video Electronics: Theory and Practice
  • Studio Practice and Design
  • Web Design and Internet Technology
  • Media Technologies Evolution and Implementation
  • Communications and Maths for Engineers

Year 2

  • Studio Operations
  • Transmission and Signals Theory
  • Media Workflows for Broadcast and Cinema
  • Acquisitions and Tapeless Workflows
  • Studio Operations and Production Techniques
  • Introduction to Systems Design

Year 3

Core Modules:

  • Major Project
  • Systems Integration
  • High Definition in Cinema and Outside Broadcast Production

Electives:

  • Sound Design for Broadcast and Cinema
  • Streaming Edit Workflows for Broadcast and Cinema

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
GCSE Media, IT, Double Science or Maths at grade C or above
UCAS tariff points 88-104 points
GCE A level CCD-BCC. Media, IT, Physics, Maths, electronics preferred. General studies is not accepted
BTEC National Diploma MMM. Media, IT, Maths or physics bias
Scottish Highers 88-104 points, to include Media, IT, Maths, Physics
Irish Leaving Certificate 88-104 points, to include Media, IT, Maths, Physics
International Baccalaureate 28 points, to include Media, IT, Maths, Physics

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Applicant profile

A Media Technology student is someone who knows how to use a camera but also wants to know how the camera works. You should be up to date with all the new technologies on the market and have an appreciation of the role of computing in modern society.  

Preferred background subjects are media and IT, sciences, electronics, CDT and physics.

We welcome applications from mature students without formal/traditional entry requirements but with relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully. If you have a relevant HND, you may be able to join the course in year 2.

This degree is also offered with a foundation year specifically designed for international students.

Teaching

The course is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical operational skills workshops.

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BSc (Hons) Media Technology student Charlotte on her final project

Assessment

The course uses a combination of exam, assignment and project-based assessments.

Employability

The Media Technology Degree has an impressive employment record in broadcast technical operations, broadcast engineering and systems design.

Media Technology graduates tend to go into four core areas of the industry:

  • Broadcast technical operations
  • Broadcast engineering
  • Systems design
  • Network and broadcast workflow

Students gain work as broadcast engineers in transmission and distribution companies or in systems design companies as proposals engineers, technical sales, engineering or project management. In a number of leading broadcast companies like the BBC, SIS, TSL and MTV Networks there are multiple generations of our graduates working with and for each other.

Career Prospects

Alumni Profile

Kevin Linsay BSc (Hons) Media Technology

"This course gave me a good grounding in all areas of television engineering thanks to the wide range of modules available. As an uplink engineer for news gathering companies, in the heart of Baghdad or Kabul, the most useful tools have been the ones given to me by the University. The course didn't just give me a degree and through that a job, but also it gave me several very good friends that work in the industry and know how to get jobs in a very competitive field."

Recent graduates of this course:

  • David Fairhurst - Trainee Broadcast Engineer - MTV Networks London
  • Raphael Williams - Sound Engineer - OBs Freelance
  • Andrew Holden - Trainee Satellite and Transmission Engineer - Triffield Productions London
  • Darren Gosney - Product Engineer/Camera Operator - Blackmagic
  • Jack Bredbury - Transmission Network Engineer - Aqiva London
  • Mike Kerry - Transmission Engineer Ideal World 
  • Paul Busby - Junior Project Engineer - TSL
  • Tony Pinder - Junior Project Engineer - TSL
  • Ryan Walsh - Trainee Broadcast Engineer MTV Networks London
  • Ross Elliot - Transmission Network Engineer - Aqiva London
  • Jo Curtis - Master Control Room Engineer - SIS Milton Keynes
  • Dan Burton - Junior Proposals Engineer - DB Associates

Links with Industry

The course has links with the BBC, SIS, Aqiva, Granada, TSL, and Megahertz UK.

Placement Opportunities

Further Study

Fees and Funding

Fees for entry in 2017-18 will be published as soon as possible.

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£9,000
Part-timeYour annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying
Full-time International£11,500

Additional costs

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

 

Facilities

You will be taught in a state-of-the-art engineering lab/lecture space and make broadcast standard programme material in our High Definition studios at MediaCityUK.

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Take a guided tour of the University's facilities at MediaCityUK.