Master the art of technical broadcasting during live streaming and pre-recorded events, and gain a deep understanding of the TV industry and the principles of broadcast engineering. This forward-thinking course teaches a range of traditional and emerging technologies such as satellite streaming, multi-platform streaming and cloud computing so that you leave us industry-ready.
No other broadcasting educator at the undergraduate level gives you a comparative level of creative and technical freedom to work with emerging technologies in collaboration with industry practitioners.
Set within an academic framework, students develop the right skill set and professional mindset needed to succeed in the field of broadcast engineering. This course gives students practical experience in technology and engineering for broadcast through project-based learning
Collaboration is a key component of this course and students work closely with the TV Production course on large-scale projects, both live and in the studio.
What can this course do for me?
You'll leave this course with first-class engineering skills gained through real-world technical and creative projects. Previous students have live-streamed projects with The Royal Shakespeare Company Education arm along with other prestigious partners. We're also members of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) Student Chapter, which exposes staff and students to a range of opportunities.
"The launch of RaveTV allows our television production and technology students to gain hands-on experience on a fully functioning, industry standard online station."—Dr Gary Pritchard , Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching, and Student Experience
Top reasons to apply
Very high employability of graduates.
Fantastic work experience opportunities.
Great facilities including a fully tapeless HDTV studio centre.
A small cohort for an individual student experience.
Only engineering course to hold BKSTS industry accreditation.
Enthusiastic industry-focused teaching staff.
Assessment is a very important part of the course and the learning journey as students progress towards becoming a technologist or an engineer. The benefit of assessments on this course will enable them to practise and demonstrate the learning outcomes.
Students will learn the fundamentals of television practice, be introduced to the mathematical theory behind technology and engineering, and the fundamentals behind electronic communication and digital television.
Students will apply the skills and techniques gained in the first year and experiment creatively on increasingly challenging projects. They will learn the art of science and colour, live event broadcasting, computing in relation to broadcasting, and event technology.
In the final level, a major engineering project forms the core of student's studies. Students also focus on emerging technologies and standards and deliver a final year dissertation.
Key study topics
The course is taught through a mix of practice and theory-based learning that includes lectures, workshops, seminars, projects and self-directed study and is led by industry experts who are often working in production and broadcast.
Infrastructure and systems
Students develop an understanding of technical roles within television, technologies in use in television and broadcasting, and fundamental principles of broadcast engineering.
Ravensbourne students are uniquely placed with opportunities to apply their skills whilst studying with respected industry clients and partners.
On graduation, they will be able to apply for roles within the global television community including operation engineer, systems engineer, playout support, MCR operator, streaming engineer, studio technician, outside broadcasting and production technician.
Working with industry
Ravensbourne students are uniquely placed to apply their skills while studying with respected industry clients and partners, like The Royal Shakespeare Company.
As the university is a member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) Student Chapter, students have an opportunity to engage with SMPTE’s respected international members in a variety of collaborative ways.
Ravensbourne graduates have gone on to secure extremely exciting job roles within the global television community that include working on the Olympics, the FIFA World Cup and the Wimbledon Tennis Championships.
Students will be expected to have five GCSEs (grade C/level 4 or above) or equivalent (including English), and hold at least one of the below or equivalent UK/international qualifications.
2 A levels, grade C or above
4 AS levels, grade C or above
2 vocational A levels, grade C or above
Level 3 Foundation Diploma or National Diploma
Advanced Diploma, grade C or above
International Baccalaureate, 24 points or above
International students will be required to have IELTS with an overall score of 5.5 or above, or TOEFL with an overall score of 72 or above.
If an applicant does not meet the English Language requirement at the point of application, then an additional English condition will be added to any offer of entry. In addition, a pre-sessional English Language course may be offered where appropriate. Eligibility and information will be published on the Pre-Sessional English Language course webpage.
*The above requirements are not exhaustive, and a full list of alternative equivalent qualifications, international qualifications, and additional academic requirements can be found on the Ravensbourne website, or from the Admissions Office if requested.
All students should supply a personal statement that demonstrates their interest in media, computing and/or technology.
We welcome applicants who are able to demonstrate their abilities and suitability for the course through their passion for technology and media.
When assessing if an applicant meets our entry requirements we may also consider any relevant work experience.
Fees and Scholarships
Annual fee for Home Postgraduate students: £9,250
Annual fee for International Postgraduate students: £16,500
International students making full payment of the above fee by 1 August in the year of entry receive a 5% discount.
International student progressing from Further Education to Higher Education: The cost of the foundation diploma course will be reimbursed over the three years of an undergraduate course. The discount applies for the three years of the undergraduate course and will not be applied to any repeat years.
In addition to any government loans you may be eligible for, Ravensbourne University London has a limited amount of bursaries and scholarships for undergraduate students.
This financial support has been designed to assist in the costs of travel, meals and/or course equipment. Due to restricted funding, and a large number of eligible students, our financial support is limited and is subject to change.
We strongly advise all prospective students to consider all the costs of study including accommodation, travel, equipment, and sustenance whilst undertaking their course and to have alternative means of funding such as part-time work and/or savings.