Interested in an action-packed career at the cutting edge of outside broadcasting, live events and sports coverage? This distinctive degree gives you genuine industry experience and all the skills and knowledge you need.
- Gain an in-depth understanding of the engineering and technology behind broadcasting such as production, vision mixing, replay systems and signal distribution
- Get involved in exciting media productions, from sports broadcasting and performance production to interactive displays and video creation
- Take some classes with our industry partner, Cloudbass: a unique opportunity to access industry-standard equipment and expertise
- Benefit from working on a variety of real live broadcast productions with Cloudbass in your final year
- Learn from practising broadcast engineers for important and current insights into the profession
- Boost your employability – we are ranked 15th highest among all UK universities and 12th for English institutions, with 96% of graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree (HESA 2016)
Find out more about the exciting projects being undertaken by staff and students in our Entertainment Engineering specialist subject group.
If you have the potential and ambition to study with us, but feel you’re not quite ready to join the BSc (Hons) Broadcast Engineering and Live Event Technology right now, why not consider taking this course with a foundation year?
Broadcast engineering is a constantly evolving area that requires highly skilled professionals who can keep up with the introduction of new technologies and techniques. This course prepares you to meet that challenge and chart a successful career path in the industry.
A unique approach
Our BSc (Hons) Broadcast Engineering and Live Event Technology takes a unique approach to fostering future talent for the industry. Because part of your time will be spent at an outside broadcast firm, with teaching by current engineers in the industry, your qualification will set you apart from other university graduates.
Broadcast engineering includes outside broadcast, live events coverage, sports coverage and pre/post production. Throughout the course, you will be involved in a wide range of exciting media productions, from sports broadcasting and performance production to interactive displays and video creation.
Dynamic learning experiences
You will study in the outstanding facilities at our Markeaton Street site and at Cloudbass, an industry leader in outside broadcast based in Derbyshire. Cloudbass works on high-profile projects spanning everything from sports coverage to awards ceremonies.
Your learning experience will be rich and varied. The course involves a mixture of taught classes, lectures, guided practical sessions, lab sessions, group discussion, studio-based independent learning, reflective journal making, broadcast site visits, research-based essays, presentations and a dissertation.
You will study modules such as:
- Electronic and Mathematical Fundamentals
- Engineering Workshop
- Introduction to Broadcast
- Analogue and Digital Electronics
- Sound Technology
- Broadcast Techniques 1
- Signals, Compression and Data Flow
- Computing and Communication Technology
- Broadcast Audio
- Broadcast Techniques 2
- Video Audio Production
- Electronic Systems
- Independent Technology Project
- Broadcast Practice
- Broadcast Systems and Transmission
- Multi-Channel Sound System Design
- Embedded Systems
- Audio DSP
- Streaming Media
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
You will be based at our industry partner, Cloudbass, for some of your classes. Through this industry link, you will become involved in working with other broadcast companies such as Calrec and RTS too.
The course features field trips to live production events and, as part of your assessments in your final year, we assess you while you work on live broadcast events.
How you will be assessed
You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including practical assessments, logbooks, exams, written coursework, group work and lab work.
September 2019 typical entry requirements
|UCAS points||112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
No specific subject requirements
|Specific requirements at GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|IELTS||6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - DMM
- Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6
We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
When you graduate, you will be well prepared to work in a number of roles including vision mixer, broadcast engineer, audio engineer or live event producer. The direct involvement of a leading industry specialist in this degree means you can be confident you have the skills that the industry is seeking.
We have an excellent employment track record, and our graduates are now succeeding in all areas of the wider entertainment industry. You could work as an engineer at a hire or production company – specifying, designing and operating sound, lighting, staging and video systems – or you could work as a theatre technical manager. Many of our graduates become freelance engineers or set up their own businesses.
As well as progressing to postgraduate studies, some graduates take the opportunity to work in broader fields such as design and manufacturing, media, broadcasting, acoustics, technical sales and support, education and event technology.
Where are they now? Find out where our graduates’ careers have taken them.
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Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.