Broadcast Systems Technology BSc (Hons)

This course is part of the digital, media, film and broadcast engineering cluster of BSc degrees. It focuses on the installation of transmission equipment, AV, lighting and sound resources, and the theory and practice of electronic and electrical principles in TV broadcasting, and prepares graduates for television and video delivered by the internet.  Creative skillset logo

This course will give you a broad-based understanding of how broadcast technology is used in television, and also emerging practices connected with the delivery of video via the internet. You will also graduate with an in-depth knowledge of audio, video and data systems. Ravensbourne’s engineering students have transferable skills in technological and theoretical concepts, research and analysis, problem-solving and collaboration. You will be an engineer who can design and support a wide range of broadcast systems.

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Ravensbourne Broadcast Systems Technology students are highly prized by industry and almost 100 per cent of our graduates gain immediate employment. Many are working in industry part-time before they graduate. You can expect to work in a variety of areas in the broadcast industry from systems design, installation, maintenance and support, to studio and location production, post-production and transmission. Because this course is accredited by both Creative Skillset and BKSTS (British Kinematograph, Sound and Television Society), you will be choosing a course that has the approval of the broadcast industry.

Your learning will be focused on tutorials, practical exercises and projects guided by teaching staff and external broadcasting professionals.

6 reasons to apply for this course

  1. Very high employability of graduates 

  2. Great work experience opportunities 

  3. Great facilities - A fully tapeless HDTV studio centre 

  4. Small cohort for an individual student experience 

  5. Only engineering course to hold BKSTS industry accreditation 

  6. Enthusiastic industry-honed teaching staff 

About this course


3 years full time


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Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to possess five GCSEs (grade C or above) or equivalent (including English and Mathematics) and also to hold at least one of the following or equivalent UK or international qualification:

  • 2 A levels, grade C or above
  • 4 AS levels, grade C or above
  • 2 vocational A level, grade C or above
  • Level 3 Foundation Diploma or National Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma, grade C or above
  • International Baccalaureate, 28 points or above

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Key study topics

  • How a TV studio works to make TV programmes
  • How satellites work to beam signals into peoples’ homes
  • How to fix equipment when it goes wrong
  • How 3DTV and 3D films work to create the illusion of 3D


I've always had more practical skills than academic, so Ravensbourne was an appropriate choice for me as it has a very hands-on approach. It has allowed me to fulfil my passion in broadcasting. I was so proud to have been an engineering manager for Ravensbourne’s The Degree Show. It was the most challenging and rewarding experience of my life, working with all kinds of people and liaising with outside companies. Daniel Ashley, BSC (Hons) Broadcast Technology

What the next three years will look like

You will be assessed through the completion of practical and written work including essays, reports, individual and group presentations, critical self and peer evaluation, practical and written exams, and the completion of individual and team projects.

Year 1

You will study: mathematics; introduction to digital television; digital media technology; electronics; television systems and signals; introduction to broadcast systems technology, and theory and context.

Year 2

You will study: ICT engineering (including internet protocols); broadcast hardware systems; creative collaboration (event technology); applied mathematics; advanced electronics; intermediate broadcast systems technology; and dissertation preparation.

Year 3

You will study: advanced broadcast systems technology and project management; image and audio compression; engineering project; engineering mathematics, and dissertation.


Successful completion of this course can be followed by postgraduate study in MA/MSc Broadcast Futures.

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