Liverpool Hope University, in partnership with the BBC, has launched a brand new Postgraduate Diploma in Radio & Online Journalism in a bid to address the under-representation of some groups within commercial and public service radio.

The new Postgraduate Diploma in Radio & Online Journalism will begin in January 2011 and aims to encourage as many applications as possible from radio enthusiasts with disabilities or from under-represented socio-economic and cultural groups.

The course has been designed in collaboration with BBC Radio Merseyside and the Broadcast Journalism Training Council. To encourage as many applicants as possible from a broad socio-economic range, the course fees have been set to the lowest band possible, and are just £1660 per year. The course takes place one day per week (apart from some intensive news weeks) and is part-time over 2 years, with the aim of encouraging those from a wide range of domestic circumstances. There are also 7 bursaries worth £1520 available.

If you’re interested in applying, a first degree is desirable but not essential. You can find a PDF brochure and an application form online at Liverpool Hope University’s website.

Interested parties can apply for the course by contacting the Postgraduate Office at Hope on 0151 291 3389 or via email. To discuss the course informally, you can also get in touch with Gary Morrisroe.