Short courses


Making Radio Documentary

  • 10 hours
  • 5 Wednesday evenings (6:30pm to 9pm)


On this online evening course you'll learn the basic skills you need to start recording and putting together your own audio documentary, podcast or radio programme.

You'll study techniques and industry tips and listen to lots of great radio.

Practical exercises will help you lose your inhibitions and start recording.

You'll also have the opportunity to pitch and develop ideas throughout the course.

The course runs on Thursday evenings, from 7pm to 9pm, over five weeks.

This course is run by the Open City Docs School, based in UCL's Department of Anthropology.

Course content

The following content is an example of what will be covered, but is only indicative.

Session 1 

  • Where to go for ideas and inspiration
  • How to choose equipment

Session 2 

  • Pitching ideas
  • Recording

Session 3

  • Interviewing techniques
  • Structuring your documentary

Session 4

  • Editing using free programme Audacity

Session 5 

  • Scripting
  • Where to take your ideas

Who this course is for

This course is suitable for beginners.

It's aimed at people who:

  • make films and want to move into making audio documentaries
  • want to make their first radio documentary
  • are passionate about listening to radio/documentary audio

Cost and concessions

This course fees are:

  • £220 - full price
  • £180 - students
  • £160 - UCL students

Course team

Chloe Hadjimatheou

Chloe Hadjimatheou

Chole is an award winning BBC reporter and producer whose work includes: Islamic State’s Most Wanted, Searching for Tobias, No Place to Die, America Revisited, Why Do People Hear Voices?

Learner reviews

"This was a brilliant introductory course to radio documentary making - informative, practical and inspiring. I'd highly recommend it." [Ellen Wiles]

Course information last modified: 26 Jun 2023, 12:15