The fields of science communication and public engagement are currently enjoying unprecedented growth.
This is being driven by many factors including:
- a greater need to demonstrate the impact of publicly funded research
- the need for science and other expertise to be accessible to public audiences
- desire for a stronger evidence base for policy decisions
Many career opportunities are emerging at the interface between science and various stakeholder groups and ever more creative methodologies for science engagement are being explored. The programme covers communication of all sciences, engineering, maths and technology and other disciplines.
Our part-time, online learning programme provides an opportunity to gain a formal qualification in science communication without having to leave your job or move to a different location. There is no requirement to travel to Edinburgh, although you would be most welcome if you wish to visit.
You may elect to begin with the Postgraduate Certificate in the first instance and then decide to study for a Diploma and/or a Masters degree.
You will engage with other students from around the world, from a variety of different academic and professional backgrounds and you will enjoy a rich learning experience while studying on the programme.
Who this programme is for
The programme attracts students from across the globe, from a range of academic and professional backgrounds and provides a formal qualification for those working in science communication and public engagement or a conversion route for those interested in moving into this field.
Applicants often ask how much time they should set aside for study. We would recommend 10-15 hours per week.
The teaching is spread evenly throughout the year in three blocks, usually September to December, January to April, April to July.
The programme can be studied to PG Certificate, PG Diploma or Masters level – if you are interested, in a formal qualification in science communication then sign up for our Postgraduate Certificate. You can then opt to transfer to the Diploma and the Masters degree.
Year 1 (Certificate)
Courses currently on offer include:
- Introduction to Science Communication and Public Engagement
- Science Education
- Understanding Science
- Principles and Practice in Public Engagement with Science
- Science in Context
- The Role of Social Media in Science Communication
Year 2 (Diploma)
Courses currently on offer include:
- Science, Policy and Practice
- Dialogue for Science Communication and Public Engagement
- Science and the Media
- Creative Arts in Science Engagement
- Museums Exhibitions, Interpretation and Informal Learning
- Principles and Practice in Public Engagement with Science II
Year 3 (Masters)
- Dissertation project.
Find out more about compulsory and optional courses
We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.
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You will experience a variety of science communication and public engagement practices and issues. In the process, you will develop your critical thinking skills and ability to reflect on your learning.
Your learning in individual courses is transferable, ensuring interconnection across the programme, thus providing opportunities for deeper learning and for the application of key principles in different contexts.
A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent.
We may also consider your application if you have relevant work experience; please contact us to check before you apply. You may be admitted to certificate level only in the first instance.
( https://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/degrees/index.php?r=site/view&edition=2021&id=819 )