Science Communication and Public Engagement

Programme description

We hope the programme will be fully on-campus in 2021-2022; however this will be dependent on Covid-19. The details provided are based on restrictions related to Covid-19 being removed. Should restrictions remain in place, changes to the delivery of the programme may be required. An update will be provided in early March 2021.

Please note this MSc is not a programme in communication science and does not specialise in marketing, advertising, or corporate communication.

About the programme

The fields of science communication and public engagement are currently enjoying unprecedented growth.

This is driven by a greater need to demonstrate and share the impact of publicly funded research, the need for research to be valued and a desire for a stronger evidence base for policy.

*Many career opportunities are emerging at the interface between research and various stakeholder groups, and ever more creative methodologies for engagement are being explored. The programme covers communication of all sciences, engineering, maths and technology.

You will experience a variety of science communication and public engagement issues and methodologies. In the process, you will develop critical thinking skills and reflective practice.

The learning gained from one course is transferable to other courses, thus ensuring interconnection across the programme.

(*Revised 21 October 2020 with expanded career information.)

Programme structure

This MSc is a one-year programme, divided into three semesters. The final semester consists of a choice of research or practice-based project.

Teaching methods contain a blend of seminars with individual and small-group activities, together with practice-based sessions. Teaching styles will be designed to ‘model’ the practices in science communication and public engagement.

Compulsory courses

Semester 1

  • Principles and Practice in Science Communication and Public Engagement (20 credits)
  • Science, Society and the Media (20 credits)
  • The Role of Social Media in Science Communication and Public Engagement (10 credits)
  • Placement course

Semester 2

  • Dialogue for Science Communication and Public Engagement (20 credits)
  • Science Education (10 credits)
  • Science, Policy and Practice (10 credits)
  • Placement course
  • Choice of Elective courses (10 credits)

Examples of elective courses include*:

  • Digital Making and Information Visualisation for Science Communication and Public Engagement
  • Creative Arts and Science Engagement

Following semester 2

  • Dissertation (60 credits)

(*Revised 15 October 2020 to include examples of elective courses.)

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.

Award Title Duration Study mode
MSc 1 Year Full-time Programme structure 2020/21

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a science-related subject.

We will also consider your application if you have a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in another discipline.


 

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