About the course
Science and technology has a key role to play in modern global and regional issues. To deal with them, decision makers and the general public need to be able to make evidence based choices. The MSc in Public Engagement and Science Communication will equip you with the skills (both communication and critical thinking) to effectively and efficiently explain complex issues in a way that is appropriate and relevant to the audience. In doing so, you'll have the skills to collaborate more effectively and lead in your future career.
This MSc is a cross faculty programme that taps into the most creative elements of science, drama and English to create a course that challenges science graduates to become engaging communicators. Along with the fundamentals of science communication, you'll have the opportunity to work with creative writers, theatre performers, and journalists to help you explore the medium you're most comfortable with and interested in. You'll also have the opportunity to gain real world experience through a work placement.
Alongside the taught modules, you'll conduct a piece of research into science communication, with the support of an academic supervisor and our social scientists. You'll learn through doing, and assignments will be based on real science communication activities. If you choose to write, you'll be encouraged to publish; if you take the drama modules, you will also take to the stage. This programme gives you the freedom to explore your creative ideas, whilst being guided and supervised by experienced science communicators.
£780 (20 credits)
£2,335 (60 credits)
£3,500 (90 credits)
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All applicants: TBC
You will have a minimum of a 2:2 Honours degree or equivalent in science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM). Alternatively, be able to demonstrate a significant level of knowledge and/or experience in STEM.
Applicants must also be able to demonstrate a passion for Science Communication through a personal statement. This should explain motivations for pursuing a science communication and public engagement programme and detailing any relevant experience.
Once you start this programme, you will be required to undergo an Enhanced DBS check as, in the second semester, you may come to contact with children and vulnerable adults. Should your DBS be unsuccessful, this will not affect your ability to complete the course. You will just not be able to work with vulnerable adults or children.
If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.
This course requires academic IELTS 6.5 overall, with 6.0 in each skill.
For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.
If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.