MSc Science Communication

Faculty of Science, Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health, and Faculty of Social Sciences

Learn how to communicate science to the public – from world-leading experts. You'll explore the use of different platforms including social media.

This trailblazing course is taught by world-leading scientists and media practitioners.

They include fertility expert Professor Allan Pacey, who has considerable experience of TV and film, and Dr Louise Robson, a biomedical scientist who works with schools.

Their combined experience covers newspapers and magazines, radio and television, websites and social networks as well as writing articles and books.

Our students run their own online magazine, sharing scientific research with the public.

About the course

This course helps you develop the skills to communicate science effectively to a general audience.

We'll teach you about the latest topics in science and how to communicate these to the media and beyond.

A major part of your studies will be writing for the media and in our newsroom, you'll learn the principles of clear, compelling and concise storytelling.

We'll show you how the media works. You'll get practical experience, interacting with journalists, press officers and other media professionals.

You'll also work on a group project to plan, organise and deliver your own science exhibition.

There are lectures, tutorials and seminars. You'll also do project work, attend masterclasses and go on placements. Our students have worked on projects with partners in the creative industries, the NHS and the World Health Organisation.

You're assessed on coursework, essays, a portfolio, practical exercises and a dissertation.

Core modules

The core modules for this course are being reviewed for 2016 entry. For the latest information, see our course modules page.

Teaching

Research in science and journalism informs our teaching and you'll have access to our purpose built Science Communication Lab - much of the practical work is done there and in the Department of Journalism Studies.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars
  • Project work
  • Masterclasses
  • Placements

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Essays
  • Portfolio
  • Practical exercises
  • Dissertation

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Science Communication student


What I like most about my course is the opportunity to be creative without limitations. It is the chance to tell people more about science through newspapers, magazines, radio and TV shows, workshops or exhibitions.

Marija Popova, MSc Science Communication

Key facts

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

You'll need a 2:1 or equivalent in biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, mathematics, engineering or other science-related subject.

English Language Requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Your career

The MSc puts you in an enviable position. Employers in science and technology, the medical and pharmaceutical industries, cultural industries, the science policy sector, education and the media will see your potential.

If you decide on a research career in science, your masters will enable you to communicate your own research effectively.

The course is now five years old. Our graduates have already gone on to careers in the pharmaceutical industry and with medical and educational charities, in a variety of science communication roles.

About us

This course is taught by experts from the Faculties of Science, Social Sciences and Medicine, Dentistry and Health, giving you access to world-leading scientists and media practitioners in the field of science communication and journalism.

Our combined experience covers science communication via newspapers and magazines, radio and television, websites and social networks as well as writing articles and books.

Facilities

Science Communication students will be based in the Science Communication Lab on the main University campus. Much of the practical work is done there and in the Department of Journalism Studies where you'll have access to all the latest equipment for print, web and broadcast journalism.

Our print facilities include networked computers with Adobe Indesign, Incopy and Photoshop. For broadcasting we have access to radio and TV studios, digital TV editing suites and DV and HD camcorders. We also have multimedia and web authoring software including Dreamweaver and Adobe Premiere.

Our students run their own online magazine, www.steelscience.net, sharing scientific research with the public.

Professor Allan Pacey

I am a scientist working in the area of Reproductive Medicine and have published over 100 scientific papers. While I like writing papers and seeing them appear in print, they are only ever read by other scientists. So engaging with the public and exploring science with them is really important.

I have worked with journalists from most of the daily newspapers and regularly appear on news programmes such as the Six O’Clock News and The Today Programme. I have also helped make TV programmes, including ‘The Great Sperm Race’ (Channel 4), ‘The Truth About Food’ (BBC Two), and in 2011 a film for cinema ‘Donor Unknown’.

Professor Allan Pacey

Apply now

You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Allan Pacey
E: sciencecommunication@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 8290