2019 start

Science Communication

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, Faculty of Science

Learn how to communicate science to the public – from world-leading experts. You’ll explore the use of different platforms and methods, to find your voice within the science communication world.
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Course description

The 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. In our newsroom, you’ll learn the principles of clear, compelling and concise storytelling. You’ll also work on a group project to plan, organise and deliver your own science event.


We accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies. Find out more on the Medical School's website.

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Core modules

  • Developing Communication Skills
  • Topical Science
  • Dissertation
  • Ethics and Regulation
  • Public Engagement
  • Communicating with the Media
  • Dealing with Data
  • Research Methods


Research in science and journalism informs our teaching. There are lectures, tutorials and seminars. You’ll also do project work, attend masterclasses and go on placements.


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


  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time
Postgraduate science communication student, Marlja Popova showing exhibit to child

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

Entry requirements

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

We also accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies.

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

Course director MSc Science Communication

Dr Millie Mockford, course director

Millie is a University teacher in animal and plant sciences with a research background in behavioural ecology.

Her research into the adaptation of bird song in urban environments has been featured on TV, radio and in the written media, locally and nationally. This unexpected limelight during her PhD brought home how important it is to train early career scientists in clear and captivating communication.

She has succeeded in embedding these skills into the curriculum - winning a University Senate Award and being invited to share her expertise in a Westminster Higher Education Forum as a result.

Her focus is on cutting across subject and faculty boundaries to bring together technical, enterprise, and narrative skills to train future science communicators.


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

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.