2019 start
MSc

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.

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Modules

Core modules

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

Teaching

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.

Assessment

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

Duration

  • 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.

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

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

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Contact

aps.pgadmissions@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 0123

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