2020 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.
Image of science Communication event

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.

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.

Our graduates get great jobs across science, technology and the media. They put their knowledge and passion for science to good use every day working in press offices, newsrooms, research institutes and other scientific bodies. 

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

Teaching and learning changes for 2020-21

Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have made some changes to teaching and learning for this course in the 2020-21 academic year.


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

Apply now


Core modules

Explore modules


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 score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Beth Dyson course director for Science Communication

Dr Beth Dyson, course director

Beth is a University Teaching Associate in Animal and Plant Sciences and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, with a research background in plant physiology and environmental stress.

Beth has worked extensively throughout her career with outreach and public engagement, including taking events to the Edinburgh Science Festival, Jodrell Bank, The Big Bang events and the Chelsea Physic Garden. She has also developed events to facilitate conversations between scientists and the public on controversial topics, including the climate emergency and food security.

Her work with the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology in engaging MPs and Lords with science resulted in the production of briefing papers, and the development of the Science in Policy group in Sheffield. This experience across the academic, policy and public spaces has shown a real need to train early career scientists to engage with different audiences if they are to have an impact on the future of science.

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


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

Apply now


+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.