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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

This course helps you to develop the skills to communicate science effectively to a wide range of audiences. You’ll learn about the latest topics in the science that interests you and work to communicate them to the media and beyond.

You’ll learn to target your writing and creativity for clear, concise and compelling storytelling across a range of formats.

You’ll produce a portfolio to showcase your written, digital audio/visual, outreach and event management skills.

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.

Intercalation

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

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Modules

Core modules

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Teaching

Cutting edge research in science and journalism informs our teaching. You'll attend a mix of lectures, tutorials and seminars, as well as group projects, workshops and masterclasses. Many of our students take the opportunity to go on placement during their dissertation.

Assessment

You’re assessed on written and creative coursework, reflective pieces, 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.

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.

International pathway programmes

If you’re an international student and don’t meet our entry requirements, we offer a Pre-Masters in Science and Engineering programme through the University of Sheffield International College. The programme develops your knowledge of your chosen subject, introduces you to vital study skills and provides additional support to reach the English language level for the course, should you need it.

Once you complete your Pre-Masters in Science and Engineering and achieve the required grades, you can enter your chosen postgraduate degree at the University of Sheffield.

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.

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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 (0)114 222 4774

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from. Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.