Department of Animal and Plant Sciences,
Faculty of Science
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.
We accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies. Find out more on the Medical School's website.
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 Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn.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.
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.
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’re assessed on written and creative coursework, reflective pieces, practical exercises and a dissertation.
- 1 year full-time
- 2 years part-time
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.
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.
MSc Science Communication
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.
Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.
Fees and funding
You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.
+44 (0)114 222 4774
Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.
Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.