MSc Science Communication

Faculty of Science, Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health, and Faculty of Social Sciences

Learn how to communicate science to the public – from world-leading experts. You’ll explore the use of different platforms including social media.

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

About the course

September 2018 start

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 exhibition.

Core modules

Science Communication students

  • Developing Communication Skills
  • Topical Science
  • Dissertation
  • Ethics and Regulation
  • Writing for the Media
  • Communicating with the Media
  • Online Journalism Studies
  • Research Methods

Teaching and assessment

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.

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

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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I am a scientist working in the area of reproduction and behaviour. As an active researcher, I publish regularly in scientific journals. Academic publishing is crucial for scientific progress, but papers are only read by other scientists. It is important we find ways of communicating our research to broader audiences and engaging the public with science.

I have worked with journalists and have appeared on several radio and TV programmes. I have been involved with several major science events, including the annual Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, and I established a popular public engagement programme at the University's zoological museum. I was recently named the Royal Society of Biology's Science Communicator of the Year.

Dr Nicola Hemmings, Programme Lead

Dr Nicola Hemmings

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Chloe Davies
T: +44 (0)114 222 3315

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