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Practical Science Communication
Course Category: Other
Focus of Study
The Postgraduate Certificate in Practical Science Communication, linked to the world-class MSc Science Communication course, and also designed by the Science Communication Unit, is aimed at students seeking an additional qualification. It is an opportunity to benefit from the Unit’s expertise, resources and contacts.
An expert-led course offering opportunities to build experience and confidence in applying skills and knowledge to science communication roles. Its directly informed by contemporary expertise to combine theory and practice, and give you excellent access to our strong industry links.
You will choose two from these three modules (30 credits each):
- Science on Air and on Screen – Build your radio, TV and digital skills by critically exploring the role of broadcast media in the communication of science. You’ll also make an ‘as live’ radio magazine programme about science, and a short film.
- Science in Public Spaces – Develop your own science communication initiative in this hands-on module from developing a creative concept, to seeking funding, and managing and evaluating a project. You’ll explore a range of innovative approaches from sci-art, to museums, festivals to theatre.
- Writing Science – Develop journalistic and other writing styles, including writing for news media, public relations and educational purposes, with a view to developing a portfolio, as well as working on a magazine project.
The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.
Learning and Teaching
The course comprises short, intensive teaching blocks of three days (Thursday to Saturday) and you’ll most likely need to attend three teaching sessions for each 30-credit module. Group sessions are supplemented by directed and independent study, e-mail discussions, and tutorials.