Science Communication

  • MS19510067-2MS19510067-2

Course Category: Master and Master of Science

Course Description
Course Description
  • Focus of Study

    This new Masters programme offers innovative and hands-on training in the fascinating field of science communication. You will learn how to communicate scientific, research and findings effectively, and how to articulate complex scientific and technological concepts to engage a variety of audiences. The course will show you how to balance the excitement of scientific discovery and development of innovative delivery methods with an accurate representation of the facts and data that underpin it.

    The taught aspects of the course combine practical skills of science journalism, medical writing and SciArt (the interdisciplinary study of science and art), with theoretical learning about the history and philosophy of science and the study of science communication as an academic discipline.

    You will also have the opportunity to work on live science communication projects with external organisations. The programme will give you the necessary analytical and communication skills to be a successful science communicator – in person as well as in writing.

    Course Description

    Core modules

    Live Project

    This unit will provide the opportunity for students to utilise, integrate and apply skills and knowledge from all previous units to work on a live project relevant to their interest and professional development needs. To achieve this, students will work with an external client for whom they will develop and deliver an innovative science communication solution. This could also take the form of piece of academic research in the field of science communication. Participants will be supported in this activity by a tutor in the development of a project development plan for their live project.

    Practical Science Communication

    Students will design, create and evaluate an innovative outreach or public engagement activity for dissemination to the general public.

    Science and Society

    In this unit students will learn how to communicate science effectively to a variety of audiences in an engaging manner, using a variety of media.

    Science Communication as an Academic Discipline

    Students will learn the skills and methodologies necessary to conduct academic research in the field of science communication.

    Option Units

    Medical Writing

    This unit is designed to improve analytical, critical and interpretive skills when working with medical data. Students will also gain a working knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry.


    Students will learn about the interdisciplinary field of SciArt through the creation of exemplars that demonstrate the possibility of what can be achieved by the interplay of both disciplines.

    Science Journalism

    Successful journalism requires the ability to tell a story that is accurate, fair, interesting and verifiable. This unit provides the core skills to achieve this, with particular emphasis on the print medium.

    Features & benefits of the course

    • A course run by internationally-recognised science communication experts and practitioners.
    • An innovative mix of taught and hands-on classes, seminars and workshops that enable students to develop their own skills as science communicators.
    • Support and expertise in helping students to build up a portfolio of science communication activities
    • Specialisms offered in a range of science communication areas including medical writing, journalism and SciArt.
    • Opportunities to work with external organisations to develop genuine and effective science communication strategies.
    • A personalised and supportive network designed to enhance your employment prospects.