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Focus of Study
Course aims to offer knowledge and expertise relating to the organisation and funding of scientific research, the reporting of scientific innovation and controversy, and the role of citizens, experts and the media in decision making. Students will also receive practical, hands-on training in presenting science via news media or directly to audiences ranging from school children to the general public.
The course is offered as a series of modules taught by staff based in the university and Techniquest, a science discovery centre based in Cardiff. All students take courses in Research Design, Science Technology and Society, Science in the Media, Visitor Studies and Reporting Science. Students also have the option of a highly participatory ‘Presenting Science’ module based in Techniquest. After successfully completing this taught element, students complete the programme with a 20,000 word dissertation.
- Innovative, interdisciplinary degree based on collaboration between internationally respected academics and a leading science discovery centre.
- Strong links to a wide range of media and science organisations including the national museum of Wales, Wales Gene Park, local and national media, science communication centres, and policy makers in regional, national and European institutions.
- Offers excellent opportunities to develop expertise in an area of increasing importance for policy, industry and scientific communities.
- Academic skills including knowledge of current social science research and theory.
- Practical experience of research design, data collection and data analysis.
- Science communication skills including presentation and writing in a range of different genres.
Science communication for medical research charities, NGOs, museums, education and government departments.
The course is particularly suitable for professionals and others pursuing careers in Science Communication. This includes careers in political parties, public relations, government agencies, statutory and voluntary organisations, ‘think tanks’, museums and the media.