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MSc/Postgraduate Diploma Science Communication

Bristol, University of the West of England

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Frenchay Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    12 months

Course summary

Introduction

Based in our world-class Science Communication Unit and led by expert staff currently working in this constantly evolving field, this flexible programme is directly informed by current practice to combine theory and practice, and gives you excellent access to our strong industry links.

The Science Communication Unit at UWE Bristol is renowned for its innovative and diverse range of national and international activities designed to engage the public with science. Our MSc Science Communication course is an excellent opportunity to benefit from the Unit's expertise, resources and contacts.

Superb surroundings

Bristol is a hub for the science communication community. It's home to BBC Bristol, which produces a range of natural history programmes, including Life Story, and the popular science magazine, BBC Focus. Bristol is also home to the award-winning We The Curious, which the Unit has collaborated with over several years.

As well as drawing on the academic and practical experience of staff within the Science Communication Unit, our MSc programme gives you an opportunity to meet a range of visiting lecturers and benefit from their practical experience. This also provides an excellent networking opportunity for students interested in developing contacts among science communication practitioners.

The course combines a solid theoretical background with practical skill development, and has excellent links with the sectors and industries it informs. Visiting specialists also help you understand what they are looking for in future employees.

Introductory modules provide a broad theoretical foundation in issues such as the rationale for public engagement with science, understanding the audience, the role of the media in society, communication theory and models of informal learning.

You'll then have the opportunity to specialise by choosing from modules that cover practical skills related to taking science directly to the public, as well as new approaches to science communication such as digital media. This allows you to hone your practical skills and develop a portfolio that shows your expertise as a science communicator.

In the Final year, you may choose to further develop your portfolio, for example by mounting a practical science communication project, or take on a more theoretical or research-based project, perhaps with an external science communication organisation.

Careers / Further study

Science communication skills are in high demand in a wide range of sectors and industries, such as journalism, public relations, science centres and museums, science education, professional consultancy and Research Council/learned institutions.

Throughout the course, we'll encourage you to develop the professional skills to help you secure employment or research positions. Successful employment for our graduates is essential to this course's success.

Students can exit with PGDip awards.

Tuition fees

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£ 14,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Bristol, University of the West of England

  • University League Table

    55th

  • Campus address

    Bristol, University West of England, (UWE), Coldharbour Lane, Frenchay, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, BS16 1QY, England

From inspiring teaching staff with strong industry links, to modern buildings and purpose-built facilities, UWE Bristol has all that students need to succeed.
With an excellent reputation for graduate employability and industry partnerships, you'll benefit from opportunities to enhance your career prospects.
Bristol is a bustling, welcoming city with a strong multicultural community – frequently named as one of the best places to live, work and study in the UK.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    39th out of 97 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 190
    118 59%

    42nd

    19
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    70.0 70%

    16th

    14
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.92 78%

    63rd

    19

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