Master of Science Communication

The Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science was the first science communication centre in Australia and is now the most diverse of its kind in the world. It is housed at ANU, ranked the best university in Australia1.

There is an ever-increasing need to communicate the complexities of science with a range of audiences. Whether you want to brush up on your communication skills, change your career, or delve into the nuances of how science interacts with society, at ANU you can discover your passion for science communication.

The Master of Science Communication is a coursework program with a significant research project and the option of an internship. Taught by some of Australia’s leading science communicators, the program combines theoretical and practical aspects of science communication, including courses on:

  • science in the media
  • science communication on the web, including social media
  • ethics, issues and consequences of science
  • science and public policy
  • cross-cultural science communication.

Research projects have looked at a range of key issues in the relationship between science and the rest of society, such as attitudes to controversial science, use of rhetoric in science communication, and cutting-edge use of new technology to communicate science. The program is ideal for people interested in becoming professional science communications officers and managers, or in gaining skills in communicating their own science.

We also offer a Master of Science Communication Outreach. This is an exciting one-year program where you will gain experience whilst touring around Australia for 14 weeks with the Shell Questacon Science Circus. 

Career opportunities

Graduates have found careers as communications officers for scientific organisations such as CSIRO, science-oriented government departments, university departments and businesses. Examples of roles of our graduates include: Senior Medical Writer, Health Interactions; Physics Science Communicator, University of Sydney; Senior Policy Officer, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science; Freelance Journalist; and Radio Host, ABC Canberra.

1 - QS World University Rankings 2018