Master of Science Communication Outreach

I ran away to ANU to join the Circus

The Master of Science Communication Outreach is an exciting one-year program offering specialist training in science communication performance and exhibition design, including using science media across platforms, engaging varied publics with science and managing science centres.

The highlight of the program is 'front of camera' science communication experience gained while touring around Australia for about 14 weeks with the Shell Questacon Science Circus. Over the past 30 years the Science Circus has reached more than 2.2 million Australian schoolchildren and teachers in more than 500 regional towns.

This life-changing program is the only one if its kind in the world, having been perfected over the last thirty years in a partnership between the ANU Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science – Australia's founding and leading science communication centre and Questacon, the National Science and Technology Centre.

Not only will you graduate with the skills needed to communicate the complexities of science to a range of audiences, you will also become part of a close-knit network of almost 400 Science Circus alumni.

Career opportunities

You will have the opportunity to sample diverse careers at the interface of science and the community. You could go on to join our graduates in roles such as presenting science-based TV and radio on Triple J and Scope; writing for New Scientist and Scientriffic; organising and performing in international events like the Edinburgh International Science Festival; managing social media for peak bodies like Science and Technology Australia; or communicating about health science and research for institutions like The Children’s Cancer Institute.

How to apply

To apply, fill out the forms below and return them to University Admissions.

Please note that all academic qualification documents must be submitted in scanned colour copies along with the above application forms. If you have any questions, please contact

Join Australia's leading science communication centre

ANU was the first place in Australia to open a science communication centre, and it’s now one of the most diverse of its kind in the world, preparing students to be leaders in science communication in Australia and internationally.

Our academics (your lecturers) are pioneers in science communication research and trailblazers in the field. Their opinion pieces attract millions of readers, they regularly appear on national radio, and you can even find them doing public events in the pub.