How can we use social media to teach science? How do we engage diverse audiences about science? What is the contemporary role of science in the public? Answer all these questions and more with a Master of Science Communication.
With a combination of research and coursework, and being taught by some of Australia’s best science communicators – this course will give you the skills to go into an endless list of jobs. You will learn both the theoretical and practical aspects of science communication and suits people with interests in any science.
2 years full time
Semester 1 & 2 intake
Prior learning recognised
What you'll learn
The Master of Science Communication is a coursework program with a 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, and cross-cultural science communication.
Kate O’Sullivan traded exams and lab reports to tour Australia with a brightly decorated semi-trailer filled with bubble makers and leaf blowers. Running away and joining the Science Circus was the best decision she's ever made.
Lee Constable combined her passions of science and drama into a double degree at ANU. It gave her the skills to understand and translate complex scientific information into manageable formats for younger audiences to engage with.
Will's research and writing has focused on the intersection of society, politics and science, looking at how the relationships between these are changing with new technologies. This has included conducting science to society dialogues on climate change futures, and the production of a documentary film on climate change communication.
Science Communication careers
The program is ideal for people interested in becoming professional science communication officers and managers, or in gaining skills in communicating their own science.
Many graduates have found careers as communication officers for scientific organisations such as the CSIRO, government departments, universities, businesses, NGOs, or in the media. Some have set up science media businesses or consultancy firms. Others work in centres for informal science learning across the world, such as science centres and museums.
The Master's research project provides an opportunity to produce assessment tailored to the needs of particular organisations or employment sectors, and most coursework assessment can also be tailored to students' interests, areas of expertise, and career ambitions.
If you graduated from an Australian university, UAC will be able to access your results in most cases. However, you may be asked to provide transcripts or other documentation, so it is a good idea to prepare your records just in case.
You can still apply before you complete your Bachelor Degree if you are in your final year, and you must advise UAC in your application. You may need to provide a copy of your academic transcript directly to UAC as soon as you complete your degree. UAC will provide instructions during the application process.
There are three assessment rounds in each semester. Applying in the first round will give you three opportunities to be assessed and accepted, giving you the best chance of being offered a place at ANU.