Master of Science Communication Outreach

Study Science Communication Outreach at ANU

The Master of Science Communication Outreach is a unique crash course in science communication and outreach. It offers specialist training in performance, exhibition design, social media, management of science centres and engagement of diverse audiences.

Ever dreamed of running away to join the circus? Now is your chance! This one-year course incorporates 14 weeks of touring Australia with the 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.

What you'll learn

The Master of Science Communication Outreach is a one year program that will provide you with a unique opportunity to get hands-on experience in real world situations. Combining outreach activities with regular coursework, you will cover science communication project design and delivery, communicating science with the public, science communication on the Web, and science in the media.


Produce science content for radio, television, YouTube and other popular media


Develop fundamental practical skills for communicating science to the public


Create an original science program idea then trial, develop, and 'sell' it to win fun


Train and tour around Australia with the travelling Questacon Science Circus


Explain science concepts and demonstrate hands-on exhibits to members of the public


Develop and present science shows to school kids and workshops to teachers


Execute a media campaign to promote a travelling science outreach program


Learn how to get an issue into the media and select background material for a story

What it's like to study Science Communication Outreach

Kate OSullivan performing a science experiment at Science Circus

Choose the circus over the classroom

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 to join the Science Circus was the best decision she's ever made.

Lee Constable on the set of SCOPE

Broadening the SCOPE of science

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.

 Virtual tour

Explore ANU science places, classrooms, laboratories and more through our interactive virtual tour.

Meet some of your teachers

Dr Graham Walker

Dr Graham Walker

Graham's research, teaching and engagement focusses on science communication and informal science learning.

His current research and engagement investigates international capacity building and co-development in science communication.

Science Communication Outreach careers

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, writing for science publications; organising and performing in international events like the Edinburgh International Science Festival; managing social media for peak bodies, or communicating about health science and research for institutions.

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.

Fees & scholarships

Tuition fees: Tuition fees

Visit the handbook to see indicative fees and Commonwealth supported places for this degree.

Scholarships: Scholarships

ANU offers many scholarships both to overcome disadvantage and to recognise academic merit.

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Learn about different areas of Science Communication and its applications, examples of careers and employment trends in different areas, what it is like to work in Science Communication as well as an overview of studying the Master of Science Communication at The Australian National University.

How to apply

Check your eligibility

Your first step is to check the program requirements via the Programs & Courses website.

When you apply, you must meet pre-requisite and cognate requirements for your preferred program.

Your enrolment is conditional on meeting the requirements of the Working With Vulnerable People Check. On a case by case basis (depending on the destination of tours), students will be required to complete and pass additional checks for further States and Territories as deemed appropriate by the Program Convener.

English language requirements must also be met.

Prepare entry requirements & support documents

Completion of the supplementary form and 2 referee reports are required for all applications. Please complete these forms and upload as supporting documentation in the application process.

Submit your application

Start your application

Receive an offer

Selection will be based on the success of your interview. If you are selected you will receive an offer before course commencement. Note: This course must adhere to certain quotas.

Accept your offer

Accept the offer and enrol at ANU!

Understand the entry requirements

  1. Check international admission dates on the ANU Study website.
  2. Check admission requirements and deadlines for this degree on the Handbook website. Read the requirements carefully to make sure you understand them.
  3. You must also meet the University's English language admission requirements.

Prepare entry requirements & support documents

When you apply to ANU, you must be prepared to provide specific documents that we need to assess your application.

Submit your application

Start your application on the ANU Admissions website.

Receive an offer

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.

Accept your offer

Accept the offer and enrol at ANU!


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