Master of Science Communication Outreach

Degree overview

The Master of Science Communication Outreach is an ideal springboard into a science communication career fusing theory and teaching from ANU with practice in the Questacon Science Circus and other real-world science engagement settings. During the one-year degree, graduates learn to communicate science to diverse audiences through the media, online, outreach programs, exhibitions and more – including creating their own novel projects.

Ever dreamed of running away to join the circus? Now is your chance! This one-year course incorporates an intensive fieldwork placement at Questacon presenting with the Science Circus – including touring regional Australia. 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 brings theory, practice and authentic real-world learning together into one unique package, having been perfected over more than 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.

UPDATE! The Questacon Science Circus can now be part of a one- or two-year Master degree. The one-year program requires an honours/postgrad degree for entry, while the two-year requires only an undergraduate qualification – see the Master of Science Communication for further details

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.

Student experience

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 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.


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.

The Australian National University has been ranked as the top university for graduate employability in Australia in the Global University Employability Ranking 2020. As a student at ANU, you gain access to the ANU CareerHub – an online career development and employability tool that includes a jobs board and careers resources. You also have access to drop-in chats with a career consultant and to attend our career fairs to meet potential employers.

Fees & Scholarships

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

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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

You can apply at any time throughout the year. Most applications submitted before the 15th day of each month will be considered for an offer on the 1st day of the following month.

You can change your degree preference between the 9th and 15th day of each month. You will have two months to accept your offer from ANU.

View the application dates on the ANU Admissions website.

Accept your offer

Accept the offer and enrol at ANU!


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