Ever dreamed of running away to join the circus? Now is your chance!
The Master of Science Communication Outreach is a unique crash course in science communication and outreach, which offers specialist training in performance, exhibition design, social media, management of science centres and engagement of diverse audiences.
The one-year course incorporates 14 weeks of touring Australia 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.
14 weeks fieldwork across Australia with Shell Questacon Science Circus
$340 weekly stipend plus travel allowances
Commonwealth Supported Places for all domestic students
1 year full time
Semester 1 intake only
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.
What it's like to study Science Communication Outreach
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 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.
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.
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.
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.