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
Fieldwork across Australia with Questacon Science Circus
$380 weekly stipend plus travel allowances (tour periods only)
Commonwealth Supported Places for all domestic students
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.
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 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.
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.
Join students studying the Master of Science Communication and the Master of Energy Change at ANU, that have transitioned to studying remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic and hear about their experiences.
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.