This Graduate Certificate in Science Communication will provide you with practical skills and sound theoretical understanding about how to communicate effectively and with influence in a range of disciplines and sectors, including policy and health.
Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate of Science Communication with a GPA of 5.00/7.00 will be eligible to apply for admission to a Master of Science Communication at the Australian National University.
Courses successfully completed in the Graduate Certificate of Science Communication may be credited towards a Master degree, where eligible.
This program is available for domestic students only. Current ANU students are not eligible for this program.
Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)
Courses may be credited towards a master's degree
Entry pathway to Master of Science Communications*
0.5 years full time
What you'll learn
Develop appropriate qualitative and quantitative research tools and strategies to investigate, justify and interpret science communication theories, methods and conclusions.
Communicate science with diverse groups of people using different media.
Appraise and reflect upon the interaction of interests, contexts and people shaping science, including the social and ethical responsibilities of science and society in the modern world;
Exercise personal, professional and social responsibility as a global citizen.
Professor Joan Leach is the Director of the Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science at the ANU. Her research and teaching centres on theories of the public in science communication, language and rhetoric in science (both in public and in technical contexts), and the challenge of ethics in science communication. She's most interested in sociological accounts of knowledge production and she edited the journal Social Epistemology for 9 years.
Science Communication careers
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.