Science Communication MSc

London, Bloomsbury

This programme aims to train the next generation of science communicators to be mediators facilitating citizens’ engagement with technologies and the sciences. It combines a thorough practical curriculum in state of the art communication practices, closely connected to the world of work and career opportunities, with a theoretical backbone. 

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£12,900
£6,450
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£26,600
£13,300
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications open

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class (2.1) Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. There is no specific disciplinary entry requirement for this programme. Applicants with degrees from natural sciences, human sciences, social sciences, or arts and humanities are welcome to apply.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

Today, with the rise of populism and concerns that we might be living in the dawn of a ‘post-truth’ era, the relationship between expertise, knowledge and the public have been brought into question; science and technology are shaping our lives in profound ways, bringing a quality of life to some that previous generations could not have dreamed of, while leaving others untouched or feeling left behind. At the same time, science and technology is a significant and growing part of the world’s economy, offering well paid and interesting jobs as well as promising relief from some of the biggest challenges facing us as a planet.  

This MSc in Science Communication sets out to train people to understand and help resolve some of these issues, recognising that good communication underpins many of the issues ahead, but that providing information alone will be insufficient to address tensions that arise between science and society. We recognise that even in the most ‘traditional’ science and tech PR or journalism roles, pumping out good news about science alone will not build the relationships, audiences or credibility that companies, broadcasters – or indeed society – want. To train the next generation of science communicators to be mediators facilitating citizens’ engagement with technologies and the sciences, we will combine a thorough practical curriculum in state of the art communication practices, closely connected to the world of work and career opportunities, with a theoretical backbone. 

Who this course is for

The programme is suitable for students with first degrees in a variety of subjects including natural sciences, social sciences, history, philosophy or art and humanities.

What this course will give you

We have award-winning tutors, public engagement and fantastic academic programmes. As a department, Science & Technology Studies is respected across UCL for our dedication to teaching and learning. We commit ourselves to creating academic experiences that reward hard work.

We are research active over an enormous range of topics. Our teaching builds on research not only in our subject specialties but also in the fundamentals of teaching and learning.

Our programme makes unique use of London’s attractions and resources. We have close links with the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Wellcome Library, and UCL Museums & Collections. We also use the city as a classroom, with custom-made walking tours, site visits, and special excursions. The module HPSC0089 Curating Science and Technology is taught at the Science Museum.

The foundation of your career

Our programme provides essential training for students wishing to pursue careers in science journalism, science documentary and filmmaking, science broadcasting, science museums, digital science communication. 

Employability

Through our practical modules, taught by professional communicators, students will be able to start networking in the professional milieu of science communication.  

Teaching and learning

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including, essay, different formats of writing (blog post, news brief, press releases, features, profiles, etc.), short films, short podcasts, and presentations (poster, PowerPoint). This culminates in an independent science communication project.

A Postgraduate Diploma consisting of one core module (15 credits), five optional modules (75 credits) and two elective modules (30 credits) can be studied full- or part-time. A Postgraduate Certificate, on a full-time basis, consisting of one compulsory module (15 credits) and three optional modules (45 credits) is offered.

Modules

Full-time

The curriculum is divided into two parts: Theoretical and Practical, with a core of three compulsory modules, plus a final project, supplemented with four further optional practical modules and four optional specialism modules.  

In term 1, students take the two core modules “Science communication in a Global Perspective” and “Engaging the Public with Science” and two practical modules from the following options: “Practical science writing”, “Practical Science Broadcasting", "Practical Science Filmaking" or "Digital Media Skills for Science Communication".

In term 2, students take one core module, “Science communication and Social Justice”, two practical options to choose from “Practical science writing”, “Practical Science Broadcasting”, “Practical Science Filmmaking” or “Digital Media Skills for Science Communication” and 1 specialist option, to choose from “Science Journalism”, Science and the Publishing Industry”, “Challenges in Heatlh Communication”, “Curating Science and Technology”, “Environmental communication”, or “Special Topics in Science Communication”. They also start working on their final project which they submit at the end of the academic year. 

Part-time

Year 1-Term 1: students take the core module “Science communication in a Global Perspective” and one practical option, to choose from “Practical science writing”, or “Practical Science Broadcasting”.

Year 1-Term 2: students take the core module, “Science communication and Social Justice”, one specialist option, to choose from “Science Journalism”, “Science and Publishing Industry”, “Curating Science and Technology” , or “Special Topics in Science Communication”, and one module from the Level 7 STS catalogue.

Year 2-Term 1: students take the core module “Engaging the Public with Science” and one practical option, to choose from “Practical science writing”, or “Practical Science Broadcasting” (not taken in year 1).

Year 2-Term 2: students take the practical module “Digital Media Skills for Science Communication”. They also start working on their final project which they submit at the end of the academic year.”

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Accessibility

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £12,900 £6,450
Tuition fees (2022/23) £26,600 £13,300

Additional costs

There are no programme-specific costs.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Next steps

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

Applicants whose qualifications are of a lower standard may be admitted if they can demonstrate an appropriate academic background and experience in such fields as education, media and communication.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March 2022 and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June 2022.

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021