Science communication master’s Australia

Last Updated on January 18, 2023

Master of Science Communication

    • Multi-Modal
    • Natural and Physical Scis NEC

Improve the population’s awareness and appreciation of science through the ANU Master of Science Communication.

In this contemporary degree, you’ll join Australia’s founding and leading science communication institution, and be taught by some of world’s leading science communicators.

Combining theoretical and practical aspects of science communication, you’ll delve into topics including science in the media, science and public policy, ethics of science and cross-cultural science communication.

Find out more about science communication, the degree structure, the university experience, career opportunities and student stories on our website.

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Career Options

ANU ranks among the world’s very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

Employment Opportunities

The program is ideal for people interested in becoming professional science communicators in government, industry and the media,or in gaining skills in communicating their own science.

Many graduates have found careers as communications officers for scientific organisations such as CSIRO, science-oriented government departments, university departments and businesses.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate mastery of the theoretical knowledge underpinning science communication practice.
  2. Identify, apply and evaluate science communication strategies for diverse audiences, using a range of means, media, and technologies.
  3. 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.
  4. Develop appropriate qualitative and quantitative research tools and strategies to investigate, justify and interpret science communication theories, methods and conclusions.

Inherent Requirements

Students taking this degree may choose to take the course SCOM8004 – Fieldwork placement, in which students participate in work-integrated learning in the form of science outreach tours organised by our partner Questacon. Students who take this course must be able to meet the SCOM8004 course inherent requirements .

Further Information

Students who have completed 48 units and wish to exit the program have the option of transferring to graduate from a Graduate Diploma of Science.

Students who have completed 24 units and wish to exit the program have the option of transferring to graduate from a Graduate Certificate of Science.

For students receiving 48 units of credit towards this program, it is possible that the balance of the degree can be taken via online and intensive modes of study. For more information contact [email protected]

If you have at least 10 years’ work experience in a related field contact the school for additional advice at [email protected]

An indicative list of courses offered by Science can be found here

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