Science, Media and Communication (MSc)
1 year (Full-time) / n/a (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)
This degree is offered jointly with Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and Techniquest, a science discovery centre based in Cardiff.
To offer knowledge and expertise relating to the organisation and funding of scientific research, the reporting of scientific innovation and controversy, and the role of citizens, experts and the media in decision making. Students will also receive practical, hands-on training in presenting science via news media or directly to audiences ranging from school children to the general public.
- Innovative, interdisciplinary degree based on collaboration between internationally respected academics and a leading science discovery centre.
- Strong links to a wide range of media and science organisations including the national museum of Wales, Wales Gene Park, local and national media, science communication centres, and policy makers in regional, national and European institutions.
- Offers excellent opportunities to develop expertise in an area of increasing importance for policy, industry and scientific communities.
The course is offered as a series of modules taught by staff based in the university and Techniquest, a science discovery centre based in Cardiff. All students take courses in Research Design, Science Technology and Society, Science in the Media, Visitor Studies and Reporting Science. Students also have the option of a highly participatory ‘Presenting Science’ module based in Techniquest. After successfully completing this taught element, students complete the programme with a 20,000 word dissertation.
Core modules include:
- Research Design
- Science in the Risk Society
- International News Production
- Visitor Studies; Reporting Health and Science
Optional modules include:
- Presenting Science (subject to satisfactory audition)
- One other module from the School of Social Sciences or School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.
- Academic skills including knowledge of current social science research and theory.
- Practical experience of research design, data collection and data analysis.
- Science communication skills including presentation and writing in a range of different genres.
Science communication for medical research charities, NGOs, museums, education and government departments.
The course is particularly suitable for professionals and others pursuing careers in Science Communication. This includes careers in political parties, public relations, government agencies, statutory and voluntary organisations, ‘think tanks’, museums and the media.
Applicants should have a good first degree or a recognised equivalent qualification. Non-graduates will be considered if they can demonstrate, through some recent and relevant professional experience, that they have the ability to undertake the course.
Applicants for whom English is not their first language must obtain band 6.5 on IELTS, with no subscore below 5.5. Please see our English Language requirements webpages for more information.
Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.
Please see the School of Social Sciences taught programmes webpages for more information.
UK & EU Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
International Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
Next intake: September each year
Name: Masters Programmes Office, School of Social Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 4294
Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4175