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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.

Course Aims

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.

Special Features

Course Description

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:

Optional modules include:

Skills Acquired

Career Prospects

Science communication for medical research charities, NGOs, museums, education and government departments.

Entry Requirements

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.

Further Information

Please see the School of Social Sciences taught programmes webpages for more information.

Tuition Fees:

  • UK & EU Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £5,730.00
  • International Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £13,500.00

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: SOCSI Taught Masters Administrator  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 0284 / +44 (0)29 2087 5178  

Fax:  

Email: socsimasters@cardiff.ac.uk  

School Website: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/socsi/degreeprogrammes/postgraduate/index.html

More information

School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

Postgraduate