MSc Science Communication
Start date: October 2017
Location: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.
This course, which contains both academic and practical components, will develop your skills of intellectual analysis and independent investigation, and prepare you for a wide range of professional science communication careers.
About the course
This course prepares students for a wide range of professional science communication careers in print, broadcast and new media journalism, science policy, public relations, and exhibition and design work.
Through both academic and practical courses we encourage you to develop your creative and imaginative abilities, and to produce ideas and undertake work that will communicate science, technology and medicine in fresh and more effective ways.
The course develops skills in technical practice in several communication areas through a programme of practical options.
Practical modules benefit from our TV and radio facilities, and we are fortunate to be close to the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum, which provide excellent material for museum studies work.
Due to our central London location, we have unrivalled access to many media and science organisations as well as a multitude of cultural events and workshops. This makes it easy for you to build a network of contacts.
You can also attend talks and seminars on a wide range of scientific and technical topics in the various academic departments at Imperial, and benefit from direct access to a large number of leading science and engineering research teams and individuals on campus.
The majority of the teaching is by Science Communication group staff but we also benefit from the expertise of industry professionals for some sessions.
- Science and its social contexts
- Media representation of science
- Core practical
- Creative group project
In term two, you can choose from three academic options:
- Documentary film
- International science policy
- Science and display
- Science communication for development
- Sound, sign, meaning in radio
In term three, you can choose from practical options which include:
- Website design
Please note: the programme is substantially the same from year to year but exact modules may vary.
In term three, you will undertake a substantial piece of academic research which engages critically with the relevant scholarly literature and which involves some element of investigative work.
The research is written up as a 10,000-word dissertation.
A four- to six-week attachment or internship with a science communication organisation will enable you to gain experience of the real world of science communication, and to put into practice and develop skills and knowledge gained on the course.
You will benefit from the supervision and guidance of professional science communicators and will be able to widen your range of contacts both in the media industry and in the world of science.
Minimum academic requirement
2.1 Honours degree in a scientific or science-related subject.
The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.
We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.
If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact Liam Watson on +44 (0)20 7594 8753 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
English language requirements
All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.
For admission to this course, you must achieve the higher College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification.
For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.
Fees and funding
Home and EU students
£4,750 per year part-time*
Islands and overseas students
£10,600 per year part-time*
* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.
The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.
If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.
Funding from Imperial
We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.
For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.
How to apply
All applicants must apply online.
You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.
Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.
You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.
Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.
For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.
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