Science Communication Unit student

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2017
CampusSouth Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits

Open to applications
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Overview

This course is for students who want to develop careers communicating science in broadcast media, such as documentary or other factual programming, and allows a greater focus on audio-visual production than the more general MSc in Science Communication.

This full-time one-year MSc course is for people with science, technology or medicine backgrounds, or graduates from other backgrounds with substantial experience in a scientific environment, who want to develop careers communicating science in broadcast media, probably in documentary or other factual programming.

Through both academic and practical taught modules, the course allows a greater focus on broadcast media than the more general MSc in Science Communication.

Instead of an academic dissertation, you will undertake an independent production project.

Student funding

Applicants for the MSc in Science Media Production can apply for one of two Wellcome Trust Science Media Studentships which cover living expenses and fees.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Structure

Modules

  • Core practical
  • Science and its social contexts
  • Introduction to film form
  • Documentary film
  • Sound, sign, meaning in radio
  • Narrative

Practical modules

  • Radio production
  • Television production

Work placement

The work placement allows you to develop the skills and knowledge gained on the course in the real world of broadcast science communication.

Placements are set up through the College, although you may also undertake your own initiatives in consultation with the College.

Production project

You will research, script, shoot and edit your own programme based on your ideas for a short television documentary or a radio show.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2017 entry
£9,500

Tuition fees (Islands and Overseas students)

2017 entry
£21,200

Postgraduate Master's loan

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. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

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.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Admissions

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

2.1 Honours degree in a scientific or science-related subject.

International qualifications

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 the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

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.

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.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Further information

Science Communication Unit student

Contact us

T: +44 (0) 20 7594 8753
E: liam.watson@imperial.ac.uk

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