Postgraduate courses

We are internationally recognised for the standard of our postgraduate courses. We offer both a Masters in Science Communication and Postgraduate Certificate in Practical Science Communication. We also host PhD students covering a range of research topics in Science Communication.

Masters in Science Communication

Our world class Masters in Science Communication programme offers unrivalled professional development opportunities for current science communicators and those new to the field. We teach in intensive teaching blocks, typically 3 x Thursday-Saturday blocks for each module. This means the Masters can fit around your work and other commitments.

  • Teaching staff include both practitioners and academic researchers.
  • Guest seminars from leaders in the science communication field.
  • Intensive internship option with local and national science communication organisations.
  • Visits and workshops, eg behind the scenes at Bristol Museum, BBC Bristol radio studios, At-Bristol Science Centre.
  • Combined focus on theoretical approaches and practical skills.
  • Opportunity to carry out your final project with an employer in the sector.

One year after graduation 88% of our students are in a professional/managerial post. 100% of our students said their experience on the programme prepared them well or very well for employment. 83% of former students felt that the Masters in Science Communication was required for their job (DHLE 2013/14).

For more information, see the full masters course description.

Postgraduate Certificate in Practical Science Communication

The Postgraduate Certificate in Practical Science Communication is a part-time, one year programme with a focus on practical skill development. We teach in intensive teaching blocks, typically 3 x Thursday - Saturday blocks for each module. This means the qualification can fit around your work and other commitments.

  • Guest seminars from leaders in the science communication field.
  • Hands-on experience across a range of areas – radio presenting, video, science writing, grant writing, project management and evaluation methods.
  • Teaching staff include both practitioners and academic researchers.

Our students say: "I gained a lot of useful knowledge and skills from the course. It helped me to develop a greater understanding of the science communication landscape in the UK and taught me how to write for a range of different media. The tutors were incredibly supportive and the sessions engaged the whole group." Nicola

For more information, see the full postgraduate certificate course description.

PhD research areas

Our academic team supervise a range of PhDs in Science Communication. At present we are interested in PhD proposals that relate to the following themes:

  • Science Communication through digital and social media.
  • SciArt – who engages with artistic approaches to science engagement and why?
  • Science engagement in informal spaces.
  • How do we measure the impact of science outreach activities?

We welcome students who can put forward a research proposal on a self-funding basis, or with funding from external organisations e.g. employers, government scholarships. For information and how to apply, please see our postgraduate research study pages or e-mail Emma Weitkamp and Clare Wilkinson for further details.

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