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.

MSc Science Communication/PG Cert Practical Science Communication Part-Bursary 2018

This year we are able to offer two bursaries which will part-fund a place on our MSc Science Communication or our PG Certificate in Practical Science Communication. The value of the bursary is £1,500 for the MSc programme and £500 for the PG Cert in Practical Science Communication.

To apply for the bursary, you must have applied for either the MSc in Science Communication or PG Certificate in Practical Science Communication by Friday 1 June 2018 and be wishing to start the course in September 2018. Only those who have been or who are in the process of being offered a conditional or unconditional full time place will be considered eligible. The bursary may only be used on the Science Communication courses offered at UWE Bristol.

Applications for the bursary should be submitted by 17:00 on Monday 4 June 2018. For further details and how to apply please email Andy Ridgway at andy.ridgway@uwe.ac.uk

If you are not interested in applying for a bursary, the deadline for applications to the programmes remains the 31 July 2018. Please note - we are currently receiving a high number of applications and would encourage you to apply as soon as your application is ready.

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 three 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

For more information, see the full Masters course description.

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).

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 three 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
  • Visits and workshops, eg behind the scenes at Bristol Museum, BBC Bristol radio studios and At-Bristol Science Centre

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?
  • Science in the media (including film, news and online representations)

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

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