Postgraduate taught 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.

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 Thursday to 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 Diploma in Applied Science Communication - NEW!

This innovative, fully-online course will enable you to develop your Science Communication expertise while maintaining existing commitments, wherever you are in the world. Whether you’re a recent graduate or already working in the field, you’ll develop your science communication practice and hone your research skills.
  • Practical introduction to this rapidly evolving field.
  • Teaching staff are active in the field of science communication research and practice.
  • Diverse range of content to help develop your communication skills, with a particular focus on digital and face to face communication settings.
  • Comprehensive understanding of contemporary science communication formats, including: science writing, festivals, museums, and community engagement.
  • Support to design and carry out a research project that is relevant to your own personal interest or professional experiences.

You’ll learn through a range of content including narrated presentations, self-directed learning activities, problem-based learning, discussion forums, wikis, asynchronous feedback opportunities and live interactive seminars. You’ll also be expected to build specialist knowledge through independent learning.

For more information, see the full postgraduate diploma 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 three Thursday to 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.

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