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About the course

Science and technology has a key role to play in modern global and regional issues. To deal with them, decision makers and the general public need to be able to make evidence based choices. The MSc in Public Engagement and Science Communication will equip you with the skills (both communication and critical thinking) to effectively and efficiently explain complex issues in a way that is appropriate and relevant to the audience. In doing so, you'll have the skills to collaborate more effectively and lead in your future career.

This MSc is a cross faculty programme that taps into the most creative elements of science, drama and English to create a course that challenges science graduates to become engaging communicators. Along with the fundamentals of science communication, you'll have the opportunity to work with creative writers, theatre performers, and journalists to help you explore the medium you're most comfortable with and interested in. You'll also have the opportunity to gain real world experience through a work placement.

Alongside the taught modules, you'll conduct a piece of research into science communication, with the support of an academic supervisor and our social scientists. You'll learn through doing, and assignments will be based on real science communication activities. If you choose to write, you'll be encouraged to publish; if you take the drama modules, you will also take to the stage. This programme gives you the freedom to explore your creative ideas, whilst being guided and supervised by experienced science communicators.

Key facts

Tuition fees

UK/EU: £7,275 full-time
Part time: £810 (20 credits) £2,425 (60 credits) £3,640 (90 credits)

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,609 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

Overseas: £16,000 full-time

More information on fees can be found in the funding information section of this page.

Application deadlines

All applicants: TBC

Entry requirements

You will have a minimum of a 2:2 Honours degree or equivalent in science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM). Alternatively, be able to demonstrate a significant level of knowledge and/or experience in STEM.

Applicants must also be able to demonstrate a passion for Science Communication through a personal statement. This should explain motivations for pursuing a science communication and public engagement programme and detailing any relevant experience.

Once you start this programme, you will be required to undergo an Enhanced DBS check as, in the second semester, you may come to contact with children and vulnerable adults. Should your DBS be unsuccessful, this will not affect your ability to complete the course. You will just not be able to work with vulnerable adults or children. 

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.5 overall, with 6.0 in each skill.

For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Admissions status

Open for admission in 2018/19

Mode of study: Hull Campus

Duration: 1 year full-time / 2 years part-time

Study information

Experiential learning and authentic assessments are central to the programme. You will practice and develop through applying your knowledge and talents in real world settings.

From the outset of the programme, you will be expected to develop ideas for your own public engagement activities. First trimester modules underpin this by setting the historical and philosophical scene, the present scene and the evaluation of future activities. You'll study:

  • Practice and Principles of Science and Communication and Public Engagement
  • Science Reason and Values
  • Research Design and Methodology

The second trimester allows you to build on your plans and deliver them during placements or through your own initiative. Alongside these experiential modules, specific creative skill sets are developed via drama or creative non-fiction modules. Modules include:

  • Science Communication, Activity Design and Delivery
  • Public Engagement Through Applied Performance
  • Creative Non-Fiction
  • Public Engagement Placement

The final dissertation allows you to investigate aspects of your own or others public engagement activities through a piece of novel, independent and relevant research.

* All modules are subject to availability.

Funding information

Future prospects

This programme has been designed to enhance your profile, and make you more desirable by the traditional employers of science graduates.

Potential careers for skilled science communicators include journalism, teaching and broadcasting. However, communicators are employed by professional bodies, research councils, outreach teams in higher education and industry, visitors centres, politicians and festivals. Science communication also offers significant freelance work through festivals, school shows, journalism and broadcast media, making self-employment a serious and successful option for graduates.