- Length 1 year full-time
- Minimum 48 Units
- Academic plan MSCAU
- CRICOS code 089681A
- Academic contact
Field of Education
- Natural and Physical Sciences
This is a one year (full time) or longer (part time) degree offered jointly with the National University of Singapore focused on providing enhanced science teaching skills for practicing science teachers. The program requires the completion of 8 courses between ANU and NUS.
Full time students will spend one semester (January to June) at NUS and the Science Centre Singapore, before having the option to spend one semester (July to December) at ANU. Alternatively, they may complete the whole program physically at NUS.
Part time students will complete the entire program physically at NUS. The ANU modules will be conducted in intensive mode at the Science Centre Singapore (SCS) or online via http://wattle.anu.edu.au. Students can progress at their own pace and choose modules that best suit their work schedule.
Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.
The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.
Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:
- Demonstrate mastery of the theoretical knowledge underpinning science communication practice.
- Identify, apply and evaluate science communication strategies for diverse audiences, using a range of means, media, and technologies.
- Appraise and critically evaluate the interaction of interests, contexts and people shaping science, including the social and ethical responsibilities of science and society in the modern world; and
- Develop appropriate qualitative and quantitative research tools and strategies to investigate, justify and interpret science communication theories, methods and
A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7, and either postgraduate qualifications at AQF Level 8 or with at least 3 years’ work experience in science education or similar fields, which together are considered by ANU to be the equivalent in learning outcomes of a cognate AQF Level 8 Graduate Diploma.
All applicants will be interviewed and the Science Communications program Committee will evaluate their suitability for the program.
Science, Engineering and Technology degrees including Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Chemical Sciences, Earth Sciences, Biological Sciences, Environmental Studies, Other Natural and Physical Sciences, Information Technology, Engineering and Related Technologies, Health and Education
- Annual indicative fee for domestic students
For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees
ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.
Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are. Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.
For further information see the Scholarships website.
The Master of Science in Science Communication requires the completion of 20 modular credits from NUS and 24 units from ANU, which must consist of:
The units must consist of:
SCOM8020 Science Communication and Creative Teaching
SCOM8021 Ethics, Issues and Consequences of Science
Appropriate units from completion of elective courses from the following list:
SCOM6016 Science in the Media
SCOM6501 Strategies in Science Communication
SCOM8015 Speaking of Science
SCOM8027 Science and Public Policy
SCOM6003 Science in Popular Fiction
SCOM6029 Cross Cultural Perspectives in Science Communication
SCOM6012 Science Communication and the Web
Other options include (but are not limited to):
BIOL6191 Biology, Society and Ethics
BIOL8021 Health and Disease in a Changing World
The modular credits must consist of:
MW5200 MSc Science Communication Project
MW5201 Topics in Science Communication
MW5202 Innovations in Science Teaching
Courses offered by the National University of Singapore