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Master of Science Communication

A single one year graduate degree offered by the ANU Joint Colleges of Science

  • Length 1 years full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
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If you are interested in starting your studies in 2015, please look at the 2015 programs on offer . Otherwise, this program is available for applications until spring session, 2014

Do you want to better understand the science you use at work? Need to bolster your existing skills so you can understand the use of science in policy? Perhaps it could be time move into a whole new exciting career?
This flexible program is tailored to those working in, or wanting to work in, professional science communication roles. Our program offers advanced postgraduate coursework and an introduction to research in the theoretical and practical aspects of science communication. 
The Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) brings together scientists, science communicators, journalists and people in industry to raise the public awareness

Career Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of our program have gone on to work in diverse and exciting areas, including: Triple J, Catalyst and Carbon Cops; Magazines including New Scientist and Scienttrific; The Edinburgh International Science Festival; The GridTalk grid computing project in the European Union at CERN, Switzerland; The Children’s Cancer Institute; The Science Foundation for Physics at the University of Sydney; Australian Youth Ambassador for Development teaching science in the Maldives; Science Outreach Officer in the University of Namibia; science and maths trainer at the Vanuatu Institute of Technology.

Admission Requirements

Australian Bachelor Honours degree, Graduate Certificate, or Graduate Diploma in the same discipline or cognate area (interdisciplinary programs).

Program Requirements

Completion of SCOM8014, SCOM8015, plus 36 units of any of

  • SCOM7000 (18 units)
  • SCOM8012
  • SCOM6016
  • SCOM6501
  • SCOM8027
  • SCOM8021
  • Up to 2 of any other Science courses, approved by the Program Convener

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective major,  minor or specialisation.

Indicative Fees

Annual indicative fee for international students


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to current and future students to assist with the cost of their studies. The University is committed to enabling all students, regardless of their background, to achieve their best at ANU and realise their potential. 

Eligibility 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.

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