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Master of Science Communication Outreach

A single one year graduate degree offered by the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science

MSCO
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
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  • Academic plan 7624XMSCO
  • CRICOS code 083816F
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Academic plan 7624XMSCO
  • CRICOS code 083816F

The ANU Master of Science Communication Outreach is an internationally well-regarded qualification unlike any other. Our education experiences are hosted at Questacon and ANU, with scientists and science communicators giving lectures and presentations based on cutting edge research in science communication.

You will develop skills in public speaking; presentation and media; public relations; exhibition design and communication research; team work strategies; as well as developing expertise in presenting science and technology to students.

You will have the opportunity to sample diverse careers at the interface of science and the community, including travel to remote and regional areas of Australia while staffing the Shell Questacon Science Circus.

Career Options

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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Identify, apply and evaluate science communication strategies, with a particular focus on show and exhibition development for communicating to diverse, non-specialist audiences.
  2. Appraise and reflect upon the interaction of interests, contexts and people shaping science, including the social and ethical responsibilities of science and society in the modern world
  3. Work collaboratively and independently to apply cognitive, technical and creative skills in new and unfamiliar environments
  4. Develop appropriate qualitative and quantitative research tools and strategies to investigate, justify and interpret science communication theories, methods and conclusions

Further Information

All students in the program who are Australian citizens or permanent residents are financially supported by a scholarship that is paid fortnightly throughout the program. This year the scholarship was valued at $295.00 per week. An additional travel allowance of $25 per day is paid when on mainstream tour and $30 per day when touring in remote regions. This is exempt from income tax. The exact scholarship value for next year is still to be determined.

Domestic students in this program will be granted a Commonwealth Supported Place.  Visit the following website for further information: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/scholarships-support/graduate-commonwealth-supported-places

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor Honours degree or international equivalent, Graduate Certificate, or Graduate Diploma in cognate disciplines.

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Cognate disciplines

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
$29,280.00

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$39,024.00

Scholarships

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.

Program Requirements

The Master of Science Communication Outreach requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

48 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

SCOM8004A Fieldwork Placement (Part A)

SCOM8004B Fieldwork Placement (Part B)

SCOM8007 Exhibition Design

SCOM8014 Communicating Science with the Public

SCOM6012 Science Communication and the Web

SCOM6016 Science in the Media

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