single degree

Master of Science Communication

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Health and Medicine

MSCCOMM
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Academic contact
  • Mode of delivery
    • Multi-Modal
  • Field of Education
    • Natural and Physical Sciences
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Academic contact
  • Mode of delivery
    • Multi-Modal
  • Field of Education
    • Natural and Physical Sciences

The Master of Science Communication is a postgraduate coursework program in Science Communication with a significant research project. Taught by some of Australia’s leading science communicators, the program combines theoretical and practical aspects of science communication.

The program is ideal for people interested in becoming professional science communication officers and managers, or in gaining skills in communicating their own science. Many graduates have found careers as communications officers for scientific organisations such as CSIRO, science-oriented government departments, university departments and businesses.

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.

Employment Opportunities

The program is ideal for people interested in becoming professional science communicators in government, industry and the media, or in gaining skills in communicating their own science.

Many graduates have found careers as communications officers for scientific organisations such as CSIRO, science-oriented government departments, university departments and businesses.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate mastery of the theoretical knowledge underpinning science communication practice
  2. Identify, apply and evaluate science communication strategies for diverse audiences, using a range of means, media, and technologies.
  3. 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
  4. Develop appropriate qualitative and quantitative research tools and strategies to investigate, justify and interpret science communication theories, methods and conclusions

Further Information

Students who have completed 48 units and wish to exit the program have the option of transferring to graduate from a Graduate Diploma of Science.

Students who have completed 24 units and wish to exit the program have the option of transferring to graduate from a Graduate Certificate of Science.

For students receiving 48 units of credit towards this program, the balance of the degree can be taken via online and intensive modes of study. For more information contact scicomm.gradprog@anu.edu.au

If you have at least 10 years’ work experience in a related field contact the school for additional advice at scicomm.gradprog@anu.edu.au

An indicative list of courses offered by Science can be found here 

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7 in a cognate area.  A cognate area consists of 8 courses.  
  • All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.
  • Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit.
  • Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit.

 

Cognate Disciplines:

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, Education, Communication and Media

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$32,256.00

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

Annual indicative fee for international students
$38,592.00

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 requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

24 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

SCOM7000 Master of Science Communication Research Project

SCOM8014 Communicating Science with the Public

 

A minimum of 24 units from the completion of further 6000- and 8000-level courses from the subject area SCOM Science Communication.

A maximum of 24 units from completion of further courses offered by ANU

Study Options

Year 1 48 units SCOM8014 Communicating Science with the Public 6 units 6000 or 8000 level SCOM 6 units 6000 or 8000 level SCOM 6 units Courses offered by ANU 6 units
6000 or 8000 level SCOM 6 units 6000 or 8000 level SCOM 6 units 6000 or 8000 level SCOM 6 units Courses offered by ANU 6 units
Year 2 6000 or 8000 level SCOM 6 units 6000 or 8000 level SCOM 6 units 6000 or 8000 level SCOM 6 units Courses offered by ANU 6 units
SCOM7000 Master of Science Communication Research Project 3 to 24 units Courses offered by ANU 6 units

Academic Advice

The first step to enrolling in your new program is to seek academic advice in order to discuss the courses you will be studying. This is done by making an appointment to meet with the program convener (details below).

Your academic advice session is a great opportunity to discuss with the convener the direction in which you want your studies to go. The convener will be able to advise you about course selection and content of courses that you will undertake as part of your program. Ideally you should bring along a copy of your academic record/academic transcripts as these will greatly assist your convener when giving you course advice.

To book an appointment you can:

Email: will.grant@anu.edu.au

Phone: 02 6125 0241

Please also bring along your Planning Your Program document that is available from the enrolment website and your Postgraduate coursework checklist for new students. These documents will help you plan your degree and assist you with finalising your enrolment.

Further enrolment information can also be found here.

An indicative list of courses offered by Science can be found here.

Please follow each step and read through the additional information in the pdf guides, especially the ISIS enrolment guide in Step 2 and the How to enrol guide for new students in Step 3.

If you have any issues enrolling yourself through ISIS please contact us on 02 6125 2809 or email science.enquiries@anu.edu.au 


Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

Contact Dr Will Grant at Will.Grant@anu.edu.au

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