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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

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

Are you a science, engineering or technology graduate looking for a program with a difference? This is a one-year graduate program that is sure to launch you into an exciting career.

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 leading scientists and science communicators giving guest lectures and special presentations.

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.

Commonwealth Supported Places

The ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment and ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Science offers a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) for Australian students in graduate programs. For further information, please read the general information

Career Options

ANU provides you with more choice for your entrance score by offering the new Flexible Double Degree program.

The ANU Flexible Double Degree lets you build skills for your chosen career without forfeiting your passion.  It's your choice to build a double degree partnership that suits your head and your heart.

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.

Admission Requirements

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

It is important to note that as students require a Level 8 qualification for entry, this 48 unit Master of Science Communication Outreach is Level 9 AQF compliant.

Cognate: 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

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

For more information see:

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.

Program Requirements

Completion of 48 units coursework, including:

30 Units of compulsory courses:

Plus 18 units of elective courses chosen from:

  • SCOM8007 Exhibition design (6 units)
  • SCOM8015 Speaking of science (6 units)
  • SCOM8021 Ethics, issues and consequences of science (6 units)
  • SCOM8027 Science and public policy (6 units)
  • SCOM8501 Strategies in Science Communication (6 units)
  • SCOM8012 Design and Process for the World Wide Web (6 units)
  • SCOM6016 Science in the media (6 units)
  • Other SCOM courses as approved by the program convener

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 Dr Will Grant, who is the program convener for the Master of Science Communication (Outreach) program.

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.

Please also bring along your Planning Your Program document that is available from the enrolment website

, this will help you plan your degree. Your program convener will also take a copy of this form after your discussion.

Further enrolment information can also be found here

To book an appointment you can:


Phone: 02 6125 0241

If you have any issues enrolling yourself through ISIS please contact us on 6125 2809 or email

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