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Master of Science in Science Communication

A single one year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
  • Academic plan MSCAU
  • CRICOS code 089681A
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  • Field of Education
    • Natural and Physical Sciences
  • 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 Students can progress at their own pace and choose modules that best suit their work schedule.

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. 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 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
  4. Develop appropriate qualitative and quantitative research tools and strategies to investigate, justify and interpret science communication theories, methods and

Admission Requirements

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.


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

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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 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

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