- Length 2 year full-time
- Minimum 96 Units
Improve the population’s awareness and appreciation of science through the ANU Master of Science Communication.
In this contemporary degree, you’ll join Australia's founding and leading science communication institution, and be taught by some of world’s leading science communicators.
Combining theoretical and practical aspects of science communication, you’ll delve into topics including science in the media, science and public policy, ethics of science and cross-cultural science communication.
Find out more about science communication, the degree structure, the university experience, career opportunities and student stories on our website.
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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.
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to
- Demonstrate mastery of the theoretical knowledge underpinning science communication practice
- Identify, apply and evaluate science communication strategies for diverse audiences, using a range of means, media, and technologies.
- 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
- Develop appropriate qualitative and quantitative research tools and strategies to investigate, justify and interpret science communication theories, methods and conclusions
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have at least 10 years’ work experience in a related field contact the school for additional advice at email@example.com
An indicative list of
courses offered by Science can be found here
A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0, with at least 8 courses in a cognate area.
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
English Language Requirements
All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.
Assessment of Qualifications
Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met. Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework: www.aqf.edu.au
ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities: www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/admission-criteria/tertiary-qualifications
Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.
Applications for course credit
Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Bachelor degree with Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (one year) of credit.
- Annual indicative fee for domestic students
For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees
- Annual indicative fee for international students
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.
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
|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|
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?
Contact Dr Will Grant at Will.Grant@anu.edu.au