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Master of Science in Science Communication

A single one year graduate award offered by the ANU College of Science

  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
  • Academic plan MSCAU
  • CRICOS code 089681A
  • Field of Education
    • Natural and Physical Scis NEC
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
  • Academic plan MSCAU
  • CRICOS code 089681A
  • Field of Education
    • Natural and Physical Scis NEC

Program Requirements

The Master of Science in Science Communication requires the completion of 20 modular credits from NUS and 24 units from ANU. The ANU courses must consist of:
Compulsory course:
SCOM8014 Communicating Science with the Public

18 units of elective ANU courses from the following list:
Any 6000-level or 8000-level SCOM-coded courses.
POPH8115 Health Promotion and Protection

The modular credits must consist of:

MW5200 MSc Science Communication Project
MW5201 Topics in Science Communication

One of: 
MW5202 Innovations in Science Teaching or 
MW5203 Frontier Topics in Science

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0

Applicants must also have either a qualification at AQF Level 8 or higher (Master degree or Graduate Diploma), or at least 3 years’ work experience in science education or similar fields, which together are considered by ANU to be the equivalent in the 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

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:

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:

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.


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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.

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 communication and science teaching skills for professionals in these fields. The program requires the completion of 8 courses between ANU and NUS.

Full time students have the option of spending one semester at NUS and the Science Centre Singapore, and one semester at ANU. Alternatively, both full time and part time students can complete the whole program in a combination of in person courses at NUS and online/intensive courses at ANU.

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.

This program is available for applications until spring session, 2020

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
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