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Master of Science Communication

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Science

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

Program Requirements

The Master of Science Communication requires the completion of 96 units, of which:

A minimum of 24 units must come from the completion of 8000 level courses.

A minimum of 48 units must come from the completion of 6000- 8000 level courses from the subject area SCOM- Science Communication


The 96 units of courses must consist of:

6 units from completion of the following compulsory course:

SCOM8014 Communicating Science with the Public (6 units)


And

Either a minimum of 18 units from completion of the following research course:

SCOM8000 Master of Science Communication Research Project (which can be taken as a variable unit course multiple times over consecutive semesters)


Or 24 units from completion of courses from the following placement course:

SCOM8004 Fieldwork Placement (which must be taken twice in two consecutive semesters or sessions 12+12 as part of one placement)

And

 A minimum of 24 units from the completion of further 6000- and 8000-level courses not previously taken from the subject area SCOM Science Communication

POPH6115 Health Promotion and Protection (6 units)

SCOM6003 Science in Popular Fiction   (6 units)

SCOM6004 Science Communication Internship   (6 units)

SCOM6005 Special Topics in Science Communication   (6 units)

SCOM6006 Science and Humour (6 units)

SCOM6007 Science Communication Project Design and Delivery   (6 units)

SCOM6012 Science Communication and the Web   (6 units)

SCOM6015 Speaking of Science   (6 units)

SCOM6016 Science in the Media   (6 units)

SCOM6027 Science Politics   (6 units)

SCOM6029 Cross Cultural Perspectives in Science Communication   (6 units)

SCOM6030 Science Dialogue Theory and Practice   (6 units)

SCOM6031 Science, Risk and Ethics   (6 units)

SCOM6032 Making Modern Science   (6 units)

SCOM6501 Strategies in Science Communication   (6 units)

SCOM8000 Master of Science Communication Research Project   (6 units)

SCOM8019 Research Methods in Science Communication (6 units)

SCOM8088 Engagement for Policy Impact   (6 units)


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


Capstone Courses

[SCOM8004, SCOM6005, SCOM6004, SCOM8000]

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 Speak to program convener at end of Year 1 to discuss options re SCOM8000 (18- 24 units) or SCOM8004 (24 units) 6000 or 8000 level SCOM 6 units Courses offered by ANU 6 units
6000 or 8000 level SCOM 6 units Courses offered by ANU 6 units

Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry. 


Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0, with at least 8 courses in a cognate area. 

Or

With a least 10 years' work experience in a related field.


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


In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors. 


Academic achievement & English language proficiency

The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment is a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0. 


However, applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes. 

If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of: 

• a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or

• demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency. 

Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.

Further information: English Language Requirements for Admission 


Diversity factors

As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.


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.

Credit Granted

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.

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
$33,520.00

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

Annual indicative fee for international students
$47,940.00

For further information on International Tuition Fees see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/international-tuition-fees

Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments

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.

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.

Get the inside story on what it’s like to be an ANU student by visiting our student blog.

 

Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

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

  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.

Inherent Requirements

Students taking this degree may choose to take the course SCOM8004 - Fieldwork placement, in which students participate in work-integrated learning with external partner organisations. This may be in the form of science outreach tours organised by our partner Questacon, or specific community engagement focused projects at Mulligans Flat for example. Students who take this course must be able to meet the SCOM8004 course inherent requirements. Please note that enrolment in SCOM8004 is limited and merit based. Please contact the course convenor directly for information.

Further Information

Mode of delivery:

The Master of Science Communication can be completed fully in person, fully online or as a combination of online and in person courses (multimodal). International students should note and abide by any conditions of their visa when enrolling. All students wishing to do this Masters degree in online mode only should indicate this when applying for admission and should select courses that are scheduled for online delivery mode.


Vertical Double Degree pathway UGRD-PGRD:

This program is part of the Vertical Double Degree pathway structure offered by the College of Science and the College of Health and Medicine. The Vertical Double Degree pathway presents students with the opportunity to complete a 3-year sngle undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Science or the College of Health and Medicine with a cognate 2-year Masters degree in 4 years (full-time) instead of 5 years (full-time). Not all undergraduate and Masters programs are offered as a Vertical Double Degree pathway. For more information on applicable combinations, benefits and how to apply, eligibility and conditions please visit https://science.anu.edu.au/vertical-double-degrees or https://health.anu.edu.au/vertical-double-degrees

Students who are interested in pursuing a Vertical Double Degree pathway with this program, are advised to contact the College of Science Student Services Office at science.enquiries@anu.edu.au and seek academic advice. Students who are already in an undergraduate degree offered by the College of Science or College of Health & Medicine should seek academic advice before completion of the first 72 units of their undergraduate studies.

This pathway is not available to students in an undergraduate Flexible Double Degree.


Exit pathways:

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 Communication.


Program advice:

  • Please visit the ANU Programs & Courses catalogue to check class scheduling information and mode of delivery (online or in person).
  • Applicants should note that courses listed in the program requirements include Summer and Winter Session courses. When applying for admission, please ensure the correct admit term is selected.
  • Students wishing to undertake SCOM8004 Fieldwork placement will need to seek advice from the program convener. Fieldwork placement usually commence in Semester 1 each calendar year and span two consecutive semesters of enrolment.


Courses offered by the College of Science and College of Health and Medicine:

An indicative list of courses offered by the College of Science and the College of Health and Medicine can be found under current students page on the College website via this link.

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: Merryn.McKinnon@anu.edu.au

Phone: 02 6125 4951

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 



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