The fields of science communication and public engagement are currently enjoying unprecedented growth. This is being driven by a greater need to demonstrate the impact of publicly funded research, the need for science to be valued, increased government scrutiny and a desire for a stronger evidence base for policy decisions. Many career opportunities are emerging at the interface between scientific research and various public groups.
This part-time online distance learning programme offers flexible study in this field.
You will experience a variety of science communication and public engagement methodologies and issues. In the process, you will develop critical thinking and self-evaluation skills through reflective practice. Your learning in individual courses is transferable to other courses ensuring interconnection across the programme, thus providing opportunities for deeper learning and for the application of key principles in different contexts.
Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.
Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.
To address the need for effective science communication and public engagement with science, there has been a significant rise in opportunities available for professionals with the specialist knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to pursue roles at the interface between scientific research and publics.
These roles can be found in, for example, Higher Education Institutions, Research Centres, Museums, Science Centres, Learned Societies and consultancies for democratic decision-making. Examples of specific roles are engagement managers, information and education officers, policy and knowledge brokers, in addition to the traditional science communicator role.
Year 1 (Certificate)
Year 2 (Diploma)
Year 3 (Masters)
SCPE Critical Analysis/Research Project or SCPE Practical Project
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A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a science-related subject is required. Other qualifications, at honours degree level combined with relevant experience, will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Where applicable, you will also be required to meet any language requirements in accordance with the University of Edinburgh's regulations.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English.
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