Master of Science Communication

Master of Science Communication

Developed by the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine and Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, the course features masterclasses and project support from leading professionals in a wide range of sectors, together with experienced science communicators from across the University. Besides the academic learning, professionals working in journalism, public relations, filmmaking, policy and science outreach at one-day schools on science communication policy and practice. Furthermore, the students have the possibility to explore their own interests through a research project and a professionally mentored project.


University of Manchester


Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Aims of the Study Program

Students in this course develop the required skills to work in a range of sectors, including research, media, science policy, public relations, museums and science centres, science festivals, and other public engagement fields. It shall develop their practical communication skills and thinking about the broad range of challenges that science communicators face.


The study program focuses on history, innovation and policy research as well as media studies. It provides the students with first-hand experience of long-serving communicators, and link these to practical skills.


Students will learn through a mixture of lectures, small-group seminars, discussion and practical exercises. All students take the following courses consisting of weekly lectures and discussion seminars.

  • Introduction to Science Communication
  • Communicating ideas in science, technology and medicine
  • Introduction to Contemporary Science and Medicine

Students will also choose two of the following four units to specialise in for assessed work:

  • Science, media and journalism
  • Science museums, science centres and public events
  • Science, government and policy
  • Health communication

The course is completed by two projects allowing students to specialise towards your preferred interests. Students can choose from the science communication research project and the mentored project.

Time to complete

Students can study this master program full time (1 year) or part time (2 years).

Requirements and admission

Candidates require an Upper Second honours degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent in science, social policy and non-science public engagement roles. International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system. Additionally candidates need to submit relevant work experience in their chosen pathway. Students must apply online, an early application is recommended. In addition, the following documents are required:

  • Transcript of studies to date, translated into English
  • One academic reference on letter headed paper, signed and dated
  • Degree certificate (if already graduated)
  • Personal statement or statement of purpose
  • CV

Further applicants may be interviewed as part of the selection process. Interviews will be held face to face if possible. Otherwise, and normally for applicants based outside the UK, the interview will be by Skype.

Target Group/Students

Applications are welcomed from experienced practitioners and from candidates from other backgrounds. Applicants based on evidence of alternative study, research or professional experience that meets the University's requirements will also be considered.

Further Information and contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Postgraduate Admissions Office

Tel: +44 (0)161 306 5439

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