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MSc Science Communication / Overview

Year of entry: 2017

Degree awarded
MSc
Duration
1 year (full-time), 2 years (part-time)
Entry requirements

This MSc is appropriate for students from a range of backgrounds. It functions both as an advanced study course for experienced practitioners, and as a conversion route from other backgrounds such as undergraduate science, social policy, and non-science public engagement roles.

Official entry requirements are expected to include an Upper Second (2:1) honours degree in the United Kingdom, or the overseas equivalent, in an appropriate discipline. An applicant may also be exceptionally accepted based on evidence of alternative study, research or professional experience, provided this meets the University's central requirements.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Applications for 2017 entry will be closed by Monday 31 July 2017. We reserve the right to close courses earlier than this date if the course is full.

Please note we require the following documents before we can consider your application:

Transcript of your studies to date, translated into English

Two academic references on letter headed paper. These can be scanned and uploaded when you apply or emailed to  pgtaught.biosciences@manchester.ac.uk . We do not request references on an applicant's behalf and it is your responsibility to ensure your referees know how to provide your reference to us.

Degree certificate (if you have already graduated)

Personal statement or statement of purpose

Curriculum vitae (CV)

If English is not your first language, we require proof of your English language ability. If you have already taken an English language qualification, please include your certificate with your application. We may be willing to consider your application without this document, but if we choose to make you an offer, the conditions will include IELTS (or equivalent qualification).

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MSc Y Y N N

Course description

Our MSc in Science Communication combines professional practice, policy studies and cross-disciplinary theory and skills, to offer an academically stimulating experience and a solid grounding for a career.

Developed by academic staff from The University of Manchester's Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine and Manchester Institute of Innovation Research , the programme will feature masterclasses and project support from leading professionals in print, broadcast and online journalism, museums and science centres, public policy and advocacy, specialist public relations and editorial services, project and event management, together with experienced science communicators from across the University.

Open days

An open day is usually scheduled in November and/or February: details are announced on the Open Days page of the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine . At other times of the year, CHSTM staff are happy to meet potential students individually: please contact us for an appointment.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,000
    International students (per annum): £17,000
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,500
    International students (per annum): £8,500

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment. Please note we can only accept part time applications from international students if they do not require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Scholarships/sponsorships

Several sources of funding are available. For current possibilities, please see the MSc Funding page on the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine website. Please note that funding application deadlines are usually significantly earlier than the application deadline for the programme overall.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Office
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 5439
Email
Website
http://www.chstm.manchester.ac.uk
Academic department overview
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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