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Master of Science Communication

If you are passionate about science, creative and want to work with people, Science Communication is for you. The Masters is an advanced course that will allow you to enhance your skills in these areas.


Being able to transform scientific information into accessible, understandable knowledge for the public is the key business of a science communicator. Science communicators combine skills in written and verbal communication with their scientific knowledge, so they can bridge the gap between the scientific community and the public.

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Course description, features and facilities

Students learn principles of effective science communication, develop practical skills necessary for effective science communication, and design strategies that address the communication needs of groups such as government organisations, informal museums, science centres and research centres. Students select from options such as science communication for change in industry and community, science performance, a workplace project, science in the media, learning technologies, and displays and exhibits.

The course structure and units are available at UWA handbook.

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Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; S3 = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2015;
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised

Take all units (66 points):

N/ASCOM4402Science Communication Specialist Research Topics
N/ASCOM4403Science Presentations
N/ASCOM4701Science Writing
N/ASCOM4705Science Communication Research Proposal
S1SCOM5303Communication Strategies for Change
N/ASCOM5810Science Communication Dissertation Part 1
N/ASCOM5811Science Communication Dissertation Part 2
N/ASCOM5812Science Communication Dissertation Part 3
N/ASCOM5813Science Communication Dissertation Part 4
N/ASCOM5814Science Communication Dissertation Part 5
N/ASCOM5815Science Communication Dissertation Part 6

Take unit(s) to the value of 30 points:

Group A

S1EDUC5465Science Curriculum I
S1EDUC5485Development, Teaching and Learning: Theory and Practice
NS, S1EDUC5608Integrating Pedagogy and Technology
S2EDUC5618Teaching and Learning with ICTs
NS, OSEDUC5631Approaches to Research
NS, OSEDUC5633Quantitative Inquiry
S2, OSEDUC5634Qualitative Inquiry
S1MKTG5465Applied Marketing Research
S1MKTG5501Integrated Marketing Communications
N/ASCOM5304Science Communication Practicum
N/ASCOM5305Science Performance
N/ASCOM5307Evaluating Science Engagement
S2SCOM5702Exhibitions and Interpretation
N/ASCOM5703Science and the Media

Career opportunities

Graduates will be able to work in any field of science communication, depending on their area of interest.

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Further study opportunities

Students completing this degree may have the option to pursue further studies in research.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. Admission Requirements
  2. English competency

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

a bachelor's degree in science, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA.

English competency

See the full list of English language requirements.

Please note: requirements may be higher for some individual courses, where this is the case the additional requirements will be specified.

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How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. How to apply
  2. Contact details - admission information

How to apply

This course ins unavailable until 2016.

Contact details - admission information


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  1. Application Deadlines
  2. How to apply
  3. Fees
  4. Contact details - admission information

Application Deadlines

While there are no strict application deadlines for the submission of international postgraduate coursework applications, prospective students are strongly encouraged to apply with sufficient time to allow for the processing of their application and to secure a student visa.

Postgraduate coursework applications generally take four weeks from receipt of an application to offer.

How to apply

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UWA representatives offer application advice and support to future students in various countries. Visit the link below to find an authorised UWA agent near you.

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Annual fee: $32000.

For courses that are less than one year in duration, the annual fee listed is the total for the course. Unless otherwise indicated, for courses that are 18 months in duration, the annual fee is two-thirds of the total cost of the course.

As some units vary in cost, the actual student contribution will depend on the mix of units you choose. See the unit costs website for details of individual unit costs.

Contact details - admission information

UWA International Centre (M352)

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Crawley, Perth
Western Australia 6009
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Master of Science Communication: the details

Available 2016
Locations offered
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
For information regarding course contact hours and requirements refer to relevant details in the UWA Handbook.
Standard full-time completion
2 years
Maximum time to complete
5 years
Contact details: course information
Ms Miriam Sullivan
The University of Western Australia (M092) 35 Stirling Highway Crawley WA 6009 Perth, Australia
6488 4559
(+61 8)6488 4559
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