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; N/A = not available in 2017; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Students who have not completed a Bachelor's degree containing any level 2 or 3 SCOM units at UWA or equivalent units from other universities that address science communication to the public,as recognised by the Faculty must complete relevant conversion units up to the value of 24 points from this group, as advised by the Faculty:

S2SCOM2205Science Presentations
S1SCOM2208Science Writing
S2SCOM3319Exhibitions and Interpretation
S1SCOM3320Communication Strategies for Change
S2SCOM3321Science and the Media
S1SCOM3322Science Performance

Take all units (36 points):

S2SCIE4481Good, Bogus and Corrupted Science
S1, S2SCOM4402Science Communication Literature Review
S2SCOM5302Contemporary Issues in Science Communication
NS, S1, S2SCOM5304Science Communication Practicum
S2SCOM5308Peer Review
NSSOCS5003Research Design

For students in course by coursework and dissertation only, take all units (24 points):

S1, S2SCOM5810Science Communication Dissertation Part 1
S1, S2SCOM5811Science Communication Dissertation Part 2
S1, S2SCOM5812Science Communication Dissertation Part 3
S1, S2SCOM5813Science Communication Dissertation Part 4

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 36 points of which at least 12 points (two units) must be taken at Level 5. For students in course by coursework and dissertation only, take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:

Group B

S1COMM5605Issues in Contemporary Global Journalism
NSCOMM5701Strategic Communications in a Digital Era
S1COMM5702Digital Media: Theory and Practice
NSCOMM5703Communication, Innovation and Project Management
NSCOMM5704Global Media and Cross-cultural Communication
NSCOMM5705Representation and Promotion
S1EDUC5492Understanding and Managing Disruptive Behaviour Disorders
S1EDUC5494Approaches to Student Assessment
NSEDUC5631Approaches to Research
NSEDUC5633Quantitative Inquiry
S1, NSEDUC5634Qualitative Inquiry
S1MKTG5406Buyer Behaviour and Decision Making
NSMKTG5604Biotechnology Commercialisation
S1PUBH3305Health Research Design and Methods
S1PUBH5754Health Promotion I
N/APUBH5765Health Promotion II
S2PUBH5805Qualitative Research Methods in Health
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
S1, S2SCOM4705Science Communication Research Proposal
S1SCOM5303Communication Strategies for Change
S1, S2SCOM5307Evaluating Science Engagement
NSSOCS5005Social Research Ethics
N/ASOCS5009Innovative Social Research Methods
NSSOCS5010NGOs, Governance and Development
S1SOCS5502Conservation, Development and Sustainability
NSSSEH5491Health Education
NSSSEH5492Health Promotion in the Schools
S1SSEH5654Fundamentals in Research Methods

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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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This course is available to Australian and international students.

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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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  2. Fees
  3. Contact us

How to apply

This course ins unavailable until 2016.


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Master of Science Communication: the details

Available 2017
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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