Tell it like it is!

Introduction

If you are creative, love science and want to work with people, Science Communication is for you.

Science communicators use their knowledge of science to help raise the level of understanding about important issues in science-bridging the gap between the scientific community and the public.

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Course description, features and facilities

UWA is one of only two universities that offer undergraduate science communication programs in Australia. This major must be taken in conjunction with another science major, giving you both sound scientific knowledge and highly marketable communication skills.

This major will teach you to communicate effectively with audiences ranging from children to scientists. Science Communication will provide you with experience in new media; written, oral and visual presentations; science performance; and working with industry experts.

Classes are generally a mixture of lecture and tutorial, complementing learned theory with discussions, demonstrations and collaborative group work. The course provides authentic learning experiences as you develop and refine a Science Communication portfolio, including writing, videos, podcasts, professional reports, presentations, exhibits, posters, websites and more. In your practicum (150 hours), you are individually placed with an organisation that will enhance your networking and employment opportunities.

Visit the Science website for further information on careers in science, graduate profiles, scholarships and the benefits of choosing science at UWA.


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Student profile – Josip Knezevic

I chose to study Science Communication not only because I thought it provided useful tools and practices when it came to effectively presenting scientific topics, but also because it’s an underappreciated practice.

Effectively communicating the science in our world is as equally as important as discovering them and often this is neglected. The Science Communication major at UWA provided myself and other students the chance to explore different areas of communicating science, through a variety of mediums and audiences.

In doing so, it taught us the value of communication in our world and helped shape further communication strategies to use in any industry and society.

See how UWA Science can change your world!

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Structure

 

UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Science Communication is only available as a second major in conjunction with any Bachelor of  Science major. 

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Career opportunities

As a Science Communication graduate you will be highly sought after by employers for your written and verbal communication skills. Your career could take any number of paths such as finding employment in science centres, museums, zoological and botanical gardens, environmental education, schools, research organisations including government agencies, non-government organisations, hospitals, industry and the media.

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Further study opportunities

Students with a Science Communication major can pursue further studies at honours or postgraduate level. Courses include a Master of Science Communication, or the Master of Teaching.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. English competency
  4. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in at least WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
80
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Applications ATAR
80
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Studies)
29

Additional information

If you do not have a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics: Applications ATAR or higher, you will need to successfully complete additional Mathematics units during your first year.

Please note: to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.

Fees

As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

Information for

Contact us

Future Students

Telephone
(+61 8) 6488 3939
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Address
First Floor, Ken and Julie Michael Building
7 Fairway (corner Cooper Street)
Crawley, Perth
Western Australia 6009
Location
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Monday – Friday, 8.30am–5pm (Western Standard Time)

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Science Communication: the details

Status
Available 2017
Locations offered
Crawley
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Internal
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
12 hours teaching time, plus your own study time.
Standard full-time completion
3 years (BSci) or 4 years (B Phil (Hons))
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Yes
Contact details: course information
Faculty of Science
Science Student Office Agriculture Central building, Crawley campus
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