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MSc Science Communications

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    • MSc: 12 months full-time

Course Description

The world of science has changed dramatically since the arrival of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in 2019. Never has it been so crucial to have skilled science communicators presenting technical information accurately and engagingly, while also organising and managing communication across the complex areas of science. It is vital to engage all stakeholders, to participate in scientific research, and to make science more accessible and inclusive.

Be a part of the next generation of writers and editors responsible for disseminating scientific discoveries to the general public.
Join a unique programme that will develop skills related to communicating science to different audiences.
Attend and participate in seminars from leaders in the field: Ashfield Medical, Allegro and Sense about Science.
Focus on employability skills.

Entry Requirements

2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a related subject area. Professional experience and 2:2 Honours degree with strong subject specific expertise may also be considered.

This programme would primarily target life science or medical science graduates. Students with an interest in science communications who have a background in chemical sciences, physics, mathematics, computing or pharmacy may also be interested. In exceptional circumstances, other science graduates or bioscience graduates may be eligible on demonstration of appropriate postgraduate professional experience.

Fees

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Student Destinations

This programme will provide an excellent background for those wishing to establish a career in science communications, from medical writing/editing to freelance writing.

Students will receive training by attending courses and seminars with Ashfield medical and Allegro, two prominent medical writing and editing companies. We also have a number of industrial partners that will deliver sessions on social media management, press releases and freelance writing.

Example jobs include:

  • Copywriter
  • Freelance writer
  • Medical editor
  • Medical writer
  • Social media manager

Module Details

The programme provides a grounding in the principles and practice of science communications, and an opportunity to start a career in the UK and overseas.

The teaching programme is given in the form of lectures, seminars, tutorials, team work and self-directed learning.

Additional resources such as videos and online chats are available through Moodle, the university’s virtual learning environment, and Microsoft Teams, to support and enhance the learning experience.

The following core and optional courses are available:

Core courses
CLINICAL TRIALS : PRINCIPLES AND METHODS
DIGITAL MEDIA
INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL COMMUNICATIONS
SCIENCE COMMUNICATIONS DISSERTATION
SCIENTIFIC WRITING FOR MEDICAL COMMUNICATIONS
Optional courses
CREATIVE WRITING: EDITING AND PUBLICATION 1
CURRENT TRENDS AND CHALLENGES IN BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH AND HEALTH
REAL-WORLD DATA IN HEALTH CARE DECISION MAKING
DIAGNOSTIC TECHNOLOGIES AND DEVICES
RESEARCH DESIGN

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