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Course summary

The fields of science communication and public engagement are currently enjoying unprecedented growth. This is being driven by many factors including:

  • a greater need to demonstrate the impact of publicly funded research
  • the need for science and other expertise to be accessible to public audiences
  • desire for a stronger evidence base for policy decisions
Many career opportunities are emerging at the interface between science and various stakeholder groups and ever more creative methodologies for science engagement are being explored. The programme covers communication of all sciences, engineering, maths and technology and other disciplines. Why Edinburgh Our part-time, online learning programme provides an opportunity to gain a formal qualification in science communication without having to leave your job or move to a different location. There is no requirement to travel to Edinburgh, although you would be most welcome if you wish to visit. You may elect to begin with the Postgraduate Certificate in the first instance and then decide to study for a Diploma and/or a Masters degree. You will engage with other students from around the world, from a variety of different academic and professional backgrounds and you will enjoy a rich learning experience while studying on the programme. Who this programme is for The programme attracts students from across the globe, from a range of academic and professional backgrounds and provides a formal qualification for those working in science communication and public engagement or a conversion route for those interested in moving into this field or whose role at work is evolving. Applicants often ask how much time they should set aside for study. We would recommend 10-15 hours per week. Teaching blocks The teaching is spread evenly throughout the year in three blocks, usually September to December, January to April, April to July.


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Entry requirements

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Science Communication and Public Engagement (Online Learning) at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS