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Course summary

How do we communicate the latest scientific research and environmental issues to the masses? What’s the best way to capture wildlife, in their natural habitat or the urban one? What makes a ground-breaking scientific discovery newsworthy? This unique Biological Photography and Imaging MSc course enables you to blend scientific study with the creative arts. This immersive course will see you develop skills in photography, videography and other types of imaging to produce a high quality, in-depth portfolio of work. We bring together all facets of science communication through photography, video, design, web, social media and scientific writing in the form of journalism to provide you with the tools you’ll need to enter the professional field. You’ll be taught through the practical application of industry-standard software and photographic techniques, field trips and scientific analysis. The course caters to those with a science background who want to apply their knowledge in a creative and engaging format, but also those who have an arts background and want to move into science communication. The study programme incorporates the areas of:

  • biological research and natural history
  • photography
  • image manipulation and editing
  • videography and filmmaking
  • media production
  • microscopy
  • biological research
  • science communication
  • writing business proposals
  • giving business presentations
  • applying a marketing strategy to your business
  • understanding copyright law
  • dealing with a picture agency


Applied Digital/Conventional Imaging - 20 credits Image Manipulation and Multi-Media - 20 credits Film Production and Digital Film/Video Photography - 20 credits Microscopy and Image Analysis - 20 credits Professional Techniques in the Field - 20 credits Commercial and Business Application for the Professional Imager - 20 credits Project work - 60 credits

Assessment method

Assessment is based on a final project.

Entry requirements

2.2 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject. English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £12060 Whole course
England £12060 Whole course
Northern Ireland £12060 Whole course
Scotland £12060 Whole course
Wales £12060 Whole course
Channel Islands £12060 Whole course
International £26955 Whole course

Additional fee information

For fee information, see
Biological Photography and Imaging MSc at University of Nottingham - UCAS