Postgraduate Diploma On Campus

Science Communication

24 months
6498 GBP/year
4350 GBP/year
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Science communicators are now dealing with often complex and sensitive problems, in public health, energy economics, climate politics and research funding, in the private and public sectors and at local and global scales. The Science Communication programme is offered at the University of Cambridge.


Over the last thirty years, Science Communication at University of Cambridge has gained new significance for scientific careers and in policy. The engagement of the general public with the scientific culture is seen as vital for a healthy democracy. The programme aims to develop individual science communicators who are able to adopt an informed, responsive, discipline relevant and critically reflective approach to the practical delivery of science communication at a high level. 

This present a great challenge to science communicators’ intellectual, social and practical skills. It requires a deep appreciation of the theories of effective communication and engagement, the thoughtful use of innovative and practical approaches, an understanding of the needs of the audience, and an awareness of the broader ethical and societal implications of the science. 

High quality training in science communication will provide these skills and expertise, and fits with the underlying principles of the Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research.

Aims of the Science Communication programme at University of Cambridge

  • Provide professionally relevant teaching and learning in the theory, knowledge and skills that underpin, and are at the forefront of, science communication and engagement.
  • Develop and create skilled science communicators with the necessary expertise and understanding to engage in and deliver well-informed high-quality science communication activities appropriate to the needs of their discipline and their audience.
  • Promote a comprehensive understanding of the practical and ethical considerations relevant to science communication.
  • Provide students with the theoretical knowledge and the practical opportunity to apply their learning in a work-relevant and practical manner through the design, delivery and evaluation of a specific science communication or engagement activity.
  • Develop in students the judgement, confidence and responsibility that will enable them to be proactive, responsible and discriminating in their interventions at a high level in their profession. 

Programme Structure

The Postgraduate Diploma takes two years and comprises six modules. 

Modules include:

  • The fundamentals of practical science communication
  • The art of practical science communication
  • Designing and delivering practical science communication
  • Knowledge, Authority and Expertise
  • Contexts and issues in science communication

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are normally expected to a hold a 2i degree or higher from a UK university or an equivalent from an overseas university in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) or medical subject.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    6498 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12996 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.
  • National

    4350 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8700 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

846 - 1465 GBP /month
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