The fields of science communication and public engagement are currently enjoying unprecedented growth.
This is being driven by:
- a greater need to demonstrate the impact of publicly funded research
- the need for science and other expertise to be accessible to public audiences
- a 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 Science Communication and Public Engagement (Online Learning) programme offered by The University of Edinburgh covers communication of all sciences, engineering, maths and technology.
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.
There has been a significant rise in opportunities available for individuals with the specialist knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to pursue roles at the interface between research and publics.
These roles can be found in, for example, higher education institutions, museums, science centres, learned societies and consultancies for democratic decision-making.
Examples of specific roles include:
- engagement managers
- information and education officers
- policy and knowledge brokers
Additionally, many students on the programme are in full-time employment and their roles have developed to involve science communication and public engagement. They have found the programme extremely useful and in some cases has led to promotion within the organisation.
AccreditationTheir courses are accredited by:
- The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
- The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)
- The European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE)
- The Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC)
- The last evaluation was in 2015.
- Science Education
- Understanding Science
- Principles and Practice in Public Engagement with Science
- Science in Context
- The Role of Social Media in Science Communication
- 36 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
- MSc - 180
- PgDip - 120
- PgCert - 60
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- A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent.
- We may also consider your application if you have relevant work experience; please contact us to check before you apply. You may be admitted to certificate level only in the first instance.
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National5735 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 5735 GBP per year during 36 months.
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