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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration

About

The Science Communication (PgDip) programme at University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is an excellent opportunity to benefit from the Unit's expertise, resources and contacts.

Superb surroundings

Bristol is a hub for the science communication community. It's home to BBC Bristol, which produces a range of natural history programmes, including Life Story, and the popular science magazine, BBC Focus. Bristol is also home to the award-winning We The Curious, which the Unit has collaborated with over several years.

As well as drawing on the academic and practical experience of staff within the Science Communication Unit, our MSc programme gives you an opportunity to meet a range of visiting lecturers and benefit from their practical experience. This also provides an excellent networking opportunity for students interested in developing contacts among science communication practitioners.

The course combines a solid theoretical background with practical skill development, and has excellent links with the sectors and industries it informs. Visiting specialists also help you understand what they are looking for in future employees.

Introductory modules provide a broad theoretical foundation in issues such as the rationale for public engagement with science, understanding the audience, the role of the media in society, communication theory and models of informal learning.

You'll then have the opportunity to specialise by choosing from modules that cover practical skills related to taking science directly to the public, as well as new approaches to science communication such as digital media. This allows you to hone your practical skills and develop a portfolio that shows your expertise as a science communicator.

In the Final year, you may choose to further develop your portfolio, for example by mounting a practical science communication project, or take on a more theoretical or research-based project, perhaps with an external science communication organisation.

Inspirational and vocational

The weaving together of theory and practice ensures the award is intellectually stimulating while providing the skills employers seek. If you can't commit to a full MSc programme, you might consider the Postgraduate Diploma option. Or, if you're interested in a shorter course, focusing only on the practical elements of science communication, you may decide on our Postgraduate Certificate in Practical Science Communication.

Careers / Further study

Science communication skills are in high demand in a wide range of sectors and industries, such as journalism, public relations, science centres and museums, science education, professional consultancy and Research Council/learned institutions.

Throughout the course, we'll encourage you to develop the professional skills to help you secure employment or research positions.

Successful employment for our graduates is essential to this course's success. To support this, the programme works in partnership with you to help you achieve your career goals, and offers the following opportunities:

  • Learning Lab placements - Designed in collaboration with our students and host organisations. In recent years, students have been placed with BBC Focus Magazine, MS Research and Science City Bristol.
  • External Science Communication project - As part of the project module, you can apply for a project working with an external organisation. In the past students have worked with organisations including Meningitis UK, the British Science Association, the British Geological Survey and the Green Man Festival.
  • Dedicated careers sessions - From the outset, you have access to sessions that help you build your skills and experience with specific careers in mind. For example, We The Curious provides a session for you to find out about volunteering with them.
  • The Postgraduate Science Communication Student Blackboard - This is a key way we inform you about voluntary, placement and paid job opportunities. After graduation, you can keep in touch with the team and other graduates on our LinkedIn group. 

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Science and Society
  • Science, the Public and Media
  • Science on Air and on Screen
  • Science in Public Spaces
  • Writing Science

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description
      12-18 months full-time
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 30 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
    • Duration description
      30-42 months part-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

Applicants normally have an honours degree awarded by a UK institute of higher education of at least lower second status, in a relevant subject.

UWE Bristol's International College

International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

Pathway Courses 

Some international students may need additional education in order to qualify for a degree. In conjunction with its partner organisation, Kaplan International Pathways, the University of West England, Bristol offers a number of entry route options for students, including undergraduate and postgraduate pathway courses. 

A pathway course offers complete preparation for university-level study, and is taken at the UWE Bristol’s International College. Upon successful completion of their course at the required level, students planning to progress are guaranteed a place on their chosen degree.

Studyportals Tip: Students should consider taking one of the Pre-Master's below. these courses will be necessary if:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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Tuition Fee

  • International

    13000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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 13,000 - 14,500 GBP

Living costs for Bristol

  • 750 - 1260 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

UWE Bristol offers a range of scholarships for international postgraduate students.

Please note: In order to apply for any UWE Bristol scholarships, you must have received an offer to study at UWE Bristol. Remember to apply for the course early to ensure your scholarship application can be considered.

Non-programme specific scholarships

  • Chancellor's Scholarship
  • Millennium Scholarship

Programme-specific scholarships

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • MSc International Management Scholarship
  • Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences MSc Scholarship
  • Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences Dean’s Scholarship

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

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