Dr. Elizabeth Stevenson
Tel +44(0)131 650 3258
The University of Edinburgh supports a vibrant culture of science communication and public engagement and has considerable expertise across the full spectrum of science communication and public engagement practice; from dissemination of knowledge, through consultation and collaboration. The University has excellent links with external science communication organisations such as Edinburgh International Science Festival and Our Dynamic Earth (science centre) and we can offer opportunities for real world, work-based projects and placements.
In addition to the on-campus Masters programme, we also have an on-line version of the programme: www.sciencecommunication.mvm.ed.ac.uk/online
In the programme you will learn about the contexts for science communication, how the practice of public engagement has emerged over the last 15-20 years and develop awareness about the current landscape of these fields. You will learn how to present science effectively, practise interviewing and being interviewed, how to facilitate discussion, learn about the workings of the print media and how to write effective press releases and policy briefings. You will learn and practise techniques for facilitating effective dialogue around issues related to science. Through assessed work-placements, you will develop the skills, awareness and understanding to be effective in the science-communication and public engagement workplace.
||Elective Courses include:
Formal teaching in Semesters 1 and 2 consists of lectures/workshops/seminars. Weeks 1-5, the average contact time is around 10-12 hours per week; Weeks 6-11, the average contact time is around 4 hours per week.
In Semester 3, when working on the project/dissertation, no formal teaching takes place. Instead there is on-going, informal interaction with project supervisors.
The course includes eight week (one day per week) placements within a science communication/public engagement work-setting. Organisations in which placements are situated in Semester 1 include the Edinburgh International Science Festival, Our Dynamic Earth, National Museum of Scotland, Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, and EuroStemCell. In Semester 2 there is an option to select either a science education or a policy-based placement.
Continuous assessment enables you to develop and apply skills and knowledge and receive feedback throughout the year. Assessment includes practice-based work e.g. policy brief, workshop design, dialogue event, science presentation. This component of assessment will contribute towards a portfolio and will be invaluable as a means of demonstrating to potential employers your experience and abilities.
Regular seminars featuring invited speakers who are active in public engagement will provide insight into the range and variety of opportunities in science communication and public engagement.
Dr Elizabeth Stevenson (Programme Director)
Tel: +44 (0) 131 650 3258
Entry requirements, programme costs and application information can be found at the University's Degree Finder:
Postgraduate Degree Finder