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The award
MSc

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

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About Science Communication at Manchester Metropolitan University

Year of entry

2017

Length

2 years part-time, and 1 year full-time

Tuition Fees

UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £7,560 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £1260 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £13,050 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2175 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Costs

Specialist Costs

Optional Estimate: £400

How are these costs calculated?

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Placement Costs

Compsulsory Estimate: £40

Optional Estimate: £100

How are these costs calculated?

All field trips will be local and will normally be free. Occasionally there may be the need to attend a performance or show, but no more than 4 at a cost of £10 per ticket max. Students may wish to go and see more science related events and activities, but these will be entirely optional.

Professional Costs

Optional Estimate: £15

How are these costs calculated?

Students can choose to join the NUS at any point in their study. It is not required but is useful. It is free to join the NUS. The price for an NUS Extra card is £12.00 for the standard card or £14.99 for NUS/ISIC.

Other Costs

Optional Estimate: £50

For the Live Project, students may need to spend some money on travel.

Location

Manchester Campus

Department

School of Research, Enterprise & Innovation

This new Masters programme offers innovative and hands-on training in the fascinating field of science communication. You will learn how to communicate scientific, research and findings effectively, and how to articulate complex scientific and technological concepts to engage a variety of audiences. The course will show you how to balance the excitement of scientific discovery and development of innovative delivery methods with an accurate representation of the facts and data that underpin it.

The taught aspects of the course combine practical skills of science journalism, medical writing and SciArt, (the interdisciplinary study of science and art), with theoretical learning about the history and philosophy of science and the study of science communication as an academic discipline.

You will also have the opportunity to work on live science communication projects with external organisations. The programme will give you the necessary analytical and communication skills to be a successful science communicator in person as well as in writing.

Tuition Fees

UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £7,560 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £1260 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £13,050 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2175 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Career options after the course

The academic team uses information gained from alumni, graduate destinations and also from industry regarding graduate prospects for science communication students. This information is used to inform curriculum design, e.g. in the development of the curriculum for employability. The programme provides the foundations for future study or advancement on to a variety of professional pathways, including working in outreach or public engagement. In particular, this MSc in Science Communication can lead to career opportunities in medical communications, science journalism, science communication research, science advocacy, and scientific publishing.

Four possible career paths are laid out below:

  • Following the SciArt unit (6J7Z0006) a student might decide that they want to become a SciArt practitioner or curator. This unit has been designed with SciArt practitioners, and gives the students the opportunity to both analyse SciArt as a discipline, and to develop and curate their own pieces. The student could then choose their live project (6J7Z0004) so that it gave them relevant experience, either by working with a SciArt practitioner to develop an installation piece of display with one of the industrial partners, or by working with an external client to help curate an upcoming SciArt exhibition. As a result of the live project the student would have gained relevant vocational experience, and would also have developed a network of industrial contacts, both of which would set them apart as SciArt practitioners and curators upon graduation.

  • Following the Medical Writing unit (6J7Z0005), a student might decide that they want to pursue a career in medical communications. This unit has been designed in close collaboration with our industrial partners, and will provide the student with the specific skills that are desired by the medical communication industry. The student could then choose their live project (6J7Z0004) to work with one of our medical communications industrial partners, thereby providing them with direct vocational experience and further networking opportunities. Upon graduation, the student would then be extremely well positioned to gain employment in the medical communications industry.

  • Following the Science Journalism unit (6J7Z0007) a student might decide that they want to pursue a career in science journalism. This unit will have provided the student with the analytical and writing skills that are necessary to compose effective and engaging scientific news journalism articles. The student could then choose their live project (6J7Z0004) to work with one an external client that would enable them to further hone their scientific journalism skills and contacts. Such a project might involve working with a local media organisation or the University press office. These skills and contacts that were developed by the student would help to ensure that they were well placed for successful employment following graduation.

  • A student might decide that they want to pursue a career as a public engagement officer for a science company or institute. The student could then choose their live project (6J7Z0004) so that it gave them the opportunity to work with one of our industrial partners, either working alongside their own public engagement officers, or else developing the role themselves as part of the project. Upon graduation the student would then have relevant vocational experience that would help to set them apart from the competition in terms of employment. The live project would have enabled them to develop a series of contacts that are essential in the competitive industry of science communication. In addition to this the core units will provide a good grounding for a range of opportunities in science communication and public engagement.
  • By working closely with industry representatives, we will be able to ensure that we are kept up-to-date on the employability skills and requirements that will maximise graduates' chances of successful employability. We will use this information, as well as local intelligence to continually update the programme, using it to inform the curriculum content as well as the teaching, learning and assessment strategy. The involvement of the industrial representatives will mean that the programme continues to be relevant, and that upon graduation the students are extremely well prepared for employment in the sector.

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    Entry requirements

    Typical entry requirements

    Applicants will normally have at least a second-class UK Honours degree (or international equivalent) in any subject but with evidence of an interest in science. Relevant work or entrepreneurial experience will also be considered. All applications will be considered on their own merit.

    If you have non-UK qualifications, visit mmu.ac.uk/international

    There's further information for international students on our international website if you're applying with non-UK qualifications.

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