Science Communication (MA)

the United Kingdom

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The award
MA

How long you will study
12 Months

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full-time

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About Science Communication at University of Kent

Location: Canterbury


The Science Communication MA at Kent is unique in that it includes both practical and critical aspects of the subject. You engage with a variety of media, including print, audio-visual and web-based presentation. 

You are taught by lecturers in medical and science humanities, and by scientists. These include nationally recognised teachers, a blogger for a national newspaper, museum experts and regulars on national media.

Previous students have come from France, Germany, Sweden, Japan, Taiwan and more, bringing international perspectives and experiences to the group. For more information, including samples of student work and alumni profiles, see the Centre for the History of the Sciences blog or follow the Centre on Twitter.

Knowledge and understanding

You will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • significant episodes in the history of science, technology and medicine, from the scientific revolution to the present
  • the social and cultural mechanisms that have shaped and shape the production of scientific knowledge
  • the role of communicational media in propagating and shaping scientific knowledge
  • scholarly debates surrounding the philosophy of the public understanding of science
  • ethical context of the practice of science and its communication
  • the principles and theories of public engagement from a critical perspective
  • current theoretical perspectives on how to communicate science to the public
  • the impact of science upon a range of professional disciplines
  • how different professions deal with complex scientific information and disseminate this information to their clients and/or audiences
  • career opportunities in science communication
  • the social, political and economic impact of science
  • how research leads to knowledge.

Intellectual Skills

You will develop your intellectual skills in:

  • understanding the range and scope of teaching and assessment methods and study skills relevant to the programme
  • gathering, organising and deploying evidence, data and information from a variety of secondary and primary sources
  • identifying, investigating and analysing primary, and secondary and tertiary information
  • differentiating between arguments
  • presenting reasoned defensible arguments based on reflection, study and critical judgement
  • understanding the needs of different modes of communication for different audiences
  • engaging in effective and intelligent discussion with people of varied training and perspectives
  • developing your intellectual capacity and skills spanning humanities, sciences and social sciences

Subject-specific skills

You will develop your subject-specific skills, including:

  • developing critical faculties to deconstruct and interpret aspects of scientific culture
  • an awareness of the various techniques and processes used in the production of scientific knowledge, whether for expert or lay audiences
  • understanding of the nature of science and its socio-cultural role, past and present
  • finding information on science communication and the history of science from a wide range of information sources (e.g. journals, books, electronic databases) and maintaining an effective information retrieval strategy
  • understanding and application of scholarly methods and concepts used in the critical study of science, technology and medicine

Transferable skills

You will develop the following transferable skills:

  • to reflect on, and manage, their own learning and seek to make use of constructive feedback from peers and staff to enhance their own performance and personal skills
  • independence of mind and initiative
  • self-discipline and self-motivation
  • ability to work in a team and have respect for others’ reasoned views
  • communication: the ability to organise information clearly; respond to textual and visual sources; present information orally; adapt style for different audiences; use of images as a communications tool
  • numeracy: the ability to read graphs and tables; integrate numerical and non-numerical information; understand the limits and potentialities of arguments based on quantitative information
  • Information Technology: be able to evaluate critically and communicate effectively in a number of the following formats: written documents; email; databases; spreadsheets; PowerPoint; web sites.

The programme aims to:

  • equip students to communicate science effectively in a variety of media
  • enable students to understand the social and professional processes by which scientific knowledge is made and communicated
  • give students an understanding of the process of scientific investigation
  • provide a stimulating, research-active environment for teaching and learning in which students are supported and motivated to achieve academic and personal potential
  • facilitate learning experience (integration and application of knowledge) through a variety of teaching and assessment methods
  • give students the experience of undertaking an independent research project
  • prepare students for further training and employment in science and non-science based careers by developing transferable and cognitive skills
  • develop the qualities needed for employment in situations requiring the exercise of professionalism, independent thought, personal responsibility and decision-making in complex and unpredictable circumstances Provide access to as wide a range of students as practicable

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  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
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Notes about fees for this course

Full Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Full Time Overseas: TBC EUR | Part Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Part Time Overseas: N/A

Entry requirements

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