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Master of Science Communication (MSciComm)

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Apply for the Master of Science Communication (MSciComm) through the Dunedin campus in 2015

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Contact details

Department of Science Communication

Email: sciencecommunication@otago.ac.nz
Website:  http://www.sciencecommunication.info

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Programme Requirements

Master of Science Communication (MSciComm) endorsed in Creative Non-Fiction Writing in Science

Papers Points

SCOM 402 The Craft of Storytelling

SCOM 403 Science and Creative Non-Fiction Writing

SCOM 406 Communicating Science

SCOM 408 Critical and Creative Thinking

SCOM 413 Digital Production for Science Communication

SCOM 495 Thesis Preparation and Proposal

Thesis: CNFW 5 (including the preparation of a book).

(In exceptional circumstances, one paper may be replaced with another 400-level SCOM paper with the prior approval of the Director of the Centre for Science Communication).

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Master of Science Communication (MSciComm) endorsed in Popularising Science

Papers Points

SCOM 402 The Craft of Storytelling

SCOM 403 Science and Creative Non-Fiction Writing

SCOM 406 Communicating Science

SCOM 408 Critical and Creative Thinking

SCOM 413 Digital Production for Science Communication

SCOM 495 Thesis Preparation and Proposal

Thesis: POSC 5 (including the preparation of an exhibit or digital media project).

(In exceptional circumstances, one paper may be replaced with another 400-level SCOM paper with the prior approval of the Director of the Centre for Science Communication).

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Master of Science Communication (MSciComm) endorsed in Science and Natural History Filmmaking

PapersPoints

SCOM 402 The Craft of Storytelling

SCOM 405 Science and Natural History Film

SCOM 411 The Techniques of Natural History and Science Filmmaking 1

SCOM 412 The Techniques of Natural History and Science Filmmaking 2

SCOM 495 Thesis Preparation and Proposal

and one further 400-level SCOM paper

Thesis: SNHF 5 (including the preparation of a film).

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Regulations for the Degree of Master of Science Communication (MSciComm)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Sciences), on the advice of the Director of the Centre for Science Communication.
    2. Every applicant must either
      1. be a graduate, or
      2. have equivalent qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences).
    3. In considering an applicant’s qualifications, regard will be had to the detail of the course of study followed to gain the qualification, as well as the applicant’s performance in the programme.
  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. Every programme of study shall be as prescribed for one of the endorsements listed above.
    2. A candidate may be exempted from some or all of the prescribed papers on the basis of previous study.
    3. A candidate shall, before commencing the investigation to be described in the thesis, secure the approval of the Director of the Centre for Science Communication for the topic, the supervisor(s), and the proposed course of the investigation.
    4. A candidate may not present a thesis or other material which has previously been accepted for another degree.
    5. For the thesis, the research should be of a kind that a diligent and competent student should complete within one year of full-time study.
  3. Duration of the Programme

    A candidate shall normally follow a programme of study for not less than two years of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study, and shall complete the requirements for the degree within three years of admission to the programme. Exceptions shall be permitted only with the permission of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences).

  4. Examination of the Thesis and Associated Material

    1. The thesis and any associated material shall be assessed by at least two examiners, at least one of whom shall be external to the University.
    2. The candidate's supervisor shall not be an examiner but may make a report on the work of the candidate to the Director of the Centre for Science Communication.
    3. Each examiner shall supply a written report on the thesis and any associated material and recommend a mark and grade on the basis of the thesis and any associated material as submitted, and an overall result selected from the options specified in clause (d) below.
    4. The examiners may recommend that a thesis and any associated material:
      1. be accepted without amendments;
      2. be accepted subject to amendments being made at the discretion and to the satisfaction of the Director of the Centre for Science Communication;
      3. does not meet the criteria for the award of the degree, but may be revised and resubmitted for examination;
      4. does not meet the criteria for the award of the degree, and should be rejected without right of resubmission.
    5. Amendments 4(d)(ii) and revisions 4(d)(iii) shall be completed by a specified date to be determined by the Director of the Centre for Science Communication.
    6. A candidate shall be permitted to revise and resubmit a thesis and any associated material for examination once only.
    7. If a revised and resubmitted thesis and any associated material is finally accepted, the result shall be either Pass or Fail (i.e. ungraded) and without eligibility for the award of the degree with distinction or credit.
    8. Where examiners cannot agree on a result, the Director of the Centre for Science Communication should so report to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences) or nominee who shall arrive at a decision after consulting a referee who should normally be external to the University.
  5. Level of Award of the Degree

    The degree may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

  6. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

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