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Areas of Science Communication


For all of our postgraduate degrees (with the exception of the PhD), students’ coursework, creative projects and academic theses can be tailored to one of three technical areas:

  • Science and Natural History Filmmaking (SNHF)
  • Creative Nonfiction Writing in Science (CNFW)
  • Science in Society (SSOC)

An unendorsed option is available for students who are undecided, prefer a more generalised degree in science communication, or whose professional interests overlap between areas.

Science and Natural History Filmmaking

Learn how to take factual filmmaking to new heights. Taught in association with NHNZ - the world’s second-largest producer of documentaries - the course is coordinated by award-winning filmmakers who are some of the best in the business. Films produced by our students have won many awards, including some of the industry's most prestigious.

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Creative Nonfiction Writing

Discover how to communicate science most effectively with the written word. Coordinated by award-winning authors, this programme will mentor you through the process of creating a substantive written work, such as a book or long-form narrative article. You will also learn about the process of digital publishing and how to create multimedia publications. 

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Science in Society

From the internet to installations, you will learn how to communicate science in the digital realm or in the physical world of museums and other places. Maybe you'll develop an exhibition, an art installation, a digital platform, a science communication framework for policymakers, or, just maybe, it'll be something you haven't even dreamed of yet... an invention that moves the masses. 

Find out more about the Science in Society endorsement