The Master of Science Communication is a coursework postgraduate degree designed to be completed in two years. Based on professional interests, applicants select an endorsement (specialisation) in Creative Nonfiction Writing in Science (CNFW), Science and Natural History Filmmaking (SNHF) or Science in Society (SSOC).
Students are required to take six 400-level papers from the list below (120 pts total) and two papers at 500-level (SCOM5A and 5B, 60 pts each). For full-time students, the degree can be completed in four academic semesters and allows the flexibility for the student to begin coursework at the start of either Semester 1 or 2. Part-time students can spread their 140-credit degree requirements over the course of four years.
Note that students in the filmmaking endorsement must start Semester 1 and must be enrolled full-time.
For this degree, students complete a written academic thesis that includes original empirical research. Most theses also comprise a supervised creative product in the form of a book, film, or exhibit.
A shorter alternative to the full Master's degree is the Master of Applied Science (MAppSc). The MAppSc is designed to be completed within 18 months and is suitable for students whose paths are more commercially oriented.
For further information regarding the Masters degree, or to discuss whether it is the right fit for you, contact our postgraduate coordinator:
Professor Nancy Longnecker
Tel: + 64 3 479 7885
- SCOM402 The Craft of Storytelling (20 pts; Semester 1)
- SCOM409 Introduction to Science Communication (20 pts; Semester 1)
- SCOM413 Digital Production for Science Communication (20 pts; Semester 1)
- SCOM404 Science Communication Internship (20 pts; Semesters 1 and 2)
- SCOM403 Science and Creative Non-Fiction Writing (20 pts; Semester 2)
- SCOM405 Business of Filmmaking (20 pts; Semester 2)
- SCOM406 Science Exhibitions and Interpretation (20 pts; Semester 2)
- SCOM411 The Techniques of Natural History and Science Filmmaking I (20 pts; Semester 2)
- SCOM412 The Techniques of Natural History and Science Filmmaking II (20 pts; Semester 2)
- SCOM5A (60 pts; Semester 1) Thesis Part A
- SCOM5B (60 pts; Semester 2) Thesis Part B