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Undergraduate study

Starting in 2018, the Centre for Science Communication and the Department of Media, Film and Communication at the University of Otago are offering an exciting new Minor in Science Communication. The minor is designed to complement an existing Major in either the humanities or the natural sciences with the latest in science communication, both practical and theoretical. It is composed of five papers, four compulsory and one elective.

The four compulsory papers provide a background to communication theory, an understanding of the societal context within which science and science communication operates, as well as a whole host of practical skills such as film making, hosting public events, and creative nonfiction writing.

The elective paper allows you to pursue more specialised interests, from the philosophy of science, to journalistic writing, to public health promotions.

Being a scientist or any other academic today means not just navigating the world of research but also interacting with the community, reaching out via the digital realm and having at your disposal modern and exciting communication skills. So why settle for a standard science or humanities degree when you can become workplace ready by taking the new Science Communication minor alongside your major. 

For further information regarding this degree option, or to discuss whether it is the right fit for you, contact our undergraduate coordinator Dr. Fabien Medvecky by phone 64 3 4797848 or email

Compulsory papers


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