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Applications for the undergraduate Minor in Science Communication are currently paused. Students are encouraged to email with any questions.

The Department of Science Communication is now accepting applications for the following qualifications and degrees in science communication

Postgraduate Certificate in Science Communication (Distance)

The Postgraduate Certificate in Science Communication (PGCertSciComm) caters to a range of students - those with no prior experience in science communication who want an introduction to the discipline as well as those who are already professional science communicators and have a desire to fill a skills gap or increase their understanding of the science of science communication. The PGCertSciComm can be taken full-time in one semester or part-time over a longer period.

Start your application on the PGCertSciComm qualification page

Postgraduate Diploma in Science Communication (Distance)

The PGDipSciComm is an excellent option for those who want an immersive exposure to science communication. After a year, students have developed the skills of a professional science communicator and a marketable portfolio of work. Students enrolled in this qualification have the option of doing a valuable internship placement in the science communication industry.

Start your application on the PGDipSciComm qualifications page

PhD in Science Communication

The PhD programme of the Department of Science Communication provides supervision and support for students undertaking original research into an area of science communication. Typically, the PhD is a three-year programme of study. There is no formal coursework associated with the programme.

Applications for PhD study may be received at any time. Before applying, you should make enquiries with staff members to determine appropriate supervisors. A staff member must agree to supervise your project before you can apply to the PhD programme.

For further information about our PhD programme, please contact our doctoral coordinator, Professor Lloyd Davis.

Tel +64 3 479 7654

Note: International students pay domestic (NZ) fees for PhD enrolments. In addition, both domestic and international students are eligible to apply for a competitive University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship.

More information about PhD study at Otago


Please review the information at the links provided for more information and to learn more about the qualification or degree that is best suited for you. If you have any questions about the programmes or would like to schedule a time to discuss whether it is suitable for you, please email

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