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Distance learning – Postgraduate Certificate

Our distance (online) Postgraduate Certificate in Science Communication consists of three papers and can be completed either in a single semester or part-time (over two semesters). It is ideal for busy professionals and aspiring nonfiction writers wishing to develop their existing skill set while learning about the science-writing industry. Among many possible internship opportunities, the student may be closely supervised by experienced science writers or other industry professionals as they develop a full-scale popular science book proposal that can be submitted to agents or publishers upon completion of the certificate.

As a distance student with full access to the University of Otago's electronic library resources, you'll acquire invaluable tricks of the trade, receive editorial feedback on your written work, and become part of a supportive online science writers' community, giving you the competitive edge in becoming a successful communicator in this rapidly growing field. Courses are taught and led by the Centre’s accomplished writing staff, including Associate Professor Jesse Bering and Professor Lloyd Spencer Davis.

For further information regarding the Distance (online) certificate, or to discuss whether it is the right fit for you, please email

Note: By agreement with the University of Otago, international students enrolled in the Distance degree in Science Communication pay a special rate. Please consult with the degree coordinator for details. 

*offered 2022 only; special international rate does not apply to this paper

Start your application on the PGCertSciComm regulations page