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Distance Learning

In 2017, the Centre for Science Communication launched its distance (online) degree for a Postgraduate Certificate in Science Communication in Creative Nonfiction Writing.

This two-semester (one-year) certificate programme, consisting of two taught papers (courses) and a professional internship, is ideal for aspiring nonfiction writers wishing to develop their existing skill set while learning about the science-writing industry.

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 Prof. Jesse Bering and Prof. Lloyd Spencer Davis.

For further information regarding the online option, or to discuss whether it is the right fit for you, contact our Distance degree coordinator:

Professor Lloyd Spencer Davis
Tel: +64 3 479 7654

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. 

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