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Master of Science Communication

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.

Master of Applied Science (MAppSc)

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. There is no academic thesis requirement for this degree. Instead, students complete a Supervised Independent Study; which includes a significant research-based creative project that reflects their endorsement area (e.g. those in the SNHF stream produce a short film; CNFW students complete a book or long-form magazine article; SSOC students design an exhibit or interactive display, etc.)

Master of Applied Science (MAppSc)

Contact information

For further information regarding the master’s degree, or to discuss whether it is the right fit for you, contact our postgraduate co-ordinator:

Professor Nancy Longnecker
Tel +64 3 479 7885
Email nancy.longnecker@otago.ac.nz

400- and 500-level papers