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Master of Science Communication

We offer two types of Masters degree: The Master of Science Communication (MSciComm) and the Master of Applied Science (MAppSc) in Science Communication.

Although the first-year coursework is largely the same for both degrees, the difference lies in the second (thesis) year.

For students who are more research-oriented or have aspirations to eventually pursue a PhD in the theory-based academic discipline of science communication, the MSciComm is best suited to these objectives.

By contrast, for those students who wish to pursue career opportunities as creative professionals or practicing science communicators in the science communication industry, the shorter MAppSc is likely a better fit for your needs.

To determine which of these is the more appropriate Masters degree for you, please read the descriptions of these programmes below. We are happy to discuss these options with you and to advise you on an appropriate pathway.

Master of Science Communication

The Master of Science Communication is a coursework postgraduate degree designed to be completed in two years.

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.

Start your application on the MSciComm regulations page

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.

Start your application on the MAppSc regulations page

Contact information

For further information regarding the Masters options above, or to discuss whether it is the right fit for you, please email

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