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Study Science Communication at Otago

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Apply for the Master of Science Communication (MSciComm) through the Dunedin campus in 2021

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Apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Science Communication (PGDipSciComm) through the Dunedin campus in 2021

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The Centre for Science Communication (CSC) is one of the world’s largest postgraduate facilities for the teaching, research, and practice of communicating science to the general public. It is part of the University of Otago in Dunedin, a UNESCO City of Literature. Dunedin is the wildlife capital of New Zealand with colonies of seals, albatross and penguins all living within the city's boundaries. It is no accident that it has also become a centre for those involved in natural history filmmaking. The Centre for Science Communication has strong links with the publishing industry, the world’s second-largest producer of documentaries (NHNZ) and the Otago Museum which is undergoing significant redevelopment of its galleries with a focus on science engagement.

Students in the CSC can undertake postgraduate study in one of three areas:

  • Creative Non-Fiction Writing in Science (CNFW)
  • Science and Natural History Filmmaking (SNHF)
  • Science in Society (SSOC)

A range of flexible postgraduate qualifications are offered and at any one time, there are about 60 postgraduate students studying for Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma, Master of Applied Science, Master of Science Communication or PhD.

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Programme requirements

Master of Applied Science (MAppSc) in Science Communication


This programme requires three semesters of study.
With approval, SCOM 5A may replace APPS 597 and one 400-level paper.
Up to two of the prescribed papers may be replaced with other 400-level papers with approval from the Director of the Centre for Science Communication.

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Minor subject requirements

Minor in Science Communication

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points

MFCO 103  Introduction to Communication Studies


Above 100-level

MFCO 222 Science, Technology, and Society

SCOM 209 Communicating Science - an Introduction

SCOM 301 Science and the Public

One of MFCO 220, MFCO 223, MFCO 321, ECOL 212, ENGL 228, ENGL 327, HIST 229, HIST 306, PHIL 225, PHIL 235, POLS 207, PUBH 202, PUBH 203, RELS 217, RELS 317, SOCI 208, TOUR 306





Total   90

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