University of Edinburgh

College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

MSc Science Communication & Public Engagement (online distance learning)


Old College

South Bridge

Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9YL

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Dip.- MSc Science Communication & Public Engagement, MSc Science Communication & Public Engagement

Format: Online

Program Description:

This part-time online distance learning programme offers flexible study in the fields of science communication and public engagement, areas that are currently enjoying unprecedented growth. This is being driven by a greater need to demonstrate the impact of publicly funded research, the need for science to be valued, increased government scrutiny and a desire for a stronger evidence base for policy decisions. Many career opportunities are emerging at the interface between scientific research and various public groups. You will experience a variety of science communication and public engagement methodologies and issues. In the process, you will develop critical thinking and self-evaluation skills through reflective practice. Your learning in individual courses is transferable to other courses ensuring interconnection across the programme, thus providing opportunities for deeper learning and for the application of key principles in different contexts. Programme structure Year 1 (Certificate) Introduction to Science Communication and Public Engagement Science and Society A Science and Society B Principles and Practice in Public Engagement with Science Science Education The Role of Social Media in Science Communication Year 2 (Diploma) Dialogue for Science Communication and Public Engagement Science, Policy and Practice Science and the Media Effective Exhibit and Programme Development Creative Arts in Science Engagement Science Communication/Public Engagement Placement Year 3 (Masters) SCPE Critical Analysis/Research Project or SCPE Practical Project Online learning Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace. Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world. Career opportunities To address the need for effective science communication and public engagement with science, there has been a significant rise in opportunities available for professionals with the specialist knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to pursue roles at the interface between scientific research and publics. These roles can be found in, for example, Higher Education Institutions, Research Centres, Museums, Science Centres, Learned Societies and consultancies for democratic decision-making. Examples of specific roles are engagement managers, information and education officers, policy and knowledge brokers, in addition to the traditional science communicator role.



International Student Requirements:

International qualifications: Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

In State Tuition (per year): 3950 GBP

Out State Tuition (per year): 3950 GBP

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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