’This is a degree of the highest quality’
Prof. Frank Burnet MBE, external examiner, 2009-2013
This MSc is unique amongst science communication programmes in the UK and globally because of the depth of the critical humanities perspectives that it brings to bear on science: history, sociology, ethics and visual arts. Using the latest scholarship, we enable students to get behind contemporary and historic science to understand how knowledge is created and consumed within society.
The course also features visiting professionals from a range of sectors (medical writing, journalism, arts, museums). Practical and creative assessments harness students' developing knowledge to create a portfolio of skills that are highly valued by employers. There is a particular focus on developing excellence in writing.
The MSc in Science, Communication and Society complements our more straightforward MA in History of Science, Technology, Environment and Medicine. If you are interested in the history of science or STS, you might nevertheless choose the MSc for its focus on practical and marketable skills, and for the route that it provides between an academic study of the history of science and related careers (museums, policy, lobbying, NGOs). However, the route to further study in history of science remains open; the programme’s graduates have gone into PhDs in history of science, PhDs in science policy or science communication, as well as professional work in a variety of science communication sectors.
Minimum 2.1 or equivalent in history or a relevant subject. In certain circumstances, the School will consider candidates who have not followed a conventional education path. These cases are assessed individually by the Director of Graduate Studies.
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