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Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year FT / 2 years PT

About the course

Course description

This course helps you to develop the skills to communicate science effectively to a wide range of audiences. You’ll learn about the latest topics in the science that interests you and work to communicate them to the media and beyond.

You’ll learn to target your writing and creativity for clear, concise and compelling storytelling across a range of formats.

You’ll produce a portfolio to showcase your written, digital audio/visual, outreach and event management skills.


Cutting edge research in science and journalism informs our teaching. You'll attend a mix of lectures, tutorials and seminars, as well as group projects, workshops and masterclasses. Many of our students take the opportunity to go on placement during their dissertation.


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Entry Requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 or equivalent in biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, mathematics, engineering or other science-related subject.

We also accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies.

English language requirements
Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.


Up-to-date fees can be found on the University of Sheffield's webpages for postgraduate students: Please see the university website for further information on fees for this course.

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Marija Popova

What I like most about my course is the opportunity to be creative without limitations. It is the chance to tell people more about science through newspapers, magazines, radio and TV shows, workshops or exhibitions.

Marni Brennan

"After taking a little time out after the MSc in Science Communication to travel, I moved to London and started working at the Wellcome Trust on the general graduate programme. This has allowed me to experience different areas of Wellcome – a large charity that aims to improve health for everyone by funding great ideas in biomedical research, public engagement, education, humanities and social science and through its science/art museum (among other areas)!

"I spent my first 6 months in the marketing and communications team for the museum (Wellcome Collection), where I was able to directly use the skills I’d gained through the masters in social media, copy writing and creatively communicating complex information to engage broad audiences. I spent a further 6 months working on one of the charity’s priorities – vaccines. This role was more strategic and involved working with partners like the World Health Organization to help the global health community be better prepared for outbreaks of epidemic diseases like Ebola or Cholera through changing policy and strengthening health research in lower and middle income countries.

"I also feel the variety of the work we did on the MSc and the way we were encouraged to look at topics and communication mediums outside of our comfort zone has helped me become more resilient and adaptable. This helps me enjoy the varied challenges and work the graduate programme allows me to experience.

"I thoroughly enjoyed the course and the opportunity to complete a placement in a science communication setting where I wrote online articles for a company that worked in the infertility field. I use the skills I developed daily and feel I will do so for the rest of my career!"

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