Taught course

Science Communication

Cardiff University · Cardiff School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Candidates should have an Upper Second Class Honours degree from an approved UK or overseas university or a recognised relevant professional qualification. For applicants without these qualifications, strengths in other areas will be considered, such as for those aged 25 years and over, a minimum of two years’ experience in a position of responsibility relevant to the proposed course of study.

If English is not your first language, we do require an IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in all other subsections. The In-sessional team provides ongoing English language and study skills support especially for current international students during their academic studies.

Applications should be made via the online applications service. Please make the best use of the Personal Statement section and state clearly how your background, skills and interests are relevant to the communication of science and the study of social science. Please pay particular attention to outlining what you see as the challenges and importance of science communication and the public understanding of science, with reference to a particular sub-discipline(s) of science and specific areas of public concern.

The deadline for applications to this course for international applicants is August 1st; for other applicants, the deadline for applications in September 1st. The different dates are due to the need to allow sufficient time for visa processing for international applicants.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is offered jointly by Cardiff University School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, and Science Made Simple, a science communication organisation based in Cardiff.

The course aims to offer knowledge and expertise relating to the organisation and funding of scientific research, the reporting of scientific innovation and controversy, and the role of citizens, experts and the media in decision making.

You will receive practical, hands-on training in presenting science via news media or directly to audiences ranging from school children to the general public.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)29 2087 0084