The programme is suitable for recent graduates and for those with professional experience in science or communications.
To be eligible, candidates are required to have a second class or better honours degree. Consideration is also given to candidates who have lesser qualifications but significant and appropriate professional experience. Applicants are asked to submit an article on a science related topic of 750 words, written for a general interest publication. Selection is done on the basis of the formal application, the submitted article and the candidate's statement of motivation. Candidates may be called for interview which mainly serves the purpose of clarifying for the applicants and for the academic staff on the programme, that the prospective students have a clear sense of what may lie ahead.
Assessment by interview
Candidates should note that an interview is part of the assessment process for this programme. Shortlisted candidates are expected to be available for interview. Candidates shortlisted for interview will be able to book their interview through their application on the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) website. Interview slots will be allocated on a first come first served basis. It is not possible to accommodate other interview dates.
Months of entry
The programme explores social issues in science and technology, and the communications and controversies surrounding them. It will ensure that you have a good grasp of the social significance of science and you are capable of reflecting critically on the place of science and technology in society.
This MSc caters for students with diverse backgrounds in the natural sciences, the social sciences and humanities. By bringing these students together, the programme stimulates interaction, encouraging the different groups to reflect more fully on the contribution that the others make to the development of the total cultural fabric.
Although not primarily concerned with training in technical communications, the programme does include some practically oriented modules.
Whether or not you have a scientific background, if you are interested in a career in science media, marketing, policy, or specialist areas in communicating health, environment, IT or risk, the MSc in Science Communication is for you.
Information for international students
International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Padraig Murphy
- +353 (01) 7007703