Taught course

Science Communication

The University of Manchester · Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Entry requirements

We require an Upper Second honours degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent in an appropriate discipline. This course is both an advanced study course for experienced practitioners, and a conversion route from other backgrounds such as undergraduate science, social policy, and non-science public engagement roles.

We may also consider applicants based on evidence of alternative study, research or professional experience that meets the University's requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc Science Communication course is ideal if you are interested in science, technology, medicine, mathematics or engineering and want to work in the field of science communication.

You will develop the skills required to work in a range of sectors, including media, science policy, filmmaking, science outreach, public relations, museums and science centres, science festivals, and other public engagement fields.

Developed by the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine and Manchester Institute of Innovation Research , the course features masterclasses and project support from leading professionals in a wide range of sectors, together with experienced science communicators from across the University.

You will spend time building up practical communication skills, and thinking about the broad range of challenges that science communicators face. Does science communication matter for society? Whose interests are furthered by science news? What are the ethical issues in the communication of health research? When we talk about public engagement, what kind of public do we mean?

You will consider these and other questions through insights drawn from history, innovation and policy research, media studies, and the first-hand experience of long-serving communicators, and link these to practical skills.

Information for international students

For applicants whose first language is not English, we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 with a score of no less than 6.5 in any component, or TOEFL (internet) 90 with no less than 22 in each component.

If you are to attend a pre-sessional English course at our University Language Centre prior to the start of your MSc degree, a UKVI Approved Secure English Language Test is required for the purpose of your Tier 4 visa application. For details, please see requirements from our University Language Centre.

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For more details see entry requirements from your country .

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Several sources of funding are available. For current possibilities, please see the funding page on the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine website. Please note that funding application deadlines are usually significantly earlier than the course application deadline.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0) 161 275 5220