Research course

Science Communication

University of Edinburgh · College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for our research programmes is an undergraduate science related degree, with an excellent or very good classification (equivalent to first or upper second class honours in the UK). For some non-UK applicants the entry requirement is a Masters degree.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The University of Edinburgh has over 20 years' experience in science communication practice and has forged lasting partnerships with Edinburgh International Science Festival, National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh Zoo National Galleries Scotland, Our Dynamic Earth and Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe.

Potential research areas include informal science learning, the role of social media, cultural differences in science communication.

Students are strongly encouraged to present their research at conferences and in journal papers during the course of their PhD.

Students are also encouraged to attend the transferable skills courses provided by the University and to participate in external courses when relevant.

PhD candidates pursue their research projects under continuous guidance, resulting in a thesis that makes an original contribution to knowledge. You will be linked to two academic supervisors.

Students who have secured their own funding are welcome to apply.

Information for international students

f English is not your first language, you must have a qualification as evidence of your spoken and written English. Visit website for details.

Fees and funding

UK students
Home/EU fees still to be announced for 2015/16
International students
£17,200 per year (2015/16)

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Elizabeth Stevenson
+44 (0)131 650 3258