Taught course

Science Communication and Public Engagement (Online Distance Learning)

University of Edinburgh · College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree, with an excellent or very good classification (equivalent to first or upper second class honours in the UK), in a science-related subject. Other qualifications, at honours degree level combined with relevant experience, will also be considered on a case-by-case basis. If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English: IELTS Academic module 7.0 (with at least 6.5 in each section); TOEFL-iBT 100 (with at least 23 in all sections); PTE(A): 67 (with no score lower than 61 in each (with no score lower than 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections - "Enabling Skills" section scores are not considered); CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)

Months of entry


Course content

The fields of science communication and public engagement are currently enjoying unprecedented growth. This is being driven by a greater need to demonstrate the impact of publicly funded research, the need for science to be valued, increased government scrutiny and a desire for a stronger evidence base for policy decisions. Many career opportunities are emerging at the interface between scientific research and various public groups.

This part-time online distance learning programme offers flexible study in this field.

Programme description

You will experience a variety of science communication and public engagement methodologies and issues. In the process, you will develop critical thinking and self-evaluation skills through reflective practice. Your learning in individual courses is transferable to other courses ensuring interconnection across the programme, thus providing opportunities for deeper learning and for the application of key principles in different contexts.

Information for international students

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements: http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/international/country

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,100 per year
International students
£4,100 per year

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36 months


distance learning
24 months


distance learning
12 months

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0) 131 650 3289