Taught course

Science, Communication and Society

University of Kent · School of Biosciences

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 degree in a relevant subject.

Months of entry


Course content

Using the latest scholarship, we enable you to get behind contemporary and historic science to understand how knowledge is created and consumed within society. The programme also features professionals from a range of sectors (medical writing, journalism, industry, policy). These bring real-life case studies that inform your critical perspectives on science communication. Practical and innovative assessments harness your developing knowledge to create a portfolio of skills that are highly valued by employers.

The MSc in Science, Communication and Society is intended primarily, though not exclusively, for the following:

  • science graduates intending to pursue a career within science but not in the laboratory
  • humanities graduates with an interest in science and technology studies
  • practising scientists wanting a career change into media, education, policy or other communication-based area of science.

Course structure

The MSc has been developed by the School of Biosciences, a leading school in teaching, research and science communication, and the School of History, which has a dedicated research centre in the History of the Sciences. It integrates current theory and practice in communicating science with insights from historical and ethical perspectives. Two core modules have a case study-driven approach to science communication, learning from key scientific moments in history and from science communicators who work in a variety of different professions (eg, media, politics, education, journalism).

Two optional modules allow you to specialise in a particular area relevant to science communication, based on your interests and experience, focusing on either practical/scientific or humanities-based approaches to the study of science communication. An extended research project allows you to take a practical approach to science communication, or to do in-depth research on a historical or contemporary episode in science.

In some cases, these projects may be undertaken in conjunction with external partners, such as Research Councils, charities and NGOs.

You can opt to take only the core modules, resulting in a postgraduate certificate, or to take the compulsory plus two optional modules, leading to a postgraduate diploma.

Information for international students

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Fees and funding

Please visit our funding web pages for the most current opportunities and application details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Biosciences
+44 (0)1227 827357