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Postgraduate Diploma

Applied Science Communication

This course is open for applications

If you wish to study from January 2019 please go to the 2018/19 course page and select the ‘Apply Now’ link.

About this course

Entry year:
2019/20
Course code:
P9062
Applications:
University
Level:
Postgraduate
Department:
Applied Sciences
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Two years, January start
Delivery:
Online
Programme leader:
Dr Emma Weitkamp
Key fact:
This innovative, fully-online course will enable you to develop your Science Communication expertise while maintaining existing commitments, wherever you are based.

Page last updated 28 November 2018

Introduction

UWE Bristol's PGDip in Applied Science Communication will provide you with an applied introduction to this rapidly evolving field by an internationally renowned team.

This unique course is entirely online, allowing you to fit your studies around your existing commitments, wherever you are in the world. Whether you're a recent graduate or already working in the field, you'll develop your skills in science communication and learn about cutting-edge research techniques under the guidance of science communication experts at UWE Bristol.

Why UWE Bristol?

Our passionate teaching staff are active in the field of science communication, so your teaching will be inspired by the latest industry thinking.

You'll work with our internationally-renowned Science Communication Unit. As leaders in science communication research and practice, its dedicated team will provide you with valuable expertise, resources and contacts.

We'll use a diverse range of content to help develop your communication skills, with a particular focus on digital and face to face communication settings. You'll gain a comprehensive understanding of contemporary science communication formats, including science writing, festivals, museums, and community engagement.

We'll support you to design and carry out a research project that is relevant to your own personal interest or professional experiences.

Where can it take me?

Access to our community pages and dedicated LinkedIn group means you'll be able to find out about work and project opportunities, and connect with previous graduates.

There are increasing opportunities for careers in sectors including museums and science centres, charities, public relations and the media. Alternatively you may choose to develop a career as a freelance science communicator or to pursue a career in research, for example by studying for a PhD.

Graduates of our existing MSc and PGCert courses work in organisations such as the BBC Natural History Unit, the Met Office, Cancer Research UK, the Science Museum, the Wellcome Trust and CERN, as well as a wide range of other international organisations.

Structure

Content

Year one

You will study:

  • Applied Science Communication: Connecting People and Creating Events
  • Applied Science Communication: Online and Media Writing
  • Applied Research Skills (Online).

Year two

You will study:

  • Applied Science Communication Project (Online).

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

This course is taught entirely online. You'll learn through a range of content including narrated presentations, self-directed learning activities, problem-based learning, discussion forums, wikis, asynchronous feedback opportunities and live interactive seminars. You'll also be expected to build specialist knowledge through independent learning.

Private study weeks will be built into the course, so that you have an opportunity to carry out independent study and review previous taught contents and materials.

Dedicated online spaces (including discussion forums) will ensure you feel fully engaged with the rest of the cohort, despite working at a distance.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

15 credit modules are taught over a period of ten weeks, which includes two weeks of private study. 30 credit modules are taught over a period of 20 weeks, which includes four weeks of private study.

For all taught modules you are expected to spend approximately ten hours per week studying, plus time on your assessments.

The 60-credit project module includes online training that provides the basis for your individual project. You'll be supported throughout by suitable members of the team.

Contact time will vary according to your project focus. This will be agreed on a one-to-one basis with your academic supervisor. 

Assessment

Assessment is varied and applicable to the real world. You'll have opportunities to develop digital, written and face-to-face presentation skills. You'll also write grant applications and press releases, pitch ideas to the teaching team, and compile portfolios of work which you can submit to potential employers.

Throughout the course there will be structured opportunities for feedback, both from teaching staff and fellow students.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Study facilities

Although you're unlikely to visit the UWE Bristol campus, you'll still benefit from the support enjoyed by all our students. Take advantage of our vast range of electronic resources, access specialist IT support, and get study tips and advice through online video guidance.

Careers

Careers / Further study

There are increasing opportunities for careers in sectors including museums and science centres, charities, public relations and the media. Alternatively you may choose to develop a career as a freelance science communicator, or to pursue a career in research, for example by studying for a PhD.

You might work as a science centre explainer, support researchers to communicate their work at a university, or lead science outreach activities with the local community.

Graduates of our existing MSc and PGCert courses work in organisations such as the BBC Natural History Unit, the Met Office, Cancer Research UK, the Science Museum, the Wellcome Trust and CERN, as well as for a wide-range of other international organisations.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events. Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Fees

There is currently no published fee data for this course.

Supplementary fee information

See our funding pages for more information. 

Entry

Entry requirements

Students must have a minimum of a lower second class honours degree in a relevant subject, or an equivalent for overseas students. Students must meet the minimum English Language requirements of the University for postgraduate study.

How to apply

Read more about postgraduate applications.

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