Professional course Science Communication: Masterclass

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Applied Sciences
We The Curious
Four days
Course Director
Tutor Biographies (PDF)

Page last updated 10 November 2020


About the Masterclass

UWE Bristol's Science Communication (SCU) Masterclass is an intensive, short course (four days) created to provide professional development in science communication. The masterclass draws on the existing expertise of the team that delivers the University's popular and practical MSc in Science Communication.

The Science Communication Masterclass runs roughly once a year. If you would like to be kept informed of future opportunities, please register your interest by sending a short e-mail mentioning the Masterclass to

Who can apply?

The Masterclass has been designed for those with little or no experience in the field of science communication and would be suitable for practising scientists wishing to enhance the public engagement element of their research, science graduates interested in science communication or those seeking a career change, scientists/teachers of science seeking continuing professional development and people working in Research Councils with a communication element to their role.

Student quotes:

"Great job! Very worthwhile, I felt more supported and encouraged than I have in years of schooling, I'm going to miss you all! Thank you for making my experience so memorable." 2016 Masterclass delegate

"I go home with lots of inspiration and motivation for new projects - and I feel well prepared to start the work! Thanks a lot!" 2015 Masterclass delegate

"I thoroughly enjoyed the masterclass and found it extremely relevant. The content and delivery of content was of a high quality to the range of activities within the sessions held interest throughout." 2014 Masterclass delegate

Entry requirements

The course is aimed at people new to science communication as well as those with some experience. Participants will need to be comfortable reading, listening and writing in English.



Topics for the Masterclasses

  • The historical and social contexts of science communication
  • Scientific literacy and public understanding
  • Publics and engagement
  • Face-to-face, media and online methods of engaging with the public 
  • Show, tell or pitch - During an interactive session, delegates will have an opportunity to present creative ideas, products and examples, either from their own organisation and workplace or based on their time within We The Curious. This will be followed by five minutes for questions and feedback from your peers and tutors. Delegates are provided with further information to prepare for this activity when registering for the Masterclass. 

Interactive parallel sessions

  • Adapting to audiences
  • Evaluating projects
  • Facilitation skills
  • Honing your science writing
  • Social media as a science communication tool  
  • Strategic and creative thinking

Please note: Where possible, parallel sessions are allocated according to delegate preferences. In the unlikely event of insufficient take up of a particular parallel session, it may be necessary to cancel it.

Sample programme

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

The standard course fee is £800. This fee does not include travel, accommodation and subsistence which delegates need to arrange for themselves. View places to stay and directions to the venue (We The Curious).

A concessionary rate of £640 is applicable for students, the unemployed or those whose salary is less than £15,000 per annum. We also offer a 10% discount to BIG members and FameLab competitors who reach the regional final stage. To qualify for the concessionary rate, you must provide some evidence of your eligibility for the reduced rate.

Unfortunately, there are no further concessions available (eg to charities or small businesses).

Cancellation policy

In the event that you are unable to attend the Masterclass, please notify as soon as possible. In the case that it is not possible to identify a replacement, there will be associated fee penalties:

  • withdrawal over two weeks in advance - no penalty
  • between one and two weeks in advance - 50% of total fee
  • less than one week in advance - no reimbursement of fee.

Please note: Workshops may be cancelled if required delegate numbers are not met. In the unlikely event that this occurs, full fees will be refunded.


The next course will take place 16 to 19 June 2021.

How to apply

How to apply

The next Masterclass will take place from 16 to 19 June 2021. Registration for the course will open in Spring 2021. Please note that, if the course cannot take place as face-to-face, it will run online instead.

Applications will be reviewed within two weeks of submission and you will be informed via email whether you have been allocated a place on the course. At this point, you will need to pay the associated fees (until the fees are paid, your registration is not confirmed).

Please note: That only registrations for a named individual will be accepted, ie it is not appropriate to book a generic place on behalf of an institution, and decide at a later date which member of staff will be allocated to attend. This is because, in our experience, the eligibility criteria and session preferences relate to the individual, and not the institution.

If you are unable to attend the next Masterclass and would like to be kept informed of future opportunities, please register your interest by emailing

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