Postgraduate

Master of Science Communication

If you are creative, love science and want to work with people, Science Communication is for you. Science communicators use their knowledge of science to help raise the level of understanding about important issues in science - bridging the gap between the scientific community and the public.

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Address

Student Central, The University of Western Australia (M355), 35 Stirling Highway, Perth, Western Australia 6009

Telephone

131 UWA (131 892)

International

(+61 8) 6488 1000

Hours

8.30am - 5pm AWST, Monday - Friday

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Career Pathways

Our graduates work in communication and engagement roles for museums, zoos, government, universities, media, charities, research groups, resource management, and public health.
Our graduates work in communication and engagement roles for museums, zoos, government, universities, media, charities, research groups, resource management, and public health.
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Further Study

Students completing this degree may have the option to pursue further studies in research.

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Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course.

Domestic Fees

Postgraduate – Commonwealth supported students

Course Credit Points
96
Average Annual Fee - 2021
$8,747.06
Typical Fee Range - 2021
$3,950.00 - $14,500.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.
International Fees

Postgraduate – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
96
Total Course Fee - 2020
$76,000.00
Total Course Fee - 2021
$79,000.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

If you’re interested in furthering your career by studying this postgraduate degree, find out the admission details below.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—
(a) a Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;
and
(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent;

Ranking and Selection Process

Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.
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English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.
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How to apply

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Course details

Being able to transform scientific information into accessible, understandable knowledge for the public is the key business of a science communicator. Science communicators combine skills in written and verbal communication with their scientific knowledge.

DollarThis course has recently become subsidised for Australian residents through Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP). Visit our fee calculator for new CSP rates and an estimate on your course fees.

About the course

Learn the principles of effective science communication, develop practical skills necessary for effective science communication, and design strategies that address the communication needs of groups such as government organisations, informal museums, science centres and research centres.
Master of Science Communication

Quick details

Status
  • Available 2021
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • Please refer to the UWA Handbook
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 51580
CRICOS code
  • 061841J
Master of Science Communication
Status
  • Available 2021
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • Please refer to the UWA Handbook
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 51580
CRICOS code
  • 061841J
Full time/part time duration
  • 2 years
TISC Codes
Degrees course is available in
  • Master of Science Communication

Course structure

Postgraduate coursework degrees and combined (coursework and research) degrees comprise a number of units. Refer to the course structure for more information.

Conversion
Students who have not completed prior tertiary studies in science communication including a minor in Science Communication, or equivalent, must complete relevant conversion units up to the value of 24 points from this group, as advised by the School(s):
Core
Take all units (42 points):
Option
For students in course by coursework and dissertation only, take all units (30points):
Option
For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 30 points of which at least 6 points (one unit) must be taken at Level 5.
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Flexibility

We understand that life is busy. That's why our postgraduate courses are designed so you can balance your work and studies. Our flexible postgraduate experience includes the opportunity to study part time, a range of units that are taught after hours, and the option to learn via intensive units. Ask our Student Central team for advice on choosing the right postgraduate route for you. Find out more here.

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Bridging the gap between science and the community

Weilin Chi recently completed her postgraduate studies in the Master of Science Communication where she was able to combine her love of science with working with people and expressing her creativity.

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