Postgraduate study

Science Communication

Awards: PhD

Study modes: Full-time, Part-time

The University of Edinburgh has over 20 years' experience in science communication practice and has forged lasting partnerships with Edinburgh International Science Festival, National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh Zoo National Galleries Scotland, Our Dynamic Earth and Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe.

Potential research areas include informal science learning, the role of social media, cultural differences in science communication.

Students are strongly encouraged to present their research at conferences and in journal papers during the course of their PhD.

Students are also encouraged to attend the transferable skills courses provided by the University and to participate in external courses when relevant.

PhD candidates pursue their research projects under continuous guidance, resulting in a thesis that makes an original contribution to knowledge.

You will be linked to two academic supervisors.

Students who have secured their own funding are welcome to apply.

The University has an extensive library collection of books and journal, many available electronically. Our partnerships with external organisations enable us to expand the range of facilities on offer.

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)
  • CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than two and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.

Find out more about our language requirements:

See Scholarships and Student Funding Services for other funding opportunities:

  • Biomedical Teaching Organisation
  • Teviot Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9AG

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

You must submit two references with your application.

Before making your application, you must make contact with a potential supervisor to discuss your research proposal. Further information on making a research degree application can be found on the College website:

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Biomedical Teaching Organisation
  • Teviot Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9AG