MSc in Science Communication and Public Engagement Online

Why choose our online MSc in Science Communication and Public Engagement?

The fields of science communication and public engagement are currently enjoying unprecedented growth.

This is being driven by a greater need to demonstrate the impact of publicly funded research, the need for science and other expertise to be accessible to public audiences and a desire for a stronger evidence base for policy decisions. Many career opportunities are emerging at the interface between science and various stakeholder groups and ever more creative methodologies for science engagement are being explored. The programme covers communication of all sciences, engineering, maths and technology.

Our part-time, online learning programme provides an opportunity to gain a formal qualification in science communication without having to leave your job or move to a different location. There is no requirement to travel to Edinburgh although you would be most welcome if you wish to visit. You may elect to begin with the Post-Graduate Certificate in the first instance and then decide to study for a Diploma and/or a Masters degree. You will engage with other students from around the world, from a variety of different academic and professional backgrounds and you will enjoy a rich learning experience while studying on the programme.

You will experience a variety of science communication and public engagement practices and issues. In the process, you will develop your critical thinking skills and ability to reflect on your learning. Your learning in individual courses is transferable, ensuring interconnection across the programme, thus providing opportunities for deeper learning and for the application of key principles in different contexts.

The programme attracts students from across the globe, from a range of academic and professional backgrounds and provides a formal qualification for those working in science communication and public engagement or a conversion route for those interested in moving into this field.

Applicants often ask how much time they should set aside for study. We would recommend 10-15 hours per week. 

The teaching is spread evenly throughout the year in three blocks, usually September to December, January to April, April to July.

What you will study


Dr Elizabeth Stevenson

MSc Programme Director

  • Biomedical Teaching Organisation (BMTO)
  • Edinburgh Medical School: Biomedical Sciences

Contact details



Medical School (Doorway 3)
Teviot Place

Post Code

Further information

Entry requirements, programme costs and application information can be found at the University's Degree Finder.

Postgraduate Degree Finder