MSc in Science Communication and Public Engagement

Why choose our on-campus MSc in Science Communication and Public Engagement?

The University of Edinburgh supports a vibrant culture of science communication and public engagement and has considerable expertise across a range of science communication and public engagement practice; from dissemination of knowledge to dialogue and policy.

A family try on 3d glasses at the Edinburgh Science Festival

Please note that this MSc is not a programme in communication science and does not specialise in marketing, advertising, or corporate communication.

The University has excellent links with external science communication organisations such as Edinburgh Science Festival and National Museum of Scotland and we can offer opportunities for real world, work-based projects and placements.

In the programme you will have the opportunity to learn about the contexts for science communication, how the practice of public engagement has emerged over the last 15-20 years and you will develop awareness about the current landscape of these fields. Through assessed work placements, you will have the opportunity to develop the skills, awareness and understanding to be effective in the science communication and public engagement workplace.

What you will study

Core and elective courses, and opportunities for dissertation projects.


How You Will Be Taught

Formal teaching in Semesters 1 and 2 consists of seminar/workshop style teaching.

In Semester 3, when working on the project/dissertation, there is ongoing interaction with project supervisors.

Are There Work Placement Opportunities?

The programme includes eight week (one day per week) placements within a science communication/public engagement work-setting.

The University of Edinburgh has excellent links with many external organisations and arranges opportunities that can include placements with National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Science Festival, Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, together with placements within research settings in the University of Edinburgh.

National Museum of Scotland

Edinburgh Science Festival

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

How You Will Be Assessed

In-course assessment is utilised throughout with both formative and summative assessment and a combination of academic and practice based assignments.


If you would like to ask us any questions before you apply, please get in touch.

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Further Information

Entry requirements, programme costs and application information can be found on the University's Postgraduate Study Degree Finder website.

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