Science Communication PhD
Study modes: Full-time, Part-time
Programme website: Science Communication
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, in any discipline, plus either an MSc in Science Communication or at least one years experience of work in science communication (paid or voluntary).
Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:
English language requirements
You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.
English language tests
For 2021 entry we will accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:
- IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component.
- TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each section. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
- CAE and CPE: total 176 with at least 169 in each paper.
- Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.
Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
Degrees taught and assessed in English
We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:
We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.
If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.
Find out more about our language requirements:
Select your programme and preferred start date to begin your application.
PhD Science Communication - 3 Years (Full-time)
PhD Science Communication - (Part-time) (6 Years) (Part-time)
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.
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:
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