Science, Media & Communication (MSc)
This is a course based on an innovative collaboration between the School of Social Sciences, the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and Techniquest, an internationally renowned science discovery centre based in Cardiff. Drawing on research and practical expertise in Journalism and Media Studies, Public Understanding of Science and Science Communication the course offers students a unique blend of practical and theoretical skills. The course is particularly suitable for those interested in pursuing careers at the interface of scientific knowledge and the public domain including: policy research; political communication, government agencies; statutory and voluntary organisations; museums and schools; and the mass media.
The MSc combines the expertise of academic staff in media research and the study of science and technology with the practical expertise of Techniquest. Academics at Cardiff are at the cutting edge of theoretical and empirical work in the social studies of science and the course offers students the opportunity to engage with current debates about topics such as: the organisation and funding of scientific research; the reporting of scientific innovation and controversy; and the role of citizens, experts and the media in decision-making about science and technology. Students will also receive practical, hands-on training in the production of ‘feature stories’ for use in print, radio or TV. Students can, if they choose, also train to become presenters in the Techniquest ‘Science Theatre, giving live demonstrations to audiences ranging from school children to the general public.
Mode of study: One year full-time