Master of Science Communication (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Students learn principles of effective science communication, develop practical skills necessary for effective science communication, and design strategies that address communication needs of groups such as government organisations, informal museums, science centres and research centres. Students will gain an understanding of the theory underlying the discipline and be able to apply their knowledge to a research project.
- Course title
- Master of Science Communication (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
- Award abbreviation
- Course code
- Course type
- master's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
- current / 2018
- Administered by
- Faculty of Science
- CRICOS code
- Intake periods
- Beginning of year and mid-year
- Attendance type
- full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
- The Master of Science Communication has the following exit awards: 51240 Graduate Certificate in Science Communication (24 points) (24 points), 51340 Graduate Diploma in Science Communication (48 points) (48 points)
- Credit points required
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
- Standard course duration
- 1.5 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 72 points of taught units and 24 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
- Maximum course duration
- 2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
- Time limit
- 5 years
- Delivery mode
- Locations offered
- UWA (Perth)
- Domestic fee type
- Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
- Course Coordinator(s)
- Dr Miriam Sullivan
- Visit the fees calculator.
Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.
|Key to availability of units:|
|S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2018; NS = non-standard teaching period|
All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.
Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2019 or 2020.
Students who have not completed a Bachelor's degree containing any level 2 or 3 SCOM units at UWA or equivalent units from other universities that address science communication to the public,as recognised by the Faculty must complete relevant conversion units up to the value of 24 points from this group, as advised by the Faculty:
|S2||SCOM3319||Exhibitions and Interpretation|
|S1||SCOM3320||Communication Strategies for Change|
|S2||SCOM3321||Science and the Media|
Take all units (36 points):
|S2||SCIE4481||Good, Bogus and Corrupted Science|
|S1, S2||SCOM4402||Science Communication Literature Review|
|S2||SCOM5302||Contemporary Issues in Science Communication|
|NS, S1, S2||SCOM5304||Science Communication Practicum|
For students in course by coursework and dissertation only, take all units (24 points):
|S1, S2||SCOM5810||Science Communication Dissertation Part 1|
|S1, S2||SCOM5811||Science Communication Dissertation Part 2|
|S1, S2||SCOM5812||Science Communication Dissertation Part 3|
|S1, S2||SCOM5813||Science Communication Dissertation Part 4|
For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 36 points of which at least 12 points (two units) must be taken at Level 5. For students in course by coursework and dissertation only, take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
|N/A||COMM5605||Issues in Contemporary Global Journalism|
|NS||COMM5701||Strategic Communications in a Digital Era|
|S1||COMM5702||Digital Media: Theory and Practice|
|NS||COMM5703||Communication, Innovation and Project Management|
|S2||COMM5704||Global Media and Cross-cultural Communication|
|NS||COMM5705||Representation and Promotion|
|S1||EDUC5492||Understanding and Managing Disruptive Behaviour Disorders|
|S1||EDUC5494||Approaches to Student Assessment|
|NS||EDUC5631||Approaches to Research|
|S1, NS||EDUC5634||Qualitative Inquiry|
|S1||GEOG5502||Conservation, Development and Sustainability|
|S1, S2||MKTG5406||Buyer Behaviour and Decision Making|
|S1||PUBH3305||Health Research Design and Methods|
|S1||PUBH5754||Health Promotion I|
|N/A||PUBH5765||Health Promotion II|
|S2||PUBH5805||Qualitative Research Methods in Health|
|S1, S2||SCIE4403||The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science|
|S1, S2||SCOM4705||Science Communication Research Proposal|
|S1||SCOM5303||Communication Strategies for Change|
|S1, S2||SCOM5307||Evaluating Science Engagement|
|NS||SOCS5005||Social Research Ethics|
|S2||SOCS5009||Innovative Social Research Methods|
|NS||SOCS5010||NGOs, Governance and Development|
|NS||SSEH5492||Health Promotion in the Schools|
|S1||SSEH5654||Fundamentals in Research Methods|
Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures
1.(1) The student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.
Academic Conduct Essentials module
2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).
English Language competency requirements
3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.
Admission ranking and selection
Articulations and exit awards
- 51240 Graduate Certificate in Science Communication (24 points)
- 51340 Graduate Diploma in Science Communication (48 points)
(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Science Communication course before completing it, and has completed four units at level 4/5 three of which must be core, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Science Communication.
(3) A student who withdraws from the Master of Science Communication course before completing it, eight units at level 4/5 four of which must be core, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Science Communication.
(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.
(3) Students who have completed a Bachelor's degree containing any level 2 or 3 SCOM units at UWA or equivalent units from other universities that address science communication to the public,as recognised by the Faculty are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.
8. A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled, or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.
9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.
11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.
Award with distinction