The global climate and biodiversity crises, the recent pandemic, declared aspirations for reaching net zero, and growing attempts to restore and rewild, all mean that science is at the centre of politics, policy, economics and societal behaviour. However misinformation, scepticism and misunderstanding are commonplace. This programme provides training in many forms of science communication, from working with schools, engaging with the media and briefing politicians to public engagement, event organisation and natural history filmmaking.

Programme structure

Six mandatory taught units (20 credits each):

Communicating Data

  • Tracking science from source to sink and social media campaigns
  • Misuse/miscommunication of data and podcasts/vlogs
  • Creative communications and infographics

Global Change Biology

  • Crisis, uncertainty, despair and celebrating unsung heroes
  • Action, evidence, innovation and communicating uncertainty
  • Hope, futures, solutions and scaling up

Ecology for a Brighter Future

  • Understanding stakeholder perspectives and debating and giving expert witness
  • Delivering science into politics and policy and briefing MPs on ecological issues
  • Building local biodiversity and engaging public with virtual technology

Animal Behaviour

  • Primary research to landmark films and producing a natural history film
  • Explaining complex behavioural ecology and storytelling to enrich understanding
  • Studying behaviour in film and audio and working with the film industry

Science in Society

  • Communicating through the media and writing press releases and news items
  • Public engagement in science and public trust in science
  • Design and delivery of school event and engaging underrepresented groups

Resilient Communicator

  • Individuals, teams and leadership and building life skills toolkit
  • Eco-anxiety, eco-grief and wellbeing - hope, resilience & action
  • Creative Communication and art and music in engaging communications

Final mandatory project (60 credits):

Science Communication Project

  • Project planning phase - background research, pitch to commissioners
  • Project delivery phase - blog/vlog report, reflective assessment
  • Project report - final presentation

Entry requirements

A strong upper second-class honours degree (65% or higher) or international equivalent in Biological Sciences, Ecology, Zoology or Natural Sciences.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

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If English is not your first language, you will need to reach the requirements outlined in our profile level B.

Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Fees and funding

UK: full-time
£12,400 per year
UK: part-time (two years)
£6,200 per year
Overseas: full-time
£27,400 per year

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.

More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.

Alumni discount

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.

Funding for 2023/24

Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.

Career prospects

You will build your own exciting portfolio of creative science communication outputs, including press releases, social media campaigns, briefing documents, blogs, vlogs, podcasts, films, feature articles, physical and virtual events. You will also undertake an extended project working in a professional context according to your career aspirations (for example placement, internship, or expedition). You will graduate with unique skillsets, making you highly employable in many sectors, including science, journalism, filmmaking, publishing, policy, teaching, wellbeing and event management.

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