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Master of Science Communication

New Course | Australian National University, Australia
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Australian National University, Australia
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Start Date
01 Feb 2018 (Thu)
2 years
Course Fee
1st instalment : AUD11,200 (Year 1) payable upon registration
2nd instalment: AUD11,200 (Year 2) upon start of 2nd year
How to Apply
Deadline on 31 Dec 2017 (Sun)

Science Communication is generally defined as presenting science related topics to the general public. The expectations now demanded of scientists are very different from previous decades. Across the world, increasing responsibility is being placed on the world of science to reach out to the public as well as to bring important concepts to the classroom. This programme fills the gap between current increasing specialization in science disciplines and formal training in communicating the science.

Many graduates from the Australian National University have found careers as communication officers for scientific organisations such as government departments, universities, businesses, NGOs, or in the media. Some have set up science media businesses or consultancy firms. Others work in centres for informal science learning across the world, such as science centres and museums. Some of the diverse and exciting areas across the field of science communication that graduates of ANU embrace include working with radio and television stations, magazines, Science Foundations, etc.


The Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) at the Australian National University (ANU) and the HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education (HKU SPACE) collaborate to deliver a part-time Master of Science Communication which aims to provide theoretical and practical aspects of science communication for people interested in becoming professional science communicators, communication managers, science educators, or for those to gain skills in communicating their own science.

Mode of Delivery
This new programme will be offered on a part-time basis in the blended learning mode. It comprises intensive week-long face-to-face lectures or synchronized on-line lectures at scheduled times; with on-line tutorials or online discussion forums.

The period required for completion of the programme is a minimum of two calendar years, up to a maximum of four years.


Each course may have different assessments aligned with its learning outcomes. Overall there will be written assessment tasks such as essays, news media articles, content for online media etc. Most of the courses have oral seminar presentations, and research oriented assessment such as literature reviews, research reports. Some courses have reflective journals, critiques and portfolios as well.


The Master of Science Communication degree is awarded by the Australian National University. To be eligible for the award a student has to complete and pass all required modules including the Research Project.

HKU SPACE Learning Centres
Tentative Commencement Date
Feb 2018
Non-Local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance

This is an exempted course under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead.

Students attaining the minimum entry requirements will be required to complete 120 credits (48 ANU credits) including 2 core modules and 4 elective modules. The period required for completion of the programme is a minimum of two calendar years, up to a maximum of four years.

  Compulsory Modules  Credits (HK)
1. Communicating Science with the Public 15
2. Master of Science Communication Research Project 45
   Electives (choose 4 modules = 60 credits)  
3. Speaking of Science  15
4. Science Communication and the Web  15
5. Ethics, Issues and Consequences of Science  15
6. Cross Cultural Perspectives in Science Communication  15
7. Science in the Media  15
8. Strategies in Science Communication  15
9. Science and Public Policy 15
10. Science in Popular Fiction 15

For module content, please see leaflet.



To gain entry to the Master of Science Communication, a student is expected to have achieved either:

A    (i) A Bachelor degree with honours in a science related discipline; or

       (ii) An ordinary Bachelor degree plus a postgraduate diploma in a science related  discipline;


B   (i) Met the Australian National University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students i.e. IELTS score of 6.5 or TOEFL score of 570 (paper based) or 80 (internet based) from a single test taken within 2 years; or

       (ii) Provide evidence showing that the degree is from an institution where the language of teaching and assessment is English.

Applicants with an ordinary Bachelor degree in a science related discipline and substantial working experience will be considered on individual merit.

Application Fee

$200 (non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • 1st instalment : AUD11,200 (Year 1) payable upon registration
    2nd instalment: AUD11,200 (Year 2) upon start of 2nd year

Application Form Application Form

Enrolment Method

Applicants should submit:

  1. Duly completed HKU SPACE application form;
  2. Copies of academic certificates and results slips;
  3. A copy of HKID card or passport; and
  4. An application fee of HK$200 (non-refundable) by crossed cheque made payable to "HKU SPACE".
All documents should be sent to:
College of Life Sciences and Technology
Room 1806-08, 18/F Fortress Tower
250 King’s Road, North Point
Hong Kong
(Attn: Ms Tam)
The Australian National University (ANU) situated in Canberra, is Australia's highest ranked university in the QS World University Rankings (No. 19 in the world) and ranked second in the Times rankings (Number 45 in the world, behind University of Melbourne).
The Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) at ANU is the leading and oldest centre for Science Communication in the world. ANU has also won wide recognition as a place of intensive research, undergraduate and postgraduate education, and policy engagement. Through its teaching, research and outreach, CPAS promotes active communication about science in the public arena. Since 2000, CPAS has been an accredited Centre for the Australian National Commission for UNESCO, tasked with collaborating both within Australia and with neighbouring countries in raising awareness of science. CPAS is a highly-respected centre for international outreach and has been a partner with the National University of Singapore in a joint degree in Science Communication since 2009.