What type of jobs can I get in science communication?
Science communication is a large discipline with lots of options! Check out our jobs information for information on potential jobs and graduate profiles.
Can I study part-time?
Yes. Both the undergraduate degree (BSc with a major in science communication) and the Masters of Science Communication are available on a part-time basis.
When does the university semester begin?
Semester One for normally begins at the end of February. Semester Two begins at the end of July. Exact dates for UWA holidays and semesters can be found on the UWA important dates calendar. We accept students starting in both semesters.
What are the options for postgraduate study other than masters?
We don't officially offer certificate and diploma courses as stand alone options...BUT you can enroll in the masters and once you've done a certain number of units you can qualify for 'early exit' from the degree with a Graduate Certification in Science Communication or a Graduate Diploma in Science Communication (depending on how much the the course you completed). Contact us for more information.
What is the difference between honours and masters?
The honours degree is a research focused year, normally taken immediately following your undergraduate major in science communication. This option is best if you've completed the undergraduate major with an average grade of greater than 65% in your third-year science communication units, especially if you are looking to go onto further research such as a PhD. You can upgrade to masters at the end of your honours degree.
The masters degree is two years long and has more coursework, but can be taken with a research component if you want. It's best if you haven't studied science communication before and are looking to change discipline. The masters is better recognised internationally and in industry compared to honours. The masters degree can lead to further research such as a PhD, but is also a good stepping stone to industry careers and management roles in science communication.
Can I work and study at the same time?
Most of our students have casual or part-time jobs at the same time as studying full-time. We encourage our postgraduate students to take jobs as tutors in our undergraduate units.
It's difficult to work full-time AND study full-time at the same time, but we do have many successful graduates who worked full-time while studying part-time.
Can I do any of the units online?
No. All the units are face-to-face on our Crawley campus at this time. It's very hard to teach communication skills through the internet! Some units, such as the postgraduate literature review or the practicum, might be possible to complete while traveling or require less on-campus time. Ask your unit coordinator.