The Masters of Science Communication is a two-year degree (full time) that develops your practical and research skills in the discipline. The course is hands-on, with authentic learning experiences where you work closely with our industry partners. At the end of the degree you will have a portfolio of work that you can show to prospective employers, and you will have made networks and links in science communication.
What will I study?
The course consists of 16 units which cover practical communication skills, the theoretical background behind communication, research skills, a work placement and electives.
As part of the course, you can choose whether to complete a research project, or to do entirely coursework. There is some flexibility in the degree so that you can choose units that suit your particular area of interest or specialisation. You can find out what your course will consist of on the Build Your Course page.
Are there other postgraduate degree options?
If you aren't sure about committing for a full two-years of study, don't worry! Students enrolled in the Masters of Science Communication can choose to graduate early with either a Graduate Certificate in Science Communication or a Graduate Diploma in Science Communication (depending on how many units you have completed). So if you get a job part-way through your degree, or want to study part-time and don't want to wait four years for a Masters, you can still graduate with a qualification that recognises your achievement.
If you want to do the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma, enrol in the MSc through the normal process. Once you are enrolled your course adviser will help you pick the best combination of units for you to graduate faster with the qualification of your choice.
If you'd prefer to do less coursework and more research, check out the information on PhD projects on the research page.
Who is eligible?
To enroll in the Masters of Science Communication you need to have completed one of the following:
Bachelor of Science (any major)
Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies)
Bachelor of Arts (Journalism)
A similar degree- contact us to ask about your eligibility.
If you already have completed some science communication units as part of your undergraduate degree, you may be eligible for credit towards your Masters. If you've completed four of our second or third year units, you can complete the MSc in 1.5 years.
How much will it cost?
The 2018 pricing for a Masters Degree at UWA is $23 900 per year. That is, if you complete the entire two-year Masters, the entire cost for the degree will be $47 800.
Domestic students are eligible for an Australian Government FEE-HELP loan. Keep in mind that there is a limit to the amount you can borrow through FEE-HELP, around $100 000 total, so if you've done more than one undergraduate degree you may wish to check your current balance through the MyGov website. Find out more about FEE-HELP through the StudyAssist website.
The pricing for international student postgraduate coursework is approximately $37 300 per year. You can find out more about international student fees on the UWA website.
International students from some regions of Asia and South America who have an average undergraduate mark of 70% or higher are eligible for partial scholarships. Check the requirements on the UWA website.