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This programme explores current and emerging practice in science communication and public engagement. It provides conceptual and practical training for both science communication and for dialogic approaches in public engagement, in a variety of contexts. These contexts include science festivals, museums, schools, government agencies, public services and community groups.
The programme includes opportunities for students to apply their skills and knowledge creatively in ‘real-life’ placement opportunities and to develop as reflective practitioners in science communication and public engagement.
Courses include the following:
- Effective exhibit and programme development (National Museums Scotland)
- Science Policy and Practice
- The Role of Social Media in Science Communication and Public Engagement
- Dialogue for Science Communication and Public Engagement
- Science Engagement and the Creative Arts.
This is a University of Edinburgh Masters degree (hosted in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine) with substantial contribution from the Colleges of Humanities and Social Sciences and Science and Engineering.
Teaching methods will contain a blend of lectures, individual and small group activities and practice-based sessions. Teaching styles will be designed to 'model' the practices in science communication and public engagement.
Work-based placement opportunities enable the application of skills and knowledge to 'real-life' engagement experiences.