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Please note that this course has started and enrolment is no longer possible.

Science and its related disciplines have a wide-ranging and profound impact upon individuals, businesses, communities and the natural world. Communicating science is now recognised as an important skill for many professionals working in scientific research and in technical industries. The scientific community has asserted its responsibility to communicate about research and development in an ethical, effective and engaging manner within the wider community.

This Postgraduate Certificate meets the needs of scientists who wish to communicate effectively with the wider public, and with other organisations within their community, such as funding bodies and policy committees.

Effective science communicators seek engaging, high quality and accessible methods for sparking interest, maximising impact, and reaching their intended audiences. They will draw on theories of communication and engagement, use innovative practical approaches, understand the needs of their audience, and be aware of the broader ethical and societal implications of the science. High quality training in science communication will provide these skills and expertise, and fits with the underlying principles of the Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research.



The programme is assessed through a variety of exercises that showcase a range of skills. As students move through the programme, they will be able to choose tasks that best display their interests and talents. Assessment is intended to develop the students’ understanding and skills, and so there will be prompt and thorough feedback throughout the year. Successful students will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Practical Science Communication of the University of Cambridge.


Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. If your first language is not English, please refer to our Information for Applicants pages for further guidance.

Course dates

28 Oct 2019 to 15 Jun 2020

Course duration

1 Year

Apply by

31 May 2019

Course fee

Home/EU: £4,000
Overseas fee: £6,000

Course director


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at Master of Studies

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