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The importance of Science Communication is undeniable. Science and its related disciplines have a wide-ranging and profound impact upon the lives of individuals and scientists have a responsibility to communicate their work in a responsible, effective and engaging manner within the wider community.

This new Postgraduate Certificate has been designed by the University of Cambridge to meet the needs of scientists who wish to effectively communicate with the wider public, major funding bodies and Societies. The growing importance of effective and relevant science communication has been formally recognised by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee in their recent “Science Communication and Engagement” report. Science Communicators need to adopt engaging, high quality and accessible methods that spark interest, maximise impact, and reach as wide an audience as possible. This requires appreciation of the theories of effective communication and engagement, the use of innovative and practical approaches, an understanding of the needs of the audience, and an awareness 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 course is assessed through a mix of written (Units 1 and 2), reflective (Units 1 and 3) and practical based (Units 2 and 3) assignments. Assessment of practical components involves face to face delivery (Unit 2) and the production of a logbook style portfolio (Unit 3). All units include formative assessment of short science communication pieces that form part of a final portfolio submitted for summative assessment at the end of the course.

The students will receive continual formative feedback throughout the course using a variety of strategies and techniques including evidence of regular reflection.

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

08 Oct 2018 to 01 Jul 2019

Course duration

1 year(s)

Apply by

30 Apr 2018

Course fee



Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at Level M

Course code