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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 importance of effective and relevant science communication has been formally endorsed by the UK House of Commons Science and Technology Committee in its recent “Science Communication and Engagement” report. 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 new Postgraduate Certificate has been designed by an experienced multi-disciplinary team at the University of Cambridge. It 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 as wide an audience as possible. 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.

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Assessment

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 showcase 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.

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Course dates

08 Oct 2018 to 01 Jul 2019

Course duration

1 year(s)

Apply by

31 Aug 2018

Course fee

£4,000

Venue

Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
Cambridge
CB23 8AQ
UK

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at Level M

Course code

1819PPBS01