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Studying postgraduate courses in 2020-2021 – Michaelmas term to be delivered remotely

Updated 20th May 2020: We can confirm that for the academic year 2020-2021 this course will start by being taught remotely, with face-to-face teaching returning when the situation becomes viable and safe to do so. Read more here.


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

22 Sep 2020 to 21 Jun 2021

Course duration

1 Year

Apply by

31 Jul 2020

Course fee

Home: £4,000
Overseas: £6,000

Course director


Virtual Classroom
(via Zoom or equivalent)

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at Master of Studies

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