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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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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 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.


Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to a hold a 2i degree or higher from a UK university or an equivalent from an overseas university in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) or medical subject.

Language requirement

All applicants are required to demonstrate competency in English at a high level before commencing the programme; students whose first language is not English must be able to satisfy the requirements below.

  • IELTS Academic: Overall score of 7.0 (a minimum of 7.0 in Listening, Writing and Speaking; 6.5 in Reading)
  • TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 100 (a minimum of 25 in each individual component)
  • CAE: Grade A or B (with at least 193 in each individual element) plus a Language Centre assessment
  • CPE: Grade A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each individual element)

Course dates

01 Oct 2023 to 31 Jul 2024

Course duration

9 Months

Apply by

31 May 2023

Course fee

Home: £4,750
Overseas: £7,875

Course director

Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


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

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at Master of Studies

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