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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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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.


Over the last thirty years, science communication has gained new significance for scientific careers and in policy. The engagement of the general public with the scientific culture is seen as vital for a healthy democracy. The need for scientists to effectively communicate with the wider public has been recognised by major funding bodies and learned societies.  
Science communicators are now dealing with often complex and sensitive problems, in public health, energy economics, climate politics and research funding, in the private and public sectors and at local and global scales. This present a great challenge to science communicators’ intellectual, social and practical skills. It requires a deep appreciation of the theories of effective communication and engagement, the thoughtful 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.


Teaching & 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 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 Diploma 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 31 Jul 2022

Course duration

2 Years

Apply by

31 Jul 2020

Course fee

Home: £8,000
Overseas: £12,000

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


Virtual Classroom
(via Zoom or equivalent)

Qualifications / Credits

120 credits at Master of Studies

Course code