The Master of Science Communication Outreach is an exciting one-year graduate program offering specialist training in science communication performance and exhibition design, including using science media across platforms, engaging varied publics with science and managing science centres.
This life changing program is the only one if its kind in the world, having been perfected over the last thirty years in a partnership between CPAS – Australia's founding and leading science communication centre and Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre.
Throughout the program students are supported by a stipend, and are eligible for Commonwealth Supported Places.
Tour with the Shell Questacon Science Circus
The highlight of the program is 'front of camera' science communication experience gained while touring around Australia for about 14 weeks with the Shell Questacon Science Circus.
Over the past 30 years the Science Circus has reached more than 2.2 million Australians, visited more than 500 regional towns and 90 remote indigenous communities and inspired over 5,000 teachers in professional development workshops.
Join Australia's founding and leading science communication centre
ANU was the first place in Australia to open a science communication centre, and it’s now one of the most diverse of its kind in the world, preparing students to be leaders in science communication in Australia and internationally.
Our academics (your lecturers) are pioneers in science communication research and trailblazers in the field. Their opinion pieces attract millions of readers, they regularly appear on national radio, and you can even find them doing public events in the pub.
A life changing experience
Running away and joining the Science Circus was the best decision I have ever made. I have been given the chance to inspire future generations of Australians to pursue science. It really can change your life.
Launch a successful career in science communication
Not only do our graduates leave with the skills needed to communicate the complexities of science to a range of audiences, they also become part of a close-knit network of almost 400 Science Circus alumni.
You could find yourself in jobs as diverse and amazing as our graduates, including:
- Presenting on or producing science based television or radio, such as Triple J and Catalyst
- Writing and editing magazines including New Scientist and Scientriffic
- Organising or performing in international events like The Edinburgh International Science Festival
- Blogging, tweeting and developing web material for peak bodies like Science and Technology Australia
- Communicating about health science and research for organisations like The Children's Cancer Institute
- Sharing your passion for science with school students and young researchers, through organisations like Questacon
- and many more.
How to apply
- Postgraduate Coursework Application for Local Students (pdf, 108KB)
- Supplementary Application Information Master of Science Communication Outreach (7624) (pdf, 71KB)
ANU Domestic Admissions
The Australian National University
- have science related undergraduate and post graduate degrees (we require a Bachelor’s degree and at least Honours or a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma)
- have a current P2 or full drivers licence at the time of enrolment
- undergo a police records check.