Master of Science Communication Outreach

The Master of Science Communication Outreach is an exciting one-year graduate program in communication for science, engineering and technology graduates. Its capstone experience is graded participation in a troupe of touring science show presenters.

Run jointly by the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science and Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, the program includes travel to remote and regional areas of Australia while staffing the Shell Questacon Science Circus.

For about 14 weeks of the 40 week program, students tour regional Australia while working for the Shell Questacon Science Circus. Each year, we travel to different locations. As well as undertaking practical training on the road, there is also a little 'down time' to relax and unwind.

Career prospects

Graduates of the program have gone on to work in diverse and exciting areas across the field of science communication, including:

  • television stations and radio networks in Australia e.g. for Triple JCatalyst and Carbon Cops
  • magazines including New Scientist and Scienttrific
  • the Edinburgh International Science Festival
  • the GridTalk grid computing project in the European Union at CERN, Switzerland
  • the Children’s Cancer Institute
  • the Science Foundation for Physics at the University of Sydney
  • as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development teaching science in the Maldives
  • as a Science Outreach Officer in the University of Namibia
  • as a science and maths trainer at the Vanuatu Institute of Technology.

How to apply

If you have science-related qualifications from a recognised university or equivalent institution and the ability to communicate with people then we would like to see an application from you. Simply fill in these two forms and return them to University Admissions:

ANU Domestic Admissions
The Australian National University

Please note that all academic qualification documents must be submitted in scanned colour copies along with the above application forms. If you have any questions, please contact
Before you apply, please note that all students who are selected for the program will need to:
  • 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.
Applications close 31st August each year.



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