Master of Science Communication Outreach

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.

Kate O'Sullivan, Master of Science Communication Outreach

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

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.

Updated:  26 October 2016/Responsible Officer:  CPAS web officer/Page Contact:  CPAS webmaster