Master of Science Communication Outreach

I ran away to ANU to join the Circus

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.

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. To access the application portal use the link below and click on the Apply button in the top right hand corner on Programs and Courses:

You will also need to upload 2 referee reports [.doc, 131KB] and the supplementary form [.docx, 35KB]

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I find out if I’ve been accepted into the program? 

Applications are due on August 31st every year. After that we invite a short list of applicants to an interview. We typically let people know if they’ve successfully won a place in the program by early October. 

How much is the stipend worth?

The indicative stipend is $340 per week. 

How much are the fees for the program?

Australian domestic students in the Master of Science Communication Outreach are currently supported by Commonwealth Supported Places. This means that the nominal 2018 fee of $32,256 is reduced by about 75% (to around $8,000) but this is approximate and subject to change. This fee is deferrable via HECS/HELP. Students are also liable for the Student Services and Amenities Fee, currently $298 per semester. 

When does the program start and end?

The program kicks off every year in late January and wraps up in mid November with touring, classes, and intensive courses spread throughout the year. Successful applicants are informed of the full schedule in October. 

Career opportunities

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.