Masters programs frequently asked questions

What are the key differences between the programs?

 

Master of Science Communication

Master of Science Communication Outreach

Flexible course selection

Yes

No

Option of research courses (PhD pathway)

Yes

No

Questacon Science Circus / SCOM8004 (subject to interview)

Yes

Yes

Application due date

Anytime – but to do the Science Circus apply by Oct 31 for study following year

Oct 31

Commonwealth Supported Place (reduced fees)

No

Yes

Fortnightly stipend

Only if doing Science Circus, and only for the 1 year it’s done

Yes

Competitive interview process

No

Yes

Option of part-time study (incompatible with Science Circus)

Yes

No

Option of remote study (incompatible with Science Circus)

Yes

No

Option to start mid-year (incompatible with Science Circus)

Yes

No

Open to international students

Yes

No

Postgraduate degree/honours required for entry

No

Yes

Program duration

2 years – up to 1 year credit can be gained for previous study

1 year

Amazing science communication learning experience

Yes!

Yes!

What are common considerations when choosing?

In general, the Master of Science Communication allows greater flexibility, so if you want to study remotely, part-time, choose particular courses to specialise, or are considering a PhD later and want to do research as part of your Masters, it’s a good option. If those things aren’t critical to you, then the Masters of Science Communication Outreach may be a better option as it provides financial support with fees – however you do need a postgrad degree (honours, grad dip, etc.) for entry, so if you don’t have one of those the Master of Science Communication is best bet. As of 2021, both degrees can include the Questacon Science Circus (subject to interview process).

The type of career pathway you are thinking of is also relevant. While both degrees offer wide possibilities and our graduates from both programs go onto do a huge range of things (neither degree will ‘pigeon hole’ you), graduates from the Master of Science Communication Outreach are more strongly placed to go to frontline/delivery roles (outreach, science centres, TV, etc.), while graduates of the Master of Science Communication are better placed to take up more strategic/behind the scenes roles (journalism, corporate communications, policy, etc.) – however flexible course choice in the program provides wider scope.

Why do you have three Master degree programs?

We are in the process of combining the Master of Science Communication Outreach and the Master of Science Communication, 2021 is a transition year. The Master of Science in Science Communication (JDP with NUS) will remain a separate program.

How does the Shell Questacon Science Circus work? How do I apply?

Science Circus fieldwork is done as part of SCOM8004 and can be included in either Masters program, however it must be taken in-person, full time and over one calendar year. Applications must be received by October 31 for study the following year – if you’re applying for the Outreach Masters this happens automatically, if you are doing the other Masters please contact Graham (graham.walker@anu.edu.au) to discuss applying. Entry is subject to a competitive interview process. All students doing Science Circus fieldwork/SCOM8004 receive a fortnightly stipend (approximately $340 per week) and a fieldwork travel allowance. Fieldwork costs are covered by Questacon.

Are there fieldwork and work-placement opportunities in addition to the Questacon Science Circus?

As part of the Master of Science Communication, there are opportunities to do research, internships and special projects – if you are interested in these, especially in the environment space, contact us for details.

Where can I find all the official information and more details?