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The University of Edinburgh: Science Communication and Public Engagement (Online Learning)

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department School of Biomedical Sciences
Study type Taught


The fields of science communication and public engagement are currently enjoying unprecedented growth.

This is being driven by:

  • a greater need to demonstrate the impact of publicly funded research

  • the need for science and other expertise to be accessible to public audiences

  • a desire for a stronger evidence base for policy decisions

Many career opportunities are emerging at the interface between science and various stakeholder groups and ever more creative methodologies for science engagement are being explored. The programme covers communication of all sciences, engineering, maths and technology.

Why Edinburgh

Our part-time, online learning programme provides an opportunity to gain a formal qualification in science communication without having to leave your job or move to a different location. There is no requirement to travel to Edinburgh, although you would be most welcome if you wish to visit.

You may elect to begin with the Postgraduate Certificate in the first instance and then decide to study for a Diploma and/or a Masters degree.

You will engage with other students from around the world, from a variety of different academic and professional backgrounds and you will enjoy a rich learning experience while studying on the programme.

Who this programme is for

The programme attracts students from across the globe, from a range of academic and professional backgrounds and provides a formal qualification for those working in science communication and public engagement or a conversion route for those interested in moving into this field.

Applicants often ask how much time they should set aside for study. We would recommend 10-15 hours per week.

Teaching blocks

The teaching is spread evenly throughout the year in three blocks, usually September to December, January to April, April to July.


Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert

Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip

University of Edinburgh 

 University of EdinburghInspiring the world since 1583 
The University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities, consistently ranked in the world top 50, and placed 16th in the 2022 QS World University Rankings. Our entrepreneurial and cross-disciplinary culture attracts not only students but also staff from some 156 countries, creating a unique Edinburgh experience.

We provide a stimulating working, learning, and teaching environment with access to excellent facilities and attract the world's best, from Nobel Prize winning laureates to future explorers, pioneers and inventors.

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