Science communicators work to facilitate public engagement with research, inspire the next generation of scientists and advocate for science. The Science Communication major from The University of Western Australia is hands-on and practical, enabling you to build the portfolio and networks you need to pursue a rewarding career in science communication.
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Overview

About The Course

Science Communication provides you with experience in new media, written, oral and visual presentations, science performance and working with industry experts. This Science Communication major from The University of Western Australia teaches you to communicate effectively with audiences ranging from children to scientists. Classes are a mixture of lectures and tutorials, complementing learned theory with discussions, demonstrations and group work. 

You'll develop a Science Communication portfolio, including writing, videos, podcasts, professional reports, presentations, exhibits, posters and websites. In a practicum you're placed with an organisation to enhance your networking and employment opportunities. UWA is one of only two universities that offer undergraduate science communication programs in Australia. This major must be taken with another science major, providing you with scientific knowledge and highly marketable communication skills.

Career Pathways

As a Science Communication graduate you will be highly sought after by employers for your written and verbal communication skills. Your career could take any number of paths such as finding employment in science centres, museums, zoological and botanical gardens, environmental education, schools, research organisations including government agencies, non-government organisations, hospitals, industry and the media.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      3 years (BBiomedSc), 4 years (BBiomedSc[Hons])

    Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Psychology: Behaviour in Context 
  • Communicating Science 
  • Science Presentations 
  • Science Writing
  • Science Communication Practicum 
  • Exhibitions and Interpretation 
  • Science and the Media 
  • Science Performance

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    82

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    570

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:

    64

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

CRICOS Code: 00126G

  • This major requires a certain level of Mathematics. If you do not meet this level, you may be able to take additional Mathematics units in your first year to satisfy this requirement.
  • WACE prerequisite: Mathematics Applications ATAR. 

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Living costs for Perth

  • 1328 - 2370 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

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