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MSc in Science and Health Communication

MSc in Science and Health Communication

  • PAC CodeDC606(Full Time), DC607(Part Time)
  • Course Type Postgraduate
  • NFQ Level 9
  • Delivery Modes Full-Time, Part-Time
  • Duration (FT - 1 Year), (PT - 2 years)

We are excited to add a new health communication strand to our longstanding expertise in researching and teaching science communication.

 From September 2018 as well as teaching and training for those entering - and continuing - careers in STEM education and public engagement, we welcome students interested in leadership and communication in the commercial medical sector as well as public health policy, administration and regulation.

The new MSc in Science and Health Communication includes e-health governance, stakeholder engagement and management, policy drafting and data communication alongside existing topics on media skills and STEM communication.

DCU’s School of Communications has just been ranked in the top 200 communications schools internationally. The only ranked Irish media/communications School in the QS ranking. 

Programme

This programme is offered full-time over one year and part-time over two years.

Students take a combination of core and option modules in areas such as Research Methods; Strategic Communications for STEM, Environment and Healthcare; Informatics in eHealth; Science and Health in the Media; Data Communication; Understanding Social Media. The programme also includes practically oriented modules including Media and Communication Skills and Making Smartphone Videos. All students complete a Major Project/Dissertation and can avail of a work placement.

Modules 2018-2019

Why DCU

The MSc in Science and Health Communication is located in the School of Communications at DCU, which has an internationally recognised reputation for teaching and research excellence in media, communications and journalism. Staff include leading academic scholars and experienced industry professionals. Their innovative peer-reviewed and internationally ranked research, which is shared in a classroom environment, also helps shape policy decisions about the worlds of media, communications and journalism both in Ireland and internationally. With a tradition stretching back almost 40 years, today the School is home to almost 1,000 students studying undergraduate and postgraduate degrees as well as undertaking doctoral research.

Careers

Graduates of this programme have found employment in science public relations and information services, science journalism, science broadcasting, science teaching, science demonstration and display, science publishing, web editing for science institutions and educational software authoring.

Requirements

General Entry Requirements

The programme is suitable for recent graduates and for those with professional experience in science or communications.

To be eligible, candidates are required to have a second class or better honours degree. Consideration is also given to candidates who have lesser qualifications but significant and appropriate professional experience. Applicants are asked to submit an article on a science related topic of 750 words, written for a general interest publication. Selection is done on the basis of the formal application, the submitted article and the candidate's statement of motivation. Candidates may be called for interview which mainly serves the purpose of clarifying for the applicants and for the academic staff on the programme, that the prospective students have a clear sense of what may lie ahead.

Assessment By Interview

Candidates should note that an interview is part of the assessment process for this programme. Shortlisted candidates are expected to be available for interview. Candidates shortlisted for interview will be able to book their interview through their application on the the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) website (www.pac.ie/dcu) Interview slots will be allocated on a first come first served basis. It is not possible to accommodate other interview dates.

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Make an Application

All Applicants must submit

  • Certified academic transcripts for each and every year of study, with certified English translations if applicable
  • Article on a science related topic of 750 words, written for a general interest publication
  • Personal statement of 1,000 words maximum

Non Native English Speakers

  • Evidence of English competency which meets DCU entry requirements - see link

Dates for Submission of Applications

Applications can be made via the Postgraduate Applications Centre (www.pac.ie/dcu)

EU Applicants

  • Please apply through PAC www.pac.ie.  Applications will be reviewed and offers will be made on an onging basis.  Should places still be available on this programme, the final date for receipt of applications will be 14 August 2018 for entry in Autumn 2018.

Non-EU Applicants

  • Please apply through PAC  www.pac.ie .  Applicants will be reviewed and offers will be made on an ongoing basis.  Should places still be available on this programme, the final date for receipt of applications will be 10 July 2018 for entry in Autumn 2018.  

  • Applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of gaining entry into Ireland are advised to apply as early as possible.  If you need a study visa and are a Non EU student, you are not eligible to apply for part time programmes as study visas are only granted for full time programmes.

  • To apply for this programme use the PAC code DC606 (full time) and DC607 (part time).

For queries on completed applications please email registry@dcu.ie