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Scientific Research and Communication (MSc) (2021 Entry)

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  • Course Code
  • P-F1PE
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • MSc
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 or 3 years
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick


Scientific Research and Communication MSc is ideal for those looking for a career in science, writing or journalism, research, education and more. At Warwick's Chemistry Department you'll gain the necessary English Language and writing skills, experience in cutting-edge cross-disciplinary research, helping you to learn how to communicate complicated scientific concepts to various audiences.


Do you want to become an expert in communicating scientific concepts? Whether you are preparing for a career in scientific writing, education or communication, this course is the one for you. You will choose from over 50 modules and tailor the course to your specific scientific skills and interests. You will enhance your communication and English Language skills, learning to convey advanced technical scientific concepts for journals, classrooms, or the media.

You will also undertake a bespoke research project, gaining research experience using our state-of-the-art facilities in an interdisciplinary environment. You will gain advanced knowledge in your chosen fields and learn to communicate with a range of audiences, preparing you for a career in research, scientific writing, science education or science communication.

You can find out more about the Department of Chemistry by joining our Webinars.

Nikola Chmel is the head of the MSc in Scientific Research and Communication.


Core Modules

  • Writing focused scientific articles and reports
  • Writing extended scientific articles and reports
  • Research Skills
  • Communicating Science to different audiences
  • 22-week Research Project

Optional Modules

Any Level 7 (Master's) modules from the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Medicine with permission of the course leader.


Teaching

The first 23 weeks are lecture-based, providing you with a diverse range of skills in analytical sciences to complete a successful 24-week research project.

Contact Hours

Depending on your module choices, you can expect to attend around 10-25 hours of lectures and workshops per week. Some modules might also include additional supervised practical sessions (e.g. laboratory work). For each one-hour lecture, you should expect to put in additional time fo private study.

Class Sizes

Class sizes will range between 5 to 40 students, dependent on module: some of which are shared across programmes.

Assessment

Each scientific module is usually between 50% and 80% examined and 20 -50% assessed; the scientific writing modules are 100% assessed; the research project is 100% assessed.


Minimum requirements 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a science subject

English Language requirements Band A
Overall score 6.5 and none below 6.0 is required

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.


For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home, EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.

Scholarships

There are several Chemistry funding opportunities for both UK and International students, including our Warwick Chemistry Overseas Taught Masters Scholarships and Coventry Regional Scholarship. Please see our department website for more details.


Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations in: academia and teaching; pharma industry; chemical and material industry; science consultancy; banking and finance.

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Careers in Science
  • Career Options with Chemistry
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
  • MSc lunchtime careers presentations
  • PhD Transferable Skills careers decision making session
  • Finding experience to boost your CV for Chemistry students
  • SME Careers Events – e.g. British Coatings Federation Careers Evening
  • Career Options with Chemistry Presentation and Networking Evening

There are a number of different ways to visit the University of Warwick throughout the year. We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with your chosen department and explore our campus through a personalised tour. Some departments also host their own events and open days, where you can learn more about your department or course of study. To find out more about all of these opportunities, visit our Postgraduate Visits page.

Please contact chem-pgt at warwick dot ac dot uk with any Chemistry specific department questions, where course directors Dr Nikola Chmel and Dr Remzi Becer are available to discuss any queries.