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Applications for PostGraduate courses in 2017 close November 4

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Centre for Science Communication

Part of the University of Otago in Dunedin, a modern, bustling university city located on the southeasterly shores of the beautiful South Island of New Zealand, the Centre for Science Communication is one of the world’s largest postgraduate facilities for the teaching, research, and practice of communicating science to the general public.

Second round applications for 2017 postgraduate study are now being
accepted for New Zealand and Australian citizens

For more information on the application process please follow this link
Applications close on the 31 January.

New distance learning degree available for 2017!

The Centre for Science Communication at the University of Otago, New Zealand is excited to announce the launch of a new distance (online) degree for its Postgraduate Certificate in Science Communication in Creative Nonfiction Writing, with applications now being accepted for 2017. This two-semester (one-year) certificate programme, consisting of two taught papers (courses) and a professional internship, is ideal for aspiring nonfiction writers wishing to develop their existing skill set while learning about the science-writing industry. As a distance student with full access to the University of Otago's electronic library resources, you'll acquire invaluable tricks of the trade, receive editorial feedback on your written work, and become part of a supportive online science writers community, giving you the competitive edge in becoming a successful communicator in this rapidly growing field. Courses are taught and led by the Centre’s accomplished staff: Jesse Bering (essayist for Scientific AmericanSlate, and many others and the author of such high-profile books as PERV, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, the critically acclaimed Why is the Penis Shaped like That? And Other Reflections on Being Human, and The Belief Instinct: The Psychology of Souls, Destiny and the Meaning of Life, named one of the 25 Best Books of the Year by the American Library Association) and Lloyd Spencer Davis (author of the New Zealand Children’s Book of the Year The Plight of the Penguin and the award-winning Looking for Darwin). For further information about the Postgraduate Certificate in Science Communication in Creative Nonfiction Writing, including instructions on how to apply for the new distance degree option, please visit the following link or email
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Learn how to take factual filmmaking to new heights. Taught in association with NHNZ – the world’s second-largest producer of documentaries – the course is taught by award-winning filmmakers who are some of the best in the business. Films produced by our students have won many awards, including the industry's most prestigious.

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Discover how to communicate science most effectively with the written word. Co-ordinated and taught by award-winning authors, this programme will mentor you through the process of creating a substantial work of creative nonfiction science writing. You will also learn about the process of digital publishing and how to create multimedia publications and ebooks for the likes of Apple’s iPad.

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Science in Society

From the internet to installations, you will learn how to communicate science in the digital realm or in the physical world of museums and other public spaces. Maybe you'll develop an exhibition, an art installation, a digital platform, conduct in-depth research .... or, just maybe, it'll be something you haven't even dreamed of yet, an invention that moves the masses.

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