Application Deadlines

Applications for PhD study can be accepted at any time.

Applications for the MSciComm and PGDipNHFC for 2015 must be received by 6 November 2015.

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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 (“CSC”) is one of the world’s largest postgraduate facilities for the teaching, research, and practice of communicating science to the general public. At any one time, we have about 60 postgraduate students (Masters and Doctoral levels) undertaking the following qualifications:

*Note: International Students pay Domestic Fees for PhD enrolments (currently only $6,636 NZD per year). In addition, both domestic and international students are eligible to apply for a competitive
University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship.

MSciComm Programme

Students can earn a Master of Science Communication degree in one of three different areas of specialization regarding science communication, depending upon the medium being used to communicate the science. Science and Natural History Filmmaking concentrates on documentary filmmaking; Popularizing Science is our most general qualification covering the theory and practice of virtually all means of popularizing science; while the Creative Nonfiction Writing in Science specialization focuses on communication with the written word.
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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 by award-winning authors, this programme will mentor you through the process of writing a book. 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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Popularizing Science

From the internet to installations, you will learn how to communicate science in the digital realm or in the physical world of museums and the like. Maybe you'll develop an exhibition, an art installation, a digital platform, an act of 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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