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  • Academic Title
    Science Communication MA
  • Course description

    Offers a combination of specialist skills in the history of science communication and in contemporary communications research, giving a uniquely wide perspective.
    Provides teaching by a wide range of staff on both historical and contemporary sides, with at least seven staff available to supervise essays and research.
    Provides a historical perspective on science communication, highly relevant at a time when there is a developing public interest in the history of science. Serves the needs of those wishing to go into science communication professionally by offering a qualification accredited by the Association of British Science Writers.
    Provides possibilities for work-based learning opportunities at nationally important museums in the locality, including the National Museum of Film, Television, and Photography (Bradford), with whom the university has signed a concordat , and the Thackray Medical Museum (Leeds).

    Duration
    12 months f/t, 24 months p/t

    Division of History and Philosophy of Science
    The Division, a subset of the School of Philosophy, is one of the longest-established centres of research and teaching for history and philosophy of science in the UK. Interests range widely across the field of modern Western science since 1500, covering the history of physical, biological and social sciences, social history of science, philosophy and sociology of science and technology, philosophy of the social sciences, and philosophy of physics.

    In 1993 the Division was awarded a Wellcome Lectureship, expanding its research coverage to the history of medicine. The University Library has good early science collections, and the Division runs a regular series of senior research seminars and workshops.

    Institute of Communications Studies
    Communication provides the framework for the development of any modern society. The investigation, therefore, of the processes, effects, and contents of communications is central to any understanding of the contemporary world.

    The Institute of Communications Studies is a multidisciplinary enterprise which brings together specialists from politics, sociology, history, engineering, international relations and journalism to improve our understanding of how communications drives modernisation in our ‘information age’.

    Leeds was the first ‘traditional’ British university to embark upon the academic study of communications and their role in the political and social systems of the modern world.

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