PIONEER #scicomm 


Msc science communication & future media

"Our part-time, online MSc is designed with the creative professional in mind. Nurture your confidence and expertise in using creative digital skills as you develop your own reflective, critical practice as a strategic communicator. 

Explore the programme by clicking on modules below. 

Chat with Professor Andy Miah directly in WhatsApp +447455001638

Apply here and learn of our course fee options.

Our MSc featured in a THES article.

Our MSc featured in a THES article.


fOR Sept 2019 & Jan 2020 entrants, your first year will be Block 1 modules.


Block 2



Science Communication is a way of life. Science begins when its communicated.
— Professor Andy Miah

A new generation of science communicators are in demand to work across the cultural, digital, health, environmental and education sectors. 

Science communication and future media embraces groundbreaking scientists, artists, games developers, creative technologists, curators, social entrepreneurs, environmental and health policymakers, and citizen scientists.

This course bridges the creative and digital skills gap in an era where digital literacy, critical thinking and creative innovation make professionals stand out from the crowd.

Designed with a generation of collaborative pioneers in mind, this course re-boots and accelerates your career around a global network and support as you develop a creative portfolio.

You will critique the ethical challenges that new communication systems pose whilst considering global challenges around health, wellbeing, equality and sustainability as intrinsic to your digital practice.

Taught by world class science communicators and lecturers and our network of practitioners, gain practical and transferable skills informed by theory, a creative portfolio and access to world-class networks to advance your career.

The course is delivered through distance learning and includes collaborative tasks, individual assignments and a final project. There is an annual optional residential at our media city campus. Read a student blog about the residential here.

Each term consists of two, 15 credit modules, run over 13 weeks in 6 week blocks. A group task and an individual assignment helps to build your creative skillset and portfolio across the course.

Each 15 credit module comprises:

  • 21 hours of online learning materials (podcasts/ videos/ articles)

  • 10 hours of webinars

  • 109 hours of independent study.

Take your creative scicomm practice to the next level. Apply online now.

Find out what one of our students blogged about the course.

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Our TEam

While we bring in a range of contributors,  here are some of the most familiar faces on the programme.

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Dr Chloe James

Chloe is Programme Leader for the MSc and a practicing medical microbiologist, whose research has inspired art/science collaborations and seen Chloe appear on the BBC numerous times.

Modules include:

World of Science Communication & Future Media

Andy Miah

Prof Andy Miah

Andy's research on the ethics of emerging technologies spans such areas as life extension and artificial intelligence. In 2015, he was the 2015 Josh Award winner for Science Communication.

Modules include:

Scicomm as Live performance, The Art of Scicomm, Science Writing & Backpack Journalism

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Dr Erinma Ochu

Erinma's expertise in citizen science and art-science projects is internationally renowned. Her background in neuroscience, film and cultural participation ensures a transdisciplinary approach. As a social entrepreneur, she also runs art-science collective, Squirrel Nation.

Modules include: 

Science & Storytelling, Public Involvement & Citizen Science, Global Challenges in Scicomm


Meet THE students

Damon Reid (year 2)

Damon Reid (year 2)

Damon Reid is a Creative Technical Demonstrator at The University of Salford, MediaCity, UK. Working in the Technical Services team he is responsible for the operation and ongoing development from a technological and creative viewpoint of immersive learning environment, The Egg.

Damon has expertise in 3D modelling and texturing, CGI character animation, Creating VR Environments, technical co-ordination for events in Higher education, TV and digital media industries, UXHD Video Walls, live streaming, UX design.

His background is in real time 3D creation both as asset creation and also interactive environments. He advises on maintenance and health & safety.            

He is currently enjoying working on the VR development of The MicroBihome with microbiologist, Dr Chloe James.

He has a BA in Animation from The University of Wolverhampton.

Follow him online @eggfoot27

Eleonora Aquilini (year 2)

Eleonora Aquilini (year 2)

Eleonora is a postdoc parasitologist, science communicator & social media manager for the Exposure Science Film Hackathon. She studied Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology at Pavia University (Italy). She started her PhD studies at Barcelona University (Spain) in 2009 and gained her PhD degree in Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology in 2013.

Throughout her doctorate, focused mainly on bacterial virulence factors as lipopolysaccharide and others membrane surface structures of several emerging pathogens, she developed expertise in microbiology, genetic and molecular biology.

This year she was featured talking about her research in the School of Batman podcast series.

Follow her #scicomm adventures online @SparksofScience

Paul Wilshaw (year 2 - student rep)

Paul Wilshaw (year 2 - student rep)

Paul is an award-winning creative, technical designer, science communicator and innovator. His expertise spans Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Internet of Things and 3D Printing. He is Head of UX and UI at Blue Prism – one of the top 50 smartest companies as voted by MIT. Designing the future of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and AI. Previously Paul was Head of Creative Technology and Innovation for Barclays UK Ventures with responsibility for leading innovation, design thinking and architecture on websites and apps.

A respected thought leader, he is frequently invited to participate in panel discussions, podcasts, vlogs and radio. With a BA in Communication, Business and Television Production from The University of Manchester, Paul has run his own production company and lectured in Media Studies. 

Follow his #digitalInnovations online @PaulWilshaw,

Michaela Parnell (year 2)

Michaela Parnell (year 2)

Michaela is a HISTORIC patient research partner (PRP) with the Hidradenitis SuppaTiva cOR outcomes set International Collaboration (HISTORIC). This is a collaboration between IDEOM, the Cochrane Skin Group - Core Outcome Set Initiative (CSG-Cousin) and Zealand University Hospital, Roskilde.

Her aspiration is to be an HS researcher and science communicator. She is developing her craft alongside 23 years lived experience of HS which gives a unique perspective to bridge the gaps between all Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) stakeholders.

She has a BSc in Biology from the University of Salford and is an international HS advocate, activist, and actively contributes to the HS community online, sharing HS scientific information to raise awareness, educate, fight misinformation and stigma of HS from her HS Action Together page. 

She is setting up an HS social enterprise with support from business mentor Nickala Torkington of Flourish CIC.

Follow her and the#HSMillionsHiding campaign online@MAParnellHS

Karina Silabriede (year 1) - student rep

Karina Silabriede (year 1) - student rep

Karina is an enthusiastic and devoted healthcare professional with considerable experience in various clinical settings. Karina is a practicing nurse in Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, where she continues to educate patients and their families on disease processes, prevention and management.

She has worked as a nurse in the emergency department, acute medical wards, and in USA, Latvian and UK communities. Her significant science communication skills base is developed through interacting with wide a variety of clients.

She has a BSC in Science in Nursing from North Park University in Chicago, USA and the University of Latvia.

Follow Karina online: @silabrede

Kim Trollip (year 1)

Kim Trollip (year 1)

A journalist by training, Kim has significant expertise writing about science and the South African science system. She works as a freelance science writer and is the online content manager in the Science Communication unit at the Human Sciences Research Council with a team responsible for promoting ‘science and society’ interactions.

Key research themes in the unit include science communication in developing countries, the research policy nexus and gender dynamics.

Her science communication practice takes place through various public platforms including web portals, researcher-policy maker networks, social media, seminars, workshops, conferences, policy briefs, magazines and newsletters

Follow Kim in South Africa online: @wildesering.

Hannah Lacey (year 1)

Hannah Lacey (year 1)

Hannah is public engagement officer at the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), a part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Previously she worked at NERC’s Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) as events and public engagement coordinator. With previous experience in journalism and documentary production, her undergraduate degree was a BA Hons Media Production from The University of Lincoln.

She aspires to develop innovative, engaging and relevant ways to communicate the impact of environmental science.

A career highlight includes managing a internal culture change project at CEH.

Follow Hannah online: @hanzlacey