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 was featured in a THE article this year

Our MSc was featured in a THE article this year


fOR 2018-19 entrants, you will begin WITH Block 2 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 and within the cultural, digital, health, environmental industries and higher education sector. 

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

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

Designed with this next generation of collaborative pioneers in mind, this course will kick start and accelerate your career, build your global network and support you as you develop your 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 practice.

You will 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 are two optional residentials in the first term of the first two years for the blended learning course option. 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.


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 trans-disciplinary approach to the programme.

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 Creative Technology and Innovation for Barclays UK Ventures with responsibility for leading innovation, design thinking and architecture on websites and apps.

Paul is a respected thought leader and inspirational speaker and 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, an international group of HS researchers.

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 the events and public engagement coordinator at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) where she enables effective public engagement with environmental science research and best practice in science communication. With a BA Hons in Media Production from the University of Lincoln, her expertise includes journalism and documentary production.

A career highlight includes managing an internal culture change project to evaluate and improve the culture, approach and integration of public engagement at CEH.

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

Follow Hannah online: @hanzlacey