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Masters in Scientific Research and Communication

Students planning to progress on to further research-based study will find the MSc in Scientific Research and Communication provides them with the ideal preparation

 

MSc  Aims

  • to give students an excellent learning environment in which to acquire the skills required to be a successful university level research scientist
  • to provide students with advanced knowledge in an area of scientific research
  • to ensure students have the ability to write coherently about areas of research
  • to allow students to develop a broad range of key skills, transferable to a wide range of career destinations
  • to provide an excellent learning environment in which students prepare for a career in research or scientific writing or science education or science communication with particular emphasis on preparation for careers relating to science
  • to allow students to develop and demonstrate their capacity to communicate scientific concepts, results etc. and to interpret these
  • to allow students the opportunity to contribute to emerging areas in cutting-edge scientific research   
   


MSc in Scientific Research and Communication Overview

To obtain the MSc students undertake 2–3 Scientific Writing modules (selected from the first 4 modules listed below usually including Scientific English language skills); science research skills 1 and technical science modules from the MSc level provision in science and medicine departments at Warwick to make a total of 96 CATS taught courses. Students are also required to undertake a research project (84 CATS). The research project will be assessed by some combination of thesis, or poster or research paper or web-based product or other science communication methodology as deemed appropriate by the supervisor(s) and the course director.
The diploma includes the taught modules and a piece of project work to be agreed with the course director to make 120 CATS.
The award includes Scientific English Language Skills (ET984) and science research skills.
The certificate includes Scientific English Language Skills (ET984); science research skills 1; and additional modules to make the total to 60 CATS.


Core modules

  • CH956 Scientific Research Skills 1 
  • Research project                                                


Scientific writing modules (choose 2 or 3)                                 

  • ET984 Scientific English language skills
  • CH9934 Writing focused scientific articles and reports
  • CH933 Writing extended scientific articles and reports
  • CH935 Communicating science to different audiences

 

Technical masters level modules from science and medical departments

Any other pertinent Warwick MSc module subject to the approval of the Director.
   

Examination Scheme

Examinations for all modules may be oral or written examinations as dictated by the module. The writing modules will be 100% assessed; most of the scientific modules are assessed by 50% examination and 50% coursework.

Examination conventions

To pass the MSc, students will be required to achieve a mark of greater than or equal to 40% in each examination (where appropriate) and greater than or equal to 40% on the assessed work of each module. An overall module average of greater than or equal to 50% is required for a student to pass the course work part of the MSc. To pass the research project part of the MSc, students will be required to achieve a mark of 50% or greater on their research project as assessed by a combination of report (of agreed format) (60%), supervisor’s mark on project work undertaken (20%) and presentation (of agreed format) (20%). The taught modules will contribute 50% of the total course mark. The project will contribute the remaining 50%. Distinctions will be awarded to students gaining an average of 70% or higher on the taught modules and also 70% or higher on the research project.