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Science Communication (M.S.Com. or G.Dip.)

Develop the knowledge and skills to understand and effectively engage audiences in science and scientific issues.


Build the theoretical foundations and practical experiences needed for a meaningful career in science communication.

Join the first and only program of its kind in Canada that trains people in this rapidly growing field in partnership with an industry-leading science centre, Science North

  • Learn the theory and best practices underlying strong communication in this immersive 9-12 month experience. 
  • Discover the challenges of effectively communicating scientific information and the issues involving science in society.
  • Apply your knowledge of design and rhetorical theory, social and traditional media, exhibit development, and research methods to solve the current issues with communicating science-related topics to non-experts.

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Key Features

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Benefit from an eight-week work placement where you can apply your science communication training to active public engagement and knowledge translation projects.
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Learn about public engagement best practices and develop new educational experiences by working closely with Staff Scientists and Science Communicators at Science North.
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Students enrolled in the Masters of Science Communication will conduct original research and write a major paper to complete the program.

Career Opportunities

The knowledge and skills gained in the program prepare students for a growing number of careers in science communication. Graduates can expect to find employment with government agencies, NGOs, science centres, museums, zoos and aquariums, academic institutions, leading research centres, media production companies, and wherever communicating complex scientific ideas and information is needed.

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Program Details

Faculty Members

Teaching Support:

Science North:

Amy Henson, Senior Scientist -

Katrina Pisani, Lead Staff Scientist, New Audiences & Research -


Philippa Spoel

Philippa Spoel

School of Liberal Arts
Chantal Barriault

Chantal Barriault

School of Natural Sciences
Michelle Reid

Michelle Reid

School of Natural Sciences