Diploma in Science Communication

Diploma in Science Communication

Course information

Course title Diploma in Science Communication
Course code UDSCMFT
Level of qualification Not Applicable
National Qualifications Framework level Level 5
Duration 2 Semesters
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 60
Coordinator Paul J. Pace
Delivered by Faculty of Education
This programme of study is also offered on a part-time basis from 4 semesters up to 14 semesters. Students are required to consult with the Board of the Faculty for more information pertaining to which study-units to register for during each year of study.

The Diploma in Science Communication, which shares study-units with the programme for the degree of Bachelor of Science for Education and Communication, is intended to address the training needs of individuals working in non-formal and informal learning settings related to science. These settings include museums, science centres, aquaria, nature reserves and other community resources and settings, such as television and radio and the internet. The course focuses on providing students with opportunities to develop communication skills and explore issues related to science communication, and is composed to two tracks, namely (a) core study-units on Science Communication (CS) and (b) elective study-units on Context-Based Science (CBS).

The programme is designed to allow students the flexibility of registering for all or any of the study-units which will be on offer during the academic year. Depending on their choice of study-units, and provided that these study-units are covered within the period stipulated in the bye-laws for the course, students can exit with one of the following qualifications:
- a Certificate in Science Communication;
- a Certificate in Context-Based Science;
- a Diploma in Science Communication.

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Applicants must satisfy the General Entry Requirements for admission, namely, the Matriculation Certificate and Secondary Education Certificate passes at Grade 5 or better in Maltese, English Language and Mathematics.

Applicants admitted as “Adult Learners” under paragraph (c) of regulation 6 of the Admissions Regulations must be in possession of those qualifications and experience that would satisfy the Board, through an interview, that they have reached the academic standard required to follow the Course with profit. Such applicants shall be required to submit with their application a letter written in English giving their motivation for applying for the Course, together with a copy of their Curriculum Vitae. Applicants admitted in terms of this paragraph shall be in possession of a pass in an English language proficiency test as approved by the University before being admitted to the Course, provided that applicants in possession of a Secondary Education Certificate pass at Grade 3 or higher in English Language or a pass at the same standard in a comparable qualification, shall be exempt from this requirement.

The interviewing board appointed by the Board shall be composed of at least three members.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2019.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Tuition Fee per ECTS credit - Eur 30.
Thus,
- 2 ECTS study unit - Eur 60
- 4 ECTS study unit - Eur 120
- 5 ECTS study unit - Eur150

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Tuition Fee per ECTS credit - Eur 140.
Thus,
- 2 ECTS study unit - Eur 280
- 4 ECTS study unit - Eur 560
- 5 ECTS study unit - Eur 700
Students following the Diploma in Science Communication programme will be able to:
(a) Subject Knowledge & Understanding
• analyse how various historical and social factors influence scientific discovery and innovation.

(b) Intellectual development
• integrate basic facts, principles, theories and methods from multiple science disciplines;
• identify the interactions of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) and society; and
• apply scientific principles to real-life contexts.

(c) Key/transferable skills
• assess the educational potential of community sites;
• recognize the various educational needs related to science education and communication of different members of the community;
• analyse phenomena using scientific principles and methodologies; and
• plan communication strategies to engage various audiences in science.

(d) Other skills relevant to employability and personal development;
• display skills for scientific problem-solving; and
• plan, organise and implement science education and communication initiatives in various community settings.

Students following the Certificate in Science Communication programme will be able to:
• analyse how various historical and social factors influence scientific discovery and innovation
• assess the educational potential of community sites;
• recognize the various educational needs related to science education and communication of different members of the community;
• plan communication strategies to engage various audiences in science;
• plan, organise and implement science education and communication initiatives in various community settings; and
• display skills for scientific problem-solving.

Students following the Certificate in Context Based Science programme will be able to:
• integrate basic facts, principles, theories and methods from multiple science disciplines;
• identify the interactions of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) and society;
• analyse phenomena using scientific principles and methodologies;
• apply scientific principles to real-life contexts; and
• display skills for scientific problem-solving.
Course intended for individuals who are already employed in non-formal and informal learning settings related to science who wish to develop skills related to their place of work.
Holders of the Certificate or the Diploma improve their career prospects within their place of work.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2019/0.

Last Updated: 17 January 2020

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The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.

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